Authentic identity. This is where it began. I wanted to be my truest self and Boom! My journey to the TEDx stage has begun!
Wow – what a ride!
My idea worth spreading evolved through my application process – it was important to me that I make an impact in the lives of others – and by the time it was submitted I believed in my heart I’d given it my all, no matter the outcome.
When I received my acceptance letter, it was almost surreal.
Have you ever dreamed of and wanted something so badly that it was all-consuming? That was me the entire month of July!
I knew this experience was going to be one of those “once in a lifetime” experiences, however I didn’t realize what a profound journey I had signed up for – not only am I preparing to deliver the talk in November but I’m also trekking on a personal journey.
My “idea worth spreading” questions what happens when we own our adversities and use them to embrace our authentic identities.
One Sunday a few weeks ago I realized that TEDx event day is rapidly approaching. I wondered how I could show up in my world more authentically to prepare for the stage, and it dawned on me… I’d never done a FB live on my personal page before.
The thought of truly being seen on that level made me sick to my stomach – especially if I showed up EXACLTY how I looked that day – picture a lazy, quarantined (because of a COVID exposure) Sunday – I was wearing yoga pants, no makeup and likely had not showered. I tried for an hour to hit the live button and could not do it. I finally settled for a video that took me four times filming to feel comfortable enough to post. Now I could check that off my list, but I still had not done a live.
It’s true what they say… once you get the first time out of the way, it gets easier. The fear of people watching me live and somehow messing up my purpose or message is starting to melt away with every live video I post.
My guess is there are going to be all kinds of unexpected gifts as I experience this amazing journey to the TEDx stage. My seat belt is officially buckled.
I am going through this journey in real time – cataloging my ups and downs and doing my best to show up as ME.