I know I said I was gonna write more about my trip tonight than I did about my suitcase.
But I gotta give the suitcase itself a little bit of love.
I mean: how can you not love this suitcase? Look at those polka dots! Very distinctive and easy to find on the baggage carousel, but not so out there in design that I have anxiousness taking it on work trips.
Which is lucky, because this trip is part work and part personal.
I’ll leave the work details of the trip on the side of the road—-it’s your basic-level business trip.
The personal part? That’s the thing I’ve been meaning to talk about.
You see, I’m heading down to NYC for the first in a sequence of what I’m calling “goddess-woman-power workshops.” Specifically, I’m starting the Mastery Program at Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts.
This is a program that’s been on my radar for a few years. The timing kept not working out: the course dates would be announced and I’d already have show commitments for one or more of the weekends, and that, as they say, would be that. However a dear, dear friend of my heart took the course last year, and seeing her journey through it raised my level of interest.
And then I decided to commit to it.
First I saw the announcement that the 2019 class was going to be held for the first time ever in a church rather than a regular old rented hall. Which fact on its own lit up my whole UU buddhist witch circuitry in the way that evolution of the class speaks to recapturing goddess power in patriarchal structure.
Then I realized that the specific church is the exact same cathedral in New York where I travelled to sing a choral vespers concert every one of my years in college.
It’s not often that the signs in my life are quite so clear. And when they are, I try to listen. So I decided to take a hiatus from theatre in order to prioritize these weekends on my calendar and this journey for myself.
I don’t 100% know what I’m in for. And I don’t know how much of this experiential journey I’m going to want to process out in the “public” setting of JALC.
What I do know? I know that by taking this course, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
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