Jemma's Tales

Facing The Fear

February 08, 2019
Hello Dear Readers and whoever ever else might be reading. I suppose one never truly knows who "hears" or reads what we write behind this computer screen. But write I shall as I am beginning a new chapter in an old life. I am writing this to hold myself accountable.

I can make a wreath…

If you have been reading my blog the last six years you know I can make wreaths, sand, paint, garden and cook. I love my family. I love Jesus and I love adventures and the outdoors.

But the real question that I have for myself this year is can I learn something new, unfamiliar and totally out of my comfort zone? Am I too old to learn new things??

"Can you teach an old dog new tricks??"

I can sand...

Can I learn something new…

Materials are purchased, contacts have been made and I have even received my first e-mail from my "teacher." I am excited, apprehensive and searching. I search to stretch my mind, move out of my comfort zone and commit to uncharted waters of learning, and ultimately facing the fear of embarking on something "new," at 62. I am afraid.

Can I memorize and retain and pass a test…

I leave you today with an article that my daughter shared on Instagram... Felicity Aston.

Love to hear how you are Facing Your Fear.

First Woman To Cross Antarctic.

See you on Sunday with Ten on the Tenth!



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  1. I'm so proud of you for taking this next step! And how much better real estate than Colorado?!! You are going to be perfect for this, you will shine. Hope you'll keep blogging lots, since I discovered your blog this week I look every day for a new post ;)

  2. Jemma, you can learn anything you put your mind to, of this I am quite certain!

    A good friend of mine -- not quite 60 but not 40 either -- just finished her real estate course and is taking her test next week. I have no doubt she will pass and I have no doubts on you, either!

  3. Congratulations Jemma! People will LOVE working with you and YOU can do this! I'd love to take a class (not as hard as yours) and learn to recover furniture but I can't find one around here. Big hugs. Keep us posted on your new journey!

  4. Good for you Jemma. You are such a great inspiration and good sweet friend to so many of us. Thank you for sharing this with us today. I know you are going to love Colorado.
    Happy Friday,

  5. Jemma. If you can be on tv and compete against some of this countries most talented crafters, you can do anything! Well, maybe not bungee jumping ;).

    Real estate is a field many, many people start in their later years. I have no doubt you will pass the test and whoever works with you will love you.


  6. You're going into real estate?! Good for you!!

  7. You will be so proud when you achieve your goal and develop even more confidence than you have displayed through all your blog posts over the years. 62 is a perfect time to embark on new challenges and what a great role model for your family and all your readers. Can’t wait to follow your success story! Wishing you all the best from this Grandma in Waco, Texas 🥰.

  8. Selling real estate can be rewarding. I’ve often thought about it! You and I are the same age so I can relate. You’re good at what you set your mind to so I’m sure you’ll do well!

  9. Kudos to you. You are never too old to start a new venture. When I was 50, I got my real estate license.
    The courses are great now. Good luck on your new adventure. xoxo

  10. Dearest Jemma, GOOD MORNING!

    I first read this off my phone yesterday during a rushed lunch break at work. I was eager to come to respond because this is a topic near to my heart. To make it short, I believe that staying on a mission in life especially when it requires that we learn something new, is essential to keeping us not only young at heart (and in some ways, in body too!) but in allowing us to experience this gift of life to its fullest. Some will live longer than others, but the level of courage one allows in order to learn the lesson in life, that's one of the reasons I believe, I am here.

    I wish you a FUN adventure my friend, and yes, you can do it, no matter what it is you set your heart on!

  11. Best wishes, Jemma! I suspect your will be WONDERFUL in this new path!

  12. Cindy, I have been looking for an upholstery class too. I’m surprised no one teaches thisz😔

  13. You will be an amazing realtor! ❤️❤️❤️

  14. Good for you. You can do this and you will be great at it.

  15. Hi Jemma! I am SO EXCITED for you!!!!!! You can totally do this real estate selling thang! And I know you will be great at it with your bubbly personality!

    Looking forward to see where all this takes you, and... If we ever retire up your way, I WILL give you a call to help us find a house.

    Love and hugs,
    Barb :)


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