Welcome to Ruby Girl! Isn’t Elaine Dalton just the best? If you wonder if she really cares about YOU, I can promise you she does.
My name is Michelle Lehnardt, I’m the editor here at RubyGirl.org and I’m so glad and grateful you’ve taken a moment to come and see our site. Since we’re brand new, we still need quite a bit of help and we’d really like to build a website and community you enjoy. Every one of your questions and emails will be read and considered.
So let me give you a quick overview of RubyGirl.org. Right now, we have a daily blog staffed by writers of all ages from all over the world, video interviews, daily Instagrams, videos, an advice column and book and movie reviews. If you’d like to join our staff or submit artwork, videos, a blog post or a book/movie review please use the CONTACT or SUBMIT pages.
In the next few weeks, we’d like to add a RubyGirl Snapchat story where girls all over the world take over the account for a day and show us what their life looks like in their corner of the planet. Our Snapchat account will also host events for holidays, General Conference weekend, etc. I’m sure you have ideas too.
On Friday, April 22nd we’ll host our first live Q&A session. You’ll have an opportunity to submit questions ahead of time and also in a live feed. Our first Q&A will be “Ask a teenage boy.” We have six teenage boys to answer your questions. In the future we’ll have different individuals and groups answer questions: “Ask a Bishop” “Ask a member of the YW’s General Board” “Ask the girls of Brisbane, Australia Ward” etc. Please let us know who you’d like to hear from, or if you’d like to host a Q&A session (all you need is a computer with a camera). This week, I interviewed Elaine Dalton, next week our video interview will be Ellie Heiden who will talk about her learning disorder and coming unto Christ. Who would you like to seen interviewed on RubyGirl? We’re looking for ordinary and extraordinary stories.
This August, we’ll host a Ruby Girl Retreat in Salt Lake City including a trip to the Salt Lake Temple, clothing exchange, writing workshops, painting, videography, photography and floral design classes. Again, tell us what you’d like in a retreat and we can try to make it happen.
What else? Well, we have all kinds of dreams and plots and plans. Ruby Girl t-shirts? Submit a design! Hiking groups? Temple trips? Tutorials on making skirts. Special projects where we go in depth about a subject.
By now, I hope you know I want to hear your thoughts. One of my favorites activities with my family is making videos for my missionary sons. The main lesson I’ve learned from making these videos is EVERYONE HAS GREAT IDEAS. Sometimes great ideas start out sounding silly, but when I take the time to listen, when people know they won’t be mocked or belittled, magic happens. I’m passionate about the synergy created by a group of people working toward a common purpose and I know we can create something amazing together.
So, thanks for reading and please let me know your thoughts. I’m LISTENING!