Who are we?

 

Well, my name is Melody Ross, my sister Kathy Wilkins and I founded Brave Girls Club in 2009 because it was what we wanted to do more than anything else in the world, and because even though it seemed like impossible timing, we knew we could do it if we just buckled down and did it……so we did.

In a separate post…I will tell you exactly why we did it, and why we keep putting our heart and soul into it every single day….but for now…I want to tell you just exactly who we are. If you are wondering what Brave Girls Club IS….it’s a community for women everywhere who want to do big things with their lives, who want to overcome difficult things, and who believe in doing all of this with love and kindness and as joyfully as possible. We have a worldwide tribe through the internet, and any woman anywhere is welcome and invited…and we also have fabulous retreats in the Idaho mountains, called BRAVE GIRL CAMP….and any woman anywhere is welcome and invited to join us there, too.

This is me….Melody Ross. I am married to a man who I am madly in love with and we are parents to 5 phenomenally funky and creative kids….I am a full-time artist and a writer and a forever seeker of all things beautiful and true. I am a horrible housekeeper although an unkempt house makes me crazy, and I have a weakness for creme brulee. I think SPANX are the most incredible invention, ever. I love artsy cowboy boots when I am not in my bare feet and I know for sure that I belong in the mountains, it is my element……I am a 4th generation Idahoan.

Ok….I really like that picture I put up there…but I am not really that serious and contemplative……..and since I am writing this blog post, and I can…I am going to tell you that  I am really more like this…………..

 

Now….on to the good stuff…..

This is my sister Kathy, my partner in Brave Girls Club and a woman who I can only dream of growing up to emulate….I would go on and on about her, but she would probably come on here and delete it…….so, I will just tell you that if you get the opportunity to ever meet her, talk to her, or spend any time with her…it will be an experience that you will never forget and you will be better for it. She will be sharing her talents on this blog….so you are all in for a treat.

Kathy is happily 52….and no, this photo is not photo-shopped, she really is this beautiful. Kathy is married to Kurt and together they have 8 children and 11 grandchildren (and counting!)  Kathy is a phenomenal musician, and has a brilliant analytical mind. Her artfully crafted food will blow your mind and her skill of unconditional love and acceptance is a gift to the world. I feel so fortunate to have her in my life, let-alone having her as my big sister….she has been a critical part of my world since the day I was born.

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Now, here’s a cool fact……when we started…we thought it was just going to be us…and to tell the truth, we are a pretty dynamic duo….but our goal was to do our best to change the world in little ways with kindness and good news and ideas and life-changing fun. Soon…our family members and friends joined-in, wanting to be a part of what we are doing….and now, there are many many of us involved in the behind-the-scenes adventures of Brave Girls Club. We want to tell you about a few of them…..and you’ll be hearing from and about more and more of them as our community grows….

Before I go on…I just have to say….YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR…you really are…and that is the truth.

Ok….moving on, more about us and the people behind the scenes….

This is Jeff:

Jeff is Kathy’s phenomenal son-in-law…he is married to Kallie (we’ll introduce you to her in a minute).  Before he came to work for us, he worked for a mortgage company and was a high school wresting coach….he even won the coach of the year award!  He is wonderful to work with, is a great husband and is father of 3 of the cutest kids around.  Jeff works for us full time managing the business side of Brave Girls Club and keeping things running smoothly.  We would never make it without him – he is amazing! He even drives the Brave Bus during camp.

This is Brock (and Sabrina):

Brock is my son and works for Brave Girls Club full time.  He is pictured here with Sabrina, his beautiful and amazing bride.  They are just starting their journey together and we’re so glad they found each other!  It’s so fun to be around new and blossoming love.  Brock is our incredibly talented videographer and video editor.  He and I work together all day every day during our online classes – filming and getting everything just right.  Brock is a joy to have around and I feel so lucky that he chose to work with Brave Girls Club! Sabrina has recently started working for us as Jeff’s assistant, and she has quickly become an indispensable part of our little team (and our family). What did we ever do without her?!

This is Malary:

Malary is my daughter.  She is an old soul – thoughtful, insightful, peaceful,  funny and sooo much fun to be around.  Malary graduated from high school and decided that Brave Girls Club is where she wanted to be, which made us all sooooooo happy!  She works full time for us and does such a beautiful job.  She takes the most beautiful photos (you’ve seen them all over our blog!).  She loves to cook and works with Kathy in the kitchen at Brave Girl Camp to make every meal beautifully delicious.

