All About Brave Girls Club
Brave Girls Club is Melody’s lifelong dream and came to fruition in 2009 when she and her sister, Kathy Wilkins, took the leap and started it with everything that hey had at the time...which wasn’t much more than their ideas and their unquenchable passion for those ideas. That passion, along with their willingness to work hard, have faith, and do whatever it would take to make it happen has since made Brave Girls Club one of the fastest growing online and in-person communities ever. Brave Girls Club has tens of thousands of members from all over the world and enjoys consistent and beautiful growth day by day, one Brave Girl at a time.
So what is Brave Girls Club? Brave Girls Club is art + life made into a worldwide community of women who want to live the best, happiest, most productive and fabulously brave life they can possibly live through creativity and introspection…in deeply meaningful and uniquely personal ways...which means something different to every single person. Brave Girls Club is not an exclusive club…every woman is invited. Brave Girls Club is life-changing fun, life-changing truths, and life-changing friendships.
Brave Girls Club is an online community, a portal for amazing connections, a news source for everyday heroes, a resource for great ideas, amazing endeavors, everyday problem solving, realistic recipes and unforgettable get-togethers. Brave Girls Club is a place to feel free, to feel peace, and to feel brave. Brave Girls Club offers online classes, an internet community, and exquisite mountain retreats that sell out at least a year in advance.
Some of Our AWESOME Videos... We love to make videos at Brave Girls Club to show everyone what we're up to. We're very proud of our videos and they're a blast to watch! Here are a couple of our favorites... (more at the bottom of this page)
And one to tell you all about our online class, Soul Restoration. See more Soul Restoration videos in the "What I Teach" tab.
Brave Girl Camp
Brave Girl Camp is five days of life-changing fun for women...a fabulous all-inclusive retreat nestled in the stunning mountains of Idaho, offering both beautiful cabin accommodations and meaningful art projects and instruction. The brainchild of sisters Melody Ross and Kathy Wilkins, Brave Girl Camp is an extension of their worldwide community, Brave Girls' Club, and is offered to women all over the world who are ready to meaningfully and artfully move forward on their individual paths.
In fact, Brave Girl Camp is specifically designed to help women find their own individual path in a fun and lasting and deeply personal way.
To learn more about Brave Girl Camp or to get on a waiting list to attend, click HERE
An Interview about Brave Girls
--Melody, why did you start Brave Girls Club?
Well, my friend...I will just take this answer straight from our website, because it’s an answer I wrote when we started this whole awesome adventure, and I would still answer this question exactly the same way...
Why Brave Girl’s Club, you ask?
Well, the answer is multi-part. The first answer is…because we want to…and why not spend time doing the things you want to do most? The next answer is….because it needs to be done. We believe this with all of our hearts…we believe there needs to be a place that is full of good news, full of good people, good ideas, good adventures……full of goodness. We are doing this because WE need a place like this to go to.
We are doing this because we believe in the power of being brave….and we believe in the power of being a girl.
We are doing this because we believe that there’s so much to celebrate in life, even when life is difficult. We are doing this because sometimes you can’t get through things alone….and we want to connect brave women to other brave women so that you never HAVE to do anything alone again.
We are doing this because we believe there is a better way…where women can support, lift-up and help each other through life…show each other how to navigate through new and scary things. We are doing this because we want to be part of that better way…
We are doing this because we think that women get bombarded with lots of lies about what life is, what life can be…and what women are and what women can be. We want to expose the truths of life to each other. We want to create a place where you can just be who you are, and dream what you want to dream, and where you feel empowered and uplifted and alive.
We are doing this because we just want to change the world, one BRAVE GIRL at a time.
--Melody, what do you love most about your career at Brave Girls Club?
Wow, that’s an easy one! Everything I get to do at Brave Girls Club combines my favorite things into an actual JOB that I get to do every day, now THAT is a dream come true. I get to be with incredible people, hear beautiful stories, make lifelong amazing friends, and make art all along the way. I get to work with my sister and my husband and our children. What could be better? The road getting here was rough and tough and I wanted to quit lots of times....but it was absolutely worth everything it took to get here. That is what being brave is all about...being afraid, tired, discouraged and even hopeless...but doing it anyway. In fact, that is the very thing we teach to others here! I love working with my sister, I love that we get to work alongside our families all along the way, I love that we have the same end goals in mind. I love that she doesn’t get sick of me or fed up with my crazy free spirit. I love that we have the most incredible team of people, the truest friends ever, helping us that I could ever dream up. I love EVERYTHING about this job. I want to do this for the rest of my life. I feel profoundly fortunate every day.
--Melody, is your number one goal with Brave Girls Club?
I want to help people to live their potential. To be the best version of who they are...and to love, accept and appreciate the exact person that they are and were created to be. As I work with women (and men!) from all over the world, I try hard to remember the dark place that I was in for many years, and how I felt trapped and afraid and without much hope at that time...and then I work hard to especially help those who are in the same dark kinds of places. It is no fun to feel so lost and alone...if we can make a place that ensures even just one person to never feel alone again, that would fulfill my goal.
I think many of us just forget what we once knew about ourselves and about how life works, or we begin to think that the brave and happy and full-of-dreams parts of us are gone. I want remind women of things that they may have forgotten along the way...the truths of who they are and what they are capable of. I want to remind us that being afraid does not mean we are not brave...but that being brave just means doing things even when we are afraid. I want to remind or teach women (and men!) that the world really can be a beautiful, generous, loving and amazing place when we make rules for our life and for the people that we allow into our lives, and that making rules and boundaries is not selfish, but very very loving and responsible.
I want to do all that I can to help women (and men too!) to live the life that their hearts yearn to live...that it is possible to dig out of deep places, and to be set free from places that make us feel trapped, and to restore back to the people that we truly are. I know that when people can get back on track, it will help everything in their lives...all of the people that are part of their lives and everything that they do. It is incredible how one woman (or man) who feels whole and powerful and full of love can influence the lives of her family, her friends and her community. This is a wonderful way to make the world a better place...one brave girl at a time.
--Melody, you list yourself as a full time artist, yet your primary career is with Brave Girls Club, what is the relationship between your art career and your career at BGC?
When we started Brave Girls Club, we decided that if was within my power, every piece of art that I created would have the same goal that I have with BGC, to lift up, empower and remind all of the beautiful souls out there about the magnificence of who they are....through creativity and through life’s beauty. Those are the kinds of products that I love to design.
One of the wonderful and fortunate parts of my job of creating commercial art is that I get to create beautiful things with powerful messages that will go out into the world. I LOVE MAKING ART, and to get to both do my job at BGC and design products that I love is something that I thank Heaven for every single day. I am truly living my dream.
I plan to continue designing products for the rest of my working life...I love doing it. I love making beautiful things, I love collaborating with product designers and other artists. I love being able to reach people all over the world that I would not have had the opportunity to know had they not found my products at a store in some far off place. I think product design is the perfect companion to my work at Brave Girls Club. I love it so much!
More AWESOME Videos!
Around Thanksgiving, we asked our worldwide following to share a few of the things they're most thankful for. We picked through the 10,000+ responses and made this video of 100 very awesome things...
For this one, we challenged worldwide brave girls to go out on Black Friday and spread random words of kindness to stressed-out shoppers. Here's us fulfilling the challenge...