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Sooooooooooo….. we’ve been busy the last few months…really really REALLY busy!!!!!!….. everything has been for you Brave Girls… for Soul Restoration…. for future fantastic classes and surprises…. and it’s been a family affair……and we want to share with you all the fun, crazy, unexpected, fantastic things we’ve been up to!!!!!!! Today I sat down and made a list of all the things that have happened in the last 6 weeks and all I can think is…. no wonder we feel exhausted!!!! But GOOD exhaustion!!! ACCOMPLISHMENT exhaustion!!! I want to include them all in this blog post but there are soooooooooo many things…. we have tons of pictures to share in upcoming blog posts….. but check out the list of what we’ve done (and that will give you something to look forward to seeing soon)!!!!
So here’s a general list of what’s been going on around here in, seriously…SERIOUSLY only the last 6-8 weeks (WHEW!):
Filmed new videos for Soul Restoration….
Huge Magazine Shoot with Where Women Create (can’t wait to share all about this!!!!)….
Madi turned 15 years old and we celebrated…
Madi got braces and she celebrated….
Guitar Lessons… once a week… still going strong (and we ROCK by the way!)…..
We celebrated Marq’s birthday (my most handsome 40-something hunk of a husband)…….
Brock moved out on his own (what the heck? When did he get old enough to do that?)……
…and turned 20…(what the heck, when did I get old enough for this to be possible?)
….. and got ENGAGED!!!!!…(what the heck??????????? this part is wonderful, actually and you will know more later)
Jake (Kathy’s son) left for Italy… and will be gone for TWO years…..
Celebrated artsyness with an Apron Challenge…(so fun!)
Jeff and Kallie moved back to Idaho….(YAHOOOO!!!!!!)
Baby Shower for Jennifer….(she is our baby sister)
Welcomed Matt and Jennifer’s Twins…(after she spent months and months on bedrest!)
Did an amazing photo shoot with these precious new baby twins…(pictures to share soon!)
Filmed Kim’s audition for Biggest Loser…..(A HUGE POST ABOUT THAT SOON!!!!!!!! AHHHH SO PROUD OF HER!!!)
this is me and Kim….she is my best friend from High School…and she works for BGC now!
Malary attended her Jr Prom in Vintage Vera Wang and COWBOY BOOTS!!!…(pictures coming soon)
Took a cruise with Brave Girl Camp Alumni (why not throw a trip to the Bahamas into all of this craziness?)…..
Nominated and won The Domino Project… just not sure what that means yet….(but it is BIG…sponsored by Amazon.com)
We lost Marq’s grandad..Pompie….(so sad….)
Brave Girls Club took on THREE full-time employees……(Brock, Kim & Jeff…..the best of the best!)
3pm Dance Parties….(yes….mandatory…videos coming soon)
We’ve been working together as a family and with our friends through all of it! Dream come true!
Made 377 trips to Sonic… Made 1000+ yoyos…
AND….. WE FINISHED THE CLUBHOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!! (2000 sq. feet that started as 4 concrete walls and a concrete floor and turned out better than Alice in Wonderland/Disneyland!)
THIS CONSISTED OF:
Found the perfect spot for our clubhouse… framed the walls for TEN video sets…..built 12ft shelves to hold all our supplies for Brave Girl Camp…..put together shelves to hold all our treasures…..built light strings…..hung up over 900 sparkly wonderful lights……shopped for lots of decorations at thrift stores……picked out paint……painted…changed our minds…painted again……organized……unpacked lots of boxes and sorted them…….picked out fun..funky..vintage.. comfy furniture…..wall papered……sewed curtains….sewed pillows…..refinished furniture……painted furniture..and repainted furniture……made art…BIG ART…….rolled out linoleum for our artsy space…..laid carpet for each new set….welded pieces of metal and treasures into beautiful vision boards…..designed stuff…..repurposed stuff..LOTS of stuff..and created ART……made a curtain out of funky frilly skirts….hung a HUGE red theater curtain….Kathy’s blonde hair turned blue from the paint….went to home depot 100 times….backed up our trucks and cars and unloaded them 100 times….friends showed up…..family showed up….we had dinner parties….we had dance parties…….
And in the middle of all of this craziness……..
(and we can hardly believe this ourselves!)
We recorded and released a music CD “RESTORE”!!!!!!!!!
Our niece, Stephanie Leavell is such an incredible musician….. she graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston two years ago… and is now a Music Therapist!!! She is amazing… can play the harp like an angel… her voice is phenomenal… and she teaches US guitar!!!! We have used Stephanie’s music for background in our first Soul Restoration videos… and Brave Girls all over the world fell in love with her!!!! Sooooooo… during one of our guitar lessons…. the idea of “Restore” was born!!!!!!!!!!!
