What happens when a timid and squeamish woman decides it’s time for a change? She ziplines like Superman, rides a mechanical bull, flies on a trapeze. In short, she becomes more confident and assertive, and she begins to love trying new things.

I am still on my journey, and this blog is about the ride. Whether you want to be inspired, peek into an introvert’s mind, or chuckle at my klutziness, this blog will have something for you.

Left to my natural inclinations, I am a junk food eating, social situation avoiding, couch potato germaphobe who looks at the bad side of every situation and avoids trying new things. This is not who I want to be, so I wage war on myself, going from one extreme to the other, all or nothing. I seek a middle ground in which I gently push myself in the right direction and live a healthy, active lifestyle.

I blog about a series of challenges I give to myself, so that I don’t remain, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “too timid and squeamish.” Some of the challenges will not strike others as something to be timid or squeamish about. Those are the ones where I need to give myself a little push to get out of the house or make a change that is healthier. Sometimes I just need to break through inertia (OK, laziness) and get something done.

I value collecting experiences over collecting things (well, iPads do seem pretty cool), and on the surface it may appear that I am not too timid and squeamish. I love to travel and have had some amazing experiences:

Petting a tiger in Thailand

Drinking snake whiskey in Laos

Sleeping under the stars in the Sahara (I am on the second camel)
Photo by Agra Baroti

Hiking Mt. Washington with my family

Traveling alone to Costa Rica

Machu Picchu
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

These experiences, while fraught with some anxiety, were in some ways easier for me to accomplish than things like inviting people to a cookout, speaking up at a meeting, or drinking out of somebody’s cup. I guess we all have obstacles and insecurities that hold us back, right?

Regular features on my blog:

  • Send me a postcard! When have you gone out of your comfort zone? I want to feature everything from dining alone to running with the bulls. Celebrate your courage.
  • 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), a series of challenges to become less timid and squeamish
  • Scene from a Memoir, stories from my past, published occasionally

I’d love to hear your ideas of any new challenges I should try.

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    Royal typewriter. My dad used this typewriter in the Army in the 1950s, and I typed college papers on it in the early 1980s. I think it is a Royal Magic Margin, a model that was introduces in 1938. 


46 Responses to About

  1. Amy says:

    I love your blog! And, I admire you for stepping out of yourself and doing! Just stopping by from SITS 31dbbb. I am going to go check out some more stuff. You can check out my blog at http://kitchenandkids.com and twitter @kitchenandkids.

  2. Hi Marcy!
    I am so glad you commented on my blog so that I could find yours! Breaking out of your comfort zone is certainly a scary and difficult thing to do, but you are doing an amazing job at it! I am excited to read about the challenges you have already conquered and the ones coming up! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  3. Jenni says:

    I really like the idea of your blog and I can relate, since I have inner battles too! I am squeamish about eating or drinking weird things (I would never drink snake whisky)!

  4. Deb G says:

    Wow Marcy, this is a great blog. I’m going to try and use it to inspire me to make little changes and break out of my “junk food eating, social situation avoiding, couch potato” shell and experience new things. That is if I can stop procrastinating long enough. 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing where you guys are vacationing this summer – the photos always give me the travel bug.

  5. Creativ2xmom says:

    Oh, my gosh! I want your life. 🙂 I am much Too Timid and Squeamish. I’m so impressed.

  6. abi says:

    Hi Marcy,
    Just clicked over from SITS. Yesterday’s challenge has me checking “About” pages & I love yours! My favorite thing about it is the pics. Usually people (myself included) post one shot of their face & that’s it. All your photos really help us get to know you better. Great job.

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  7. Kristina says:

    I love the idea behind this blog. I’m a bit of an introvert myself – unless I’ve got a camera in front of my face. Good luck to you!
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  9. Sandz says:

    Hi Marcy

    I love your blog, I was just checking out your About me and page and found you also have 101 List. I have started mine as well to over come my timidity. All the the best on yours

  10. Sandra Eddy says:

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing…and thanks for organizing Friday night tennis on Saturday.

  11. Kristina Ortiz says:

    Hi Marcy. I am so inspired by your blog. I am constantly battling inertia (laziness) LOVE that. I am too timid and squeamish and need to find a path to find more experiences. I will continue to use your blog as inspiration. Love the meatless Monday idea. Starting with this! Hopefully my couch potato days will dwindle down. Thanks!

    • Marcy says:

      That’s so nice of you to say, Kristina. Thank you! Good luck staying off the couch. I have always been impressed by you and your ability to do great things!

