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As we drove closer into Breitenbush for our doula training, we turned the corner and saw this beautiful pathway leading to somewhere unknown. The trees are different, the air feels different, the land felt different. • our first gathering as a class, our introductions were our names, and to share how we are doulas in our lives already. I was near the end and got to soak in all the beautiful words that each person said, and i realized how powerful each one of us were to answer the call of stepping into the role of a doula and come together in the middle of the woods, set aside our daily tasks, and step into all that is a doula. • there’s this ancient story of a Sumerian Goddess, Inanna, found carved in a slab, written by a woman, about a woman. Inanna, queen of the heaven and earth, surrounded by all her temples, power, strength as a warrior queen, heard a call ever so distantly that beckoned her to the underworld. It was a call that she couldn’t ignore and finally decided to answer and take action. Her travels into the unknown sent her on a journey of peeling back layer after layer of who she was, until she reached the underworld and experienced her transformation. With the help of allies and support, Inanna made her way back, full of wisdom, gratitude, and a sure sense of who she was, without all of the material things she journeyed with. • this story resonates with me on every level. Each of us are answering calls in our lives, albeit terrifying ones. I’ve always said that happiness is found within the journey, for we have those small realizations of what makes us feel something, and recognizing what you feel and what you want to do with that energy is a true gift. Think to yourself today, maybe journal, or share below- what are some calls that you’ve had to answer in your life, and how do you feel after making that journey? Or if you are just beginning your journey, what’s parts of it make you feel moved and excited?