Adventure U: Taking back September.

Bouquet of Pencils“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

If ever a quote summed up the infernal pull on the heartstrings I feel each September, it’s that one. Tom Hanks said it to Meg Ryan in the movie “You’ve Got Mail”.

It perfectly encapsulates that longing to return to the hallowed halls of some school, nearly any school, to saturate myself with learning once again.

My daughter has just returned for her final year at college, and I always feel so envious when she comes home with armfuls of books and school supplies, like I’m missing out on some long lost rite of passage.

I got to thinking about this and realized that this adventure we’re all on together — the quest to create adventures — is ripe with that “back to school” magic, is it not? Learning to create epic moments on a shoestring budget; giving ourselves homework assignments to figure out what our heart desires, what assets we have to meet each with, and what we still require; learning to explore safely; learning to trust ourselves; they’re all just a monumentally more personal (and seriously cool) versions of hitting the books once again.

 

This “aha!” moment lead to another …

Wouldn’t it be brilliant if we could expand this little digital kitchen table we’re all putting our elbows on to include a space where we can capture what we’re learning along the way and share it in small, simple, meaningful ways with each other? — sort of an “Adventure U” where we can each contribute what we know and continue to learn about the art of crafting great adventures?

That is, after all, the spirit of the Estrogen Army project, so cultivating a slightly more structured learning environment in addition to our usual playgrounds might just amplify what we’re capable of!

When the idea first struck me I dove into finding simple tools to begin making this real. I found the perfect kit, and set out to integrate it, only to find out it no longer plays nicely in our particular backyard.

I am undaunted. 😉

In the days ahead I’ll be working toward the goal of “taking back September” and finding creative ways for us to collaborate on even more estrogen-charged adventures!

 

What kinds of things might -you- teach sister adventure divas?

You might not realize it just yet, but there is something valuable and unique that you have experienced or know that will be very empowering to others!

For some of us this revelation might not come until we’ve been poking through things a bit here. For others, we might already have an idea about something that could be a really great springboard to help other women have safe, life-altering, epic adventures.

I’ve opened a conversation at our kitchen table where we can begin brainstorming a bit. This will help us understand the kinds of tools we might need to make sharing our knowledge easy and fun.

Why not pop in for a bit? Even if you’re not sure what you might share yet, just putting your elbows on the table might inspire a thinking infection!

 

Sue

 

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