|Melody and Me|
While browsing at a gift shop at the Crazy Horse Memorial site in South Dakota, I spotted a woman who is an inspiration to me. That woman is Melody Ross. I first came across her from a book I had called What to Write. The book gives ideas to help you incorporate journaling into your scrapbooks which is a favorite hobby of mine. Fast forwarding many years later, I bought a publication called Artful Blogging. I was drawn to the photography on the cover, and to be honest I just love buying books and magazines. At the time I had started a blog about What I've Learned from Watching Oprah and I thought it might have some helpful blogging advice. I read an article by Jeanne Oliver whose blog at the time was www.bushelandapeck.typepad.com and she talked about her experience at a place called Brave Girl Camp. The article intrigued me enough to google the brave girl club. I was hooked in by the positive messages and vintagey artwork of Melody and her sister Kathy.
I later put two and two together that it was the same woman whose book I had purchased years ago. I read her blog and have taken her online courses Soul Restoration I & II. She has a new course called art school which I'm also considering. I am one of those people who wishes they had a natural talent for art and drawing. I enjoy photography, crafts and design, but my artistic abilities could use a lot of assistance. Melody's classes and daily emails came into my life at a time when I was really struggling and sometimes still do with finding my calling and overcoming self doubt. She is one of those people whose soul shines. She is as beautiful, friendly, sincere and out going as she appears to be on her videos. She is not a woman without struggles and has shared her personal experiences on her blog. It takes a very brave person to do that, but as a result it has helped so many women with their own inner turmoils.
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet Melody. I wish I could have told her more, but I didn't want to keep her from her family. Mine were waiting outside wondering what was taking me so long to buy a postcard. I also didn't want her to think I was some strange stalker. I was thrilled her husband and son offered to take a picture of us. It is physical proof of the moment. I highly recommend checking out her website www.bravegirlsclub.com
On a side note, it occurred to me hours afterward I had written in one of my journals that I would like to meet her one day. It wasn't quite the way I'd pictured, but it happened none the less. I also don't believe it was by chance.