  12. Hiya!
    I can so relate with the natural inclination to avoid social situations and be a couch potato! It’s a constant struggle to NOT do that for me too… I also have a 101 list – second one in fact, as I completed much of the first.
    While I have had some amazing experiences too from this list, and all of them have helped me out of my shell *a little*, I think I’ll always be inclined to avoid social situations if I don’t push myself, so I understand completely!!! 🙂
    Here’s a comment from one timid woman to another! haha.
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  14. Jennifer says:

    I am loving your blog. I’ve just started mine recently and am totally looking at yours as a fantastic example. You are an amazing person and I love these personal challenges your setting for yourself.
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  15. I LOVE your blog idea! So fantastic. I just wrote about this very idea… Now I am going to have to read more of the challenges you have taken! Bravo for you.
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  17. Hi there! I really do enjoy your site and think it has great ideas! I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award (see http://explorenewness.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/a-new-blogging-experience-blog-award-nomination/). All the best!

  18. xela ardan says:

    This is a great blog idea and I can really relate! I’m thinking about starting one up and yours has given me some inspiration to actually get out of my comfort zone, and well, blog. I really like your “Scene from a memoir” — what a neat way to look back, and reflect.

    Thanks for (hopefully) a push in the right direction 🙂

  19. You have a a great “About Me” page, mine is pretty limited in comparison..Looks great!!
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  20. Danielle says:

    Wow, how inspiring. I’m visiting from SITS Blogtober and I’m glad I did. (I wanna pet a tiger too.)
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  21. Rob says:

    I found your blog thanks to the 30 days of NaBloPoMo. So guess what?

    I have nominated you for an award. I love your blog, so I thought I would show you a little blog love. Feel free to accept the award – you are very deserving! However, if you don’t wish to participate, that’s okay, too 🙂


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  23. Wow! I will be visiting your blog again to keep reading.

  24. aubree says:

    I’ve been dreaming about taking my son on adventures since the time of his conception. He is now 5 and other than a couple of trips to Whistler, Canada and Oregon we haven’t really traveled.

    The question I have is (if it’s not too personal) is: How do you afford to travel with a family of 4? This is what holds us back in my family. Any tips?

    Thank you! I just found your blog and am loving it!


  25. aubree says:

    Thank you!

  26. Kei says:

    Your blog is awesome! Found it whilst looking for inspiration for my 101/1001.
    I’m pretty introverted and also want to make a bit of a change, though have struggled to find experiences that I can afford (since I’m unemployed/a volunteer). Have enjoyed perusing your posts and I salute you, brave lady! 🙂

    • Marcy says:

      Thanks so much for your comment. I love hearing about other people’s 101 lists. Doing mine really helped me come out of my shell. I checked out your list, and you have some really cool things on it, like the foreign flea market and found object collection. And llama trekking–wow! Good luck with your list!

  27. Hmm, I got to this page after following a link, that said you once used to be an ”all or nothing” kind of person.

    I am also that kind of person. I would love to hear how you kicked that way of thinking out the door.

    Now it seems to be a page about who you are and what you have accomplished.

    Do you have the original post, or would you be willing to rewrite it on a different page? I would really appreciate it, and I’m sure others would too.


    Sorry to be a menace.
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    • Marcy says:

      I don’t have the original page, and the page has evolved during my journey. I think I still have that basic “all or nothing” disposition, but I choose to be moderate as well as I can, and I have gotten better at it. For example, I know that walking everyday is a healthy habit, but I got a little crazy over keeping up my walking streak of at least 10,000 steps a day, and then stopped the habit once I broke the streak. Now I am walking again, but in a more moderate way. I get about 12,000 steps a day on most days, but I am fine with not meeting the goal when a busy or special day interferes. Overall, I am still getting as much or more exercise, but I don’t have the “all or nothing” approach. I think finishing my list was similar too. After I finished it, I went through a long period of doldrums without doing much of anything after the obsessiveness of getting every “thing” on the list done. Now I am more moderate about it–I am open to new opportunities, but I don’t “have” to complete something just because I had it on a list. (On the other hand, the list did help me a lot, and I am really glad I tackled it. I just don’t need a new one moving forward and actually had to resist the impulse to make a new one.) I don’t publish a word of the year the way I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do, but if I did, the word would be “moderation,” and I am always working on it, not going too overboard in one direction or the other.

      Thanks for the question! You gave me a lot to think about. Good luck to you!

  28. Maggie says:

    Hi Marcy. I’m late to the game as usual, but I just discovered your blog. I love it! As an introvert and travel lover, I can so relate. I look forward to catching up on your posts and reading your book.

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