As part of my learning process and of my challenges this year, I joined Toastmasters. As their slogan reads “Every Toastmaster’s journey starts with a single speech”. My journey was no different. I started with my Ice Breaker Speech, which I named “A Change in Latitude”. I’m sharing it with you too.
** Edited some parts like dates and names. This is a shorter version of my delivery.
A Change In Latitude
Hello, my name is Edel Pace. Honduran by birth, American by decision and gypsy by heart.
Adventures In The Making
Born in Honduras. The first child of 4 and the smallest one of all. My mom almost dies when I was born, thankfully she didn’t. I was raised by my Grandparents. When I was 3 y/o I sang my own English version of Woman by John Lennon and told my mom in a very serious voice that I wanted to learn English. I traveled by myself for the first time at age 8. By 12 y/o, I decided to go to church and grew up there to even go to missions and spread the Word.
Graduated from High School at age 16. By 18 I was living alone but didn’t pay my own bills, yet. At 20 started working in the Ministry of Finance, worked for free for a year, end up working there for 11 years.
In 2009, Honduras experienced a Coup. That day we woke up to no electricity, no water, a curfew, no landline phones just cell phones and the network was saturated to a point communication was nearly impossible, fighter jets flying over the city, our only access to news was a battery radio. The fear I felt that morning pushed me to decide to get out of Honduras.
A year later I quit my job and sell everything I owned and moved back to my grandmother’s house. Worked on a law firm while I got everything ready for the move.
I came to the US alone. Left my son back until I had stability and a nice place for him to come to. It took me a little over a year to accomplish that and those were the worst months of my whole life.
We came to Lebanon for a summer. A summer turned into six months and six months turned in almost 4 years. Here, my twins were born and I became a stay-at-home-mom to care for them and homeschool my son.
Fun Facts About Me:
- I have traveled to 10 countries (some of them multiple times) and have visited 13 States.
- Growing up I study English, French, and Portuguese, with English being the only survivor and that is because I’m here. And of course, Spanish.
- Multiple babies run on both sides of my family.
- I write a blog.
- Like to dance but have two left feet.
- I have Type 1 Diabetes.
- At some point in my life, I had more books than clothes/shoes.
- Growing up I was called weird, later I found out weird means:
Remember NEVER change your originality for the sake of others because no one can play your role better than you. Even when they called you weird, just remember you are Unique.
What do you think of the beginning of my journey? I believe is important for me to improve my speaking skills just as much as my writing skills. The Ice Breaker Speech does just that, breaks the ice. I know I need to improve, where I need to improve and how to. Their new system Pathways gives me the tools to do that and my fellow Toastmasters are of great support and encouragement. I’m beyond excited to be part of the Lebanon Club.