The first time I attended a conference for teachers (I was in college), I attended a keynote speaker lunch. At the end of it, I told the people I was with, “Someday I hope I can give a keynote for teachers.”
I love keynotes. I love when I laugh and cry and get goosebumps. I love how my heart feels proud to be a part of this profession. And I love how I have a renewed energy for our work.
In January I was invited to give a keynote speech to a women’s group. It was titled: The Power of Ordinary Stories. I was excited because it combined my love of storytelling and writing with my faith. I was energized by the experience.
In June I’ll be giving a keynote speech to a group of teachers. I’ve been preparing for it for months, but just finished writing it last week. Approximately two hours before my hard drive bit the dust (which happened ten minutes prior to backing up my files). Yes, my luck is just that ironic. So I started rewriting it today.
It’s hard to write a keynote. Super hard. In fact, I think it is the hardest genre for me to write. Mostly because I put this huge amount of pressure on myself to get it right. I feel responsible for writing something inspirational and empowering. Then the perfectionist in me starts chattering and the whole thing gets to be really hard to write.
So I was sulking a little as I rewrote it today because it isn’t as good as it was before. The words aren’t wrapping around like I want them too. And I’m feeling a little less than inspired since it’s been a crummy computer day.
Then I stumbled across this little gem and just had to share it. A keynote from Kiersten White, YA author. I wish I could say it is inspiring me for my keynote. It’s not. It just makes me want to start over (again). It does make me believe in myself as a writer, though. I hope you take a minute to check it out.
Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.