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  • Writer's pictureMelissa

Being Brave and Not Dying

In 2017 I set out on a journey to get comfortable being uncomfortable. If you’re like me, large rooms full of people I don’t know can be overwhelming. My head screams “what will I say?”, “what if I say something stupid?”, “do I have food in my teeth?”. I decided to show up anyway. I learned to walk up to a group of people and say “can I join you?”. I decided to stop avoiding situations that require me to do public speaking. And guess what? I didn’t die. In fact, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people, and Give Grace Give Hope, Inc. was born. I was honoring my goal to get comfortable being uncomfortable. I still get nervous, I still have to have mini pep talks with myself, but each time I do something brave it gets a little easier. In December 2017 I received a call from Mike DaSilva with Channel 13. He wanted to interview me and Brenlyn about our fundraising efforts. My adrenaline spiked, I started to sweat, my heart raced. There was no way…NO WAY…I was going to talk in front of a camera. But then I thought about the message saying “no” would pass on to my kids. If I want them to be brave and do hard things, shouldn’t I? And then I thought about how impactful the interview could be. I’m not honoring myself or the mission of Give Grace unless I do things that stretch my limits. For proof showed up and didn’t die, check out the video here.

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