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We are so thrilled about our Symposium this summer. I wish each of you could sit in some of the meetings I’ve been in…planning meetings with Melody and Kathy, logistical meetings with Brock and Jeff, coordinating meetings with The Riverside Hotel, where the Symposium will be hosted. You guys…get there. It’s going to blow you away. Even I can’t wait and I know all the surprises!!
One of the things we want to do (that won’t spoil any surprises) is tell you about the 17 women who are speaking and participating in forums at the Symposium. They are good. So good. With life stories that are real and relatable and sort of unbelievable with good and bad and ugly and beautiful parts…the kind of stuff the best books are written about.
And they’re going to share some of the best of it with us!
We are so excited for you to meet them and hear them that we want to start introducing them to you….so starting this week, we are going to share a little bit about each speaker and panelist. So you can start to see their hearts and get an idea of how incredible these 3 days in July are going to be!
We asked each of these lovely souls to send us answers to some questions we gave them…we do the same thing for Brave Girl Camp…so it seemed natural. Here are the answers we got back from the incomparable Kelly Rae Roberts!
Kelly Rae Roberts Questionnaire
(Speaking at the Brave Girl Symposium July 6-8, 2016)
What do you do?
I’m an accidental artist, a Possibilitarian, an author, a teacher! Prior to all of that I was a medical social worker and made a big leap into the art world with zero art experience. I love how what I do now is a beautiful marriage of my social work sensibility and my creativity. Feels like a dream!
If you had a free day all to yourself, how would you fill it?
I would sleep in, then make a cup of tea and settle into the couch with my journal and an inspiring book. Then, I’d go for a long walk with my dog, and then come home and do a bit of stretching before hoping into the shower and getting dressed in joy. After that, I’d make a phone call to a friend for a nice heart to heart chat. Then I would likely do a bit of writing or painting and lose time for a bit. I’d then meet a girlfriend at a delicious outdoor cafe and talk life, biz, family. I’d then go back to my writing and painting. Later, my husband and I would pick up my little guy from school and head to the park for a family picnic and play session. Later, we’d all make dinner together and talk about our days, the highs and lows. Ahhh, I love this free day!
In your eyes, what makes life worthwhile?
Lately I’ve been loving getting older (I’ll be 41 soon) because I can see and feel how all the years before have served my soul and brought me to this moment – how nothing is wasted and how we are capable of whatever is at our front door. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is receive all the love and abundance that is ours, to let go of suffering as a means to evolution. What makes life worthwhile for me is to allow myself to receive it all – the good, the hard, the wonder – and to craft something meaningful from all of it. We are born for these journeys of transformation, growth, evolution. And I love the idea of my soul courageously choosing this specific life and journey as a way to learn, love, and transform.
What have you accomplished that you are the most proud of?
I am most proud of my relationship with my husband and our child. Motherhood was a hard choice for me. I never had very clear maternal instincts to have a child, but once I chose to become a mama, my heart had a very real, hard, wonderful, blissful, terrifying growth spurt. My journey into parenting and motherhood has changed me. I am proud of that journey – for keeping my heart open, for consciously parenting my child, for doing all sorts of really good work to rearrange my soul. It’s been a sacred, divine experience and I’m proud of the ways I’ve showed up for it.
What is one big dream or goal that you are really working toward in your life?
Right now a big dream is to travel more – perhaps for extended periods of time with my family. Life on the road, in the world. I want our son (he’s five) to feel like a global citizen, and I have big dreams of traveling while working while living while seeing the world.
If you had one message to share with the world, what would it be?
I would say to listen to your urges – those quiet whispers we all hear when we silence the noise. These whispers are our life’s possibility calling to us, beckoning us to pay attention and make a move. Once we are brave and listen to their wisdom, providence will shift with us, and a whole new world and life will begin to open up. I have witnessed this in my own life but also in the lives of countless others who are in the center of their dreams.
What is the bravest thing you have ever done in your life or what is the bravest thing you have ever been through?
Besides my motherhood journey, one of the bravest things I’ve ever done is to declare myself an artist when I had no art training or know how. I was just a girl, in my early thirties, finding her passion with painting and I just WENT FOR IT despite the recession, despite having little money, despite all the obstacles in the way. Looking back now (ten years later), I am so proud of that version of myself who listened only to her heart, made up her own rules, and charged through to make her dream real.
When did you first learn of Brave Girls Club?
I met Melody when I did a keynote at a creative conference in 2009. She pulled me aside, introduced herself, and told me about a dream she had about starting a thing called “Brave Girls Club”. I knew then that it would be some of the most meaningful work she could ever do. I knew it would be big, important, and healing for so many. And I have LOVED watching BGC evolve over the years. It’s MAGIC!
How is your message similar to and different from Brave Girls’ message?
We both believe in creating and crafting the lives that are waiting for us all. We both believe that kindness changes everything, like in a break-your-heart joyful way. We both believe that our stories deeply matter, that it’s important to tell them and claim our brave steps along the way. I could go on and on! We both believe in the healing power of making art. We both believe in the brilliance of connecting women and how powerful those connections are.
What has you most excited about the Brave Girl Symposium?
I’m excited to be in a space with so much brave, good, sacred energy! And as scared as I am, I’m excited to flex my courage muscles a bit and give my talk. I’m also excited to soak in the wisdom of all who will be there, to listen to stories, to connect with my heart, and to learn new ways of being brave.
What’s the best place to learn more about you and see your work?
My website – it’s brand spankin’ new! KellyRaeRoberts.com
You can also find Kelly Rae’s incredible class “Wear Your Joy” inside Brave Girl University!
Come meet Kelly Rae and all of the other amazing speakers at the Brave Girl Symposium this summer – we are pulling out all the stops and can’t wait!!