Back in December, I admitted that despite a fear of public speaking and appearing on TV, I was on a personal quest to make the cast of HGTV’s Design Star, Season 6. I don’t think I’ll get in trouble for disclosing that I didn’t make the cut. I’m seriously unfazed by it though, because that particular goal led me to bust through a lot of obstacles I had placed in my own path and I feel like I’ve become a stronger, more confident person as a result. Who knows how many years I might have let all those mental roadblocks keep me from doing some really interesting things! Since so many of you were incredibly kind enough to voice your support, I thought I would update you on everything:
As you know, I bought a Groupon for an improvisational comedy class at ColdTowne Theater. As I was walking into my first class, I realized that in the old days this would’ve felt like The Green Mile…like I was walking into the theater to my ultimate demise. But because I’d already gotten comfortable doing videos in public places, I felt a level of anticipation akin to what I might have felt if I was going to nothing more nerve-shattering than a cookie baking class. When the night was over, I was SO HIGH. I did so much better than I would have ever imagined! In fact, I did a pretty dang good job. I was funny, people laughed. Isn’t that what drives every comedian on stage? Another overriding thought I had throughout the night was, “Jeb would be AMAZING at this. He’s so quick-witted and does these amazing characters…maybe one day we can become a husband and wife troupe!” As the course progressed, however, I would say I leveled out around average. I wasn’t a wiz at improv, but I didn’t make anyone cringe while watching me, either. The buzz I felt after that first class diminished each week, but man, what an experience! It was really shocking to discover that this getting up in front of people thing–and worse yet, screwing up in front of a crowd–would not actually kill me. I am hoping to go back and take a sketch comedy class to help me craft some fun videos I have planned for my blog/website.
SPEAK TANK AUSTIN
I continue to meet with the ladies in Speak Tank Austin and it is one hell of a supportive group. Led by Donna Johnson (a Room Fu client from way back), we meet once a month in private room in a coffee shop to develop our public speaking skills and each time I leave, I feel like I’ve learned something invaluable. Most of the tools Donna has shared with us are also translatable to writing blog posts and other ventures, too. As of yesterday’s meeting, I’ve committed to hosting a workshop on how to avoid getting overwhelmed with materials selections for remodeling projects, so look for that announcement coming soon!
EPIPHANY #1: I’m tired of hating myself because I’m fat.
To be honest, this is still a struggle. I yo-yo between acceptance and disappointment that I’m not more svelte…I keep eating chocolate, so what can I say? At least the good days are more numerous than in the past. After reading some interesting information about the effects of stress on metabolism, I’m focusing a lot of energy toward minimizing tension and stress…and I began that journey by firing an abusive client! I have started practicing meditation and as a result have actually managed to get to sleep on a routine basis without a nightly dose of melatonin. I have depended on that for years to get to sleep, so this is a huge quality of life improvement for me.
ROOM FU VIDEOS
I haven’t gotten very far with this goal yet. Main obstacle? Wanting to do everything perfectly. So what should be shot in a heartbeat takes me a few tries, and then the videos sit on my iPhone waiting to be edited. The learning curve I face with anything tech-related is so daunting I avoid it until I have “the time” and you know when you think about it, no one ever has “the time” to do anything. I’ve gotten inspired by Peter Shankman‘s social media blog/videos (via Donna Johnson) and realize these things don’t have to be anything special, it’s just important to do it. So here’s one of the perfectly imperfect videos I shot at Uptown Modern last December, featuring some cool DIY shelving and a tip for making mid-century seating more comfortable: