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out of my comfort zone . . .2 things last night. one of my irrational fears came to pass - it really bothers me when #1 the breaker for the bathroom light blow (that's another story!) so #2 I had to go flip the breaker in the basement surrounded by spider webs. Actually having to brave the spiders bothers me less than no lights in the bathroom.
The last time something genuinely scared me - many years ago I locked myself out of the house but I knew I could get back in thru the basement window. BUT . . . that meant I had to go thru spider webs and probably a few spiders (shuddering). I think I actually cried before finally taking the plunge. I don't remember the jump but I do remember screaming until I got to the basement stairs and the dogs were standing at the top of the stairs looking at me like I was nuts. Then I had to go change my shorts.
and you thought . . . . no, I had gotten them full of dirt sitting on the windowsill before I jumped in.
i'm coming up on it- I'm looking to switch jobs and completely get out of my field (education)- I have a great job teaching but I just do not enjoy it at all and want out! However I haven't been on an interview in almost 5 years and will have a newborn! I'm extremely scared of making this big of a change!
Christine - My confidence was at zilch and I was sick with IBS (VERY sick with IBS as I hadn't yet found out I now have a dairy intolerance and was still eating all the trigger things and hadn't been diagnosed so was on no meds) when I walked out of teaching. Somehow I found the courage to go for an interview at the OU - a completely different field - customer service/administration work which I had NEVER done before though I think the education background stood me in good stead - and thank god I did because it was one of the BEST things I ever did. I am actually thinking of returning to teaching in the future with my new subject specialism of Music, which is what I always loved teaching anyway - but I'd have never had the confidence without this episode in between. If I can do it honey, you can do it, and if you ever need to talk about it, please do pm/msn/email me (if you don't have my msn/email pm me to find it out lol)!
I still have to face my fears to catch spiders when they get in the house. I can't bear killing them so it's lucky that I'm now at a stage where I can do this. About 10 years ago I would freeze to the spot if I saw one spider and could no way walk under one or next to one. Given that I live right next to a wooded path and there are currently tree spiders all over the door (trying to get in for the winter lol) it's a good job I can now do that. I worked on my fear of spiders with the help of some of the people at a spiritual forum I used to frequent. I started off small by simply saying hello to spiders when I saw them. This demonsterised them a bit if that makes sense. Then I started picking up small spiders. I'm now getting towards being able to pick up big spiders, I really am. If I can catch one in a glass now and put it out alive, I'm sure that's the next step. I'm so glad I'm not arachnophobic anymore, because spiders are great creatures and really nothing to be afraid of (not the spiders in the UK anyway). But I hear you Anne! At my worst I would have NEVER done what you did - you are one brave lady!!
I think the most recent thing has been facing my fear of being on the phone, phoning people etc. Since I now do a job where I answer the phone to hundreds of people for half the day I really had to get over that! I don't even know what I was afraid of now. I always phone companies now where phoning is an option. And I stand up for myself good and proper if they're not co-operating, too.