Good news: my destination guess was correct! My OL training trip was indeed up to the Pocono mountains. Although the trip was short and sweet, it was just what I needed. It was a chance for me to recoup after finals week, a chance to really get to know my AU Orientation partners, and a chance to just spend some time without the pressure to social network.
Now I know that the word "pressure" oftentimes connotes a negative feeling, but I'm not applying it negatively in this case. I'm more-or-less trying to stress the fact that I had very little desire to have my phone glued to my hand and constantly chatting or scrolling through social media. The only time I whipped out my phone was when I wanted to take a picture! So I guess you can say...
I didn't have the "need for newsfeed!"
I thoroughly enjoyed my time kickin' it old-school and casually chatting away for hours. I made some s'mores (which I haven't done in years) and shared some of the best laughs that I had in a while.
And you better believe that I went kayaking! Because I'm a beginner, I haven't quite gotten the paddling method down-pact yet, so I did get a ton of water in my kayak that my pants voluntarily absorbed. Nonetheless, I still remained afloat and didn't tip! Successful trip, I'd certainly say.
I tried my hardest to get a snapshot of everyone in their kayak gear, but we had some rain roll in and I didn't want to risk getting my phone wet. Boo!
My "unplugging" experience was definitely a great one. It was a chance for me to really connect with others around me without feeling the need to connect with others in my social network. I do, however, have to be honest with everyone: if my retreat lasted longer than a few days, and was ehhhh a week or more, I probably would have lost my marbles.
I'm a girl who grew up tangled in a social media web. What else can you expect? I can't be the only one!
On another note, right before I left for the Poconos I enrolled in the What's Beautiful Campaign. Have have you guys heard of it? In case you didn't, it's essentially a chance for healthy living gurus to redefine the female athlete by setting goals and pushing ourselves past the limits that have been set by ourselves or by others. Under Armour is encouraging female athletes (or even non-athletes) everywhere to have fun with this campaign and document their epic journeys by posting videos and photos about their victories! I created my own challenge to enroll in CrossFit classes! I really want to kick my workouts up a notch and push myself out of my comfort zone at the gym this summer.
Female Athletes and HLB are starting teams all over the world! You're very much encouraged to step up to the challenge and join in on one. I know that Katie @ HealthyDivaEats is one fitblog that has a team up and running! What will you do? #IWILL
So I'm going to wrap up today's post with some Friday Tunes! I have to finish packing up my dorm because I'm moving out today! It's a bittersweet day for me. :') I hope you all enjoyed your week!
Have you ever been kayaking? What's your favorite outdoor activity?
Have you enrolled in the What's Beautiful campaign? What's your challenge?