Refreshed and Rested and Ready to Go

Vacation

There is nothing like an actual vacation where you get to have a nice balance between doing things and doing nothing. Our vacations are often filled with activities – family, adventures, traveling – and do not often leave time for relaxing or chilling. We had one of those early in the summer and it was fun, albeit exhausting in it’s own way. I wrote about the Tools I use for travel planning and how they helped me get my head around a 12 day vacation. I haven’t had a trip of longer than 8 days with my husband since our honeymoon. I have traveled for longer solo, but that is a different beast.

Vacating

We chose a cruise to Alaska with a few days before to explore the Pacific Northwest. We were originally going to spend a night in Port Angeles, Washington (for the lavender), two nights in Victoria, BC (for the tea and gardens), and one night in Seattle (for the coffee.) Family requirements, however, surfaced that caused us to change our plans and head to Portland before the cruise. No worries, we rented a car and drove from Seattle to Portland as it was much too expensive to change our flight, not to mention we’d have to fly to Seattle in order to fly to Portland on our airline anyway. The family portion went well – rose garden, Japanese garden, birthday party..until the day after we left when they lost their beloved dog. He led a good life, was a sweet soul and will be terribly missed.

Vacated

By the time we got back to Seattle, we were ready for some chill time. Enter the Starbucks Roastery. On Sunday morning, before we boarded the Ruby Princess, we went to the Roastery. It’s like Willy Wonka’s factory for coffee and tea lovers! They roast the reserve batches right there…best coffee I’ve had in a long time. That started off a lovely trip that just ended two days ago. It’s bizarre to be on board a vessel so near to the United States yet have no cell service and to have to pay for internet (hence the hiatus for two weeks.) Also, I enjoyed not having requirements on my except what to wear to dinner and the few shore excursions. We read, watched lots of The Love Boat…it was a Princess cruise after all, ate amazing food and truly, really and truly relaxed. So much so it’s taken me two days to get back into the swing of the real world.

Observations

The world goes on. For us, it paused while we were on board. But, no, it didn’t really…it went on. Blogs were posted, comments made, lunches consumed, lives changed, and so on…all while I rested. And now, I’m back. I’m ready to go and ready to make some sweet strides in the name of growing a business and welcoming in opportunity and abundance.

PS

Just got word that the performance space for the Wildflower Ensemble has been approved! It’s happening! I’ll keep you posted.

When was your last vacation where you really got to do what you wanted, when you wanted and could take a nap if you felt like it? Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

The Adventure Continues

It’s taking shape

This past week has been a whirlwind of activity for the Wildflower Women’s Ensemble artistic team. We’ve scouted locations, built a baby website, got started on social media, and held auditions/first company meeting. All while working at another Shakespeare festival and holding down a 40 hour a week job. There were times when I thought I couldn’t handle this much, but I love it when I prove myself wrong. Grant it, I’ve done a bit more nothing these past couple days because I needed to. I’m ready to get back in the thick of it!

First Company Members

On Saturday, we held an invited audition for our first production, Henry V. It was invited because we need specific abilities and skills based on the type of production this first one is. I’m so excited that 14 women showed up as I was hoping for 10. The best part was the excitement and enthusiasm they brought. As I continue on this path, I am learning how important it is to have this company, dedicated to expanding the opportunities of women on stage, here in my city.

Nina Dramer, Samantha Hannum, Emily Labowitch, Shelby Saumier and Faye Taylor.

Nina Dramer, Samantha Hannum, Emily Labowitch, Shelby Saumier and Faye Taylore.

First Meeting

There is something intriguing about seeing “founding member” on someone’s resume or biography. I now get to put that on mine, Founder – Wildflower Women’s Ensemble, something that makes me crazy proud. I also plan to make the 14 women who showed up founding associate artists! This makes me crazy happy.

Back to work

As I sit here, I realize my “break” is over and I want to get back to work. Until next time!

The Next Adventure Begins

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Wildflower is Born

Today, I went on an adventure to help bring about the beginning of a brand new all-female Shakespeare company called Wildflower Women’s Ensemble. In previous blog posts, I’ve hinted at the creation of this, and now it’s becoming real.

The Work to Do

I knew that starting this would take work. I think I even knew it would take a lot of work. But as I dig into the Articles of Incorporation, tax-exempt status and business licenses, I realize that I need to be more organized at getting all this done. I have 18 windows open right now and can’t remember where I started. But it’s an exciting process and I can’t wait to take the next step.

