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July 29, 2013
You Can Do This is the survivor

You Can Do This is the survivor

The only bracelet that still remains is the You Can Do This project bracelet.  Every time I look at it, it brings me a sense of calm, no matter if diabetes or something else is bothering me.

This spring Kim emailed me to see if I could/would be willing to help out at the You Can Do This project booth in the exhibition hall.  After I picked my chin up off the floor, I asked “me?” I found myself asking this a lot before, during & after FFL. I know people are correct when they say I need to have their confidence, but I still find it hard to believe that people relate to me. She said yes you! I got to FFL, and I saw the emails as to who I’d be inspiring with.  Oh you know, just people who make me feel like I need to ask me? all over again. I got there knowing that I should take a picture (even though I made a video when the project started, and I don’t like it, but I will share it with you).  It took me a few days to find a statement I believed in, and didn’t think I had said in my video. I love this project.  I believe in this project.  The thought of talking to strangers to help, inspire & convince that their story is worth sharing TERRIFIED me.  I think this is why my photo is the best one for me.

I honestly didn’t think I could do it.  Sure it was easy when my friends came over to the table. It was empowering when strangers came over and said I love your blog or I follow you or something like that. I tried to memorize what Sara & Brian were telling people without looking like a creep.  I don’t know if I convinced anyone of anything. I do know that they inspired me.  There were people who were brutally honest. There were people who didn’t know what to say (like me).  There were people who were inspiring without even realizing it.  There were kids who made my heart melt (I know you’re shocked). There were always people showing up who I just didn’t want to leave. When I glance down at my bracelet, I remember all of these moments and more.  I get a warm & fuzzy feeling and I know that I am blessed to have been able to assist at this year’s Friends for Life booth.

What do you think? It’s pretty amazing right?  There are still two more videos to come from FFL 2013 too.  If you weren’t there this year, what would you have written?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2013 11:09 PM

    Great post, Bri. That video was incredibly powerful to me. Thank you.

  2. July 30, 2013 9:54 AM

    I found that being at the booth 2 years ago was incredibly uplifting for me. It’s cool to know that as helpful as things like YCDT can be for other people, it’s just as beneficial for the people wearing the shirts.

    Thanks for helping hold down the booth!

  3. August 1, 2013 10:59 AM

    Briley, you did amazing. Now I know why I felt like you were creeping behind me. YOU WERE!!! Ahaha, no seriously never even noticed. You did great. It isn’t necessarily the words we use, sometimes it is just the presence and the fact we care and want to listen. You did all of those and than some. So no, you were just the right person for the job.

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