“Would you like to talk about gardening with junk at our fundraiser?”
Word seems to be getting around that I like junk! It’s a funny thing when your pretend job / hobby / passion starts to become you in ‘real life’. Surreal even.
I smile pretty big when I get asked to do something I love doing anyway! But maybe not for the reason you may think.
Not long ago (maybe even a year ago) I would have FREAKED to be asked such a thing. Actually, it was back last summer when I got asked to speak at Bella Rustica, I wasn’t sure how I’d deal talking in front of a crowd. I can be a little forgetful and with all those eyes focused on moi, well, who knows what I’d say or do! Or worse, not say or do. 🙂
So, I rehearsed my shindig for weeks before, and during the whole flight there. Study, study, study, notes notes notes…
Once I got there, I remember saying to Linda, the event organizer, “But I’m not a public speaker! Like, at ALL!”
Her reply? “I have COMPLETE faith that the words will just come. You know what all transpired to make this happen, why should this be any different?”
And then I went on stage. Know what happened?
I looked up into the stage lights, then glanced down at those faces. They weren’t scary at all. In fact, they looked eager to hear what I had to say. I took a quick glance at my casual surroundings inside a barn strewn with a hay floor, and felt so at home, I snapped the laptop lid shut, sat down and just spoke from the heart.
So when I got called to the Hometalk Meetup at Milner Village Garden Centre, I didn’t fret one bit. I prepared the night before. I jotted down a few key points, did a print out for the guests, and flew at it on stage. And only forgot what I had to say once. 🙂
I just feel so grateful for these opportunities to talk. Because it’s ultimately a big part of what I wish to do. I love encouraging and teaching. I just didn’t think I’d actually ever have the nerve to do it in front of a crowd. But I was wrong.
So! I get another chance to share what I love to do and to encourage with my story once again this Saturday, April 20th! I’ll have a demo table filled with junk and plants and will be on for about 15 minutes.
There will also be another guest speaker, Brenda Tjosvold, sharing “Seeing God In My Story”, her testimony of 30 years of missionary service and how God has been with her along her journey.
The function is located in my church’s downstairs in the Soul Cafe. The place will be completely decked out African style, with goodies to munch on.
The $10 admission ticket sales will go towards mosquito nets for Africa to help stop the spread of malaria.
Shopping that helps
There will be a couple vendors you can purchase from as well, with goods by Twigz and Ten Thousand Villages. These companies support Africa, missions and third world countries with sales going towards helping the artists.
Please come! And bring a friend/s!
So, I’m inviting any locals! Would you like to come for a coffee, munch on something nice to eat, do a little shopping and just enjoy a couple casual hours chatting it up? I’d love to fill up a table and would adore it if you would like to join me! Bring a friend too! 🙂
What is a Hometalk Meetup?
Hometalk is an online community that is the perfect place to share your home and garden ideas, as well as ask questions. A Hometalk Meetup endorses stepping away from a computer screen to share your passions in person. If you aren’t on Hometalk yet, check it out HERE!
If you’d like to host your own Hometalk Meetup, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Hometalk Meetup – Out of Africa
Yarrow Alliance Church – downstairs
Saturday, April 20th, 7pm-10pm in Soul Cafe
42479 Yarrow Central Road, Chilliwack.
Please call to reserve a spot at: 604 823-6767
or let me know!
Wish to donate? Thank-you!
Please mark as ‘donation for YAC’
Wow… lotsa speaking stuff lately!
Sure is making me curious for what’s in store next…