One of my weaknesses is being a good host, I’ve always known this and avoid organizing get-togethers. Last time I organized a decent sized group run of 8-12 women I ended up having to bail for a funeral, which further put bad feelings associated with organizing. I’m not good at it, it scares me, but it’s something I want to be good at. (Also, my friend KRJ–I miss you!)
About a month ago my employer asked me if I would co-host a Ladies Inspiration Night at the store. Whoa. Inspiration? Me? I’m just an average joe, I have no credibility, certification, or, um, confidence? It terrified me, but I took the opportunity and went with it. The invites were sent, my name was on it, and I watched the RSVPs remain steadily empty until a day before the event.
About a dozen ladies showed up, we did our ice breaker, I had a bad race photo slideshow running, we had discussion, Q&A, and even laughed. It went well! It wasn’t as scary as I thought, I suppose the wine helped.
After getting through the Ladies Inspiration Night I got a bit of confidence and called out for some Her Madison Half Marathon ambassadors to meet me downtown for a quick video shoot. A few excitedly agreed, and we all met on a Sunday afternoon. Here I was, being a leader, organizing, instructing, growing out of that comfort zone. It was another success, and I was beyond proud of it! The video turned out fantastic as well (I’m not even going to hold back bragging on this one!)
Since those successes, I put on my big girl pants (they’re all big, I’m an athena!) and invited about ten girls from different circles to my house tonight. I’m hosting a small girl’s night at my house, and we’re watching the movie Embrace. I’m hardly even nervous! I’m looking forward to a night in yoga pants, eating snacks, and connecting with some lovely ladies!
I plan on hosting more things in the near future.. a group run, a group ride, maybe a group swim? If you have suggestions, or want to collaborate with me, let’s do it!