News About Camp Mighty

Last year was our fifth year running Mighty Events. Our events have raised over $80,000 for Charity Water, spawned countless collaborations and personal victories, and even helped inspire a few books.

So I’m sad to say that there won’t be a Camp Mighty this year.


Life List resource share wall at Camp Mighty, photo by Nicole Stevenson.

In the last five years, the landscape around blogging has changed dramatically, and our team has gone through lots of personal and professional transition as well.

Photos by Leslie Fandrich.

We thought about switching venues, making the weekend a little shorter, changing the pricing structure, all the things one considers in these situations. Unfortunately, Camp Mighty has become too difficult to swing both financially and logistically.


Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook Director of Product Design, wears her Go Mighty necklace while ticking off her goal of speaking on the TED main stage. Photo by Susie Katz.

The Life List community at Go Mighty is where I, and many of you, have housed adventures over the past couple of years.


Nicole Balch, publisher of Making it Lovely, checks off her goal of going sightseeing on a scooter at Camp Mighty.


Go Mighty member Jenny Stockton‘s first paycheck for something she wrote.


The violin Go Mighty member Caitlin Marlotte made with her hands.

Seeing everything you’re doing there is inspiring in the no-bullshit sense of the word.


Pinterest Co-Founder Ben Silberman speaking at Camp Mighty. Photo by Jennifer Davies.

On a personal note, I’ve been surprised by the deep sense of accomplishment I get from seeing all my own aspirations gathered and ticked off over time.

I look forward to having more time in that space.


Amber Marlow at Camp Mighty, photo by Leslie Fandrich.

For those of you who have found your people through our events, particularly Camp Mighty and Mighty Summit, I hope you’ll continue doing what you’ve always done.


Our first event, Broad Summit 2009, which is featured in Jenny Lawson’s New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.


Mighty Summit, 2010


Mighty Summit, 2011.


Mighty Summit, 2012.


Camp Mighty reunion in NYC, photo by Leslie Fandrich.


The Be More Awesome Summit, inspired by Mighty Summit and hosted by Go Mighty member Ruth Stine.

You support each other in person and online, share resources to help each other achieve personal victories, and do good stuff for the world.


Artist and Camp Mighty speaker Lisa Congdon‘s print “Deep,” which she sold to raise her Camp Mighty donation to Charity Water.

I hope Go Mighty can still help with that.


Lori in the pool by Jetkat Photo.

Thanks for giving us a chance to get to know you. You are good people.

Go Mighty: Worth It Challenge

There are activities on my Life List I expect will be rewarding — doing something scary, traveling, volunteering for baby-saving activities, that kind of thing.

I did not expect that removing hair from my legs for thirty days would be one of the Rewarding Things. It started as an effort to do more small things that make me happy. And while this project isn’t exactly going on my résumé, it has had a surprising impact on my day-to-day contentment… read the rest of Shaving my Legs for 30 Days? Worth it on Go Mighty.

If you like this post, you might also like:

How Liz used Pinterest to get her reading lists organized. I now want to do this.
Desiree on accomplishing your life’s goal, but not your life’s work.
Katherine is all about Punk Rope, which is apparently a thing?
Paige in praise of getting your butt out of bed.
And Camille thinks you should visit the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

Go Mighty members have been recommending Life List ideas as part of our Worth It Challenge. Let us know what you’ve done that was worthwhile by tagging one of your stories #worthit.

Life List Inspiration from Go Mighty

So much good stuff on Go Mighty.

Susan Hall leaves for Port Au Prince in April.
Katherine Hill is gathering kneepads, elbow pads, a mouth guard, wrist guards, a helmet, a little cash, and an outsized indifference to bruising.
The Irish Countrywomen’s Association taught Jan to knit. Of course they did.
Amy Boyer is revamping her site, starting with one of her favorite things.
Ilysia Van Deren is tackling a bunch of great food goals: her dream birthday cake, and latte art, and sushi rolling.
Bonnie goes back to school this Fall. Huge congratulations, friend.

I don’t say this enough, but if you have a Life List on Go Mighty, thank you so much for helping us build this community of accomplishment and celebration. It’s fulfilling reading everyone’s hopes, and seeing the actions you’re taking to make them real.

If you’re new here, Go Mighty is our Life List community where we plot together and cheer each other on. If you’re the list making type, go make one for yourself. See you there.

10 Tips for Making Florist Style Bouquets from Grocery Store Flowers

I’ve been making things as part of Go Mighty’s I Made This Project. Tag your Go Mighty stories with #imadethis, and we’ll enter you for a chance to win an Epiphanie Camera bag and lots of other good stuff.

Flowers make me happy. As a kid, I used to pick gardenias, camellias, ferns from the backyard and leave arrangements around the house. I don’t have any formal training, but over the years I’ve made lots of wedding bouquets, and I try to keep fresh flowers in the apartment.

