Facing Your Fears

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'm at the point now where I can't remember how many firesides/public speaking engagements I've done. But I can tell you that every single one of them has been a wonderful experience.

My biggest regret from each of my events is that I never took photos...until last week. I finally remembered that I wanted to get some photos of some of the wonderful people I got to meet and learn from.

Last Wednesday night, Vic and I were able to drive up to beautiful SunCrest (holy cow. The views!!!) and meet a DARLING blog reader of mine. Her name is Susie and she just moved to Utah from Georgia. She took a chance and emailed me a few months ago asking if I'd be willing to speak to her youth group. OF COURSE!

We then drove down the backside of SunCrest into Highland and made our way up American Fork Canyon. It was absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could eat the smell of the air in that canyon.

There were quite a few kids there...boys and girls both. We spoke on facing your challenges and fears. I always want to do my very best just so the kids will want to come up and talk with me afterward. I LOVE learning their names, their hobbies and passions, their struggles.

Sadly, this is the only photo that turned out decently that night. And what makes me super happy is that I truly consider Susie and her darling family new friends. I can't wait to hang out with them again. But I can't handle how much I covet her home. (And clothes.) I'll still let her be my friend, though.

But back to our topic: Fears. I can feel the stirrings of some new fears taking shape in my life. Winter, for one. Oh, how I hate it. Getting older. Finances. There is something about the cooler weather, the overcast days, that makes me long for my Lucy sweet. I have faced a lot of fears over the past few years...head on. Flying, sleeping, burying a child, pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood. Just to name a few. I'm starting to feel a bit weary. It's time I put the words I spoke to the kids to the test yet again.

I'm so thankful Susie reached out to me. It is such a treat to get to sing and share "the stage" with my husband.

Today was a long day involving a long run and I can tell that I'm rambling. I should get some shut eye.

Onward and upward.


  1. I'm facing some fears of my own at the moment. Thanks for the post!

  2. Fear is a strange animal...I tend to have a lot of fears and worry way too much. I, too, have faced many fears in the past few years. But happily, some of them I no longer fear. Of course, there is a longing and melancholy for the past but the future is bright so I'll go with that. Glad things turned out well with the youth group. I think that could turn into a new "hobby" of yours...I bet you are fantastic at speaking. Winter is my nemesis...it challenges me to the very core. I was born in July so I'm really a summer person. I need to embrace winter a bit more because it gives me a chance to rest, to not be so busy (well except for all the Christmas stuff you know!!) and take time to read, sew, play on my computer, and stuff like that. Have a wonderful day Molly!!

  3. Oh my goodness gracious! To hear you speak at my Youth Group (hurray Beehives!) would make my heart sing. You are amazing and I bet the youth just adored you! (You look like you're 16 after all - it's a compliment I promise *wink)


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