Stephanie wrote most of the songs, Lynda wrote one and Brock wrote one. Stephanie’s INCREDIBLE husband Brian recorded and mixed the music, Ryan (our nephew….Stephie’s brother) played the marimbas and the bass, me, Kathy, Lynda and Stephanie sang and Brock played the song he wrote. The entire experience was unreal and we can’t EVEN believe how much talent surrounds us…how lucky are we?!?!
We got just a few shots of the actual recording….
Our CD is now available to order in the Brave Girls Club store….click here… Brave Girls Club Store …..you can also hear samples of the songs there…it is worth your time to do it!!!
I am sooooooooo over the top excited!!!!…. Can’t wait to share more pictures with you…. very VERY soon!!!
SO much has been going on that we had to start out with a blog post to tell you about what the upcoming blog posts will be….but you are important to us an we wanted to keep you updated……there’s SO MUCH MORE coming up that I haven’t even talked about…stuff you have been asking for…stuff you have dreamed of…stuff that is going to blow your beautiful mind.
Hope you know how much we love you!
I have also been working on a new fabric collection that will be out this Fall with a company called Blend….and my gift and home decor collection through Demdaco will be out in just a few MONTHS…lots of incredible stuff going on!!!
Fear of my potential. I keep thinking about this…..thinking and thinking and thinking about this…and when I really really STOP and JUST think about it, I always find myself really on-edge, sometimes even tearful. Sometimes my hands even start shaking a little when I think about trying to banish it. Because…I am learning…being who I REALLY want to be is my biggest fear. And I am learning what is behind that fear.
I am afraid of the pain that could come from living my potential.
I have a suspicion that this is one of your biggest fears too.
I am a hard worker. I am good learner. I have read HUNDREDS of books to teach me how to do SO MANY THINGS. I KNOW how to do SO MANY THINGS. I have spent thousands of hours practicing so many things, trying so many things, doing so many things. I have built incredible, real, lasting relationships with so many beautiful souls. I have tried a LOT of things…and sometimes those things have been so successful…sometimes those things have lead me to falling flat on my face.
I am capable of so much. So are you. It is incredible, really…just how much we are each capable of. Yet…..we hold back.
I am scared to do so many of the things I am capable of doing. Do you know why? This is really such a dumb reason, but I am going to own it. I am even going to step out of the shame and fear of this realization and tell you what it is.
I am thinking this might be holding you back too and I just want to create a revolution where we all hold hands across the world and stop this nonsense.
Today, I am done. In the post after this one, I am going to proclaim to you what my biggest dreams are and I am going to just banish my fear of proclaiming those dreams out loud. I am going to be ok with being WHO I REALLY WANT TO BE, I am going to finally be ok with living my potential. Will you PLEASE join me????? Let’s all do this together.
But first…that big fear:
Here it is….I know the thoughts that cross my own mind when I am feeling weak and defeated and then see another woman who seems to have it all together. Sometimes, my thoughts are unkind… I have seen what women do to each other when they feel threatened, or jealous or whatever that feeling is. I have even seen women go to the ends of the earth to try to destroy each other. As women…….we have SUCH ENORMOUS CAPACITY to reach into our own hearts and into the hearts of others…this is the great magic we have to heal the world. BUT WITH THAT SAME CAPACITY…we can reach in and destroy each other, BECAUSE we know how to reach all the way in…….we must use this skill SO SACREDLY, with such wisdom and love….
Seems like we only think it’s bad to judge DOWN on someone. By this, I mean….we slap our own hands when we judge someone who is down on their luck…we think…I must help them, I must be kind…I must not judge. I must not judge another who has an addiction or who made wrong choices or who is mentally sick or whose husband left her alone. We stop what we are doing and we decide to be kind.
Why then…..do we sometimes think it is ok to judge UP. By this, I mean….we judge someone for being successful…we judge someone for ALWAYS being happy….for having great discipline at the gym and with their diet, for having great financial success, for having things together….for having a successful art career or for having a beautiful marriage…..for being a stickler with their boundaries or for putting their beliefs and values first and foremost, especially if those beliefs and values differ from our own. Why is it ok to judge UP?
Well, we all know that it’s not. And…I am going to stop. I have been trying really hard to stop for a long time. I have been trying so hard not to be envious of others…not to draw my own conclusions about someone else’s choices….not to ever fall into the very mistaken and very destructive belief that if we tear another person down, we somehow elevate our own self.
