I'd like to tell you the first thing I said was, "Sure I'll do that. It sounds like a great challenge," but I'd be lying a bit. I'd like to tell you my mind began to race with all of the possibilities, but that wouldn't be the truth. I must admit my first thought was, "How do I politely dodge this one?" Then I remembered that my word this year is STRETCH, and I reminded myself that my new position requires me to improve my thinking on my feet, to take new chances, to walk bravely into the uncomfortable, so I swallowed my NO and replaced it with a YES. (Maybe all of those growth mindset lessons are starting to work.)
Driving along the familiar roads, I coached myself through my apprehension. When I arrived at the meeting I reminded myself that comfort zones were made to be pushed. Time seemed to move into slow motion as I waited for information to be shared and group discussions to be complete. The Ignite presenters before me kept my mind off the challenge as I listened to them share their inspiring messages. Finally, it was my turn. I looked out at the large crowd gathered together, took a deep breath and dove.
For the sixth year, I will be joining the Slice of Life Challenge with the community of Two Writing Teachers. I will be trying to put my fingers to the keyboard every day for the 31 days of March. Stop by today's link up at Two Writing Teachers to read other posts.