Stepping out of my comfort zone

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This past weekend, I attended an exhibit for my friend’s son, who is a photographer. I was happily surprised when a picture of my living room was there and told him so. He apologized and I told him how honored I was to have my living room in his photo exhibit.

As each photographer presented, I noted that some were less confident than others in talking about their work. Some of the students were nervous, fidgety and it was clear that speaking was not their forte. Enter me with my bright idea.

I quickly jotted down the idea to talk to one of the staff members at the program about working with the students on their speaking and presentation skills. Then I picked up a course calender to quickly scan for classes on speaking and presentation. I didn’t find any there.

Surprised at myself, I waited (a bit nervously) patiently until the end of the exhibit to speak to a staff member who enjoyed my comments on the students’ work. (The audience was invited to share comments on the pictures exhibited.) She asked me how I was connected to my friend’s son and when I replied, I added that young people need support from adults who care about them.

It was here that I launched my pitch to work with the teens on speaking and presentation. I asked if there was any thought given on working with the teens on presenting their work and added that I didn’t find anything on that in the course schedule. She stated that the students are busy for the ten weeks of class and don’t get the chance to work on it whereas students in the year-long program had presentation lessons scheduled in. The staff member then stated that it’s definitely a need that someone could fill. So, I presented her with my handy, dandy business card (since I keep them with me at all times).Β To which she replied that she would pass it on to the program manageer.

Yes, I was scared, but I was also really excited about my idea. My goal in life is to make a difference. Whether it’s with my writing or counseling skills doesn’t really matter as long as I can help people be better for themselves. I’ll keep you posted! Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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2 thoughts on “Stepping out of my comfort zone

  1. Heiddi,

    Thank you so much for your kind words on Achieving Your Goals! I can’t tell you what a boost they gave me – I really appreciate it.

    Have you read the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and tried her Morning Pages? You write 3 pages first thing in the morning, every day. I’ve been doing it for about 6 weeks now, and feel more centered, balanced, happy, and confident. It’s amazing how writing the “dreck” (stream of consciousness, whatever comes into your head) can clear the decks for the good stuff. It’s like it fills your well so you have more to give. You can see clearly, and you’re more grounded.

    Since writing the MPs, I’ve developed an extreme sense of curiosity about life. I’m less anxious, fearful, insecure, and worried! I’ve replaced that with thoughts like “I wonder how this will turn out?” and “What will happen next?” and “I can’t wait to see how I deal with that!” It’s an effective way to deal with many of life’s challenges πŸ™‚

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  2. Hi Laurie,

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Your words have given me a boost. πŸ™‚ I’ve been taking small steps to work on my recent challenges. I do want to start writing in the mornings before waking kiddo and starting my hectic day. I used to do that and I agree that it is so great to get the junk out. It also helped me feel more accomplished because I got something done before the crazy day ahead (because single parenting is off the wall). I’m going to start small with at least 5 minutes of writing in the morning and work my way up to more than that. Small steps. Thanks again for visiting and I’ll chat with you soon. I’ll keep you in my prayers as well. πŸ™‚

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