Last night at The Assembly, we took up space. In the studio, 40 sweaty, smiling women (and Nick 😘) participated in our first Bollywood dance class. In the backyard, one member hosted her all-women book club. And upstairs, Amber and I led a conversation with actresses Janina Gavenkar and Jasmine Cephas Jones from Blindspotting about what it takes to find female support in Hollywood, navigating their careers, and finding complicated, whole, human characters to play.
We took up space to move our bodies in ways we didn’t know before, to be comfortable trying something totally new, and to talk about how hard it is to feel so helpless about so much. Once again, music and verse connected us — the Bollywood moves, the lyrical nature of this film, the ways that Janina and Jasmine describe self-care. We were ambitious and daring and inspired, and in this space there is no one who can take that away from you.
It reminded me of a line from one of my favorite songs. It has been running through my head all week: “if you punish a person for dreaming their dreams, don’t expect them to thank or forgive you.”
So today’s little note from me is a reminder: take up space. Take up space in class, in conversation, in your career, and always always always when you’re dreaming your dreams.
See you in the clubhouse and studio. And if I haven’t seen you in a while, I hope I do soon.