Monday, January 26, 2009

Stepping out of my comfort zone

Who knew what an adrenaline rush it could be to follow the scriptures council to increase our talents. I've been trying this year to accept more opportunities that stretch me. For example I accepted an opportunity to sing a solo in our wards Christmas program. I sang O Holy Night. It was fun preparing with my friend who played the piano, but the day of the program we went to practice at the church, I almost totally froze just singing for a couple people and the kid vacuuming the floors in the chapel. I was so nervous. As we practiced and got some advice it got better. But when it got time to go I was so scared I almost started crying even before we left to go to the church. I had to have my husband give me blessing and then all went well. It was a great high afterwards, I felt like I was walking on clouds. YEAH...

But it doesn't stop there. A couple weeks ago I said yes to the lady who asked me to choreograph a dance for a highschool/ community pagent. It's entertainment between numbers a swing dance number, right up my alley, except I've never choreographed a whole number by me self for such a large event, needless to say i'm a bit nervous, our first practice is this thursday. YIKES. Wish me luck.

And last but not least friday our sunday school pres. called and asked if I'd teach Gospel Doctrine on Sunday, because he just found out he couldn't be there. I took a deep breath and remembered my resolve to stretch myself and said yes, and spent 3-4 hours sat. night preparing. So I taught my first ever gospel Doctrine class on sunday. It turned out ok. And was so fun. Once again I'm on cloud nine.

It's been very scary, nerve racking, and fun. I'm learning a lot. I'm not perfect at all those new things but at least I'm trying them. It truly is a rush, I highly recommend it, try something new today. :)

7 comments:

Sandee Hostetter said...

I totally understand the terror/walking on clouds feeling. They called me to be the Assistant Ward Organist. Had I ever played the organ before? Nope.

cemarcano said...

You go girl! Congrats on stretching yourself and enjoying your new talents. The show should be great!

4boystokiss said...

LeeJean,
how funny, I guess it is because you are older and I always looked up to you and thought you could do anything, but I never knew that the same things that make me nervous would make you nervous. you've always been an inspiration to me...once again you've inspired me to grow and expand!

Salazars said...

Good for you! Singing in front of the whole ward-yikes! That would scare me enough to keep me out of sacrament at least until everyone forgot about it! :)

WINDER FAMILY said...

Wow, Leejean, good job! I still remember you making me sing with you when we served together as missionaries. Remember when we would sing "I Wonder When He Comes Again," with that lady (I can't remember her name) who lived close to where we stayed? :) I am sure you did an awesome job...at everything!!!

Holly said...

None of these successes surprise me, Leejean-- you are one AMAZING woman!! Watch out world!

Becky said...

Great job Leejean! I am glad you are doing so well. I wish you luck with all your new endeavors. You have a beautiful family.

Becky (a relative of sorts by marriage)