5 April, 2016

Let Your Light Shine

Tulips Emerging at Callaloo Soup

I have beautifully blooming tulips in my garden now, and even my peony bushes have buds, a promise of soon to arrive splendour.

Spring is emerging and showing her face, at least in these parts. And even if you may have recently had a snowfall, I bet you are still seeing encouraging signs of the season changing.

In the southern hemisphere, you might be rejoicing that temperatures are falling, and that the once parched landscape is reviving itself.

Are you ready to emerge? To “come forth into view or notice as from concealment or obscurity”? To let your light shine?

It’s not an easy thing to do, especially if you happen to be an introvert, or worse, a shy introvert like myself. Before I even understood about my introversion, I knew as a young adult that I couldn’t keep on hiding. One of the best things I ever did at that time was to get over my fear of public speaking.

It was hard! Luckily, at the time I was enrolled in a program to help, but it took a few years of practice and affirmation to fully get over that fear. As my chosen career at the time turned out to be one where I needed to deliver training and presentations, I’m very glad that I took what for me was a gigantic leap.

So while I might still shudder at the thought of meeting new people, or even avoid running into casual acquaintances and being forced to make small talk, if you give me a topic I’m passionate about, and enough time to prepare, I can rock it out on stage!

Another way I make sure that I am showing up and radiating (my word for the year), is via this very blog, my newsletter, and social media. I love that I’m totally in control. I can engage on my terms, I have time to craft what I want to say, and there are very few surprises.

How are you emerging and sharing your passions right now?


  • Kellie MacMillan

    Francine, you’ve picked a very timely topic. I’ve been working on some deep and personal work. I am making great growth and headway, but I’ve pulled back from blogging and sharing. Although this work is ‘for a season’ I’m having a hard time jumping back in to my other work. I did have an opportunity to work on a collaboration which I’ve posted in this weeks DCW thread and to say it was easy seems kind of funny but it is something that I’m deeply passionate about and there just was such a great flow to the project. I love your word of the year. I certainly look forward to reading your posts and seeing you gorgeous work on instagram. What a great gentle reminder and push forward you’ve shared today. Thank you.

  • Erica Manami

    Hello! Fellow introvert here. I completely understand. It’s a strange feeling when I really avoid small talk and the average social interaction but speaking on stage is a task I can handle a little more readily. To be fair I was tortured with public speaking practice for a number of years until it became almost second nature… Maybe that’s why the idea of changing to a video post style intrigues me despite my introversion. This spring weather is bringing up possibilities and pushing me to level up but it’s still unclear how I should go about it. Well no matter what I’m excited to grow with this changing season.