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Friday, March 25, 2011

Doing It.

I've been on a bit of a "high" over the past five days. This past Sunday night, I performed seven minutes of stand-up comedy in front of a live audience of people. And they laughed a lot! Yipee!

It felt a bit like, "jumping off a cliff" meets "this is your life" meets "what might have happened if you hadn't moved to Colorado" meets "1991 Forensics Tournament in Frankenmuth, MI."

It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. After it was over, I walked off the stage, totally clueless as to if I had talked for 3 minutes or 8 minutes and ran downstairs to the bar, shaking, and ordered myself a MUCH DESERVED vodka tonic. I breathed a huge sigh of relief and looked around at a bunch of strangers, who had no idea what I had just done. But I had DONE IT! Box checked. I might be a mom and wife now, I might be 36.99 years old...but I still got it.

The SUPPORT and kind words from friends and family this past week have absolutely blown me away. People have been SO nice about saying how much they enjoyed it, or how they could relate, or how proud they are of me - it's been the best gift this whole crazy idea could have given me. I have heard from people I barely know at the gym, two older ladies who watch me on Take Five every Tuesday (who knew?), and from friend's friends who I don't even know.

I learned that it's good to do something that scares you - to take the chance with the hope that it will actually be great. Someday, I hope that the kids know what I did, how I tried to live my life, and that they also feel like they can totally pull off crazy things like this.

And actually, with this event and my 37th birthday this past week, I realized that every day these past twelve months have actually felt like a big adventure, as both a mom and a professional. And that with hard work, good luck and good intentions - you can really live your happiest life.

Somehow, I have found myself on t.v. on a regular basis, having a really fun time. I have a dream schedule, kind and flexible co-workers, a great husband who wins us fancy trips because he kicks some butt as well, and wonderful friends.

I realize that my conscious decision last January to live "more intentionally" is really panning out for me. I am spending my time with the people that matter and with people I really want to be around. I'm trying to make every day count. I'm surrounding myself with positive people who support, love and make me feel like a better ME to be around them.

By focusing on myself, my goals, and just plain spending time doing what I think is fun - it's made my life incredibly fulfilling and happy, and I am in a very happy place right now. What a great way to randomly kick off my 37th year! Who knew?


At 9:12 PM, Blogger M. said...

Wooo! You go! Having these moments and being kind to people is what life is all about - I just told John I figured out the meaning of life and this is it.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Love the post, love the TITLE, love YOU. =) Way to go!


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I'm a 39 year old stay-at-home mom. I have a 9 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. I have lived in the big city and in the mountains, but am happy to be back in the Midwest, raising the fam. I enjoy laughing, wine, bad karaoke, US Weekly, running, cemetaries, cheese sticks and short hair-dos. In my previous life, I was class-clown and a wanna-be comedian. In my professional life, I'm a journalism major with 10 years of marketing and PR experience. I dream of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live and working at Disney World as Snow White.

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