We elevate ourselves by elevating others. THAT is where the magic is…some kind of unseen hands come and lift us ALL up when we are lifting each other up.
As I was writing this post….a song came on my Pandora station that I have never heard before…don’t you love when that happens? I heard some of the words and had to stop and google the lyrics…it is THE PERFECT ending to this post.
No Envy No Fear
Some are reaching few are there, want to reign from the heroes chair,
some are scared to fly so high, well this is how we have to try:
Have no envy and no fear, have no envy, no fear
Brother brother we all see, you’re hiding out so painfully,
see yourself come out to play, a lovers rain will wash away
Your envy and your fear,
so have no envy, no fear
When your sister turns to leave, only when she’s most in need,
take away the cause of pain, by showing her we’re all the same.
Have no envy and no fear, have no envy and no fear
Every day we try to find, we search our hearts and our minds,
the place we used to call our home, can’t be found when we’re alone
So have no envy, no fear, have no envy and no fear
Let’s be happy for each other. Let’s cheer each other on. Let’s help each other.
Most of all….let’s do EVERYTHING in our power to live our unique and divine potential. Even if it’s scary….even if the weak and defeated come after us and try to cut us off at the knees…let’s reach down and lift them up too…let’s not be afraid.
Let’s go out and be totally awesome.
I making my plan right now. I am getting ready to do things I have always been scared to do.
PLEASE COME WITH ME!! Will you?
I am cheering for you ALL THE WAY.
PS. We will do at least one more drawing like this in the next month!
Just about anyone who has gone through Brave Girl Camp or Soul Restoration comes away from the experience changed, restored….ready to live their dreams….KNOWING and REMEMBERING what their dreams are. Almost everyone walks away saying “I WISH EVERY WOMAN I KNOW COULD DO THIS……”
Well, here are some beautiful brave girls who want this experience for YOU too……and have donated some beautiful prizes for a drawing that will be held NEXT WEDNESDAY, March 2….for ANYONE who is signed up for SOUL RESTORATION 1 or 2 by then….so if you are on the fence….it’s time to sign up NOW!
Here are the Brave Girls who have donated presents (and there will be even more next week! Margie Romney Aslett, The Gilded Life, Magnolia Pearl) TODAY….we have…….the most incredible, peaceful, fun and talented Maria Simpson, Chickadee Bead Art and the beautiful, amazing, hardworking and big-dreaming artist, Angela Magnuson, Unity Stamp Company and the fabulous and wildly funny and creative Christy Tomlinson, Scarlet Lime Companies and the ever full of ideas and inspiration and soul-glue goodness Amy Anderson, Mod Podge Rocks …….well, these Brave Girls all have some beautiful gifts to give. I have some gifts of my own that you will see at the end of this post. These are all Brave Girl Cam and Soul Restoration favorites……..and these Brave Girls want SO MUCH for you to experience the miracle of this curriculum….that they have donated 5 sets of everything mentioned. THAT MEANS……5 lucky girls will win a BRAVE GIRL DREAM kit to do Soul Restoration art projects with.
Here’s how it works………AND YOU GOTTA BE FAST!!!! Simply REGISTER for SOUL RESTORATION 1 or SOUL RESTORATION 2 …. BEFORE MIDNIGHT, March 1….that is Tuesday, March 1….and your name will be entered in to win one of these incredible packages of prizes….valued at MANY HUNDREDS of DOLLARS! And there are 5 packages!!!! YAYY!! (If you have already signed up for SR1 APRIL or SR2, you will automatically be entered into the drawing)
WE KNOW that you will get SO MUCH out of SOUL RESTORATION….SO MUCH….after this we will be putting up many many many of the testimonials of the beautiful souls who took the class with us last time…..from ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!
Soooo, if you have even been THINKING about it…..NOW is the time to register!!!!!!!! DO THIS FOR YOURSELF, for EVERYONE IN YOUR LIFE….you deserve to live with the BEST of who you are…and everyone in your life deserves to know and have the best of you in THEIR life. IT IS WORTH IT.
IT IS WORTH IT.
IT IS WORTH IT!!!
So…here ya go! …….
These are Brave Girl Favorites…..so even if you don’t win…you’ve GOT to check out what these incredible women do, and how well these products fit with everything that Brave Girls Club is doing…through camps and through Soul Restoration! (see a complete list of what is included at the end of this post)
Ok….so THAT IS A TOOOON OF STUFF!! But, we all know…that you will get THE MOST out of registering and participating in SOUL RESTORATION………it will be one of THE BEST, MOST MEANINGFUL, and MOST BEAUTIFUL experiences of your life, and we have seen it restore and miraculously heal the hearts of thousands of women now, and get them back on track…dreaming big, feeling good, being happy….happier in marriage, as parents, doing whatever their soul’s calling is…we want this for YOU, too. SO PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY!!!
