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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Frogginess

If you want one thing to make you very sore, I would have to suggest pretending to be a frog.

Furthermore, if you have to do an interpretive speech, but aren't sure how to get started or just want practice interpreting characters, I would definitely have to suggest pretending to be a frog. Not only is it good practice, but it will pretty much take away all dignity you previously had. Better to get that out of the way rather than later.

Oh, and if you're looking to make an adorable little girl giggle, pretend to be a frog. Loosen up your legs, and bend them in a squat, make your eyes big, and talk in a deep voice. It's guaranteed to get a few giggles, and it will definitely be worth it... even if your legs are sore afterwards.

(Comment if you want me to explain the backstory behind this.)

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  1. And if you're the frog drama coach, don't do it in front of a room full of ten-year-old boys who also think you're off your rocker : )

    You make a cute frog, dear.

    Catey

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  2. Um, oh my. Are you okay, Skylee? *looking forward to the explanation...*

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  3. *giggles* Sounds like it's all worth it!

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