Coming Soon

We scouted for a location today for our first play which will open in Sept. We started in one direction but ended up on the other side of the river, in a spot that will work beautifully if the city allows it. Next, we announced auditions to a small group of women. In the next 8 weeks, we have to audition, rehearse, incorporate, apply for tax exemption and secure our location. Not to mention the crowd funding campaign that should start in about a week. Whew! But it’s all accomplishable…and mind boggling!

Wildflower

If you’d like to see the baby steps of this new company, visit us on the web, Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. We’ll be posting updates there (and I’ll be keeping you all up to date here.)
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Thank you for reading!

Choose a Path

Choose a path?

I wrote last week about finishing the blogging challenge and being excited about next steps. Then a myriad of things happened, least of which is that my internet is down today due to a deliberate cut in our mainline fiber of our ISPs network. But, I will not be deterred. I have a dream…a dream of working from my home or on the road, not being tied to a corporation and doing what I love. While I like what I do now, I’m getting pretty burned out.

Choose a path.

The challenge still sits in my mind with some follow-up to do. But I have three other, no wait, make that four other, books calling my name right now:

  1. The Desire Map
  2. The One Thing
  3. Money: A Love Story
  4. The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit

And not to mention two writing books that I’ve been reading a chapter at a time to help me craft my words into blogs and books (NaNoWriMo is closer than it seems). But where to start?

Choose a Path!

That is where this blog comes in. I think I have a plan for tackling this journey and these books while still enjoying the process. Each of these books has tasks or ideas that can be undertaken at a given point – some chronologically through the book, others I can pick and choose. I plan to undertake one section of a book at a time. For example, I am just about to finish reading and start writing in The Desire Map, so I will do a section at a time. I often like to start these great projects, work at it tirelessly for about a week, then get bored and move on. If I plan to work on smaller chunks, I feel much more confident that I will achieve the small milestones which will lead me to the larger milestones.

Path chosen.

Divergent Quote

From Four, Divergent by Veronica Roth

Shadow Hunters: The Mortal InstrumentsSome of you may say this is too much. Some may say it’s just right. Other may think I’m crazy to approach this in this manner. Excellent! For a quick bit of background, I have at least 8 books going at one time. Some will never be finished (i.e. Game of Thrones, Book 1), some I like to savor a little longer (the final Mortal Instruments book), some I get lost in and need to get out of for a bit (SoulSpace), and others I devour in two days (Divergent series.) So having this many books in progress is not unusual at all for me. What’s unusual is that I have a plan this time for making the most of this information in a manner that (I hope) will work for me.

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Do you have a plan for growth? How do you handle a pile of books that you really want to get through but do not seem to have the time needed?

It’s a matter of scale

Time for Change

Well, I’ve had to rebuild my blog, at least temporarily, as my other has crashed spectacularly. Maybe it’s simply time to move on from that site and build the new one that will lead me on in my life path.

Scale

I had the wonderful opportunity, within the span of a week, to be reminded exactly what theatre is. My first moment was on a backstage tour at Mystere in Las Vegas. An old friend of mine is in the cast and toured us around their theatre. What a site! And yet, they still don’t have enough backstage space and they have an elevator (up to the dressing rooms six floors above) that doesn’t always work. They’ve had to figure out how to store those pieces efficiently and effectively – a problem many theatre people will recognize.

At the end of the at same week, I also got a personalized backstage tour (complete with a barbecue at the prop shop) of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. I work for a smaller company and to us, these guys are part of the “big guys” in the festival circuit. But to them, they are not the “big guys”, that’s Oregon and Stratford. (Same perception, different level.) They creatively use their storage space, so do we – just on a smaller scale. They need rehearsal space – so do we, and we find it where we can. The list goes on but the key point I came away from both of these experiences with is that no matter the size or budget, we are here to put on a show. The basic elements are the same whether you are small like us or big the the “big guys” – script, artistic staff, cast, crew and audience.

PS: I got to stand on stage at the Adams Shakespearean Theatre where moments before Brian Vaughn was rehearsing his Petruchio for this years “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Have you had an experience where someone or something you idolized helped you gain perspective and realize your place in the grand scheme? Please share.

Cedar City, UT Utah Shakespeare Festival

Adams Shakesperean Theatre
Cedar City, UT
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