I just returned from a social media project for a conference called, Patti Digh’s Design Your Life Camp, and I’m suffering withdrawal. I’ve been to conferences before, retreats even, but nothing compared to the experience of DYL Camp in Lake Lanier, Georgia.
A little over a month ago, Dave Harkins, the coordinating manager for the project contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in being the “Realtime Historian” for the camp. I would assist with the Facebook, Twitter and manage the Instagram account for the Camp. Since it was a first year project, literally, it’s history needed to be captured and made accessible for future use and viewing. So basically, I was going to get to attend a camp, participate in everything and get to do social media – awesome! Gladly, I accepted.
Camp was extraordinary! We had over 30 speakers from all over the world and they spoke about a wide variety of subjects, but every speech were heartfelt. The overall tone was one of sharing life’s ultimate breakdowns and how they were overcome for the better. It was a safe environment and campers came forward with great stories of bravery and shared their own histories. It was not out of place to see tears rolling down cheeks or standing ovations – it was truly an unique experience.
Although I was behind my computer and cellphone documenting the camp, the majority of the time I was able to participate and meet some of these incredible people. It was a project with several challenges, but each one we overcame with ease and finesse.
Which brings me to the greatest part of camp – the team. I worked side by side with amazing women from all over the US who came together for one purpose. We all had our own “jobs” at camp, but all of us easily jumped in to help the team as a whole whenever it was needed. It was a real team experience and one that has blessed me with new friends I believe will be a part of my life for many years to come.
What is better than getting to be involved in a life changing conference and working with life-changing people? Nothing. In my life I value relationships above all else, and while this project was an opportunity to stretch my skills and challenge me, the greatest gift I walked about with was all the invaluable relationships that begun.
Have you ever had a work experience like this?