Wednesday, March 28

Public Speaking 101

So, I made it, I survived!

After listening to this great TED speech (see below) and some other circumstances that arose this last week, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a public speaking class.

I don’t particularly like, wait...scratch that, I hate speaking in front of groups. It literally makes me panic. I am great at behind the scenes kind of stuff and excel when I am totally focused and alone. Put me in front of a group of people and I can’t remember my own name.

I like hanging out with my friends and family and I really enjoy meeting new people. But I have always said that speaking in front of a group is not my gift. Well, how will I ever know if I never try?

Some of my greatest times of growth have been through circumstances that pushed me out of my comfort zones: like “fish-out-of-water” circumstances. They are the times when I thought, “This is crazy, I can’t do this!” but then looking back…yes, it was crazy and I did do it. I survived.

So, within the first five minutes of class, our gregarious, young teacher tells us that he wants each of us, in turn to stand up, say our name, let everyone know why we are taking this class and tell one thing about ourselves. Then, with a big smile, he looks at me and says, “Why don’t you start!”


Right off the bat, I had to stand up and speak in front of the entire class. Arrrgggg!!!

I reluctantly stood up, took a deep breath and faked my best ‘confident smile’ and said, “Hi, my name is Inge, I am taking this public speaking class because I literally hate speaking in public and I want to work on that area for personal growth. I have a blog and enjoy sitting behind my computer screen where I can comfortably write, express and edit myself!”

It took my heart at least ten minutes to regulate itself, before the teacher tells us that each of us will stand up in front of the classroom and give a short speech before the end of the evening. Double Arrrgggg!!!

Yup! Nothing like hitting the ground running.

Most of the people in the class wanted to work on their fear of speaking in public as well. It felt good to be in a room full of people who had that common thread and could root for each other and give positive feed back.

There were two girls that had been in the United States for only ten months; one from China and one from Germany. They could barely speak English but they did their very best and did great. I only had to work through my fears and they had to work through their fears and the language barrier.

All in all, it was fun, nerve-racking, but fun!

It was nice to do something for myself for a change; it had been a long time since I was sitting in a classroom. But I came home with a new energy, a smile and a rush of adrenaline and it felt great!

I believe that God wants us to use our gifts to glorify Him.

It is our job to figure what our gifts are,
fine tune them
and get working.

My favorite part, which keeps repeating itself in my head is, “My year of speaking dangerously!” I love it!

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

What will this year be for you?

Wednesday, March 21

I don't want to do this

I’m stepping outside my comfort zone tonight and
doing something that I have
secretly wanted to do for a long while.

But it is also something that I dread;
it’s right up there with my spider phobia.

I’ll let you know if I survive.

Oh, boy….

breathe in 1….2….3….4….5….
breathe out 1….2….3….4….5….

Tuesday, March 20

oh, Spring, how I have missed you so

Happy First Day of Spring!!!!!!!!!

This is what I will be doing with the boys today!

Filling our suet bird feeder with yarn scraps for the mama birds to use in their nests
via Pinterest @ Juniper Moon Farm

Oh, we will also swing by Rita’s to get our Free Italian Ice!!

Monday, March 19

Adorable Doll Clothes From Leggings?

My sister and I loved playing with paper dolls growing up.
I had The Sunshine Fun Family paper dolls and Alice had The Ginghams paper dolls. We spent hours upon hours playing with them until one day my sister had the brilliant idea to make our own paper doll clothes for them. And then we spent hours upon hours tracing, drawing, designing, coloring and cutting out paper doll clothes. We loved it!

Well, here she is again with another creative and brilliant idea for doll clothes!


Adorable Doll Clothes From Leggings? -
by Alice

This is a quick and fun little project that you can do with your daughter.

What to do with those little girl leggings that have a hole in the knee?
Re-purpose them.

1. Cut the leg of the pants off just below the knee hole.
The ankle opening of the pants leg will be the top or chest part of the doll outfit.

2. With the pants leg inside out - measure, pin, sew and trim back of dress to desired tightness.

3. Pick a cute button and felt flower, sew to front of dress as seen in photo.

4. Snag an elastic band from a broken hair-tie. Measure the elastic band so that it will go around the dolls neck and slip under the button.


I know, I love this idea too! Thanks, Alice!

If you missed Alice’s darling, first post; check it out here!

Wednesday, March 7

whatever is lovely

This is the Bible verse I am currently
having the boys memorize.
I am finding it quite applicable in almost
every situation that arises where
discipline is needed.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and
if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on these things.

Philippians 4:8

What a great reminder for our thought life as well!