So….there are little teaser photos and messages showing up all over the place about some big stuff we have going on…some awesome collaborations with incredible people….we’ve been INCREDIBLY busy the last few months…working on the most amazing projects. It’s not quite time to tell you about the biggest one of all…but we wanted to tell you about what’s been going on around here…
First…we had a big feature story in Boise Urban Magazine…which is a huge honor because we are native Idahoans…5 generations deep. We love Idaho and we love doing business here. We are so honored to have been featured in our home state…
Today, I found a couple of 4 leaf clovers in my great big Idaho lawn……..such a picture of just how I feel……and I know Kathy feels this way too…
We have hosted 3 camps so far this year…we have 2 more this Fall. We completely renovated the Art Barn…where we have our classes and make art and just have all sorts of life changing fun…..
We’ve been spending LOTS of time behind the camera filming for our upcoming projects….
…in our “free time” (ha!) we have been renovating our new world headquarters, room by room…..an amazing historic home in the town where we were born! Here’s just one of the gathering rooms where we meet as a team each day to plan all of our Brave Girl fun….
…and then we keep adding new and amazing touches out at Brave River Ranch, where we host our retreats….this summer we added a new sign to the outside of the barn and a few incredible chandeliers to the inside (plus new paint colors inside too!)
The photo shoot for Boise Urban Magazine left us with so many incredible photos that capture the life we feel so lucky to live…doing this beautiful work alongside our family…..here’s my husband and I with Brock and Sabrina….Brock is a huge part of Brave Girls Club and Sabrina is too….and
…and speaking of family….whether we are at the Clubhouse (our name for our office/world headquarters) or we are at the ranch…..our children and grandchildren are always welcome…so we get lots of visits throughout the week….lots of baby holding….here’s Kathy with her newest granddaughter, Kate….
…and I get to see my grandson and granddaughter many times a week too….(so lucky)….
Marq and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary…and if you know our story….you can imagine how thankful we are….
I’ve even been able to fit in some time to paint and have painted some of my favorite pieces I have ever done (and our new headquarters has a beautiful new studio with tons of windows!)…
……and I was honored to have a book published with Andrews McMeel this Spring!!! It is such a beautiful little book and I am so happy and proud of it….I hope you will check it out…..
Then we decided to throw a big project into the middle of all of it (we sort of have a habit of doing that)….after learning about ancient cultures who have special tents for the women to gather and take care of each other…we decided to build a gorgeous red velvet tent at the ranch……we wish EVERY woman could come and be in the tent with us. At our last camp, about 30 of us gathered inside and shared an unforgettable evening of sisterhood….it’s going to be a huge part of every camp we have moving forward…..it’s even prettier at night because the ceiling is decorated with lights and lights and lights……absolutely magical…
yep…..everyone in this picture gathered in the tent…..(don’t you love the new chandelier in the barn?)
We LOVE camp…and all of the places we get to gather together…
…and we have been celebrating the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SOUL SCHOOL!!!!! Soul School has grown to include thousands of subscribers….and we have some HUGE NEWS about the future of Soul School…so stay tuned. Soul School keeps us hopping, with new lessons every month and a new box of goodies every month. We would sure love to have you if you haven’t checked it out yet!!!! We are so thankful for everyone who comes together every month for Soul School!
And one of the really fun parts of my job is that I get to go to really great locations to film new classes. I am so thankful for this amazing opportunity to connect with all of you!
….and we LOVE packing up your SOUL SCHOOL boxes every month…here’s Lynette and the gang packing everything up beautifully to be sent out to all of the Soul School subscribers! (we love these amazing women!)
Not only do I love to do the retreats here….I also love to go to other retreats. This Spring I got to go and teach at Handmade U in Nebraska with our friend and fellow Brave Girl Rachel McGough…it was so much fun and I loved every minute of it…
…and I also got to go to a beautiful retreat in Washington hosted by another fellow Brave Girl, Serena Berry…..where we learned from Misty Mawn, a master artist and very special friend and sister. I love gathering as women and sisters!
….and that leads me to the tiniest little teaser about what we have going on. I have been teaching my courses through Brave Girls Club for 6 years now. It has been such a joy and such an honor. And I have had teachers too. I have so many incredible friends who teach incredible courses….and so many more who have so much to teach about but who don’t teach courses yet. So……….our hearts here at BGC have longed to bring all of them together…and bring all of you together…so that it is then all of US…….so…..stay tuned for a huge announcement in the next few weeks about the big sisterhood of learning that will soon be available through Brave Girls Club….not just Soul School….but SO MUCH MORE….lots of you have seen pictures like the ones below on social media…….pretty soon you will know what it’s all about…and it’s all for YOU.
So…..we are just joyful and content around here. And thankful…….thankful thankful thankful. We feel so very lucky. We feel so very fortunate. We have worked so hard and it has been worth every minute, every tear, every long day and long night. Big things are happening around here to grow this worldwide sisterhood.
….and I LOOOOOOOOOVE doing this with my real flesh and blood sister…….and all of the thousands of sisters we have hugged virtually and in person over the last 6 years. Can’t wait to tell you all what’s next.
We love you all SO MUCH.
melody and kathy and the awesome BGC team