Of course, that can get expensive in the city — where there’s no backyard to pull from — so over the years I’ve learned how to put together pretty options by buying flowers from the supermarket and rearranging. Here are a few tips to keep you in fresh flowers using grocery store options, but leave you cash for the actual groceries:

CHOOSING YOUR FLOWERS

1. Use what you have.
For the love of all that is holy, if you have a backyard, pull greens from trees and plants to use as fresh, unusual filler — or even as the mainstay of a bouquet with a few flowers scattered throughout. Much of the impact of florist bouquets comes from the novelty of the greens they use. Unexpected greens make your arrangements less expensive and more artistic.
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Free Stuff! Mighty Summit Gift Giveaway

When we were pulling together gifts for the Mighty Summit, we set a few aside to give away.

If you’d like to enter to win one, please share an item from your Life List in the comments below. One winner will be chosen from comments on this site, the other from Mighty Summit co-founder Laura Mayes’s Blog Con Queso.

Now for the fine print: Please only leave one comment on each site, because it’s the nice thing to do, and also because multiple entries will be disqualified. I’ll use random.org to select the winner, and I’ll announce who won at the top of this post and in a separate post next Wednesday. You have to live in the United States or Canada to enter, because holy holy the shipping is ludicrous if you don’t. Fingers crossed for you.

Update: We have two winners, announced here and here. Thank you to all who participated!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

Mighty Summit Giveaway | Mighty Girl

1. Ephiphanie Camera Bag by Maile Wilson (shown in top and side views)
These compartmentalized camera totes were designed by Summit photographer Maile Wilson, who used to wrap her DSLR in a towel and shove it in her purse. Sound familiar? Contest winners can choose form any of the designs and colors shown on the site. So you should probably get a yellow one.

2. Chevron Necklace by Feisty Elle
This delicate wood necklace is by San Francisco designer Leslie Yang of Feisty Elle, who makes light easy pieces that make you look pulled together in jeans and a T-shirt. We love this necklace because it resembles an arrow, which is a symbol of courage.

3. Tieks by Gavrieli
Gah! These are my favorite things. Tieks are beautifully made, non-skid flats that fold up to fit in your purse. Once you try them on, they’ll never leave your feet, and they stand up to years of daily wear. Contest winner can choose among the rainbow of fruit flavors available on the Tieks website.

4. Scarf by Mixed Bag Design
These soft scarves go with everything, and the Mixed Bag website allows you to hold fundraisers for causes close to your heart.

5. Bliss Beauty Soaps and Scrubs
In blood orange and white pepper. Do not eat them.

6. The Quintet Necklace by Lemonade Handmade
Another favorite thing that makes me sigh. Every year, Mighty Summit attendees make a list of five things they hope to accomplish in the coming year. This delicate, simple necklace symbolizes those goals. Tiny brass rings just within reach.

7. Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown
A book that encourages you to go be brave. We are pro bravery around here.

8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson
Mighty Summit alum Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. The Bloggess, wrote this movingly funny book, which includes a chapter on the very first Mighty Summit, and photos of me slaughtering the author with a meat cleaver.

9. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
Summit alum Gretchen Rubin is once again on the New York Times Bestseller list with her sequel to the Happiness Project, a tome about a year of seeking happiness at home.

10. Oh Happy Day Piñata
Jordan Ferney, the genius behind the website Oh Happy Day, made these teeny eeny piñatas by hand, and they are perfect. You’ll wish you had two so you could pit them against each other.

11. Lands End Canvas Tote
These extra-large natural zip-top tote bags by Lands End are awesome for trips to the pool or beach, picnics, and summering on your fleet of yachts.

12. Daring Greatly Action Book by Behance
Get started on your Life List goals! This notebook is designed to help you plan visually, too.

Mighty Happy Giveaway Winners

Mighty Happy Giveaway Winners | Mighty Girl

Remember the Mighty Happy Giveaway Contest? Where we asked readers to share three things that made them happy for a chance to win a copy of Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home (which hits shelves September 4), plus gift bags from Bliss and Anthropologie?

After smiling, nodding, and tearing up through nearly 800 short lists of your happies, we’ve settled on five winners. (Click on the images to enlarge.)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Finding Magnolia (comment #692)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Hope (comment #542)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Annette (comment #406)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Mette (comment #666)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Vivian (comment #405)

Big thanks to everyone who entered. The contest is over, but feel free to keep adding your happy things. As one of you guys said, “Thanks for asking about happiness. There are like 500 responses, and I don’t think they are for the prize. It’s nice to have a minute to be thankful. It’s a good sentence to complete.” Truth.

Winner of the Mighty Summit Necklace and Brooch

Congratulations to commenter number 533, Dawn, who just won a necklace from Feisty Elle and a brooch from Mama’s Little Babies with her comment:

“Dear crazy over extended younger self,

Stop and take a breath every once in a while. It is good for the soul. And for all that is good in this world stop being so hard on yourself. You are doing amazing things with your life and you will continue to and stop calling yourself fat!

Love, your older self who looks at pictures and wonders how I ever thought I was fat.”

Hooray for you, Dawn! Pretty stuff coming your way.