Finding My Place

Hello friends!

My name is Lily and this is my first time writing the Camp Now Crew Blog post!

A self portrait I took in the woods using the timer button on my phone (and a convenient hole in a tree).

A self portrait I took in the woods using the timer button on my phone (and a convenient hole in a tree).

I started working for Maze on June 20th of this year. I didn’t realize that it has been exactly one month on this day since I started working at Camp Now until I looked at today’s date! What a journey it has been, even though it’s been a relatively short one. That just goes to show how time flies when you’re busy (and having fun).

Growing up my family was always being subjected to change. Whether that change was in the form of a move across the country or just to different school, I have learned to adapt myself quickly to whatever new environment I find myself in. I have never lived in one house for more than 4 ½ years and I have never attended one school for more than 3 ½ years. Interestingly enough I learned that G.E Fox has also dealt with a constant motion in life, both from small day-to-day changes, and also bigger moves, like me. Learning that I shared this with G.E Fox made me more comfortable, knowing that someone else has been through something similar to me.

In all the places I’ve lived, I’ve always looked for an artistic outlet for myself, sometimes it came in the form of poems and short stories, or at other times I expressed myself through visual art, and a consistent outlet was and has been through dance. If I can’t find one of those ways to express myself I generally don’t thrive as much I, and the people who love me, would like. Expressing myself creatively has always been something that helped me grow, and gave me fuel to pay attention to other aspects of my life.

Some small drawings I did in my personal art journal while at Buxton.

Some small drawings I did in my personal art journal while at Buxton.

I came to Camp Now from Buxton, the small progressive boarding school I attend in Williamstown Massachusetts. It was an easy transition because like Buxton, Camp Now has a close knit community feel, and encourages you to find creative ways to express yourself; whether that is through art, writing, or even just talking. Camp Now has been such a great fit for me, because although it has been a way to express myself, and help Maze evolve her company creatively, she also pushes me in a way that makes me evolve too.

While working at Camp Now you have to think of innovative ways to do tasks that are set for you, and in the process (even if it is subconscious) your mind will grow and develop more depth. At Camp Now everything is always evolving and becoming more settled, but because things are usually in motion my role at Camp Now has changed and grown from week to week. I have done a lot of work building the Community aspect of Camp Now, sometimes doing that in the form of sending messages to Community members thanking them for taking the Journey with Maze and Camp Now. Other times my Community Building role takes the form of going on mini adventures to reach out to people on the streets to let them know of Camp Now, and bringing awareness to the Creality Market and Musical Tent Show being hosted by Maze this weekend (which you should buy tickets to if you haven’t already!). I have also sometimes had a helper on some of my Community expeditions, her name is Louise, and she is Maze’s daughter. Although Louise is only six she is a great salesperson and is very persuasive when handing out cards for the Creality Market and Musical Tent Show. I’ve enjoyed spending time with Louise and while simultaneously helping Maze in the childcare aspect. In addition an artistic side has been thrown into my job description, as I have also taken on the task of making hand-painted signs for the farmer’s market Camp Now regularly attends. Maze’s calm direction has allowed me to attempt solutions to problems on my own, but if I ever run into a problem I can’t solve by myself I know that I can always turn to her for guidance.

Painting signs for the farmer’s market with the other Art Fairies, Mary, and Naho.

Painting signs for the farmer’s market with the other Art Fairies, Mary, and Naho.

I’m looking forward to continuing my work at Camp Now, in whatever form that may be, and seeing how this company evolves in the future! Here's to friends, art, and the process!

Till later, Lily