Almost 10 years ago, I recorded my first video. I found that very uncomfortable. I remember that after take 386 my puppet JaNee had enough of it and recorded a video on her own. A video about how annoying perfectionism is. JaNee had no trouble with the camera and soon took the lead in my videos. Nice, but nobody understood what I was doing exactly and it didn’t result in registrations for my courses, so that had to change.

In 2020 I asked Elisabeth Griffioen, the video professional, for advice, and she taught me how to tell my story. JaNee had to fade into the background a little more, and I had to be more in the picture. That was again inconvenient, but I got used to it and video turned out to be a great medium for my business.

For the past year, I have been working on the 3rd hurdle to overcome in my video career; the videos had to be shot in English to increase my reach. Moving to Bonaire was a fantastic plan, but it did have some consequences for my company. Nothing that can’t be solved, but I had to overcome myself again. With my secondary school English, I could manage reasonably well on the street, but talking about my work in professional terms was really too ambitious.

I went looking for someone who could help me with my speaking skills and found Matty, a Dutch woman who has worked for years as a teacher in Canada, Aruba and Curaçao. Matty was a perfect match, not only did she speak the language very well, she also understood what I was talking about and made it her job to make sure I looked confident on YouTube.

It took me about a year to get here, but yesterday my first English-language video finally went online on YouTube. He’s not flawless, but I’m so proud of myself. I did it! And it is not a one-off action, because I now see even more advantages of English: I have a greater reach and can tell my story in English more concisely. This saves recording time and the viewer saves time, but still has the same content, so a win-win situation.

I’m still excited to share this video with the world, but I’m doing it anyway……. I have conquered myself again and know that this will not be the last time. Something else will come, in which I will meet myself again and ask myself whether I dare or not. I now know how such a process works, and I also know that it is ultimately less scary than I thought. Exciting adventures are also beautiful lessons, and I like to share beautiful lessons with you and with the children I work with. My video is not flawless, and it doesn’t have to be (anymore). It took me a long time to realize that perfectionism is mostly insecurity, and that it costs me more than it gains me. Do I want to pass that example on? Or do I want to be more accepting, more compassionate with myself and appreciate the efforts I make to grow? I chose the latter. Good is good enough.

This is the video:

Thank you for reading 🙂

With Love,

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Helen Meurs (helenmeurs.com) is a pioneer in the field of Puppet Power, an independent trainer and developer. She offers online courses, is the lead instructor at the vocational training for puppet coaches, and authored the book ‘The Hand Puppet as a Educational Tool’. Subscribe to her newsletter if you want to know more.

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