Here’s a list of what 5 winners will recieve!
1 Brave Girl Bracelet from Chickadee Bead Art
2 sets of Brave Girl Stamps from Unity Stamp Company
1 big mixed-media kit from Scarlet Lime full of all sorts of paper goodies and embellishments
2 bottles of Mod Podge!
1 complete Chip Art Starter Kit!!!!!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!
So….get off the fence and sign up today……..it’s for your own good…and because we love you!
This is another one for all of you beautiful dreamers, creatives…makers, artists, visionaries…musicians…writers….mothers…gardeners…friends…lovers…..PEOPLE. It is in ALL of us.
And this is just more about what I talked about in THIS POST.
I am writing this because I am now 100% certain that I am not the only one who used to feel like I was the only one who feels this way. AND when we find that out…that we are not the only one…and ALSO that OTHERS thought THEY were the only one…..a whole bunch of little candles get lit…and what used to seem so dark now is light….and it’s not so scary….and not so confusing…and there’s nothing to feel ashamed about anymore. Because…it just IS….and it doesn’t separate us anymore, but it unifies us. That is soooo awesome.
This is one of those things.
I am finding that when I am in my creative cave, trying to let a new product line, or class, or a new phase of my marriage, or a serious issue with one of my children…..whatever sacred thing it is…..when I am in my cave of creative solitude trying to let something sacred be born creatively, it is a kind of difficult that has no words.
I used to not talk about it because it all felt so unexplainable…and so sacred/ridiculous/out-of-control. Embarrassing even. Humiliating sometimes. Because….when something is trying to be born….an idea….or something sacred….it is sort of all-consuming. No one seems to want to talk about it…..mostly I think, because there are no words. It doesn’t always feel good…..and then you have to explain/defend yourself to others why you are dedicating so much of your life and energy to something that is difficult and sometimes does not feel good. I have found that I hate having to defend myself. Especially when I am trying hard to just live as authentically as I can. When I am doing exactly what my deepest truth is telling me to do. But sometimes…..special people just need to know what the heck is going on with you. They wonder why you are doing what you are doing……
Well….the answer is because sometimes you can’t NOT do it. When an idea or a sacred something creative wants to be born…….it won’t let you NOT let it be born.
I used to think I was the only crazy person who dealt with this dilemma. So…I just didn’t explain my long bouts of creative isolation or brain-fogginess or distraction.
Then, I started to talk to a few of my creative friends and found that as women…..we are always trying/needing/feeling-called to birth SOMETHING. It is part of us, part of who we are….maybe it’s the same for men. I just feel like we are always on our way to creating SOMETHING. And sometimes we just try to hide that part of ourselves, because we think…WHO AM I TO CREATE ANYTHING? But, it still calls to us.
Some of us keep trying to resist it for years and years and years or even just for weeks or months….and truly, it is the worst kind of misery…..way worse than the uncomfortable parts of sitting on bed rest with your idea, nurturing and letting it be born the way it wants to be born….whether it’s a collage or a book or a song or a room needing to be decorated, or a journal entry or letter, or a marriage or a cake or a garden or a scarf to be knitted……or a class to be taught or a home to be built or a new life to be remade.
When we resist it we are miserable.
Sometimes the creative bed rest need only last a few hours, sometimes a few months….sometimes even longer….just depends.
And we get phonecalls and emails and text messages that say “are you mad at me?” or….”why haven’t you called….” and we just don’t know how to say……I am in the middle of growing something sacred and it hurts and it also is beautiful and wonderful and exciting and real, and it is taking all of the energy that I have right now…………
and we don’t know how to ask…..”can you be patient with me? will you still be there when I can get up and get going again? When this thing is born?”
So we get up and do things that we shouldn’t be doing right now. We put our sacred something at risk to get up and do things that are not the most important things right now….things that satisfy the guilt we feel when we don’t know how to explain that right now…for this little short time, I am doing the most important thing that I know to be doing….I am letting something sacred be born.
We have to start letting ourselves go on creative bed rest. It is short…it is not forever. Most importantly…we have to let EACH OTHER go on creative bed rest and not get testy with each other when we have to decline invitations, or when we can’t return phonecalls or emails for a bit…..when we can’t do extra things…..it is temporary…but we must allow each other that. We all have a need to be creative. We need to allow each other that need.
