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This weekend, I did only two things:
1. Prepared for the two back-to-back presentations I had in class on Saturday.
2. Recovered from the pure exhaustion that two back-to-back presentations created.
I have never called myself a strong public speaker. One of the things that I’ve been forced to work on in grad school is my ability to stand in front of an audience. Despite the fact that the people I present in front of are the same group I began the program with a year and a half ago, I still get nervous. No matter how much rehearsing I do, my voice sometimes still shakes and I still move around too much to get rid of the excess energy. And when I’m done (combined with working the usual full-time job and training a new hire), I am completely drained.
I’d like to think that for the most part, I’ve come a long way from where I started. If practice makes perfect, this is pretty much the only way I’m going to improve. So I’ve tried. I’ve taken every opportunity on a group project to be part of the presentation. One of my classmates mentioned that she always pretends the audience knows less about the subject than she does, and it makes her feel less on edge. I found that between having my notecards in my hands versus not, I’m much more relaxed when I put them aside. Loosey-goosey.
None of this really has anything to do with DIY, but sometimes my life isn’t revolving around the house. I’m feeling wiped out. And it’s the reason why you may see fewer posts when I have only two weeks left of summer classes (thank God!). I decided to let myself pretty much nap the day away yesterday. And I was much happier for it. Just like I mentioned last week, sleeping can really restore your energy for tackling that next item on the to-do list. Already, I’m back to giving the attic hatch (my next project) the stink-eye:
This afternoon, the plan is to run some errands for remaining supplies during lunch, and get right to work when I get home. I’m trying to keep myself focused on completing small items that all belong in the same general area (in this case, the upstairs hallway). The agate slice art that I posted last week gave me a small jolt of the kind of DIY excitement I haven’t felt in a while, so I’m hoping that I can build on that, complete this project, and build on that momentum even more. This whole balancing thing isn’t really a balance at all; it’s really just experimenting over and over again. Here’s hoping your Monday is productive too!