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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Soul Restoration Donation!

Through Blessings in a Basket , our dear friend Liz Coleman is donating

ONE FREE Soul Restoration Class taught by Melody Ross brought to you by

Brave Girls Club

Including a $75.00 gift card to your local craft supply store!!!

This is truly an incredible gift of generosity and Liz wanted to share her love for Blessings in a Basket:
“I have three cousins and two nephews who came into my life through adoption. I am so deeply grateful to their amazing birth mothers, truly Big Tough Girls. Offering a spot in the Brave Girls Club's Soul Restoration online workshop would be a small way for me to say thank you and to celebrate the extraordinary women whose deep love and ability to make an incredible sacrifice enrich the lives of countless people, many of whom they may never meet. We are so grateful to you.” Liz Coleman

Brave Girls Club


Tell us WHY you need some Soul Restoration!
LEAVE YOUR STORY (as a comment) HERE about why you need Soul Restoration and what you would hope to gain from this class!

*UPDATE* Blessings in a Basket is going to do a Soul Restoration Donation Match! Please include in your post a loved one that could benefit from this class...someone that you know would love to take this with you! If you WIN then they WIN!

The winner will be announced on February 14th, 2011

What a great Valentine gift for you and a loved one!


All of us at BIB LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!
*Liz will be giving away either Soul Restoration 1 or 2...so anyone can win!
for any questions please contact Ashley Mitchell-ashley@blessingsinabasket@hotmail.com


  1. Hello
    I am currently enrolled in Soul Restoration 1 and cannot believe how I am now able to breathe. Of course we all breathe, it is a constant. Without it, we die. The difference now is my breaths are full. They are clearer, deeper and instead of being tainted with smog and yuck, the breaths are like that of a clear beautiful day. I love being able to put people on the moon and be okay with it. I love not reacting when people are trying to "stir the pot." I have a 10 year old daughter that I want to share these lessons with as we lay in bed after prayers and talk. I want her to be aware of her strong and weak self and know it is okay. I cannot thank Melody and Kathy enough for sharing this with us. I have become a better person...I can feel it in my heart, see it in my smile and see the gleam in my eyes. I am not completely restored, yet I am on my way and am so proud of this journey that I was willing to take a risk and go for it. Life is good. In my Soul House there are the moon people, the ballpark people and the taco people. I am blessed to have them all in my life.

  2. I used to be the biggest baddest bravest girl i knew. i dyed my hair purple and and tried new things and moved to new places. then 3 years ago i decided to become a very single mother (the biggest risk and most rewarding thing ive ever done)...i also became responsible. i bought into the group thought that i must trade my dreams for responsibility.

    so now i am beginning to dream again. i realize how imperative it is for me to show my son the life force found in following your bliss. its just that those big juicy red grape dreams now look more like dried raisins.

    so i would surely appreciate the gift of community, validation, love that i have found in my daily brave girl emails.

    but i will say, that even if i dont win, i am so inspired by bib's gift. it reminds me of all i have to give and how do it as a way that shows gratefullness for all ive been given. thats the real part that brings tears to my eyes and makes my heart swell as i write this.

    thank you.

  3. My girlfriends and I are doing the Soul Restoration Part 1 now. We would love to do part 2 together as well. We each have different reasons that we are doing it, and we are able to help each other as we sit down and do the weekly lessons. Personally, I have been through so much, and I feel that the Soul Restoration is doing me so much more good than years of therapy will and have done. Its so difficult to get things out to a stranger, but when you do it for yourself and speak to your truthteller, you don't have to explain everything. You already know what is going on, so the healing can begin immediately. I can feel myself starting to release, and remove the rocks from my backpack, and become so much gentler with myself. I hope that everyone decides to do this for themself.

  4. First and foremost thank you for your kind offer to whomever wins this contest. I personally would love to win this class, to become "me" again. My life has been up and down for so long, I sometimes wonder who that is when I look in the mirror. I try never to let anyone know that I hurt inside, that I feel lost, that I just can't breathe. Because I always feel better if I can make someone else happy. But it doesn't make any of my hurt and pain go away. More than anything my very best friend Lin, is going through a "growing and learning" time for herself and she is learning how to take baby steps to accomplish one goal at a time. I think this class would be wondeerful for her to discover herself again, which she lost a long time ago. Thank you again for making this wonderful opportunity for someone.

