Friday, April 1, 2016

A is for Afraid - #atozchallenge 2016



To kick off the A to Z Challenge I’m focusing on the word AFRAID and in conjunction with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group it’s the perfect way to start day 1.

When we are afraid of change, a particular situation or task at hand we can paralyze ourselves to the point of making no progress. After working as a virtual assistance for the past 17 years and now that my daughters are of high school and college age, I took the steps to spruce up my resume and began combing through the help wanted ads. Believe me I was afraid from the onset, allowing my mind to go to the place why would anyone hire me for a traditional office setting after working solo from the comforts of my own home for so long. After applying to at least a dozen ads I secured four interviews, not too shabby a 33% return of interest. At the time of my second interview with my potential direct report we seemed to hit it off immediately and at the conclusion of the interview I felt positive of the meeting. Happily I received the long awaited phone call and was offered the position as an assistant with The Salvation Army. A year and three months later, I haven’t experienced one day where I have dreaded going to work outside of the home.

Of course, I continue to pursue my writing career with networking through author visits, social media, conferences, and dusting off my long ago shelved work-in-progress. With the steady income and the leisure of writing what I enjoy rather than what will bring instant payment, my writing comes easier to me (at least on most days).

I sometimes wonder where I would be today if I allowed being afraid to stall mate my progress. Through my work at The Salvation Army I have met wonderful and supportive people and enjoy the true sense of “family” in a work environment. I am truly blessed.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to my boss, Lindsay Evans, for taking the chance on me!

What do you do to stop being afraid? I look forward to your comments. Thanks for visiting!

Be sure to visit fellow A-Z Challenge 2016 participants!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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35 comments:

  1. Hello from A to Z! I try to recognize that certain things are out of my control but will try my best nonetheless. I'm glad you had a positive outcome by getting your job.

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    1. Cynthia, thanks for dropping by from the A to Z. I'm delighted to connect with you! I agree that some things are out of our control and thanks for the kudos on my job!

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  2. I think a bit of fear is a healthy thing...it keeps us "on our toes"...aware and alert.
    However, as the quote says, don't let your fear of what could happen make NOTHING happen.
    It's a balancing act.
    What do I do to stop being afraid? There's a quote that sums it up: Your largest fear carries your greatest growth.
    Enjoy the challenge!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Hello Michelle, thanks for visiting and sharing the quote. So very true! Have a splendid day!

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  3. You stepped out on faith and were rewarded with a great job.

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  4. Great post, Donna! I try not to let fear get the best of me, but it can be hard at times. I am working on using the healthy fear to fuel the fire within, so to speak. I am so happy your job is going well and you love it!

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    1. Thanks so much Karin! I know sometimes it's easier said than done! Keep up the great work!

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  5. What a great organization to work for. I am glad you overcame and went for it. :)

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    1. Hi, my blog address: http://maryanderingcreatively.com/a-is-for-abound/

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    2. Thanks Mary! The Salvation Army definitely walks the talk! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I know fear is my greatest deterrent, so I often just close my eyes and pretend I'm not. Good way to kick off the AtoZ, Donna. Fearlessly.

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    1. Closing one's eyes and pretending will definitely set a positive tone! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I don't think I ever stop being afraid. I just do it anyway.

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  8. Yay for conquering your fears and initiating change after 17 years of sameness. And yay for your boss taking a chance on you! It's awesome that you get to work for a company that you love!

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    1. Thanks so much Mandy! Yippee's all around!

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  9. Yay for conquering your fears and initiating change after 17 years of sameness. And yay for your boss taking a chance on you! It's awesome that you get to work for a company that you love!

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    1. Thanks a bunch Mandy! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. I am familiar with that paralyzing feeling you mentioned. For me, I just have to talk my way through it and force baby steps. If those baby steps are too big, I break it down further until I'm in motion through my fear. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Baby steps all add up to a large leap!

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  11. Congrats on getting out there. I held the same job for 34 years before retiring to write full time. I don't know if I would have the courage to go back out into the work force.
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    1. Congrats on concluding the 34 years and jumping into full time writing!

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  12. Fear is something I'm in practice of beating and yet, sometimes it still puts a stop to forward movement. I wish all the best in your new life, a change you choose despite the fear. Congratulations. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


    Thank you for posting for the A to Z!
    Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
    Defending The Pen
    Parallels
    Murderous Imaginings

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    1. Yep, being afraid rears it's ugly head from time to time. thanks for visiting!

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  13. Indeed it's something we convey to our children but we also need that pep talk.
    Hope you have an awesome A to Z month.
    As a children's writer, I always appreciate the heart of those who write for children. All the best to you!
    I'm A to Zing from: Fill the Cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog

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    1. Pep talk is always helpful .Thanks for visiting and continued best wishes with the challenge and beyond!

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  14. I just try to push through it. I'm inspired by your story, though. I'm currently waiting for a call myself. :D

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    1. Pushing through definitely brings you to the other. Do you need a push?

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    1. Love it! Good luck and thanks for visiting!

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  16. I try to work through my fears because once I do and I find out it's not so scary, it's easier for me to do something again.

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    1. I agree, it gets easier each time! Thanks for visiting!

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