No. 78

Facing Fears

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I don’t know how to talk to strangers. To the people who know me, I’m friendly and warm and chatty. But around strangers, the super-shy science geek side of my personality makes an appearance. She’s the one who mumbles, can’t quite look people in the eyes, becomes a bit flustered (especially around handsome guys).

But she’s learning.

Last Monday, I walked up to a guy I’d seen around a bunch but had never spoken with, and I introduced myself formally, admitting that I’m often shy and awkward around new people. And you know what? Everything turned out wonderfully. We chatted about our jobs a bit, connected over a mutual interest, and laughed some.

I don’t know what’s been holding me back for so long…

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

3 thoughts on “Facing Fears

  1. I can feel a smile on your end…knowing you did something brave and it worked out wonderfully. Go forth now! Imagine all the possibilities ….

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Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.