  5. I want to find the spirited, happy go lucky girl that I lost over the past few years and be able to figure out what I want to do in the next season of my life.

  6. I would love to take this class. I have watched the video clips on it and my spirit gets tugged everytime...My story is not so uncommon as the next. I have been run over by life it seems this past year...Tragedy struck and I just cannot shake it. Sorrow seems to have seeped in to the bone. I am a listener and a cousiler at heart and so I am much more comfortable being that shoulder for other hurting souls, but I know God wants me restored. Only He can put all my pieces back together again. I feel like I would be forever changed by taking this course, by taking this leap into the unknown. I believe I would gain healing of my heart, freedom from my hurt, comfortableness in being who God made me to be and stop comparing myself to others and (gasp!) even joy returning!

  7. Ahnagirl@sbcglobal.netJanuary 27, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I would love to take this class. I have watched the video clips on it and my spirit gets tugged everytime...My story is not so uncommon as the next. I have been run over by life it seems this past year...Tragedy struck and I just cannot shake it. Sorrow seems to have seeped in to the bone. I am a listener and a cousiler at heart and so I am much more comfortable being that shoulder for other hurting souls, but I know God wants me restored. Only He can put all my pieces back together again. I feel like I would be forever changed by taking this course, by taking this leap into the unknown. I believe I would gain healing of my heart, freedom from my hurt, comfortableness in being who God made me to be and stop comparing myself to others and (gasp!) even joy returning!

  8. Why do I want to do this? I had a dream that apparently died while at my scrapping table creating. At first I was sad because it felt as if I had died and there was so much left to do and then I was in the air with a multitude of people and our names were being called. I was so excited that called out to my family to meet me on the other side. In my dream I woke up and couldn't wait to tell other of the experience but no one was around. When I really woke up I was still excited and knew great things were coming soon, but the joy of scrapping and creating was gone. I've been care-taking for 5 years for family members which has also been sapping my inner me. But the reality is that since that dream have been fearful of sitting down and scrapping, I'm not afraid of dying because I know where am going but I miss the joy of creation -- and I want that back. I think God would like me to feel that again too. . If I were to be chosen I'd like my friend Melissa Huie to join me..thanks for this opportunity.

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  10. I love that you have created this company! It has helped me out so much. I love thinking of myself as a big tough girl. Since I just placed my baby girl for adoption December 11th it's nice to know the support that I continue to have. That even on my lowest day (which I have a lot of) I know what I did was incredible. It made me a big tough girl. I have no idea where I would be without my little girl. I'm so happy that she has her family. It's hard really hard, but I know what I did was the best thing that I could've done for her. I love her so much that I was willing to give up everything for her. I miss her so much. Some days I don't know if what I'm feeling is normal. All I know is that I have so much support in my life. Adoption has been a blessing in my life since May and continues to be. I think I would be great for this, because right now I'm trying to figuring out who I am. I don't know yet. It's hard very hard, but somehow I'm getting through things. Most days I don't know what to do so I cry. The pain of not having her here hits me everyday. But I do know that she is happy. And what I did for her was amazing. I wouldn't change a thing! Thank you for doing this! Even if you don't choose me I think it is an amazing thing!! The person that I would love to come with me is my friend Chelsey. We had our babies on the same day, and placed on the same day. We basically do everything together, and I love her! She is incredible!

  11. Wow! I was told to go to Brave Girls and participate on the groups by a friend going to Soul Restoration. I did that and on there was told to come here and register for this wonderfully awesome Blessing by Ashley M.! I am Cat, a 47 year old single mother of 2 phenomenal teens (boy 15 and girl 17). I had taken some courses in college back in 2002 for art along with psychology to be able to do art therapy but had to drop when my marriage fell apart... LOVED those classes so I know I'd love this type of work to discover and search where to go from this point in my life... now the history on why I need this so badly.

