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
Traveling alone to Costa Rica
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.
Check out my book: Timid No More