December 29 – Defining Moment (#reverb10)

December 29 – Defining Moment. Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)

In May of 2010, I resolved to pay more attention to my blog. I decided to leave Blogger and commit to writing more frequently and regularly. As I worked to make this happen, I started spending more time on twitter as well. Engaging with people and getting to know more people in Ottawa in particular. 

Through a few of my interactions with one person in particular I realized that Ottawa has this incredible community of bloggers and on twitter. Many are very talented writers and all of them are just great people to talk to - online and in real life. 

At first, I was timid. The Ottawa community has been around for a while and though I’ve been blogging for almost two years, I’m a newbie to the group. And I’m shy. So shy that I didn’t attend Blog Out Loud Ottawa. And I really should have. I regret not going, because I have since met most of the bloggers who read that night and I would LOVE to have been able to experience their words and their voice in a live setting. But I didn’t know anyone - not really.

As I watched the live tweets and began following those I wasn’t already following, I made a decision not to let myself chicken out again. And I haven’t. I keep saying yes to things that I am scared of doing, sometimes even things that I don’t particularly want to do.

What I’ve found is that opening up to meeting new people and trying new experiences is good. I’m not sure where on my life’s path I turned into such a scaredy cat. After all, I met my husband on the internet, left my entire life behind in Florida to move to a new country and I’ve had to go through pregnancy, childbirth and the rest of my son’s life without the benefit of my mother’s level-headed advice. Seriously, I shouldn’t be scared to do things.

I want to continue on this path in 2011 and pursue the things I’m interested in doing with enthusiasm, and stay determined not to let any obstacles get in my way - least of all myself.