My inbox was full of the best kind of mail this weekend.
“I started Some Nerve yesterday. Today I am going hiking with a girlfriend to have some nerve! Thank you for being brave!”
Esther F. wrote:
“Patty! You would be so proud! I had Some Nerve to do the trapeze! I nearly fainted, but I did it!”
Katy M. sent a link for her new Etsy shop after overcoming fear of putting her work out there (this shoebox to online shop story is going to require its own hilarious blog post but check out her wares here).
And M.C. who had said we’d inspired her to take Red Cross Lifeguard training at the age of 56, posted on Facebook that she’d completed Week 3 of her course, and that she’d learned some unexpected things:
“First, putting myself into the position of learner is always enlightening. Also, participating as a peer with a class that’s mostly teenagers is a great way to see stereotypes implode!”
The idea that M.C. could go on to save a life fills me with joy and appreciation for all that this FFUD community is doing to encourage people to new passions.
I myself had a lovely weekend hiking with the girls and facing our fear of fungus:
And reading at Lark Cafe‘s new Lit at Lark series which was decidedly not scary. It was inspiring to trade stories of writing – me and memory, Stephanie Lehmann lost in research, Carolyn Turgeon‘a fairy tale fantasies, and to connect with friends old and new.
More pictures are posted at the Facebook Author Page, but here’s one to whet your appetite:
What are you up to today? This week? This weekend? What will your #SomeNerve challenge be?