One of my favorite things about 2010 was being able to attend Brave Girl Camp in May. I won't say that it was life changing because well, I think that puts to much pressure on the program... but what I will say is that it was life affirming. The main thing that received from attending camp was remembering what it is that I want out of this life. This is SO IMPORTANT. Through out life we are constantly going, going, going trying to keep up with our own lives and sometimes others too. Somewhere in between all of this we soon forget what we are deep down in our core. We take on so many responsibilities, so many of other peoples deadlines and expectations... we have to keep going and going and going. Climbing and reaching for the top, and sometimes the top isn't even an option but we continue to reach and stretch till we are all stretched out, vacant and have nothing left to give. It is so hard to take a moment, stop ourselves and remind ourselves just what it is that we are reaching for striving for in the first place. So often our directions shift when we don't even know it.
Stopping and evaluating your direction is almost never an option even though it is a life necessity. This makes me wonder how ofter our own priorities are mixed up when we don't even have the time to remember what is important anymore.
So from camp, this is what I learned. It wasn't a specific lesson that was taught, words that were said or even advice that Melody or any of the other girls gave. It just simply was something that rested on my heart that while I was there, in one of the most secure environments I had ever been in that I was able to allow myself the time to remember what it is that I want for myself and for my family. Even my husband could see this in me after I returned.
This important lesson has stuck with me since May, and I have to say it has re-affirmed me day after day that the life that both my husband and I first decided that we wanted back in 2001 when we first were married... it is still a pretty good life, and well... we need to get back to that simple, love and family filled life.
That was my lesson, it may not be the same for everyone... but I hope that it is just as important for those who attend than it was for myself.
As a thank you to Brave Girls and to you all for following not only my journey but also that of my families... We (My husband and I) would love to giveaway one tuition to Soul Restoration which is a very similar curriculum than that from Brave Girl Camp. This is such an amazing experience so much that even my husband would agree!
Here is what you have to do. We want you to nominate someone that you think would benefit from this online art class. Just leave a comment here of someone that YOU think could really benefit from this. If you really want to attend this online course than have someone nominate YOU. The only entries will be those names of people that are written in a comment on this thread of the blog. When you are considering someone to nominate, remember that they don't have to be artsy, but you do want to make sure that it is something that they would enjoy and that they could benefit from. So that is it... simple. Just write someones name in a comment, or have someone nominate you in a comment for a chance to win!
I will pick a random winner on Wednesday so that you have some time to think about who to nominate, as well as have some people help nominate you too. The class starts tomorrow, but you will be able to pick up starting Wednesday.
So get out there, call a few friends have them nominate you or you can nominate them! The more times your name is nominated the better! I will post both the winning nominator and the nominee here on Wednesday so that you know who to thank for nominating you. please make sure also that they post where you are from ( example, I would like to nominate Liz Hicks from Ft. Collins, Co.) that way we can have an easier way of figuring out who the winner is.
The Brave Girls online community is up too, so if you would like to check out what is starting to happen over there, check it out here! This is a great place to meet other crafters that are preparing for soul restoration too.
If you have any questions feel free to email me at primadonnaliz(at)yahoo(dot)com
Thank you and good luck!
~Liz (and James too!)