San Franciscan Maggie Mason is the founder of Mighty Girl, a popular lifestyle blog with hundreds of thousands of readers and a consistent ranking among Babble.com’s top blogs. She’s also a social media whiz and a hearty supporter of setting out to do the things you’ve always wanted to do — hence, the annual weekend retreat that she co-founded three years ago called Camp Mighty.
Every year at Camp Mighty, participants each bring a list of approximately 100 life goals and are given three days of support around making plans to accomplish them. There’s also a lineup of notable speakers to inspire greatness (past speakers have included Ben Silbermann, co-founder of Pinterest; Jennifer Lawson, the powerhouse blogger behind The Bloggess; and SF artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon) and workshops to provide guidance. Oh yeah, and it all happens at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Sunshine and a swimming pool, anyone?
It goes without saying that Mason has been cultivating her own Mighty Life List and crossing things off, one big or small thing at a time, for years. As a nod to our local entrepreneur and dream-cultivator, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites of Mason’s goals — and some of the stories behind the ones she’s accomplished.
Now go make your life list.
GOAL: Night dive with manta rays.
“The day before this dive I was bitten by a Humuhumunukunuku’puaa, which is Hawaii’s national fish. It super-bit me and made me bleed, presumably because I was hanging out over its turf. Sorry Humuhumunukunuku’puaa, my bad. And thank you for the reminder that sometimes animals bite you precisely because they don’t recognize you. Thank you for that reminder mere hours before I got in the water with fish the size of houses.”