Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Do one thing every day that scares you

This past weekend I attended the Toad Hall Writers and Illustrators retreat near Salem, Portland.  A place to connect with fellow children/young adult writers, sit in classes where I actually pay attention, and maybe even sneak in some writing.

I am NOT a public speaker.  The thought makes my skin break out into red splotches.  But I pushed myself past my comfort zone and participated in the Open Mic Newbie Night.

After several light-hearted, humorous pieces, I wobbled up to the podium and changed the tone with my young adult dark fantasy.  I forgot about my racing heartbeat and the judgement from faces staring at me.  I read for about five minutes.

The applause enveloped me with love.  I did it!  I took a risk and faced my fear.  Not only did I read in front of an audience, but I shared my creativity, something that came from my heart and soul.  And I survived.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”- Eleanor Roosevelt


Stare fear in the face and stick out your tongue.


  1. congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone! Public speaking is not easy, but you survived and the next time won't seem so scary!

  2. Good for you! You go girl... The sky's the limit!


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