This weekend I hosted a Campstameet, which is basically an Instameet and a camping trip smashed together in a gigantic mess of epic-ness.  If you don't already know, an Instameet is just a bunch of Instagrammers coming together to hang out, shoot some pictures, and make new friends.  At this point, they are basically a global phenomenon.  

After I hosted my first Instameet in October, I wrote a post about risks and community and how even things that terrify you tend to work out in amazing ways.  It still amazes me how taking that one risk has grown into something beyond me.

In all honesty, most of the people I consider friends at this point in my life have ties to Instagram and the Instameet family.  I've heard so much about social media tearing us apart, but as a generation I think we are redeeming that--not by spending hours scrolling through Instagram, but by making connections through it.  Meeting up with other Instagrammers when we find ourself in a new city, or driving hours from home for an Instameet.   

I guess what I am trying to say is that the risk I took in October payed off in bigger ways than I ever imagined.  

Be on the look out for a post with all the pictures from the Campstameet.  I promise you won't want to miss it!