First of all, if you missed yesterday’s post, check it out here (It’s pretty awesome and positive)
You might not guess it but I’m pretty shy.
OK, seriously, stop.
Let me explain.
I cannot approach people IN PERSON. Online? Sure. I’ll find something in common with them but in a room full of people, it’s usually hard for me to go up to someone and say “Hi, my name is Jordan” because I usually say my ‘real’ name which causes people to do a double-take and go “What?” which makes me even more nervous.
And when I get nervous, I babble. A lot. And I hate babbling, so it’s easier not to approach people but then people think I’m a b*tch because I seem stand-offish.
My life is clearly very complicated.
The thing is, when I do open up and make a connection with someone, even if it’s just for two minutes, it changes my attitude and I seem more approachable and the rest of the event is a breeze.
This kind of attitude makes it difficult for me to make the leap, step out of my comfort zone and go to events where I don’t know anyone, except from Twitter, especially if a group has hung out before.
Last night, I stepped out and stepped into a world of laughter, inspiration and positivity.
If you’ve never been to an nGage event, I encourage you to check them out and attend the next one. I met some amazing people last night, including (finally) Ms. Rasberry AKA Paparazzi, Jaguar Princess, Ms. Parker (and her lovely mom) and of course, C-Natra who finally inducted me into his #TweetPack. I met a lot of other people and it was interesting to have people go “DCPrincess? Oh yeah, I know you.” (Excuse me?) but I forget the impact of Retweets on Twitter and how social I am on there.
I hope that I was just as social and warm once I finally got over my self-doubt.
(I still haven’t gotten the hang of exchanging business cards or talking about work.)
Stepping out is good for me. I’m going to keep doing it, even if I find myself drowning in self-doubt because nothing like taking a risk to liven me up.
But y’all better believe me when I say I’m shy. I mean it.
So what are YOU going to do to step out of your comfort zone today? This weekend? This week? This month?
I am looking forward to a weekend of being at the beach with one of my best friends and enjoying the sun and being disconnected from the world.
Do one thing that makes you smile and don’t forget to smile at a stranger. Trust me, it’ll be appreciated whether they realize it or not.