Like I belonged there

Settling into my seat today, I took a deep breath and opened the packet of briefings for today’s meeting.

Settled into the 19th floor of a prestigious law firm next to the State Capitol, I took a moment and looked around the room in wonder.

Wonder at how I – a prairie farm kid – got here.

Wonder at how I went from managing policy just three weeks ago to having a seat at the table affecting it.

There were moments of trepidation, silent sweats, and that feeling of oh-my-God-I-am-not-so-sure-about-this.

And then it happened:  Listening to the commentaries, I found myself nodding in agreement, in understanding. I got past my shyness and started asking questions. My questions were well received, and the best part?  The best part was my contribution was welcomed.  I belonged there.


“Act like you belong there, not just like you wanna be there.” -the Hubbs.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.”  ~Usman B. Asif

the view tonight :)

smiling at my view tonight 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Like I belonged there

  1. Helen

    Cheers to you, my friend! Well done!

  2. You are amazing! Love your “Hubbs” quote – mine would say something very similar!

    • Well I don’t know about “amazing” but I will tell you I thoroughly enjoyed myself and THAT was amazing — from fear to learning to some comfort level — all in one day 🙂 I can tell that your Hubbs would say something similar, too. Always great to have a big strapping man in our corners!

  3. Congratulations MJ!! Keep it up!!

    • Thank you, RR. Dad was a Rural Municipality Rep. for 30 years and I went to a lot of meetings with him; I saw him work the crowd and take the time to listen really well. I also spent over 10 years in 4-H so that experience came into play yesterday, too … a few minutes into being there, I realized that I’ve been prepping for this role my whole life 🙂

      Thanks for the cheers!

  4. Way to go, MJ! I hope you enjoy your new position.

    • I am very much enjoying it; it’s tiring and overwhelming at times but part of that is b/c I haven’t filled my old position yet. That will end and then I’ll be able to actually do the job I was hired to do – run the Department and get things done. Whee!

  5. So proud of you and very happy that you are enjoying your new niche.

    • Thank you GS; I really enjoyed yesterday and today, while a whirlwind, was good as well. Happy I stuck my toe into the water 🙂

  6. You are an inspiration!!

  7. Kudos to you for stepping into something new and a little bit scary, and getting right into it anyway. You did it! And are doing it! Congratulations.

    • I have to say .. it’s a bit empowering to bite your lip and silence the fears! I did that with running back in Sept .. and while I have been off that for about 10 days, I am getting back to it starting tomorrow. Thank you, M2M, for your rockin’ support.

  8. If those who are affecting policy are as wise and grounded as you, we are definitely in good hands.

    • Thank you! I live and work by the creed, “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” I have some around me who don’t … but that’s their cross to bear, not mine.


  9. Congrats! Such great quotes as well.

  10. Love how supportive your hubbs is. What a great guy. And good for you! Your earned your place there!

    • He’s been absolutely great. There was a time that might not have been as easy for him to do for he had his own “stuff” going on … but not this time. He rallied me and cheered louder than anyone could have. And his words echoed in my head when I got nervous and looked around .. “You belong there ..”


  11. Oh MJ!! How wonderful that you were well received! Your hubbs is right… always act like you belong there… the first time I spoke in front of 400 Chinese couples about natural birth and water birth, I used that same advise 🙂
    Woo Hoo for YOU!!

  12. Way to go, MJ!
    In other news, I really like the Elvis ornament and your header picture.

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