AND THEN….when the beautiful sacred creative thing is born….we need to feel safe in sharing it with the world. We need to cheer each other on in the whole process, and then treat each other’s sacred something with sacredness and respect.
And most of all….we all just need to not really care too much what other’s think of our sacred something. Because that is not what it is about……it is about letting it be born, then loving it exactly how it is, protecting it as fiercely as we can, and then letting it have a life of it’s own……no matter what the critics have to say.
We need to not have to feel afraid of what others will say or do if it is not good enough……..or if it is SO GOOD that it makes others feel sad or jealous or angry or whatever……..because sometimes…..OFTEN TIMES….the thing that wants to be born just HAD to be born…..and it is not in our control. We did not create something to be better or to turn heads…..or to impress or to be judged in any way. So if it is NOT GOOD ENOUGH or if it is TOO GOOD……..we are scared to share it once it is born. And many times, it was born FOR THE VERY PURPOSE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS….to bring JOY, BEAUTY, TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, HAPPINESS, PEACE and UNDERSTANDING to the rest of us. Sometimes what is wanting to be born in us has NOTHING to do with us……..and we have to let it go out and have a life of it’s own.
Again…whether it is a song or a poem or a photograph or a painting or a meal or a novel relationship or an event or a solution to a problem. Sometimes we are the only way for it to be born….and if we did not stop and listen to that calling…it would never be born…..and someone, somewhere needed that EXACT thing….and that THING, that creative masterpiece was BORN with that purpose in mind.
…and then we knew it was worth it.
I write this to tell you to stick with it. I write this to tell the girl in Colorado who is writing a novel that you might not ever know why you have felt so called to put everything aside in your life aside from your family, and live in this deep loneliness, to finish it……but that you know that you MUST…and that it will be worth it! .And you are not alone!!! And the clothing artist angel girl in Texas who pours her heart and soul into every beautiful masterpiece creates for the world because she wants everyone to feel her love and that’s how she shows it…I write this to the sweet beautiful artist in California who sits in her house making art videos to teach thousands across the world how to make art online…even though it’s so lonely sometimes, because she can’t NOT do it….it is her calling. I write this to the heartbroken soul in Florida who just keeps making art….night after night….because it proves to herself that she is listening to her soul….and because she CAN’T NOT make art…..it is healing her. I write this to the young grandma in Melba, Idaho who pours over every cookbook looking for the PERFECT recipes to feed to others so they know how loved they are. She can’t NOT…..it is one of her callings. I write this to the songwriters and the gardeners and the knitters and the jewelry makers and the painters and the yoga instructors and the dancers and the singers and the comedians and the quilters and the teachers. To all of us who are called to CREATE (and I believe this is all of us)….WE CAN’T NOT.
AND WE MUST LET EACH OTHER.
WE MUST HELP EACH OTHER.
So if you must do it, you must. And some days it won’t feel good….and that is ok. Some days you will doubt yourself…and many days others will doubt you. Some days you will feel guilty and many days others will attempt to make you feel guilty. MANY days you will not understand and MANY MANY MANY more days others will not understand.
It is ok.
It has to be born.
Let it be born.
We need your light, your creativity, your unique contribution to the world.
YOU need to let it happen.
pass it on….pass on the love, the encouragement and the appreciation to every artist you know……
Going after your dreams has some kind of deep and beautiful pain that I still can’t describe. When you are in the thick of it all, there is a pain that is so real in physical AND emotional feeling…that I just wish there was ONE word to describe it so that when we are trying to tell people how we are feeling about it when they can see that something big on our smack-in-the-middle-of-building-our-dreams-mind…..we could just say that one word that would embody all of the fear, excitement, bliss, feeling of purpose…loneliness, exhaustion, confusion, shame, guilt, then the shame about feeling ashamed and feeling guilty, AND the deep love for our dream, the deep sense of protection we feel for our dreams….AND biggest of all the way we just have just had to let go of control….and surrender…and how when we finally decided to jump with both feet in, and now we feel like we just got pushed out of an airplane at 30,000 feet and then we each have no idea what is going to catch us….but we know that the plane arrived at the exact place that we were each supposed to jump…..so we did….because the faith that we would be caught really was bigger than the fear that we wouldn’t. Then…..we are alone in the so-loud-windy-silence…we are breathless…and afraid out of our minds and thrilled out of our minds….and so dang proud of ourselves that we finally just jumped….but then…still…so very very scared….
is there a word for that?
