there are so many things i could write about today.
1. i’m feeling so much better.
and that all by itself is a good thing. so much better, in fact, (or maybe because?) that i went to try to trade in my american drivers’ license for a dutch one which is something you can only do if you (OR YOUR SPOUSE) have the thirty percent rule. we didn’t find out that spouse clause until i got my own ruling which clearly stated, in english, that my spouse is qualified as well, which landed the partner a right solid dutch scolding from yours truly who could’ve nabbed a dutch drivers license under his thirty percent rule received FIVE YEARS AGO. i only recently (a year ago) nabbed my own ruling, but all’s well that ends well, right?so i tried to go today (there’s SO MUCH PAPERWORK involved, like all government things) and i was still missing a piece (passport photo) and an appointment or you can go without an appointment tuesday through friday afternoon. as today was monday, i was shit out of luck. so i went to get a passport photo and make an appointment. in reality, i’m just going to show up tomorrow afternoon. for my lunch.
cause that’s one hell of productive lunch.
(OR I GET MY HAPPY BUTT ONLINE AND MAKE THE DAMN APPOINTMENT FOR WEDNESDAY AT LUNCH, FINE.)
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Sometimes the universe slaps you in the face with its suggestions, like, for example, when you take a yoga class for your fortieth birthday and it’s FUCKING AMAZING and then one of the newest Toastmasters Groningen members has her own yoga business and teaches on Tuesday mornings which was your previous excuse for why you weren’t taking a yoga class in Groningen – no morning classes and that’s when you say, oh, okay, FINE, universe.
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Last night was the very first meeting of the Toastmasters Groningen new 2016 – 2017 season and I could not be more excited. And amazed. And inspired. And terrified.
At one point there was some confusion over who was the general evaluator and I tried to micromanage when I should’ve just let things happen and trusted in the system. Because Toastmasters is where you can make a mess and learn from mistakes. As it happened, every speaker had an evaluator and the general evaluator KICKED SO MUCH ASS.
And I learned a valuable lesson.
Toastmasters Groningen can handle it.
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A few months ago at Toastmasters Groningen, one of our members gave a speech about Disney princesses asking people to raise their hands if were NOT impressed with them. Almost everyone did.
Her response, “Well, that’s a shame.”
And then she went on to point out how badass Disney princesses are – making the best of horrible situations like a step mother who wants you dead, but you go live in the woods and make it work. Or falling in love when you live in an abusive home environment.
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As I said on Caturday, I headed down to Den Haag for a Toastmasters International conference.
AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
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I’m down in the Hague for the day as chief judge for the (are you ready for this title? ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?!?) Toastmasters International District C Spring Conference Evaluation Contests.
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Tonight at Toastmasters Groningen I talked about how a fear of heights led me to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
And one of the points of my kickass speech evaluator was that I needed to incorporate more facts. Which is true. I am *really* good at telling a story. At leveraging emotions. At entertaining.
And I am a total chicken shit when it comes to facts and statistics and dates.
Continue reading “What Scares You?”