Challenge: Mini-Project Outside My Comfort Zone

Filed in Restoring The Bug by on December 17, 2013 29 Comments

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I’ve been challenged.

A sponsor of my senior project offered to match any contributions made to the June Bug through December 31. However, the offer came with a string attached—he challenged me to create a mini-project that would take me out of my comfort zone and meet the following criteria.

  • The project could not have anything to do with the June Bug.
  • The project had to be something that would surprise most of the people who knew me.
  • The project had to be shared publicly.

The offer was too good to refuse, so I said thank you and accepted the challenge. (I’m in phase two of restoring the Bug and funds are running low.)

The first thing I needed to do after accepting the challenge was to create a mini-project that met my sponsor’s criteria.

I was discussing the possibilities with my mom and she kept smiling at me with that smile moms give you when they have the answer but want to let you figure it out on your own. The smile was making me nervous, and then it struck me like a bolt of lightning. A few days before I received the challenge, I was cruising the Internet and came across the poem, “I Want a Girl Who Reads” by Mark Grist. I liked it and, for fun, memorized it and shared it with my mom, who immediately wanted to video record it. I agreed, but first I made her promise not to publish it on her blog. Mothers that blog are ruthless, and I had no intention of sharing my poetic efforts with anyone beyond her. The end. Or so I thought…until I realized the poem fit all the criteria of the challenge.

Anyone who knows me would tell you that I hate to perform. School plays and skits are just short of torture. Reciting the poem would certainly take me outside my comfort zone, the poem had nothing to do with the Bug, and I could publish the poem on my blog. So taking a deep breath, I re-recorded the poem, and now I am publishing it along with this post. Just don’t look for my appearance in a coffee house near you anytime soon.

I Want A Girl Who Can Read

If you have not already sponsored my senior project and would like to, contributions can be made through PayPal, GoFundMe or by check. Contact me at Coleseniorproject14

Oh, and in case watching me recite poetry is not enough of an incentive to contribute, I will also send you a picture of my vision for the June Bug along with my heartfelt thanks.

Thank you for watching, liking, commenting, contributing and coming along for the ride.



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  1. Sue says:

    Wow, Cole..I am impressed with the poem and your delivery..very good..
    Good luck with your Bug Project..

  2. Ginger says:

    Cole that was a great poem and you did a fantastic job with it, love, love it and your recitation! I hope this is everything you need, I am going to share it next!

  3. Rachel says:

    Oh that is just awesome wow thanks for putting yourself out there

  4. Erica says:

    I am impressed!!

  5. Christy says:


  6. Vickie says:

    Bravo! An excellent reading and the camera just loves you. You should step out of your comfort zone more often.

    Very well done!

  7. Dawn says:

    That was a great poem and your presentation of it was very authentic! I think you’d do well on the stage…but if, as you say, it’s not your thing..well…I imagine you’ll take the talents and do well in life which is even better. Congratulations on taking a risk!

  8. peggy says:

    Well done, Cole! It’s a great poem.

  9. Carol Ann says:

    Cole – fantastic!! So awesome!

  10. Mike says:

    Nice Cole! You’re doing a great job on the Bug.

  11. I love the video and I love that you made it public!! Way to go to the sponsor who is helping you grow your bug fund! Moms can be kind of irritating at times when they put things on their blogs—but it is only because she loves you and is so doggone proud of you! Enjoy your Christmas break !!!!
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  12. Cole says:

    Thanks it is coming along. Somedays better than others. Two weeks over Christmas will help.

  13. Cole says:

    Thank you and thank you for sharing. With luck I should be able to finish her up by March.

  14. Cole says:

    Thank your for your support and your contribution! A ride for you and Lily in the Spring when my heater is up and running.

  15. Cole says:

    Thank you. And thanks for commenting on my blog.

  16. Cole says:

    Thank you and I really appreciate your contribution to my project.

  17. Cole says:

    Thank you Vickie. It seems like this project keeps pushing me outside that zone. And thank you so much for the contribution to my project. We will be going for a ride in the not to far future!

  18. Cole says:

    Thank you. Someone has to sit in the audience and I have so many talented friends, I sit in the audience a lot. I did like this monologue. Glad to be over the hurdle.
    Thank you for the comment.

  19. Cole says:

    Thank you. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

  20. Cole says:

    Thank you Carol Ann and Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Say Hi to Crash for me.

  21. Cole says:

    Thanks Mike. Appreciate the comment.

  22. Cole says:

    Thank you. The sponsor has been terrific. My Mom has been a good sport about the Bug through thick and thin but I still have to keep an eye on her :-D.
    Christmas break starts tomorrow at 12N. Can not wait. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  23. stevie says:

    Wow…just love this. :)

  24. Joanne Eby says:

    Nicely done. I’ve been following your blog (usually through links from your Mom). Good job with the Bug – the photos and story line are captivating.

  25. Cole says:

    Thank you. At least if I had to go outside my comfort zone it was with a poem I liked.

  26. Cole says:

    Thank you. It has been a challenging project but lots of fun and I’ve had a lot of support along the way. Hopefully I will have more to post soon!

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