Monday, February 1, 2010

Forty Things to do #1- Give A Performance

Turning forty seemed a little bit like a day of reckoning for me. I was feeling like I had not accomplished things I had set out to do, and was not exactly where I wanted to be financially, career wise, and personally. It was my mother in law who put it in perspective. She said turning forty is not the end of things. This is the time to set new goals and accomplish even more!

Wow! I had never thought about it like that before! She was right! I have twenty or thirty more years really good years to accomplish my goals and dreams. I needed to just get to it! So I started a list. Forty things to do before forty. Forty things to shake me up, challenge me, help me grow.

Okay people! For your first challenge, or should I say assignment? You are to give a performance.

Always wanted to try stand up? Want to try acting in a play? Love to Kareoke? Play an instrument? Now that you have a good group of friends in your life, set up a little performance and invite everyone!

I did this by performing in a show called "Expressing Motherhood". It was a show of real mom's telling real stories. I performed for two weekends and invited all my friends and family. I was an actress many years ago, but I was nervous about this. It was me not "acting" but telling about Landon, and I hadn't been on stage in years.

I literally forced myself to write a piece and submit it, thinking there was no way I would be chosen. Then I was!

At the first rehearsal I was terrified. I didn't know these women! Why was I doing this again?

Then I heard the stories of their lives, and was blown away by these women. Now I have a bunch of new friends. It was so powerful being a part of it. It helped me open up, put myself out there, and share. I am so proud I did it. There's something about stepping out of your comfort zone, you surprise everyone, and you surprise yourself. Who knows what we're capable of when we really GO FOR IT!

So what will you do? I am dying to hear about your performance!!


  1. Can you tell those of us who are clueless how this came about? Your performance I mean? BTW, I thought I had already posted this comment. Hmmm. Gremlins.

  2. So proud of you :) As you know, I'm also turning 40 this year so I am excited to follow and join you in this! Yahooooooooo xo

  3. Wow! I am impressed. What a great thing to accomplish.

  4. I would love to see a video of the show. Does one exist online?

  5. You are amazing!! I try to get on stage at camp each summer when I teach while my girls are campers! I will be sure to get on stage again this summer. When your daughter is old enough, you should send her to Camp Greystone!