Early last Autumn, one of my dearest friends and mentors, Patrice, told me…..after she made me actually WRITE my dreams down and sketch them out with a pencil, and own them…..(which I did in great fear and through a great many tears)….she told me that it was TIME for me to shut every other single thing out, every distraction, everything that could potentially take energy and focus and nurturing away from my big dreams…and just go on bed rest with them for a few months. BED REST. This is a figurative kind of bed rest. Obviously, I was getting ready to work harder than I have ever worked in my life…..wouldn’t be spending much time in bed………..but that if I were going to grow the beautiful little spark of ideas and ABSOLUTELY meant to be dreams that were burning in my heart…..I had to treat them like a little baby in my womb that needed every single bit of me to be able to grow and be healthy. I had to go on bed rest with my dreams.
So I did.
For months. And months.
I sat in my bedroom, alone, and wrote the curriculum for Soul Restoration.
It was one of the best & hardest & most LONELY things I have ever done.
I don’t know that it could have been done any other way, however.
It was so worth it.
My little sister has been on REAL bed rest for months with twins who she has so carefully taken care of……..sacrificed so much for so that they can be born healthy and big enough into this world. It is startling as we talk to each other how much our feelings are the same. The sacrifices…missing the parties and social gatherings….letting everything around you go that is not necessary…..the loneliness….the guilty feelings about how much focus you are putting on it….the way some others don’t really understand…how you have to dig deep every day and remind yourself that this is SO WORTH IT, and that this is SO TEMPORARY and that it is worth this concentrated little window of exhausting and emotional time…smashing it all in with so much focus and love and 100% dedication…for something VERY SACRED to be born.
I guess I just want to encourage you to do the same….and if you are in the midst of the above described feelings….read on to the next post. I am going to really delve into what it means to sit patiently with that growing baby idea….and then nurturing it too once it is born…….which is where I am now….and all of the sacrifices that you have to make….and how it’s ok to feel yucky and sad and lonely about it sometimes as you watch the rest of the world going on without you (and the way you make up in your head that everyone is at parties and having fun and enjoying every second of their super fun and easy life while you have been working your bootie off)…….and actually I am finding that there needs to be a busted wide open heart word for that feeling too. It is so real.
Be brave enough to feel all of it. And please please please stand up and CHEER for the women in your life who are in the middle of doing this. They need your kindness…they need your encouragement. WE ALL NEED TO SEE EACH OTHER CHEERING EACH OTHER ON instead of trying to hold each other back….there is enough goodness, enough blessings, enough chances to birth big dreams for all of us. We need to be mid-wives to each other’s dreams being born.
Please remember that your dreams deserve your attention, beauties. They are worth the sacrifice. Your dreams are precious and sacred. There are unlike ANYTHING that has ever been born, EVER. They are SUCH a contribution to the world. There would be not a single book, song, painting, pair of beautiful artsy boots, favorite piece of jewelry, delicious meal or lovely garden had every creative soul who made each of those masterpieces not stopped and nurtured it along. We need you, we need your dreams.
Going on bed rest to grow something sacred is SO BRAVE. And sometimes, it is THE ONLY WAY….and it is ok. It is good. You will make it. It will be worth it.
Here are some technique videos to give you lots of ideas for your books and journal…more to come soon!
Ok before we get started with a few things that you might want to gather for the class coming up next week…I wanted to tell you to just breathe in and out….that this journey is going to be WONDERFUL and that we are SOOOO happy that you are doing this with us! At the end of this post is a series of messages to YOU from women around the world who have done this course…and who want to give you a little bit of encouragement before you start this journey. Just so ya know…it’s not too late to sign up…but it ALMOST is! After midnight MST on January 10th, we must close the registration……we WILL be offering this course again in April. We would sure love to have you!!! Here’s where to sign up for this course if you haven’t yet….I promise you don’t want to miss out! READ ABOUT THE CLASS AND REGISTER HERE
Ok…if you are in a hurry…here’s a quick list of the things that I’m suggesting you gather….they are not NECESSARY but if you have any of them….it might make the class even better for you.
1. A big hardbound sketchbook with thick blank paper (photos below)
2. An old typewriter that works
3. Vintage story books or magazines with lovely photos of women and girls that you might want to scan and use in your collages (from your childhood, etc. DON”T CUT THEM UP! make copies!)
4. Paint dropcloths
I will explain all of it below….
Ok….now I am getting my teaching hat on……..I have spent the last 2 weeks with my whole house set up like Brave Girl Camp…and doing a test run of this entire course with about 8 incredible women. IT HAS EXCEEDED all of our wildest dreams so needless to say….I am SOOOO excited to finally start….
