Now that I am on the other side of the TEDX talk, I am already feeling a bit nostalgic and missing the time spent with my fellow presenters and the entire TEDX team. For months leading up to the talk, I felt a lot of anxiety and would even wake up in the middle of the night some nights with a nightmare that I would forget everything I was going to say on stage. I kept asking myself why the hell I got myself into this and what was I thinking, etc.

I was so bogged down with my responsibilities in my new leadership role on campus and I was having trouble getting excited about the event because I felt so overwhelmed. Also, my topic, Freedom of Speech and hate speech, was kind of heavy and it seemed like I kept being reminded several times a week how far into hate some people in our country have descended.

It wasn’t until the night of the dinner with the rest of the presenters that I started to feel some excitement about the event because I was so intrigued about the topics of my fellow presenters and the interest they showed in my topic helped to inspire me once again.

The day of the event, I felt incredibly calm. I spent some time grounding myself before I left the house and again before I was to go on to speak. I walked out on stage ready to share my thoughts with the audience and excited that my time had finally come to present. Looking back, this was an absolutely incredible experience. The TEDX team was amazing and helped me improve my presentation over time. I have connected with several other speakers and look forward to working with them in other capacities in the future.

I’m so happy that I decided to send in my 30 second video and give it a try. Now I have something that others want to share in their classes and that my family, especially my children, can have forever. That means a lot to me. I have a lot of gratitude for Becky, Dafna, Christy, and Michael for all of their hard work and dedication to curating such a successful event at MSUDenver.