Today after months of gearing myself up in order to get comfortable with being uncomfortable on camera, I finally bit the bullet and posted a video about my online business. I’d spent so long having a word with myself, talking myself up or whatever you want to call it. But after five attempts at filming and some last-ditch gentle persuasion from my business coach, I’m finally posting video 1 of my 90-day video challenge.
It has felt like about 900 days of putting this off, of finding a million other things to do than be on camera. But in reality was probably about 90 days. But that said, that’s long enough to put off what I’m hoping will become something I actually enjoy, in time. I have to say that what I’m really enjoying is watching the videos of other SFM community members in the group. They’re very inspiring and it’s great listening to their stories, hearing about their journeys and seeing them grow. Hopefully what I’ve posted will help somebody else if they’re feeling the same as I did. Because let’s face it, we’re all in (or have been in) the same boat.
Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Being on camera was never something I thought I’d do eight years after the last attempt. Back when I was helping other businesses with their social media. And no, I’m sure the irony isn’t lost on you. But now, unlike back in 2012, I’m 100% committed to learning how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
So how do I feel? Well, I feel good about myself which I think is the idea for finally doing it. But as much as that, proving myself wrong about having nothing to talk about. In fact, I exceeded the three-minute limit by at least 30 seconds. It turns out I can waffle as much online as offline!
But I do also appreciate that a YouTube Ad is three minutes of curated content which is a different ballgame but I’ve made a start and that’s the main thing. Every video I post from now on will never be as scary as the first. So, I guess you could say that today is big milestone.
As it write this post, we’re actually on holiday in Cornwall, my husband Dave and I and our dog, that is. If you’re not familiar with this part of the UK, the most south-western county in England to be precise. So if you’ve never been, please come. It’s a wonderful place – beautiful beaches, beautiful countryside, lovely people, great food and drink. It’s just a special place, at least to us anyway.
Irene The Campervan
This trip also happens to be the maiden voyage of our campervan. We’ve owned it for about four weeks (purchased early August 2020) and other than a night away when we bought it, this is the longest that we’ve spent in it and we’re just beginning the second of a two-week trip.
The inspiration, or rather the catalyst for buying the campervan was sadly my Aunt, who I was very close to, died earlier this year, actually a week after I joined the SFM. Four months from diagnosis, aged 64 – it’s no age really, is it? If there’s one thing this brought home to me more than ever, it’s that life is too short. You’ve gotta grasp it with both hands and that’s exactly what she did. Irene was free-spirited, she was feisty, she didn’t take no for an answer and if I can take even a grain of her approach to life on my journey then I think I’ll be okay. In honour of her, we’ve named the campervan Irene.
I plan to spend a lot of time with Irene over the coming months. Getting inspiration for blog posts and videos and other content ideas because it’s fast become my safe space. But that’s for another post, I’ve waffled on for long enough now. So, to Irene, the Auntie who re-educated me on living for now and whose terminal cancer was the push I needed to change my life. Here’s to you and whatever the inspiration is for changing the course of your own journey.