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Speaking at the Brave Girl Symposium
July 6-8, 2016
Tell us about yourself & your background.
When I’m introducing myself to Brave Girls, I always like to start with a little who’s who… because almost everyone is related around here and things can get confusing. So… Kathy Wilkins and Melody Ross are the founders of Brave Girls Club. They are sisters. Kathy is my mom (lucky me!), which makes Melody my aunt (more like a sister… again… lucky!). If you’ve been here for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve run into Jeff (either with a customer support issue or as a passenger on the Brave Girl Bus…he’s the driver). Jeff is my husband. There are all kinds of other connections… cousins and siblings who work (or have worked) at Brave Girls Club, too…but that’s probably enough to swallow for now.
Jeff and I have been married for 9 years. We have 5 children that we are trying really hard not to screw up. I can’t say we know what we’re doing, except that we’re doing our best and having fun.
I was raised a small town girl as the oldest daughter of 8 kids. I think my siblings (and their spouses) are the most phenomenal people on earth, and their kids are just awesome. We were born having fun together and being with them is still my favorite.
What do you do?
This question made me take a deep breath. Haha! Probably just like everybody else, I feel like there are a lot of things I do. My children are all very young (7, 5, 4, 2 and 1), so I spend a lot of my time meeting the demands of young people. Changing diapers, getting people dressed, cooking, doing the dishes, doing the laundry, reading books, snuggling and leaving the house only when we absolutely can’t avoid it.
Somewhere in there I am also in charge of marketing at Brave Girls Club, and I write quite a bit.
I never knew I was a writer… I guess I always felt like there were only certain people who were allowed to do things… certain kinds of people play sports, certain kinds of people are artists, certain kinds of people are musicians… and I never thought I was the kind who was allowed to be a writer.
I love to write and to share my thoughts with the world. My next venture is books. I have written several and am working on getting them beautified and into the world!
If you had a free day all to yourself, how would you fill it?
Oh wow. It has been a while. Right now, my husband and I are working really hard toward some big goals, so all of our free time is spent working. I mean every spare minute. So if I had a free day today, I would work. But if I had a free day that was truly free, I would go shopping. There are about 10 antique shops within walking distance from my house and I would love to spend an afternoon wandering in and out of them. I also recently discovered quilting and fell in love with that… it would be fun to spend a few hours working on a quilt. Alternatively, I would do just about anything with my main man… just to be together for a day with no plan at all would be amazing.
In your eyes, what makes life worthwhile?
Relationships. Real relationships that ebb and flow and still keep going are what make life worthwhile to me.
What have you accomplished that you are the most proud of?
My body grew 5 babies in 6 years. My body still has a lot of recovering to do and I think because of that sometimes I forget what a miracle that is, but I can’t think of anything I feel more proud of than that.
What is one big dream or goal that you are really working toward in your life?
Right now, our family is really focused on reforming our finances. We have been in some really hard places financially over the years and we finally decided we didn’t want to live that way any more. We came across something that said, “Ask any 80-year-old if 5 years is a big sacrifice to change your financial future” and we decided that 5 years would not be a big sacrifice to change things in a radical way.
We are 18 months into our 5-year plan to basically live like college kids again and put the rest of our money in smart places. Some days it actually does feel like a big sacrifice. It’s hard work, but once in a while we put our heads up and see how far we’ve come in just 18 months and that, once again, gives us motivation to keep going.
Our goal at the end of 5 years is to have all of our debts paid off, including our home, have a big cash safety net and to finally start investing for retirement.
If you had one message to share with the world, what would it be?
This sounds weird no matter how I say it, but here it is….You’re allowed to do and be whatever it is you want to be and do. I spent so many years thinking certain people were born with certain traits that made them good at cooking or painting or writing or whatever. Nobody ever tried to stop me and nobody ever told me that’s how it was… I just made up those rules in my own head. This might sound crazy, but realizing that youtube could teach me to do just about anything I wanted to learn was one of the most liberating things that has ever happened to me.
What is the bravest thing you have ever done in your life or what is the bravest thing you have ever been through?
In my early twenties I lived in Brazil as a missionary, which felt brave. Breaking off an engagement to the wrong person was scary and brave. Waiting for my beloved husband to show up in my life also felt brave. Raising children in our changing world requires bravery and a level of trust I don’t have, but am working on.
At this point in my life, I think writing and illustrating my first book is the bravest thing I’ve ever done. Like I said before I never thought I was allowed to write or be an artist. Deciding to just do it has taken a lot of guts. It’s hard to create something that you plan to share with other people in the world. Doing it anyway has required every bit of bravery I can muster.
When did you first learn of Brave Girls Club?
It was just a few months ago when I realized what a unique perspective I have of Brave Girls Club. I got to see it in its dreaming phases. I got to hear all the planning that went into it. I mean years of planning before anything even began to take shape in real life. I wrote some of the very first blog posts. I went to the very first Brave Girl Camp… all of my babies have been with me to Brave Girl Camp as newborns and toddlers. My husband has worked full time for Brave Girls Club since 2011. We live and breathe Brave Girls Club. It is such an honor to be part of it and to watch it grow.
How is your message similar to and different from Brave Girls’ message?
My message and Brave Girls’ message is exactly the same. I believe in what we do here with a fierceness I can’t explain. I believe every person on earth is beloved by nature and that every soul can be restored and able to feel and share love again.
What has you most excited about the Brave Girl Symposium?
I couldn’t pick one thing if I tried. I have been in so many of the planning meetings, you guys. It is going to be spectacular. I can’t wait to hear what the phenomenal speakers have to say. I am so excited for all the live music (it’s my favorite) and to walk along the river in the morning and evening.
One thing about Melody and my mom (Kathy) is that they never do things half-way. They are going to blow you away with this event. I know it… I just don’t know if you know it. And I can’t WAIT to watch that happen. 🙂
What’s the best place to learn more about you and see your work?
I’m always here at bravegirlsclub.com or you can follow me on Instagram @kmmaughan.
Come meet Kallie and all of the other amazing speakers at theBrave Girl Symposium this summer – we are pulling out all the stops and can’t wait!!