Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday "I did it!!"

Linking up with Dayle at Simple Pleasures. Thanks Dayle for hosting this awesome weekly blog sharing. I love reading what makes others happy.

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

I did it guys...I gave my speech at Toastmasters. It felt like my heart was going to burst right out of my chest...but I did it. I didn't run.....I stayed present. This week....I'm thankful for:

-standing up and speaking in spite of the fear. As much as I felt like drifting I stayed present. I didn't run.
-having great support from people at toastmasters. As hard as it was to maintain eye contact especially after I finished speaking....I tried hard not to look away as people came to talk to me. They told me my story was powerful and they're glad I'm there b/c I have a story that needs to be told.  
-enrolling in a writing course. It excites me to write.....I know this course will help me define my writing and become more focused.
-connecting with an amazing person who reached out to help me with a problem I didn't know how to solve. She not only went to bat for me but she went over and above what I needed and promised to be available anytime I need her help.
-having Him in my corner. He's my anchor....what I hold onto when I'm afraid....He gives me the courage and strength to push forward....and live my best life.

29 comments:

Just Be Real said...

I Am So Proud of You Nikki!! God is really molding you. I love seeing how you are changing. Gives me encouragement!!! Blessings and much hugs!!!

Finally Free said...

Congratulations, Sarah! That is amazing! I am doing the happy dance for you!

Blessings,
Tammy

M. said...

Congratulations Sarah! The trepidation of trying it out the first time is now over....you will become an old hand at this - He will continue to give you the strength!

M.

Debbie said...

I saw this thumbnail in my dashboard and knew immediately what I DID IT meant. I was cheering for you before I even got the page to open.

Way to go!!!

Wanda's Wings said...

Very, very proud of you! I knew you could do it!

Canadagirl said...

Wahoo !!! I am happy you did it and you sound so proud. It sounds like a real neat group there too. I hope one day I can take a writing class. But till then maybe I can take some of the homeschool manuals and homeschool myself. *grin*

Blessings!
-Mary

Ginny said...

Well, how do you feel about the whole speech experience now?? Do you think you will do more speaking? How did your nerves hold out? You ROCK!!! I know you did a great job and people were getting so much from it!!! Congradulations, that's one big hurdle you are finally over.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Congratulations to you...I am standing and applauding, what an accomplishment, one I haven't tried.
Your thanks are wonderful. A writing class, I so want to do that, now why am I putting it off..well I guess some fear there.
Give yourself a big hug!

Dayle said...

Awesome! So proud of you. Anxious to see how you enjoy your writing class. I used to teach and always hoped my students got something out of it. :)

Karen said...

Hurray for you!! You should be so proud of yourself!

Stephani said...

Such a rich list of things to be thankful for. I have thought about joining toastmasters. I hate speaking in public. I think it might help me. Anyway . . . blessings to you.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am so proud of you. We use to have open mic time at church. Our pastor would always say if your heart is beating really hard God is wanting you to share!

Finding Pam said...

I'm so very happy for you to excel in your speaking. It helps when you are the topic. I hate to speak to a large crowd, but if I know my subject matter then it is not a problem.

You have so much to share with people everywhere. Way to go!

Kathleen said...

Well done! Good luck with the writing.

Christine said...

“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”
~Alex Karras~

Congratulations!

Sandy said...

Congratulations, Sarah! I am so happy for you!

Barb said...

Hi Sarah,
I'm so pleased for you. You have true courage and faith.....an awesome combination.Congrats.
Thanks for your comment and visit to me.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Nana Jul said...

SO AWESOME!! I am shouting Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!! You had alot of people praying, and now they are glorifying the LORD...celebrating your success! For He answered the prayers of many! I can't wait to hear about your writing class. You are definitely a New creation...shining Jesus everywhere you go!
Love ya,
Julie

Ms.Daisy said...

Sarah,
"He gives me the courage and strength to push forward." I LOVE that you faced your fear and gave that speech! You go girl! God is good...all the time.


~Jean

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

I knew you would!!
I'm proud of you too - good on you, Sarah!!
I really admire your strength of will to get through it and not run :-)
You have every right to be pleased with yourself, and I know you'll do really well with the writing course too.
God is your strength and enabler!
Blessed be His holy Name.
grace & joy..Trish

Kay K said...

Super ....I so need to take a writing class as nothing I write is correct but its heart writings

Cinner said...

Sarah, I am so proud of you. I knew you would do fabulous. Sure does feel good when you accomplish something like that. I am in your corner too, you know that. Much love to you. have a great weekend.

Mollye said...

I'm happy for you, you brave and courageous girl! Happy weekend, Mollye

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, Sarah, I read your post and wanted to cry!!! I am SO proud of you!! YOU DID IT!!! I KNEW you could!! See, the thing is that when you get up to speak, the Holy Spirit is working through you..You are the vehicle, but God is driving!!!

Much love and many hugs,
Cindy

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

You did it! You did it. You did it! You did it. You DID it!!!!!!

elizabeth said...

YaY!!! You go girl!

Joan said...

Sarah - I am so happy for you. God is using you for His purposes and bless you for being His willing servant.

Blessings,
Joan

Anita Johnson said...

Yipee! So glad it went well for you!

Donnie said...

That's so wonderful you did it. I'm so happy for you.