Shine Bright, Lucky Star!

Shine Bright, Lucky Star!

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The last full day, Saturday, of Lucky Star is always a bit emotional for me – final classes, handing in our name tags, the big Girl Guitar performance, Show & Tell and vendor night! My final class was a new offering for me, Make the Book You Wish You Could Buy. It was a VERY customizable bookbinding project with options for paper, pockets, cover flaps, elastic wraps and MORE. We went little over-time, but it was a smaller group and everyone was super patient! They made absolutely beautiful books and I think (I hope) they will fill them to the last page with dreams, memories and all other manner of goodness.

Show & Tell night always begins with Mandy Rowden’s Girl Guitar class performance. This is always a highlight for me as I cannot fathom how she manages to teach everyone to play guitar and perform so expertly all in one half day session!! Mandy is truly a gifted teacher and performer – definitely check her out at mandyrowden.com (plus, she has a new album out that you DO NOT want to miss).

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Then Lisa opens the mike for anyone who wants to stand up and relate their camp experience, talk about or show something they made, brag on a teacher or student… I had the distinct pleasure of being proclaimed “awesomesauce” by sweet Athea, pictured with me above, plus several displays of student work on the Show & Tell tables. I cannot imagine better compliments.

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Then the vending begins!! I had lots of new books and other goodies that just seemed to fly off the table + there were TONS of hugs and sweet words offered about my classes and my work. I was truly on cloud nine by the end of the evening. Thank you SO much to everyone who stopped by to shop or say hello – love you all dearly!

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And that brings us to Sunday. 🙁 Sunday always brings on a very serious condition, known around camp as last-day-itis – symptoms include tears, deep/long hugs, promises to keep in touch, group photos (which I seem to not be able to access on the new Facebook Memories app – gotta figure that out!!!) and final words. I never seem to take any people photos on this day – I forget, I think, because I’m just trying to soak it all in so I can save the feelings and connections in my pocket til next year.

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I do always love to take a final photo walk around camp. This year, the mist and rain felt somehow fitting – like finally washing clean the muck I’d arrived with and cementing the new outlook I’d gained over the course of camp – connected, inspired, ideas flowing, eager to get home and jump in!!

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I really got a sense this year of people looking for meaning, connection, even a bit of spirituality and I’m seriously pondering how I might gently and mindfully bring a little more of that feeling to what I’m doing in the world. The last several days, I’ve seen so much emotion floating around the internet – tearful, at times angry, even a little hopeless. I have to believe that I can help to turn that around by continuing on this path of doing what I love, learning more about what that looks like, practicing kindness at every opportunity, shining in every possible way I can – along with my Lucky Star sisters. You just can’t believe how brightly they all shine until you come and experience it for yourself. See you next year?!

2 Comments

  1. Kelley — I have really enjoyed reading your 2016 Lucky Star posts. It sounds like this was an exceptionally meaningful experience for you and I appreciate you for sharing it with the public.

    1. Kelley Walker
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      Hi Alice – it truly was exceptional and meaningful – I wish it for everyone I know!

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