Camille Wilson's Answers to Thriving Interview

Updated: Oct 18, 2019


Answers to Thriving with Camille Wilson
Answers to Thriving with Camille Wilson

Founder of Grow Together Now - Changing The Way We See Mental Health in Workplaces

 

The ‘Answers to Thriving' is an interview series that takes a look at the women who have created a life of self-success. We uncover key moments, lessons and habits that have influenced the life they lead today.


 


You can’t start the day without:

A pot of green tea with rose. Yum!



A favourite quote is:

“For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.” - Viktor Frankl



One wellness ritual you do regularly:

Having a bath with no distractions. It is one of the greatest things I can do for my mind!



A recommended read for personal growth:

Oh my! I have so many books I can recommended for someone looking into personal growth. For me, as someone who has learned to recover from severe generalised anxiety and bouts of depression, you cannot go past the book "Lost Connections" By Johann Hari. One of the greatest books of all time about how we are losing connection with ourselves, with others and with the greater world around us. It weaves beautiful storytelling to create a really human book. I highly recommend it!



How do you go about self development?

This one is interesting for me as I think the concept of self development has changed a lot for me over the past few years. The story of self development for me goes into the deep and raw cracks of who I am, where I am today, and how I got here. In 2016, for anyone who doesn't know my story, I was hit with an absolute avalanche in my mental health, being diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. In this time, self development was keeping myself healthy and, quite frankly, keeping myself alive. It took a lot of strength and courage to get through 2016 and 2017 for me and, by the end of it, I was exhausted and I was over this idea of 'self development'. I didn't want to think about it, I didn't want to talk about it, I was tired of spending each time "trying to be the best version of myself".


In 2018, I decided to take some time out for myself and spent a year discovering what the hell my life meant to me with no intention of trying to develop myself in any particular way. I tried a host of new careers, I changed jobs numerous times, I got hired, I got fired, I moved along each day trying to figure out what the next one may entail. In the end, I didn't really know what I was doing half the time. I felt lost most of the year and it wasn't until the end of this period that a lot of the clarity I was looking for came at me without any rhyme or reason. To me, this year was one of the biggest self development periods of time that I totally didn't intentionally expect it to be.


I think we spend a lot of time in the world right now talking about self development, self empowerment, and being your best self...and I think it is too easily given almost as a process or as a step-by-step concept, but it isn't this at all. I went through self development by relinquishing control of my life, letting the world decide it for me, and, most importantly, not expecting myself to be wonder woman by tomorrow. This taught me a world of self development that I could never have learned any other way.


So, for me, self development is throwing yourself at what scares you the most and letting the world help you figure out what it should mean. Self development is ensuring you challenge yourself, but to no end goal other than to see what you are capable of. Self development is about being honest to yourself and letting yourself be OK with that.