One year ago today, it was Thursday afternoon and I was leaving my office in a full blown panic. I was going to be speaking at Ignite Boise. There are many "Ignite" events across the country, but in case you're not familiar- I'll give you a quick run down. It is a 2 hour event where individuals are given 5 minutes and 20 power point slides to say just about whatever they want. The point? To bring the community together and have them all leave inspired. The topics vary... they may be scientific, political, heartwarming, informative, sad, motivating... or maybe, just maybe, they're about going a year without shopping.
So now, I imagine, you understand where my full blown panic was coming into play. I was somehow roped into submitting my blog as a topic- and somehow, my topic was selected. I was going to be speaking about StopShop and my long, long year in front of about 750 people. Now, I know I like to ham it up at a dinner party with friends, and I can always be counted on for a funny story. But if you want me to speak in front of a crowd, let alone... a HUGE crowd, well keep your fingers crossed I don't throw up.
For the record, I didn't throw up. Now, I'll be truthful with you. I DID black out, almost completely. I got onstage, it was bright, and I knew just how many people were looking at me. And I have no idea what happened next. Luckily, they filmed it... and just for you- here is the video:
Needless to say, I made it through the speech alive, hooray! And I am very, very proud of myself. It was one of the biggest "rush" moments I've ever had, it was a perfect end to my year without shopping, and it is PROOF that I stood in front of what felt like 3 million people and talked about something I was very passionate about.
Now, I must tell you, that I was nervous to share it here today! I still get butterflies watching that video. But, all in all, that was one of the best nights of my entire life, and I am SO glad to be able to show you today! Hopefully, you found it a smidgen inspiring as well and can apply what I had to say to whatever goals you may have in mind. Would I do it again? Maybe not. But I couldn't be happier that I did it a year ago. I had all of the support in the world at that event. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening:
The big moment.
Me and my dear mama post show.
With friends and my Aunt Donna.
My mama, stepmom Debi, and daddio. Knowing they were in the audience made it MUCH easier.
My best friends!
After the show, I did what any normal person would and got myself a beer.
Thanks for reading today, and for letting me share an important part of my life. If you are curious about my previous blog, you can find all of the archives here. See you all tomorrow as we resume regular style programming!