I am giddy in fact……and really WISH I was prancing like this on a beach because IT IS COOOOOOLD HERE!! But I just wanted you to know how veeeerrrry verrrrry excited we all are to start this with you. We have been making projects, making videos, taking beautiful photos….writing notes to you…..this is just going to be absolutely phenomenal!
Ok……along the way….we have discovered a few things that are not exactly on the supply list that we have been using that have made this all even more wonderful for us……these things are not MANDATORY or even NECESSARY….just things that you might want to gather if you have access to them….
First thing….is that on the supply list you will have what you need….and you DO need a notebook or a journal…but we have noticed that having a big huge sketchbook instead of or in addition to a journal has been wonderful……IF YOU ALREADY HAVE a notebook or a journal…you are going to do JUST FINE. We all just noticed that we turned to the sketchbook a lot more for the journaling exercises and to expand on the collages we were putting in our books. We have been painting in them, collaging in them…journaling in them….all sorts of things that i will show you along the way. BUT YOU CAN DO THIS IN A NOTEBOOK TOO….a sketchbook is just a bit nicer, thicker and feels more like a BOOK…here’s a few of mine:
Here’s the kinds of things we have been putting in them….making art on one side and journaling on the other side (we do a lot of journaling in this class….with prompts to get you through it step by step)
Ok….VINTAGE TYPEWRITERS….SOOOOOOO FUN! Fun because you get to personalize your prompts…and your TRUTHS…which you will learn about. You will have hundreds and hundreds of truths to cut out in your curriculum…but sometimes you just want one that says exactly the right thing…..soooo….having your own typewriter to type it out is AWESOME….BUT…YOU CAN DO THIS WITH YOUR COMPUTER!! And…we will give you links to free fonts that look just like a typewriter. This is just a suggestion if you have access to a typewriter or if you have $40 of Christmas money to buy one at an antique store or something. I USE MINE ALL THE TIME.
This is the kind of stuff we do with them….the journal prompts are in the PDF for you to cut out and put in your journal…like below where it says….”I am fearing…” BUT…when we go in and put TRUTH to our fears…it’s really nice to be able to personalize them even more…you can see what I mean where I circled below…I did this with a typewriter then cut it out and Mod Podged it on…..it’s an AMAZING way to journal and you are going to LOOOVE IT! But you can do it with your computer too……or even handwrite the truths …..
This is what the journal prompts that are in your downloadable PDFs will look like: (all of this will be explained to you in detail)
Ok….vintage books…we use a LOT of vintage images. I will show you a whole bunch of my scans…they are not a part of the curriculum but I will give you access to them…BUT, if you have vintage images….like from childhood, etc….you are going to love using them. We use a lot of images of women and girls….because we are documenting our journeys…so anything you have like that….gather it! But you will have access to TONS of collage sheets in this class with my collection of vintage images.
Ok…..here’s something else…when you get into the FLOW…into the ZONE…you are just gonna wanna go wild with your creativity. MY SUGGESTION is that you cover your table and your floor with paint dropcloth. We will be doing a lot of cutting, a lot of painting…a lot of everything…and it’s so nice to have this gather all of the scraps and splatters, etc.
Are you wondering what we are “making”? WELLLLL…we are making 2 books, a journal and a timeline. BUT WHAT WE ARE REALLY MAKING is a plan for a beautiful life, a map….and a little guidebook to your own self…..tools that you will use for the rest of your life…here’s a sneak peek!!!!
AND FINALLY…here’s some beautiful messages JUST FOR YOU from women who have done this course, and who are working through this curriculum every day…and who are SO EXCITED for the journey you are about to head off on….here is their advice, their wisdom…and their wishes for you!
Keep checking back for updates til we start!!!!!
BE EXCITED!!!!!! I AM!!!
At the end of this post, please ask ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS that you might have, ok???
CAN YOU SEE HOW EXCITED I AM??!!!!!
Make sure you read all of this post….there’s a photo of your kit below….and some more videos…..but first…I wanted you to know that I made a video for those of you who are wondering what you will need for the class….I actually took you SHOPPING with me…and these are just the basic basic supplies….under this video…you’ll see the kit, and what to get if you didn’t get the kit in time…and I want you ALL to know..that it is NOT TOO LATE to sign up!!! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP You gotta sign up if you haven’t…this is going to be an amazing experience!!! I want you to be with us!!!
We hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas and that you are still having all sorts of wonderful times with your family and friends this week. THIS WEEK, those of you who signed up for Soul Restoration before December 1 will start getting your kits. I wanted to go over those kits with you…and again…ALSO let those of you who DIDN’T get kits know that you are gonna be JUST FINE and show you what you need to get before class starts…..and AGAIN let EVERYONE know that it’s definitely not too late to sign up!!! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP It is going to be SO AMAZING! This week, we will be doing a test run of the class at my house, since there are 12 lessons, it will be a marathon of soulfulness all week…..my sweet hubby is taking the kids away for the week to have fun so that it can be Soul Restoration world headquarters here at my house with a whole bunch of wonderful women…we are so excited!!
OK! Here’s what you’ll see when you open the box to get your kit….please know that the kits are all a little bit different, but essentially have exactly the same supplies. The flocked books are all different colors, as are the buttons & gems and the ribbon. Everyone will either get a denim album or a wood album or a canvas album…….just trust me that in the end…it’s ALL GOOD and it won’t matter which kit you got. You will be collaging and painting all over your books…..here’s a sample of what your kit will look like:
Ok…so here’s the video again to get you excited about the class….cuz if you haven’t signed up…YOU NEED TO!! I PROMISE! WATCH THIS VIDEO K????
OK lovelies!!! Now what questions do you have??? I will be doing a big question answering post next….so ask away!!! More videos and photos coming soon, too……about more stuff from around the house to gather….how to find stuff at thrift stores and in unexpected places…this is going to be SO FUN!!! It’s not about the supplies…it’s about the curriculum….but the supplies are gonna make it SO FUN too!!
AND I PROMISE YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST!!!!!! It’s about the classes…the curriculum…here’s a video about that from lots of girls who have worked through the curriculum:
OHHHH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOIN US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don’t want you to miss out!!
melody (and kathy!!!)
COME ON!!!! COME DO THIS WITH US!!!! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
Source: A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson, as quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech, 1994
OH PLEASE PARTICIPATE! We LOOOOVE hearing from you! And everyone loves reading everyone else’s comments!!! SO FUN!
How DO you go out and be amazing????
Well…you tell us! We want to know what you are deciding to do in spite of obstacles and objections and critics and trials and cellulite and mean employers and rebellious teenagers and bad traffic and doctor bills and mistakes and lack of resources and, and, and….
We know that there’s a million reasons, a million excuses NOT to go out and be amazing, but we know that you are choosing to go out an be amazing anyway.
So maybe they told you that it was a dumb idea…..but you decided to KEEP BELIEVING IN IT ANYWAY
Maybe they told you that you would never be able to change, maybe you told YOURSELF that….maybe the signs pointed to a caged life….but….you decided to FLY FREE ANYWAY
Perhaps you wish your voice was as pretty as the girl next to you…maybe someone even said you can’t really sing…..but you wanted to sing it LOUD so you KEPT SINGING ANYWAY
Then there’s forgiveness…..and there might be a chance that you believed that you could never forgive that horrible thing that happened…or the people who were involved…or even God. It was hard, but you chose to FORGIVE ANYWAY
You fell down once, maybe even twice. It hurt. It has taken such a long time to get it all going again…..but you are amazing….so you KEEP TRYING ANYWAY
There were probably voices that said your dreams were too big, or you were not qualified, or that you had your head in the clouds….but you were brave and YOU KEPT SHOOTING FOR THE STARS ANYWAY
Some people might think you are kind of a freak. You wear your hair in funky ways, you listen to funky music…you totally stand out. You decided that you were BORN to stand out…and you go out and BE YOURSELF ANYWAY
You burned dinner last night. You have a full day today and none of your favorite clothes fit. There’s negative stuff going on all around you. But you see the big picture…all of the goodness and abundance around you…you see that the roses are worth the thorns….and you choose to BE HAPPY ANYWAY
You are afraid of starting over. You are scared of all of the changes going on in your life. But you want that life that is burning in the heart of your soul…..you want it so bad, that you swallow the fear and you LET IT GO ANYWAY
You know you could stop and count all of the reasons that you can’t, or you shouldn’t, or that it won’t work, or that it’s not possible…..but….YOU CHOOSE to go out and BE AMAZING ANYWAY.
SO tell us now….what are you going to DO ANYWAY??
Tell us, tell us…please please please!!! When we show each other what we can do, and that we WILL DO, and what we ARE DOING. We can all keep going out and DOING IT ANYWAY! SHARE SHARE SHARE!!
Put it in our comments……or take one of our photos above and write your own blog post about it and we will link back to your blog…….make sure that if you love Brave Girls Club, you tell everyone you know about it, ok??? We want every woman in the world to feel free to GO OUT AND BE AMAZING.