There’s a shy me inside

There’s really a part of me that thinks this blogging thing is silly but another part of me that enjoys the realness of it. 🙂.

You may not know that I’m actually significantly shy. This is funny because my day job has me in public affairs and I go around speaking to large groups at workshops, seminars, and conferences.  I’m really very good at public speaking too and I love it!  The larger the group, the better!

That being said, in school, I would avoid talking to anyone if I could. I was sick for two days before I gave a speech in 7th grade. I cried before I took my first order as a waitress. I would never even try out for sports! None of that sounds like me now, I know, but that little girl is still there. I still get very quiet and anxious around various people. I feel like I’m stuttering over my words and saying them backwards! It’s interesting to me that people don’t see that.

When I’m feeling like that shy little girl now, I just smile and push forward, reminding myself that it’s okay and I just want to make the person I’m talking to feel comfortable.

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Pavement Ponderings

My morning run always inspires me. I’ve written unpublished blogs, books, solved world problems, cussed people out and cried tears. A few weeks ago, I had this crazy inspiration to share one thing a day on Facebook that my friends may or may not know about me.  As I began to share, I was inspired and encouraged to begin a blog.  So here I am.

Initially, I want to share what I shared on Facebook.  I think I might have made it to day 13 and then life got busy and overwhelming.  It has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? Anyway, as I move forward in blogging, I will share other things.  I hope that whatever I share, it touches someone, resonates with someone, and maybe even changes a life or two.

The first thing I shared was that I’m a Christian.  Everything about my marriage and my family is rooted in my faith.  I’ve fallen away from my faith before, doubted it, and depended on it.  The circles of life.

I have a lot of friends who aren’t Christians and I like that. I enjoy the ways in which they challenge me to think differently. I’m not exclusive with my friendship. Many of my non-Christian friends are nicer than Christians I’ve met and more loving. Kind of sad, I think, but true.  Sometimes, I’m judged because of my faith but I’m used to opinions so I blow it off. 🙂 Faith shaming is as ugly as body shaming. Shaming in general is ugly.

So that’s the first thing I want to share.  I’m looking forward to writing more and seeing where this goes.

-The Runner