I may be well past the average age of your typical summer camper, but this past weekend I got the chance to check an empty box. I didn’t spend three, six or eight weeks on those cabin bunks, instead sticking around for a quick 30 hours. (Kids, I have a new respect for your summer adventure– that’s a long time to eat in a dining hall and sleep on a vinyl mattress with 12 people in a room. But, that waterfront view? Totally worth it!) I was surrounded by like-minded, pure-muscle, inspirational teachers, runners, business owners and lululemon team members.
Welcome to the first DC-region lululemon Ambassador Retreat:
About one hour outside of DC, I parked it in the Camp Letts lot and unloaded on Sunday morning. Immediately greeted by the the lulu team – made up of educators, assistant managers and managers from the stores all around the area – we were taken to our bunks & given some free time to explore.
The “Salute Your Shorts Retreat**” was set up for local ambassadors; there are seven stores in this region, and there was a great showing from every area. Our Georgetown crew was represented by myself, tanO Mazi and Emma Saal (Epic Yoga DC).
We had fun summer camp-type activities on the agenda, mixed in with some goal coaching, action talking and lululemon culture love.
My mind is still absorbing everything that ran laps through it from Sunday to Monday morning. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to really think about where I’ve been, where I’m going and what I want (ahem, set goals). I’ll get to that soon; for now, think about this:
What you say is what you become. I am ____. Someone else’s “I am” shows you their entire world.
When you stand in nothing*, you open doors to possibility.
*Let go of preconceived emotions and perceptions, past events that may hold you back from action, old frustrations, feelings and boundaries.
To bring this home for runners – imagine you had no idea what your last race time was, and/or have never looked at your watch for a split. Imagine stepping up to the starting line with no preconceived expectation. You simply told yourself that could run harder, faster, stronger.
Standing in nothing, what would you allow your muscles to do?
Deep thoughts & ambitions aside (for now), we had fun. Those quick 30 hours consisted of zip-lining (or a ropes course, or both!), trail-running, tennis (or basketball, or beach volleyball), camp food, candlelight yoga by the water (i.e. bliss) and a bonfire with s’mores & vino.
Yep, these lulu-peeps know how retreat.
To get your brain movin’, fill in the blank:
Standing in nothing, it’s possible to ____________.
**Raise your hand – who started humming the theme song?!