A Shy Child

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Title Insurance with Pioneer Title Agency

Yep that was me.....a horribly shy child. Not at home of course there I was extremely outspoken. However when in public around new people I would clam right up. Wouldn't say a word.

Eating out at a restaurant was terrifying when the waitress wanted to take mMandi in Rainbow Girlsy order. I never would order my own food until I was 11.

When I was 11, Nan (my grandmother) signed my up for an organization called Rainbow Girls. I was always being signed up for something or another so no big deal I'd put on poofy dresses and go to "meetings" where I visited with some friends.

For those of you who have never heard of this organization it is a Masonic affiliated non-profit service organization for girls. They focus on community projects, raising money for worthy causes and help to build self esteem for girls along the way. There is more but that's the jist of it. For more information you can visit their website at: http://www.gorainbow.org/home/home.taf

I had to get over being shy very quickly around this group. I traveled all over the state, stood up in front of others to make speeches and headed committees. I was gently prodded along and praised when I did well.

By the time I was out of Rainbow Girls I was not afraid to speak my mind....or order food. Most of the people who know me now would never believe that at one time I was such a timid little girl. I am thankful for the opportunity and experiences that I gained from being a member.

Comments (26)

Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

 

 

 

Featured in "Square Pegs"

Oct 28, 2008 08:15 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Gregory- This one is 11 but sometimes they have "pledge groups" which start at 9 I think. It was all about facing fears really. Hey check out this post http://activerain.com/blogsview/661067/The-Key Maybe that'll help too. I hated the extra attention when I was little too.

Oct 28, 2008 08:21 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Richard I am so honored!! The third feature in Square Pegs!!

Oct 28, 2008 08:23 AM
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

well weren't you just a little princess! And shy no more! BTW, is that a new photo on your profile? I like that one too! ;)

Oct 28, 2008 10:43 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Sounds like a great group to help young ladies gain confidence in themselves. And just look at what it created. Take care Mandi.

Oct 29, 2008 02:53 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Greg- I'm still convinced that I'm a princess!! Sometimes AJ plays along. LOL! & yep a new pic with a smile....thanks!

JL- It really is....and it helped keep me out of a lot of trouble when I was young...I was a tad wild ;)

Oct 29, 2008 04:44 AM
Terri Visser
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
CRS - 12 Years Selling Central Oregon Real Estate

I thought that was a new pic.  Nice smile!  And what a great shot your grandma took.  Now you have me thinking about the great times we had together.  Thanks!

Oct 29, 2008 02:15 PM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Terri- sometimes it is fun to reminisce isn't it??

Oct 30, 2008 04:48 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

If that's the case, I most likely need to join a group like this now.

Oct 30, 2008 08:06 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

JL- I think you would look lovely in lace! But then I believe that you are quite the troublemaker no matter what group you're in!

Oct 30, 2008 08:30 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

It makes me fun. Every group has to have that one guy or girl that no one really knows what their going to do next. As for my group, they have myself and my wife.

Oct 30, 2008 08:38 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Oh but when you throw more then one into the mix is when it gets interesting!

Oct 30, 2008 08:45 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Mandi:  People don't believe that I was a shy child and teenager.  I took public speaking courses and actually majored in broadcasting to get over it.  Mission accomplished!

Oct 30, 2008 09:03 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

If by interesting you mean flashing lights and bail money, why yes, it does get very interesting some times.

Oct 30, 2008 09:31 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Chris Ann- How neat is that.....I was told that I should go to college for broadcasting. When we face our fears it gives us freedom!!

JL- Cops are so much fun!! I had one over at my son's birthday party a few months back.....he didn't even mention the highly illegal fireworks that were waiting to be let off that night! And by the way if you are persuasive enough you don't need that bail money!

Oct 30, 2008 10:01 AM
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

You're welcome! ;)

Oct 31, 2008 03:42 PM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Mark- Thanks for stoppin in. I was lucky I had good people to encourage me!

Nov 10, 2008 09:49 AM
Skye Hawk
At Your Service! Virtual Assistant Specialists - Fountain Hills, AZ
NAR Cert. REPA "Rockstar REVA"

Mandi I haven't seen these pics since we were in Rainbow (yes everyone Mandi and I were in Rainbow Girls together). Mandi just so you know we all looked up to you. All of us wanted to be like you and Christine. You were definitely not shy always carried yourself with a sense of poise and grace. I remember one time when we were all at Grand Assembly (during my term) I remember watching you as a Grand Officer we were all proud to say that you were part of our group of girls. I to feel that Rainbow has given me the opportunity to become a better "women" as it taught me so much about myself, gave me strength and belief's in myself that I did not know I had. Thanks for always being such a great role model and someone that I could look up to.

Nov 10, 2008 04:44 PM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Awww thanks Skye! I figured out quickly how to hide the shyness......you just couldn't be shy around that group of girls! It is a great organization and has helped mold so many women..... I found another one in real estate just the other day and our Chamber of Commerce President is a former Rainbow Girl. It's amazing the influence this organization has had on people!

Nov 11, 2008 02:44 AM
Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Hey Mandi, I was a Rainbow Girl too! I think I joined in the 6th or 7th grade. My father has been a 32 degree mason for over 50 years. Take care! 

Nov 16, 2008 04:15 PM