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So a few years ago, I decided to join Toastmasters. I’ve always been pretty comfortable getting up in front of people; all through high school I performed on the piano in recitals, competitions, and plays, and then starting in grad school I was a Spanish teacher for a number of years. But I wanted more practice in getting up and telling funny stories, so that’s what did (or, tried to do at least) in my speeches.
The following year I took a class in stand-up comedy, and at graduation performed a 4-minute routine on stage, in a comedy club, in front of actual, live people. This remains the scariest thing I have done in my life so far, and consequently is one of the things I’m most proud of having done.
My speeches and my comedy routines were all recorded, and can be found on my Podcasts page; they’re a little something you can listen to when you need a bit of a pick-me-up.
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One of the basic, guiding principles of my life is the belief that there is no such thing as too many books. Therefore, I was delighted to discover the site Book Bub, which sends you a daily email full of “limited-time free and discounted ebooks matching your interests”.
In her latest blog post, Why don’t you just know how to help me?, Lizzy, of The Pillow Fort, shares how she was inspired to put together a list of how her friends and family can help her when she’s sick and in pain. She also shares a free, downloadable template that you can use to make a similar list for your loved ones.