There is a woman who lives in a land far far away…well, Star, Idaho to be exact. This woman has been through the battlefield, she has been on top of the mountain, and she has been deep in the pit. God has used this woman to encourage me and inspire me to go on during some very dark times and I’ve never even met her. Her name is Melody Ross. She and her sister Kathy run an organization called The Brave Girls Club. I don’t remember exactly how I found their website, but when I did I knew it was a God-send. I have read Melody’s essay You Will Fly Again at least thirty times if not more (when I was going through my depression, there were weeks I had to read portions of it everyday), and have shared it with friends numerous times. I have read her essay Seeing Past What It Seems at least ten times. I have been amazed by Melody’s art and daily encouragement.
Well, maybe it was another God moment (using a term my friend Josie Barone uses), but something came over me one morning and I felt an overwhelming sense that Melody should be a TED speaker. I checked their website to see if she was listed as a speaker..nothing. It surprised me a bit that this amazing woman who inspires thousands of women on a daily basis was not a TED speaker, so, I submitted a nomination. Here is what I wrote about her:
Melody Ross is an artist, writer, innovator, philanthropist, and world-changer, who inspires women, girls, and even men, to achieve their dreams, give back to their community, and to change the world. Melody is a 4th generation Idahoan. At the age of 25 Melody and her husband founded the publishing and product design company, Chatterbox. After some personal setbacks and years of struggle, Melody made a decision to take an inventory of her life and begin to care for her soul. Through this process, Soul Restoration and the Brave Girls Club was born. Melody has garnered numerous awards for product innovation. The Brave Girls club facebook page has over 55,000 subscribers. The organization offers multiple opportunities every year, through their Brave Girls camps and online classes, for women to nurture their souls and to dream again. Melody, and the Brave Girls Club, have also been instrumental in raising funds for Dahlia House, a safe house in Manila for women and girls entangled in the world of human trafficking. There is so much more to say about Melody, but the Brave Girls Club website is the best resource for information about this incredible woman. I am recommending Melody because her work has inspired me, after some darkness in my life, to dream big dreams and live life to the fullest. Her biography can be found here: http://www.melodyross.com/biography.htm
I don’t know if a nomination from just one unknown person will make it into the hands of the decision makers at TED, and I still don’t see Melody on the list of speakers, so I thought I’d write about it and see. Here’s the link to the nomination form: http://www.ted.com/nominate/speaker
Just so you get a glimpse into the beauty of this woman, here is a post she wrote just recently:
Just because I wear red cowboy boots…..(and other things that keep us apart)…a blog post about standing in a circle with women you maybe once judged unfairly….(and maybe even some who once judged you)
Note: God has been using many instruments to heal me from depression and anxiety and I will be writing more about them in the coming months. Thanks for visiting!