Sunday, May 11, 2014

Do one thing everyday that scares you post 24.

Hello and Happy Mother's Day to any mothers out there that may be reading this! 
Boy, have I had an eventful 2 weeks. For starters, I took part in my Friend's marathon that she had been training for for months. (If you want to follow her journey you can check out her blog at That was an awesome experience! Even though I only ran 5k of the race, I had never done anything like that before and I am so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone to do it. It goes to show that if I were to stay home and do nothing just because it was easier, I would not have had such an awesome time. I am so happy for her and so glad I could share her big day with her! 
Here are some of us after she crossed the finish line.
Some other things I have been up to have been volunteering for more things and saying yes to more opportunities that I normally wouldn't have. I am so pleasantly surprised at home much I got out of it as well. I guess you will never know if you don't like something, unless you try it. Even if that means coming out of your comfort zone to do it.

Have a great week everyone, and try something new! 


  1. Dear Miranda, I just discovered your 20 Time project blog after reading an article that featured Mr Provenzano's 20T project. I am a fellow English teacher. I teach grade 8 at an international school in Nairobi, Kenya. I love the 20T idea, so I've spent some time browsing through the list of student blogs. Some are super-inspirational and make me think that doing 20T is worth it, while others seemed sort of directionless, like they didn't really take it seriously, or didn't have enough time, or just didn't do it. (Most of us talk about how busy we are, when in truth, we squander so much time messing around online. But that's a different topic. :-). I found your blog to be my favorite so far. For one thing, it seems like something that has truly been transformational for you. As I scanned through all of your posts for the year, the thing I keep reading was something like, "It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." If you walk away from this experience with that one truth, you will have learned an awesome life-changing thing. So much of what hold most of us back is the imagined fear of how bad it will be -- to fail, to be embarrassed, whatever. And in reality, it is rarely as bad as we imagined it would be. And more often than not, what we gain is better than the discomfort we feel in stretching ourselves. I am going to share your blog with my 16-yr-old daughter Emmy; I know it will inspire her.

    Picking up my family from Chicago two years ago and moving to Africa was definitely filled with many uncomfortable and scary moments, but what we have gained is totally worth it all.

    I'd appreciate your advice on something. As I said, I really love the specific 20T challenge you chose. I almost want to craft a blogging project around this idea for next year. Since we all have different fears, there is limitless variety possible for each student. What do you think of this? If you were a teacher of eighth graders, how would you structure it? And for how long? Doing something every day for a whole year seems really daunting. Would it better to do one fear per week for a whole semester (or year), or do you think it is more powerful to do it every day, maybe for a shorter period of time -- say, one scary thing per day for a full month as a place to start?

    Once again, congratulations on taking on this wonderful challenge. I would love to hear about your TedX Talk when you do it, or even see it if it will be posted online. It might actually be the perfect tool to use if I do this project next year as a way of introducing it to my classes.

    Mr Slaughter
    Rosslyn Academy

    1. Hello! Thank you for your feedback! I am happy to see that my project has made some impact on you. I think pushing yourself to do things that scare you is an important lesson for anyone to experience. Not only will it build confidence, but it teaches problem solving and is extremely empowering. It is safe to say that if I didn't have this project, I would not have experienced these lessons so I think your idea for turning this into a project for your students is a great idea. It is not your everyday reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is a format for real like lessons that the students will carry with them. I think for me personally, a large challenge was coming up with something to do everyday so I think a format where your students would do something once a week would be beneficial to them. This allows them more time to identify something they are afraid of, do that thing, and reflect on how it impacted them. For me, writing this blog helped me reflect on the lessons I learned and get impact from people aroud the world, therefore I would recomend you take into consideration the possibility of yor students blogging their experiences. As for how long the project should last, it is hard to say. I would gauge the students interest in the project because if they are uninterested, they will gain less from it.
      I hope all goes well and I would love to read about their projects if you chose to have them blog! Thank you for your support and I hope my feedback helps.