I Did It!!

I finally did it! I did something that was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone and it was AWESOME. I finally stepped out in courage and told my story…… on stage…… in front of a live audience……. and they actually liked me (standing ovulation, ha!)!!

I have always been afraid of public speaking more than my fear of heights (yes it’s true, and yes I was an aerialist)! I can relate to those who fear public speaking more than death itself.

However, It truly was an amazing feeling to accomplish something that I have been so fearful of for a VERY LONG TIME. This was one of my goals!

In fact, I’m looking forward in doing more speaking engagements….. if possible. The more you practice, the better you become. This is a mantra I’m clearly aware of as my past career was much about practice, practice, practice, and than practice some more. It’s not always fun but it is always necessary.

After my speech, I walked off stage relieved and thought, “I think I might actually like this.” I may just miss the stage…….. but I truly think I just wanted to be heard. I wanted a “voice.”  I’m no different than anyone else in the world. If you draw a breath you want to be heard, valued and respected like any other human being with a heartbeat. It was truly a life changing moment for me. I learned a little more about myself which is a good thing! What did I learn? That I can, I will, and I must (I did learn more but I’ll leave that to myself)!

I also met some fascinating people throughout the evening. I was surrounded by a Neurosurgeon, Attorneys, Doctors, Olympic Medalist just to name a few…… and I had the pleasure to speaking and meeting all of them. It was a blessing and an honor.

What’s next for me? That’s a very good question, but I’m working on that. Hopefully next time I’ll have someone I can personally share the experience with. If not, que  sera sera… (violin playing).

“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.” John F Kennedy

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn

“When your dreams include service to others- accomplishing something that contributes to others- it also accelerates the accomplishments of that goal. People want to be part of something that contributes and makes a difference.” Jack Canfield.

Live, Love, Honor, and Laugh Out Loud! Prioritize You!

 

About Cassandra Pavolic

As a retired performer for 25 years transitioning careers has been difficult. I truly enjoyed my career as an aerialist performer. I was fortunate enough to see the world, traveled many places and met people from all cultures. I learned a tremendous amount about life and people during my years traveling than I would in a school setting. The one thing I took away from being on the road is that no matter what ethnic background you are, we are all so similar. A smile is a smile in every language (happiness or contentment). Expressions of all emotions have the same meaning around the world. For this reason we are similar, and I somehow find that comforting. I'm now 50! It's hard to believe I'm fifty already! I reflect on my accomplishments as well as my failures up to date. Both are irrelevant to what I value most. I value people and relationships. I value my deity, it is the number one thing that keeps me stable. Being true to myself is a portion of my "food" in regards to my decision making. When I steer away from being my true self I am disappointed. Exercise, taking walks, and being still are another source of "food" in my life. I like to be still, listen and observe all things. I have been this type of person since a young child. Perhaps one of the reasons why I take an interest in Personality Psychology and my recent studies human behavior. I hold an Associates degree in Music/Theater/Dance from Dean College in MA. I quickly realized I wanted to perform, therefore my journey began immediately after graduating from Dean. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. I am curious, I am persistent and I am passionate. I'm on a mission to be a better person, to help those who want to help themselves, and to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences to anyone who gives a damn. All in hoping that what I have to offer will change lives as you learn to keep your priorities in order. And so I started prioritize you.
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