Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Am Proud of Me

I DID IT! I taught the school today & had a blast! Yesterday I told you of my concern about teaching in our ministry school. Last night I managed to get quiet enough to change my notes into short bullet points & main themes instead of typed pages full of long paragraphs. It worked perfectly. I even brought out some laughter & a few "woot woots!". During the question & answer time after my teaching was over it was great to hear what they heard & find that I had communicated exactly what my heart was full of for them. Yay me!

An interesting side-note (to me anyway!) : My talk was about my journey of overcoming a deeply ingrained fear that pretty much defined who I was for most of my life. Not a specific phobia that could be worked on, but an over-riding fear of life. It affected all my choices from childhood on. And one of those early choices was a career decision.

I always wanted to be a teacher. As a young person I taught in my church when ever they would let me & my babysitting always involved teaching in fun ways. But when it came time to begin the education for a life job, I remember being afraid that I was not smart enough to be a teacher of older kids or adults so I deliberately chose to be a pre-school teacher, thinking it would be easier & not require much. (I was very wrong by the way! I taught pre-school for years & it is not an easy job in any way!)

But today....I taught college age people!! WOOT WOOT!


  1. I am not the least bit surprised that it went well! I always had the faith in you!

  2. Woo hoo I'm first! Congratulations on teaching and overcoming your fear! I've subbed a lot of different grades and I don't think teaching any age is easy!

  3. Aw man! I just realized you do the blog-approval thingy, so I might not have been the first comment after all. Oh well *kicks a can*

  4. I'm proud of you too!! Good for you Brenda! See I had a kind of opposite fear, but yet the same. I was very fearful that I wasn't smart enough to go to college. So, I went to travel school again. Now I just started college at 37yrs old! Plus, I was smart enough to go since I had to pass an exam and the results said I was college level. Who would have known 19yrs later I would do this? Sooo, I can totally relate. We CAN! You can teach and I can learn!!

  5. Congratulations!
    I bet your courage that day gave some of those people the new inspiration to go out and do the things they were afraid to do too!


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