    I've had migraines all my life but for about a year or so they've been more frequent and lasting a lot longer than usual. In May I got a constant headache that flared into migraines 3-7 days every week and I was taking a lot of days off work. In July I was diagnosed with a large brain aneurysm and had to have 3 surgeries on it because it kept filling with blood. I got severely dehydrated and lost 35# and the final surgery had me in the hospital for 2 weeks away from my kids... 3 hours away in Chicago... I'm doing a bit better but here I am in January and still on disability. I have constant low grade head pain, migraine pain between 3-7 days a week and double vision (which, thanks to GOD is getting better gradually but is a very slow process) and don't know when I will be able to go back to work. It's hard not working and not being able to do things in my life I used to cherish so much. I don't laugh as much as I used to since most days I am in pain, I was on the praise and worship team at church but had to stop because it is difficult due to the noise level, I used to help out with the teen ministry - noise level again keeps me from doing this, I wasn't able to attend any of my son's soccer games this past fall and I find it difficult to sit through my daughter's showchoir performances (I LOVE to go but it gets overwhelming sometimes to try to find her in the "double kids" on the stage and I wear earplugs). I used to LOVE to drive on the highways but haven't been able to in months and have to rely on my daughter or friends to take me places unless it's here in town.

    I'm usually such a fun and cheerful person and really want to get that person back. I miss her a TON. My daughter has had to do a lot of growing up (as well as my son but moreso my daughter) in the past 7 months since the diagnosis. If I were to win this, I would definitely honor her by taking her along on this journey since she is so deserving of starting this discovery early enough in her life to benefit her and be able to Bless those around her. She's a tower of strength and doesn't even realize it. I'd like for her to be able to tap into her authentic self and be empowered to move into that self and walk into all that God has for her without that feeling of being undeserving that I have carried around my whole life. Thanks for reading! Be Blessed!

  12. Thank you for offering such an incredible gift! I just learned about Brave Girls from my best friend, Hayley. I would love to take this journey with her. She is an extraordinary woman and artist!
    For the past 20 years, I have slowly been losing my sight to a degenerative eye disease. My vision is very restricted--it's kind of like looking through a straw. I have no idea when I'll be totally blind, but I do know for certain it will happen someday.
    I've struggled with being in denial and feeling shame about my vision impairment. For many years now, I've hidden the fact that I had any vision problems. People are quite surprised when they find out my vision is as bad as it is. I'm only now realizing everything I do to hide my disability because it is all unraveling before me. Everything I used to do to compensate for my poor eyesight just isn't working anymore. I have come to the point where I can no longer rely on the vision I have. I need to start using the resources and adaptive technologies I know that are out there and available to me.
    It's been a long journey, but I can honestly say my visual impairment is a blessing. I am so thankful for what I can see--my husband, my children, my friends. God's beauty is all around me.
    I feel like I am on the cusp of discovering something great within myself. I'm learning that I have it in me to be an advocate for myself. I can live the life I've always dreamed of, with or without my vision. I believe the Soul Restoration class will help me continue my journey. I want to learn my potential, rediscover my dreams, and restore my soul.
    Thank you for your consideration.

  13. I poured my heart out telling you my story....I made myself vulnerable and it was difficult to do, and then I came back to your site today to check on the contest, read entries from other people, only to find that my comment/post had been deleted. I don't get it. This is soul-crushing and heartbreaking. :-(


  14. I would love to win this for my sister. This past year has been one of the hardest ever for her and hard for me sit and watch. It started with the death of my mother in March and things have slowly slid downhill from there for her personally and financially. I would love for her to take some time for herself and restore her soul....for her to remember that she is truly worth it...to restore her faith that she is here for a reason. She is the only family I have and I love her so very much and would love to give her this gift so she can begin to heal her soul. Thank you for the chance to give her hope.

  15. I find myself here after almost 16 years of marriage needing my soul to be restored. My husband left me and my boys 6 weeks ago and I am here trying to pick up the pieces of my world that has been completely turned upside down. After being married that many years you tend to lose yourself in your family, husband, and other things and you forget about your needs and self-care. I have needed to give myself some attention and care for awhile but like other mothers and wives I just kept putting myself at the bottom of the list. I have no choice I must go on for my kids sake but I am broken and I am tired of pretending that this is all ok with me. I am angry. I am resentful. I am sad and lonely and weak. Reality is hitting and it’s so much more overwhelming than I ever let myself believe. I do not want to get stuck in this place. I have always believed I was a "brave girl" but I just need a little something to help me find my "brave" right now. I would really love to take this class because I feel it would help me heal and work though one of the most devastating times in my life. Thank you so much for offering this opportunity because finacially it would not be a possibility for me otherwise.



  16. I am just finishing up with Soul Restoration 1 and I can tell you it has been a life changing event in my life. I feel myself getting stronger as each day passes and with the next class I want to continue my journey. I don't have family to share with so my sharing of a class would be given to another brave girl, in our current class so she could continue too.


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