I’m into taking risks lately. Desperately trying to stretch myself, force myself–even with little things–each and every day.
I submitted a piece for Write on Edge. I love the writing community there, and I slid my entry for Precipice in just before the deadline (midnight tonight). Nothing like thriving under pressure, right?
I wrote this piece about Tribefest, and it was published in The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.
I went to BBC (Bloggy Boot Camp) in St. Louis. During the writing lab, I read my post “Where I’m From: New Orleans,” aloud in front of the group there. I was so nervous, but I made myself do it. When Fran and Meagan asked for volunteers, I made sure my hand was the first in the air. I’m sure everyone thought I was nuts, but I never do things like that.
I’m taking Danielle Smith’s vlog challenge. I’m going take a short video of myself every day for over a week, and once that’s done, I’ll watch them all together so I can determine my strengths and weaknesses. Then I will vlog for you. I’ve vlogged for you before, but it’s been a long time. I vlogged about Why Jazzercise is Evil. I vlogged after Sarah Robinson’s CIP conference. I’ve just rewatched both of those and clearly I have a lot to work on. I blink A LOT. My camera sucks (here’s where my new MacBook Air comes in—stay tuned for AWESOME vlogs!), my husband hates my vlogs, but that’s okay. I’m going to do it anyway to break up the monotony over here.
Finally, voting for BlogHer’s Voices of the Year closed yesterday. So that’s it, and I will change my email signatures back and stop hounding you over Facebook, Twitter, etc. What’s done is done. But the point is that I was nominated for this post: “What I’m Afraid Of.” I asked for votes, and I got them. So thank you all. Now there’s just a lot of waiting ahead and trying to not get my hopes up. Oh, but the other risk? Is that I’m going to BlogHer in August. I bought my ticket. And I’m going to pretend for now that the idea of milling around with 5000 other bloggers doesn’t intimidate me one little bit.
What risks have YOU taken lately? How have you stepped outside of your comfort zone?