This is Amy:

Amy worked with us a lifetime ago.  We had lost touch for lots and lots of years, then we found out she was looking for work and we were searching and searching for the perfect person to join our team.  It was meant to be.  Amy joined our team and we are sooo soooo soooooo glad she did!  Amy is exceptionally organized and peaceful and calm, and she manages all aspects of our online shoppe.  She is mother to 2 handsome boys – and one of them is a teenager if you can believe that!  If you come to Brave Girl Camp, you will talk to Amy a lot as you make your preparations.  We are so glad to have Amy on our team!!

This is Patrice:

I don’t know how to say all the things that this beautiful woman means to us.  She is our mentor and a guide to us in everything we do.  We count on her for her wisdom and her peacefulness and all the things she somehow just KNOWS are true.  Patrice has built a beautiful life with her husband, Michael, and their 4 children, and has the most cozy, beautiful home I’ve ever seen.  Patrice lives in California and we miss her sooo much when she’s so far.  She is nurturing and loving and the best hugger in the universe.  Patrice is on our team for SO many reasons, but the most official seems to be that she is our publicist.  We feel so lucky that she is with us.

This is Kallie (married to Jeff):

Kallie is Kathy’s oldest daughter.  She has already led a big and amazing life and traveled many parts of the world, spent a few years doing humanitarian service and missionary work in South America….and is now married to the fabulous Jeff Maughan, whom we all love and adore. She is mother to 3 – one boy and two girls…all born within 3 years of each other. Kallie is a true blue Brave Girl.

Kallie does all sorts of things for Brave Girls Club that you will surely see as you return to our blog.

This is Chelsea:

Chelsea is also Kathy’s daughter.  She is super funny and super fun and an absolutely gifted organizer and event planner. You can always count on her to throw the best parties and make the most delicious desserts. Chelsea has martha-esque skills and keeps the most immaculate home that I’ve ever seen a young mother keep……she is extraordinary. She’s madly in love with her husband Luke….and they are parents to 4 little ones.  Chelsea has her own photography business, CM Photography, which comes highly recommended and can be found on Facebook HERE

Chelsea does so much stuff for Brave Girls Club behind the scenes, and is also our kitchen manager for Brave Girls Club…..you’ll be hearing from her and about her a lot here on the blog.

I can’t go without introducing you to our mom, Myrna Jean Johnson:

Our mom is part of Brave Girls Club because she made us who we are………but, she also comes to EVERY SINGLE one of our retreats and works in the kitchen…and makes deeply meaningful lasting bonds with all of the attendees there. She will never know how many marriages she has helped save, how many hearts she has helped heal, how much wise advice she has given that was whole-heartedly accepted, and many women from all over the world who have adopted her as “Grandma” as she is affectionately known at Brave Girl Camp. You will be hearing a lot more from and about her on this blog, too.

Then there is our Brave Girl Camp Staff...these girls caught our vision and RUN with us to make it happen!  They are amazing and we couldn’t do what we do without them.  They are the truest of friends and we are so thankful for all they do to make Brave Girls Club what it is.

This is Camille:

 Camille came to our very first Brave Girl Camp….our practice camp…..there were 5 of us there and we bonded in a way we couldn’t have anywhere else.  She has been to almost every single Brave Girl Camp since then!  Cam is mother to 3 amazing children.  When you ask what Cam does, the answer is…almost EVERYTHING.  She is so talented and if there’s something she doesn’t know how to do, she figures it out.  She works full time, but during Brave Girl Camp, she comes to the Ranch at night and helps us in the kitchen and the Art Barn.  She is phenomenal and Brave Girl Camp wouldn’t be the same without her.

This is Maria:

If you’ve been around Brave Girls Club for a while, then you’ve probably heard of Maria’s beautiful jewelry and seen the bracelets she made for Brave Girls Club (find them here).  Maria is a big part of everything we do and has been with us since the very beginning.  She is married to Jed and they have 1 brave boy and 4 soulful little girls.  Maria is true in every way.  She is LOVES to have fun and works hard at everything.  Recently she became a certified CrossFit trainer!  She is awesome, and you’ll love every minute you spend with her at camp……we sure do!!

This is Hilarie:

We always joke that Hilarie came to us through the Boy Scouts of America.  Her husband and my husband are HUGE scouters….they live, breathe, eat and sleep Boy Scouts, and since we both live in the same area, we were destined to cross paths.  Hilarie is married to Carl, who has also been an enormous help to Brave Girls Club.  Together they have 3 sons and 2 daughters.  Hilarie is at all of our Brave Girl Camps and is soulful and fun and sooo loving.

