I am a very anxious person. I don’t really like going places alone, I am terrified of new people (even though I adore being around people) and I am afraid to try new things, to speak my mind.
A lot of that has changed throughout the year and I’ve worked hard at dealing with my anxiety. I go a lot of places by myself, I have pushed myself to be in positions that make me anxious and scare me so I can conqueror those fears and that has really helped me. I am shedding these layers of anxiety and fear and just going for it, embracing life with nothing holding me back.
Now, I’m going to do something that makes me very anxious, I am going to plan an event. I don’t mind planning events for others, I love it, but this one will be planned and hosted by me. I have talked to several friends who are more than willing to help and participate. My biggest fear though is that no one else will show up!
I want to engage my community and surrounding communities in raising awareness of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking. Those are very difficult topics to talk about, so I have no idea where to start in planning this. I have people who are willing to speak, myself included, but I’m not sure what else to include. I’d love to have a day long event, where people can spend time and eat, have fun, raise money for various nonprofits but also learn about what is going on in our own backyard. I want to bust the myths surrounding assault and trafficking, I want to come together as a community to work toward an end.
I am so excited that I am going for this and that all of my friends and family are so incredibly supportive. I love sharing information and my own experience. Sometimes people think they are all alone or they’re embarrassed about what they have gone through in life. I know that’s how I felt. I didn’t want to admit the kind of relationship I was in to people around me, I didn’t want to admit to myself that I was with someone who could care less about me. I’m hoping if this event is successful, it will provide resources if anyone is in a situation like that.
If anyone has any suggestions how to engage my community, marketing or ideas for how to make this a fun day, please share with me! I’d love to hear what you have to say.