Mini-Steps Matter

Everything about it was outside my comfort zone.

  • Driving to an unknown part of town (those who know me know the struggle)
  • I had no idea what to expect
  • I knew no one
  • Was it out of my league?
  • Would I have to share my thoughts aloud in a room full of strangers? (my greatest fear!)

Comfort tried its best to persuade me to stay put, but I registered instead. And off to the Emrys poetry workshop I went on Saturday morning!

Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted by the group — and then in came Tina Parker, a dear friend and fellow Word Weaver. To say I was delighted to have her sitting beside me is an understatement. There’s nothing like being sandwiched between an Auburn grad and a lawyer!

I quickly knew I was in trouble when we were asked ten questions, such as How would you kill it? about an inanimate object—and then told we’d share all our answers with the entire group. I felt sick to my stomach, but once the rounds began, the fun kicked up a notch.

I wish I could say I’ve broken down all the barriers of my comfort zone, but I haven’t. I can, however, say that I made strides on Saturday. It was a mini-step, but a step nonetheless, and I feel I’m a better writer as a result.

I now look forward to attending Emrys $5.00 writing workshops on Sundays this summer.

Make no mistake. Mini-steps matter.

What mini-step outside your comfort zone do you need to take today?

Weekend Snippets

Somebody is ready for the beach!


  • Good results at Weight Watchers meeting. Thank you, Zumba!
  • Work began to rebuild/refinish porch posts on our 100 year old home. Finally.
  • Hubby worked all day in the yard checking off the “honey-do” list. What a guy!
  • A Pride & Prejudice marathon. (Colin Firth’s version, of course! Is there any other?)


  • Poetry workshop at Emrys (future blog post)
  • Piper-time in the afternoon (see above picture). Loved hanging out with the kids!
  • Waited out a mad storm in Ross. Really? I dashed in for one item. We sat there thinking of all the places we’d rather be stuck — but thankful to have escaped the hailstorm.


  • Served as a greeter in the church we’ve been visiting. (Blessing alert!)
  • Heard THE best message on baptism ever. While respectful of other modes, Jason spoke truth boldly — based on the Word, period. I’m not sure when their sermons post online, but when they do, you can find it here.

It was a busy — but extraordinarily blessed weekend. See picture above. Again. 🙂

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