Monday, June 06, 2016

First Wednesday June IWSG Better Late Than Never

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 I missed my First Wednesday monthly post! First time in I don’t know how long. My life is in flux. So I guess that means my posting must be too, a bit. Not totally, but a bit. Right now I feel I am sitting on a precipice looking out over all the possibilities my future might hold, or not. It isn’t a bad feeling, but not a great one either. Change is inevitable in any life. How I choose to deal with it is what matters. I want to dive in, drink it in, take it by the cahones and really indulge in living whatever comes next. This takes bravery. This takes courage.
I seek a new path and that is scary for me but have learned to do it anyway. Years ago I went on a year-long adventure to Europe. I was 21 and traveled alone. When I returned I didn’t talk much about the trip with anyone, due to feeling embarrassed because I’d been so scared most of the time I was gone. My mother, wise woman that she is, pulled me aside and asked, “What does it matter how scared you were? You did the trip didn’t you? Did anyone else you know go with you when you asked? Did anyone else do what you did? Why are you not proud of that accomplishment? Not everyone can or will do what you did.”
I remember crying when I heard her words. Why did I dismiss what I had accomplished with such embarrassment? To this day it is hard for me to give myself “credit” for what I do, so I have learned to push through. To measure myself by what I do, not how afraid I am of doing it.
So here I go. Wish me luck!

IWSG Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer
Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG are Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner!  


  1. That does take guts, especially a woman traveling alone. Be proud of it!
    And don't worry, you're still on the list.

  2. I would have been scared at that age also. You should be proud. What a great life lesson and a great mom moment.

  3. Hi Lisa - your mother was wise ... and with just the right words - yet how difficult is it for us to know those things, yet jump that hurdle and be confident with what we did. Good luck now - everything you do all through life with have jumped a hurdle of one sort or another - the most important thing is jumping each and everyone - you can do it ... take care and all will be well - cheers Hilary

  4. Congrats on Europe and your new adventure. Brave is being scared and doing it anyway. Try not to forget this. Your mom knew it and you should too. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. Hi Lisa,

    Your mother's words were wise. Think of all you've accomplished despite the fears and the uncertainties. You are embracing a new adventure. An adventure, no matter what, will resonate with the wise words of your beloved mother.

    Off you go, Lisa! :)


    1. I agree with your mom. Wise woman.

      I'm a hide-in-my-comfort-zone person.
      I love that illustration, but it makes me nervous. LOL

  6. Perfectly said, Lisa. I am often just as hesitant to step outside my comfort zone and have had to learn to just do it afraid also.

  7. That illustration says everything there is to say. :)

  8. Hm, and notice how small the comfort zone space is...yikes! Says it all. Shall we all join hands and take that leap together?! ;D

  9. Anonymous3:54 PM

    A year-long adventure? That's quite the accomplishment, especially at such a young age. Be proud!! I know I am. :) I've been slowly but steadily sneaking out of my comfort zone. Love you, mon cherie!! Hugs!

  10. Anonymous3:56 PM

    I think I lost my comment. Grr. What I wrote previously was that your adventure at such a young age is quite the accomplishment. You should be proud. And I mentioned something about slowly but steadily easing out of my own comfort zone. :P Love you!

  11. Anonymous4:08 PM

    I don't know why my comments keep getting eaten up, but I just want to say that a year-long adventure at 21 is quite the accomplishment, and you should be proud. I also mentioned that I'm slowly easing my way out of my comfort zone. :) Love you!

  12. Give yourself credit - yes!


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