Last Thursday, in the middle of a particularly crazy morning during an especially busy week my hubby threw me a massive curve ball.
He was scheduled to host the Dockers Doig Medal evening on the weekend and told me I’d been asked to co-host the purple carpet arrivals with him, which would be shown live in the ball room to around 1000 guests.
I felt terrified and honoured and excited all at the same time, and had a million questions and doubts running through my head.
One of my greatest fears in public speaking. While for some (my hubby!) it comes so naturally, it fills me with complete and utter terror. Just the thought of it makes me feel sick to my stomach, and I have a tendency to get tongue tied and have mental blanks.
At the same time, it was a really special opportunity and a great way for me to challenge myself, and I knew I had to do it.
We had Angela Tsun and Paddy Dellit’s wedding the very next day and luckily enough, I was popping into Steph Audino‘s studio to try on some outfits and she pulled out the most stunning gown for me to wear for the Doig Medal evening. It was heaven. Steph – I can’t thank you enough!
The late notice worked in my favour, I didn’t have time to worry or think about it. I reached out to a handful of close and trusted friends and was met with overwhelming support and encouragement. Edwina Bartholemew shared some really useful tips, and another close friend sent me some great questions and I prepared as best I could with limited time.
On the day, in completely unrelated circumstances my daughter Ava told me ‘ Mummy, I’m going to be big and brave’.
I took it as a sign. If my three and a half year old could be big and brave, then so could Mummy.
So, how did I go?
I don’t really know!
It was lots of fun, it was all very light hearted and casual and I loved chatting to the gorgeous WAG’s about their outfit inspiration and what they were wearing – but I wasn’t watching so I really couldn’t tell you if it was any good.
But you know what? It didn’t matter. It felt so amazing to face my fear and overcome it.
It was liberating and exhilarating and exciting and if I was asked to do it again, I would in a heartbeat.
Thank you so much to the Dockers football club for taking a chance on me, to my beautiful friends and family – including my amazing mum who babysat, Maurice Meade for hair and make up and of course, the divine and incredibly talented Steph Audino for my stunning dress.
And last but certainly not least thanks to my hubby. My greatest supporter and most honest critic for always believing in me, which helps me believe in myself.
A x x x x
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