Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Brave Girls Camp

I still cannot believe that I was able to attend Brave Girls Camp in May. Because I was traveling in the USA at the time I had no way to reflect at that time how much it meant to me.

When a group of over 20 women get together who have never met there can be complications. You know, personalities and differences of opinions etc. There was no such feeling when Brave Girls May 2010 got together. Sure, at first we were nervous about what it would be like. Every woman has her insecurities. (Did you know that?)
We all worried whether we would be accepted and whether we could contribute.

Arriving at camp, I will never forget, the staff gathered outside the lodge to greet us. They giggled and screamed and clapped as we all made our way off the van and into the lodge. They greeted each of us by name and welcomed us in the truest sense of the word. Some of the faces I will never forget from Brave Girls Camp will be the lovely faces of the staff as they served us in such a beautiful way. They became part of the experience.

For me Brave Girl Camp opened up a place in my heart. I allowed myself to see others in a different way. It was very freeing and therapeutic. My cabin mate, Maureen, made the comment that we had received about $40,000 of therapy in just four days. SO TRUE!

By the way, my roommate was amazing and I really loved the time I spent with her. We connected on a deep level and I will always be thankful for her. I have thought about her every day since I left camp.

It is impossible to explain just how much fun I had and yet how much I grew from this experience. I have sent some people to the moon, and made some new Starbucks friends. I have restored my house and cleaned house. (All Brave Girl terminology)
I have found a new love for every day art in my life. The simple expression of myself and who I am through art is something I will never put aside.

For now, I am back in Poland. You know what? I talked to Mel and she said she would like to bring Brave Girls to Poland. I think this is amazing! In fact Mel is planning a trip to Europe in July. I can't wait!

If you have a chance please go to camp. Your family will thank you for it, and you will NEVER BE THE SAME!

Sing along with me now... "Everybody, everybody wants to love! Everybody, everybody wants to be loved.. :)

all the pictures come from Brave Girls Facebook fan page


LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

It's so awesome that you were able to attend this wonderful camp while in the states. I want to go so badly, but cannot quite yet. I know it will happen eventually in the future. It sounds like God opened up a new gift in your heart with using your creative spirit that He's given you. Awesome! And how awesome that Brave Girl Camp will be coming to Poland, and all because of you!
You go girlfriend! Hope to see more photos of Brave Girl Camp in your future posts.

Lee Ann

Just call me Silly Sal said...

I so enjoyed meeting you and hearing all about your cafe's in Poland. (Poland lost to Spain to day in soccer :( ) I guess we all benefited in surprising ways from the whole Brave Girl experience.

Hopefully sometime in the future, I will get my son and daughter to Poland and will make sure I have made contact with you before coming. Please, if you ever are in La Jolla, contact me. I have a guest room and bath that has your name on it!

do zobaczenia
(can't figure out how to use the Polish keyboard and diacritical marks in Windows 7)

beachy keen girl said...

I've so wanted to go to Brave Girl camp. Maybe I need to actually do it :) Looks and sounds like you had a FANTASTIC time! Thanks for sharing.