Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Talks and talks and talks...oh my!

Our family is getting hit hard core in the speaking department. This past Sunday, Aubrey gave her first talk in primary. She was a little bit nervous, but I was surprised at the confidence she had and her willingness to do it. I think having read the scripture a couple of weeks ago really helped her. She knew she could do it. She did a fantastic job and we are so proud of her! Now it is our turn.....uggghh.

I made the mistake a couple of week ago of telling a couple of friends, Melissa and Emily, how Joey and I haven't had speaking assignments since we were married. I knocked on wood right then and there, but I didn't knock fast enough. This past Sunday we were asked to speak on Easter Sunday. I feel so stressed out right now!!! I am not good at public speaking, I shake, my mind becomes a mess and I just get so nervous I could puke. And the fact that it is Easter Sunday doubles the pressure. Its only one of the most important days of the year! Aye. I feel like my talk has to be good, really good. I don't want to disappoint. I'm having family come to visit this week, we are celebrating Cali's birthday, and I still have Easter errands to run. So, the stress level in my brain is high. I'm posting about this to ask for some extra thoughts and prayers my way. For some people, public speaking is not a big deal. For me, it really really is!

I just keep thinking to myself-Aubrey did it. Aubrey was nervous, it was scary for her, and she just did it. She didn't complain. She knew it was something she was asked to do, something that was important, and she overcame her fears and did it. And when she was done, she was beaming and proud. And I know thats how I'll be when I'm done. I know I'll be happy. I know I'll be blessed for it and I know many will be proud, including me. Aubrey has set an example for me-now I have to do the same for her. The Lord asks us to do things that are hard sometimes, but not things that we cannot do. And he blesses us for doing it-I know that. Thanks Aubrey for being a big girl and showing me that I can do it too. When I grow up, I want to be just like you:) I love you!

16 comments:

Tara D said...

You'll do great! I've seen you speak publicly and you always do a great job. Sure you're nervous, but no one will know but you (and everyone who reads your blog). :) Good luck Hol!

Bergen Blog said...

She did a great job on her talk and I am sure you will too!

Jan said...

You can do it! I know you'll be great - wish I could be there to hear it! Miss you, Holly!

-Melissa- said...

I know you will do great! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers throughout the week. Can't wait to hear you speak Sunday.

Christy said...

Good luck! It is horrible to be so nervous, so I wish you the most luck possible. :) And I hope you do great!

hoLLy said...

thanks everyone! :) i appreciate the encouragement and prayers. i've been writing my talk all evening long and i'm almost done! i wanted to get it finished before my family got here tomorrow. i didn't want to have to be working on it while my family was here visiting. i'm not as nervous any more- now that i feel somewhat prepared. yea!

Joey Duenas said...

You are going to do awesome babe! You always do! You are such a smart and spiritual girl and I'm looking forward to hearing your talk.

Hacking it up said...

You will do a great job--I have No doubt!! Speaking on Easter Sunday would be a little intimidating!...but you'll do great!

Melissa said...

No, I haven't been to Texas. I never knew anybody there! Now I do.

becki said...

holly, you'll do great. i always like to imagine the congregration in their underwear! although, it doesn't seem to help, but try it anyway. and FYI i'm a RM and giving talks doesn't get easier for me either-in fact, i'm terrified and it's AWFUL!! but you'll do MAHVEHLOUS dahling.

Wendy Lee said...

Since I was in your position last week, I can say that you will be fine- don't stress! Be prepared and don't overthink it. Just try to act like it is no big deal, it is a piece of cake. Oh, and pray, pray, pray!!!

Emily Loria said...

Wait... wha? Were we not just talking about this? You must have not knocked hard enough on that wood! You poor thing. Just use lots of quotes... lots and lots of them, and read them slow. That's my trick. Sorry my bad luck spread to you. !

Rebecca said...

You'll do great :) I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Hirschi Family said...

Holly, you will do great, you give great talks and I know the Spirit will be with you. Remember to go first, that way it's Joey's responsibility to make sure the time is taken up! Good luck and tell your fam Hi for me!

Zim Family said...

So, how'd it go?? I imagine phenomenally since that is all you are capable of doing!!

hoLLy said...

its over! i did it and i think it actually went well. i was shaky and nervous before and during the talk of course. i was also emotional like the whole talk, but oh well. thats me. people just have to accept that:) i'm proud of myself and i'm just so glad its over and done with.