And Jen:

For a lot of years, Jen lived practically down the street from us…..we loved being so close to her.  Recently she moved a few hours away and we are happy that she’s found a good fit for her family, but sad that it’s so far from us!  We miss having her so close.  Jen is married to David and together they have 5 of the greatest kids I’ve ever met.  Jen is still going to come to our Brave Girl Camps, and we’re SOOOOO glad that we get that time with her!

This is Carrie:

I have known Carrie forever……she is someone who went through it ALL with me.  She is a true friend and a pure soul…..and I love to be with her.   Carrie is married to Chris and together they have a daughter named Courtney who is soooo much like her mom and is spectacularly talented.  Recently Carrie came to work for us and she helps Brock and I put our class videos together.  Carrie also comes to all of our Brave Girl Camps…I really hope you’ll come sometime and meet her.  She is lovely.

And Terry:

 Terry came into our lives at the very same time that Patrice did (Patrice is the one we introduced you to earlier).  They both came to the same Brave Girl Camp in October of 2010.  Terry lives in Texas with her husband John, and they have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.   Terry means so much to us.  She is the kind of girl who is awake, dressed and ready to go at 5am (with her bed made).  She loves to laugh and have fun and has taught us and encouraged us through so many things.  She comes all the way from Texas to nearly every one of our camps, and we get absolutely giddy when we know she’s on her way. She is wise and wonderful and helps us every day with our vision and making important decisions. She is a gift!

These are the people who are actually an every day part of Brave Girls Club, but there are SO MANY OTHERS who volunteer their time, who spread the word, who help in more ways than can be counted……

This is our sister, Lynda, and our niece, Stephanie…who have been known to travel all the way up the mountain with their full-size harp and guitars to give our retreat attendees a world-class live music concert (did I tell you that most of my siblings are professional musicians…and that has been passed down to their children and even mine…and our parents are musicians too….but we can talk more about that later).  Now they come to Brave Girl Camp at the River Ranch to sing for our campers there.

and this is our little sister, Jennifer….who helps whenever and however she can, as she juggles her life with her 4 little brave girls and one brave little dude…..we love having her!

We have friends who diligently show up for each and every retreat and the meetings beforehand to sew special gifts for the attendees, to handcraft nametags and to cook soulfood………they are truly angels to the Brave Girls Club Revolution…..an army of do-gooders and funky artsy ladies who want to connect with others of the same mindset…..

We could never do what we do without all of the help that we have….without all of the hundreds of women all over the world who have already joined us in this Revolution of Goodness……good life, good times, good memories, good news, good food, good friends, good fun…the Brave Girls Club family is a phenomenal tribe of phenomenal women….of sorts of ages, all sorts of backgrounds, all sorts of dreams and hopes and struggles and experiences.

 

Soooo…that’s who we are….

We hope you will join us!!!!  Brave Girls of EVERY age, shape, color, country and walk of life are welcome here!!

How do you join us?  First, find us on Facebook.  Then watch our videos on YouTube.  Then come back to our Blog often and see what’s going on!  You might also be interested in Brave Girl Camp or one of our life-changing online classes.  And check out our Home Page for current ways to team up with us in compassionate projects to spread love and light all around the world. There’s lots of good stuff…and we need you!

We’re so glad you’re here!!

 

Comments

  1. Brave New Fiona says

    Hi Ladies! I have excitedly stumbled upon you only today after I read one of your daily truths (by Claudia Fulshaw- letter to Determined Girl), that was quoted in another fine lady’s blog (Jane from Life on Planet Baby).

    You also caught my attention as I named my blog Brave New Me. I named it so, as I realised one day that I didn’t know myself. I thought I would miraculously know myself once married, once having children, once I own my home (which is yet to happen), once I figure out what career I should follow. So now I just muddle through and allow Time to gently work it all out (and as Claudia spoke about, learning to hold on/let go/nurture).

    I look forward to reading more from you. I didn’t want to write this under the giveaway post as I haven’t been a follower and didn’t want you to think I was just after a freebie.

    Just grabbing and owning the title of being Brave and New has helped changed my perspective on life. Words are powerful in finding one’s identification don’t you think?

    Take care xx Fi

  2. Maureen Love says

    It was a pleasure to read about your beautiful family.
    Congratulations on your Brave Girls Club. I look forward to being inspired by your creation.
    It was fun to see your neice at her harp. I am a fellow harpist and come from a musical family, too.
    Maureen

  3. Amy says

    I am SO happy that I stumbled on your website! I think this is a fantastic concept, and I would love to get involved. How can I join this wonderful group?

