Who creates a life without joy?
That's so structured that everything must go a particular way?
That's exactly where I found myself—stuck in my life doing all the right things with little room for joy, the unexpected or better than I knew to ask for.
The awareness of that seven years ago began the unearthing.
It took me six years to allow myself to be in community with women and leave room for the unexpected because, at camp, you never know what kind of fun will turn the corner. The connection you might make. The conversation you might have. It's all so powerful and personal.
I remember last August thinking, can I really allow myself to do this?
Am I brave and bold enough to allow myself to be vulnerable in that space?
I wasn't sure.
By the end of that first camp, I knew why I was there.
In June, we talked about different ways that nature can nurture and support us as we navigate different seasons of our lives. For a long time, I really felt pulled to be in nature whenever anything felt too heavy or unmanageable. If I wasn't sure which direction to take personally or professionally, I've often found myself seeking the forest.
So much of that time was me thinking I had to be alone in nature and not allow other people to support me. That continues to be one of my greatest lessons over the past five years. I don't have to do it alone. Many people in my life want to support me. That would love nothing more than for me to reach out.
This episode reflects on my journey of allowing myself to be in community with other women and connect on a deeper, meaningful level in nature.
If you're used to doing everything yourself, it can be scary to reach out.
This is your invitation to press play on today's episode.
Here's how you can learn more about the tools and resources mentioned in the episode:
Soul Full Camp: https://soulfullcamp.ca/
Guided Reflection Journals by Jenn Laforet available for retail on Amazon UK, US, Canada and Australia: https://linktr.ee/writecurrent_