What an interesting name for a company: UNSETTLED. Honestly, the name actually attracted me because let’s face it my life has been so unsettled for the past two years…
The month-long experience that is Unsettled, was nothing short of amazing. This group is all about helping you live with intention and trying to help you live your best life. The above picture is what greets you as you walk into the group workspace. From there you are set up in a beautiful apartment, are giving a local SIM card, and the workspace is put at your disposal for those that actually need to work. There are group activities planned and you can participate as little or as much as you want.
I can’t believe that it was only a week ago that I was in the city of eternal spring, Medellin, Colombia. It honestly seems like it was a dream…
There were 25 people in our group from all over the world, with different backgrounds and ages, which I believe made our group so special. At first I was a bit apprehensive because inevitable when you meet new people one of the first questions is “what do you do?” That questions always throws me off. Back in Geneva, I don’t get that question much and when I do and reply that I am a stay at home mom. Somehow it feels more acceptable there, in Colombia not so much.
In this group context it felt a bit bizarre to say that I did not have a job, because EVERYONE else did and they actually came there to work. Which I did not envy one bit. I had some personal goals and objectives but I was definitely happy that I was not bogged down by any real-life deadlines. My goals were quite simple: to discover this beautiful city and work on my writing.
After our first week, there, we had the first of many Lunch +Learn sessions. This was a once a week gathering where we checked in with each other and let the others know what we had been up to. Over another amazing meal (the food in Medellin was ridiculously good) we took turns explaining why we were there, what we hoped to get out of this experience, and what we could offer to the group. WHAT???
I was literally tearing up thinking about what I would say to this group of people. If you have been following the blog, you know that my self-confidence has taking a severe beating during this wretched process. As each person spoke we were supposed to make a note of what they did and if we could help them in any way write them a small note. Conversely, if there was something we thought they could help us with we could also leave a them a note.
I passed my turn twice and finally there was no more escaping, so I got up and told my story with surprisingly, just a few tears falling. At the end when we had to collect our notes, I was surprised that I had actually gotten several. There were offers to help me revamp my website, work on my blog, rebrand my business, and others who just offered to go for a coffee and talk about our shared life experiences. I was floored by their compassion and generosity.
By this time, I was already forming bonds with a few people form the group and this experience only served to solidify them. I spent the rest of the month getting to know these awesome people, listening to their advice and even giving a little advice of my own.
As it always happens when you are having fun, the time flies. I feel like I only scratched the surface of Colombia and I will be back just as soon as I can. For now, the happy memories that I have of last month will have to sustain me as I resettle into my “real” UNSETTLED life.
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”- -Joseph Campbell