  4. Sarah Elizabeth says

    Hi! I’m Sarah, I’m seventeen, and I’ve only read a couple of posts here, but I think this is really cool. :) I struggle with depression and anxiety because of my rough past, and it’s nice to find a community of women like this, devoted to uplifting and making the world a better place to be a girl. I think I’ll have to stick around and check things out. ^.^

  5. linzie says

    Your warmth is soo infectious – ive seriously got to go to bed as its almost midnight but I keep reading stuff on your site – its the healthiest addiction ive ever had!!! Thank You x

  6. Katariina says

    I just took the time to read some more about you, i put your badge on my blog a few weeks ago, & now I’m blown away! I don’t know where to begin, but if I come back for another life after I die, I want it to be in your family- well a family like yours that plays music together, loves each other, loves each other’s children and is just based in love, compassion, & goodness!!!! Wow! Can I blog about you? I’m assuming I can, but I just want to ask. It’s always good to ask.

    Big Luscious Love,
    Katariina

  7. Jackie says

    I was just directed to this site by a friend and I’m loving it!!!!!!!! I live in Costa Rica (Central America) and would love to come to one of your retreats…when is the next one?

  8. Colleen Trefz says

    O k. NOW I am leaving another message on this page…I just read all about your family…well all the good stuff anyway!So amazingly lovely! I recognized Elise’s the Brass Razoo store in a picture!!! I love Elise, she has been a sweet friend although I am old enough to be her Mama! Do you ever just do tea or coffee with gals around here? I would love to invite you for that if your available! ? I love the love you share with each other as sisters and friends!
    In His love, Colleen Trefz

  9. Marlene says

    Hi Kathy, Melody & BGC ~ The past 3 days I’ve been home ill..but stubbling about your site has brought a light back into my step…I am starting an adventure of my own its called “hONeY cOmB cOTtaGe” a home/hive for children between the ages of 7 to 11 who are orphaned or have been abandon or abused by their family…its a skep/hive where the buzz is about healing & moving on & knowing that they are loved…I hope to bee a mentor, guardian, protector, care taker & beekeeper of this little cottage…with my dream I bEeLiEvE I will bee able to help one, three, five or nine children’s lives…I am opened to any suggestions that you have & I will be a follower of your blOZ & hope to bee able to call you all my friends…well I’m off to get a little motivated, get over this bug I have, & get a plan started for my dream… have a honey of a day ~ may sweet things come your way! Grace Peace Joy & many blessings 2 u all, & a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2 U 2, Love Marlene aka Mizz Bee ;0)xox

    • melody says

      happiness to you Marlene!!! My suggestion is just keep going…keep doing what is in your heart….even when it seems like it’s going slow or not working at all. If you can even help ONE child, ONE person, ONE soul…it is worth it…it really is. We admire what you are doing so much! Sending you so much love!

  10. kim branson says

    Hello Melody, Kathy and all the BG Crew :) My name is kim and I’m a life-long Alaskan. I came upon your website through the post of an online friend and am very intrigued by what I’ve seen here so far.

    I look forward to learning more about your group/site/organization/family and will come visit often!

  11. Heather says

    WOW! I just fell upon your site this morning. I was just taking a bit of a breather from my ‘oh so hectic’ routine and indulged in some net surfing…just for me. You can’t imagine how touched I am to have found you! Actually, I am sure you can! Kinda’ freaky too, that you are all about the ‘ME’ inside thing!
    Thank you for beginning my day, my weekend! I hope to be here often!
    {SMILES}

  12. Wirda says

    TRULY TRULY TRULY inspiring!!!!! i really wish i could attend the camp… but living miles n miles away… its impossible right now…nonetheless…what you are doing is just so Inspiring… Empowering woman from all walks of life… Thank you for having an amazing blog up!

  13. Robin Blackman says

    Congratulations!! My heart is so full of happy for you AND because of ALL of you!! You are the best and I am so proud to be a BRAVE GIRL!! You are truly amazing, you really are changing the world…one girl at a time!! big hugs!!
    Robin Blackman

  14. Shabby Anne says

    Congratulations ladies. You are Brave Girls indeed to take this on, but we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You manage to touch so many women on a daily basis and you speak the truth, as much as we may not want to hear it.

    Onwards and Upwards…..

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