Phew! Can't believe it, but the talk is over. What a relief!
I think I did OK. Rebecca, thanks for your ideas from toastmasters - I kept repeating that the audience wanted me to succeed, wanted me to succeed, before I stood up to speak, and I think it helped. Towards the end, I started stumbling over my words a bit and could hear my anxiety in my voice, but I gave the talk, no one threw fruit, people asked thoughtful questions when it was over. All in all an acceptable experience.
Big plus: didn't start hemorrhaging during the talk, despite my fears that something BAD like that would happen. In fact, leading up to talk and during and after it, I actually forgot about being pregnant for a bit. Wowsers. Maybe it seems strange, but this whole pregnancy business is typically never far from my thoughts. So it was interesting to just be completely catapulted in to a different place and to be so focused on it that I had no room to remember my pregnancy. Cramps stopped for a while too, which was a nice relief. they are returning now - I think they seem to be worse when I have to sit at a desk....strange...(baby doesn't like me working?)
Going to one more workshop today and then taking it really easy tonight before flight back tomorrow. It will be so nice to be home.
Uterus, I beg you, please behave until I get back to the States!!
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