Growing Pains

by Laura St. Louis, DTM

During the summer when I was 12 years old, I had the worst pain in my legs. They hurt day and night. My mom rubbed my legs in hopes of alleviating the pain, but the pain always came back when she stopped. By the end of the summer, to everyone’s surprise, I grew four inches!

Personal growth can also be painful; however, pain can lead to substantial results. We are able to learn from those times of least success. There is pain in knowing we did not meet goals. But realizing something could have been better is growth. Growth can be painful but can create opportunities for improvement.

Our District 62 had events we could consider “learning moments” over quite a few years. As we endure the pain from admitting we could have done something different and got better outcomes, we can also celebrate our growth and our opportunity to create something better.

Imagine, 15 New Clubs for District 62! What an exciting opportunity! What’s the most important lesson so far? We can’t do it alone: UNITED WE SUCCEED!

Please Join Me in efforts to create more successes for our District 62!
Share your gifts, Gain experience, Build Networks. Contact Laura, John and Kim at, and we will get you plugged in where you are wanting to grow. Need Some ideas?

  • Event Role Opportunities
  • Social Media
  • DTM or High-Performance Leadership opportunities
  • Sponsors or Mentors for New Clubs

Author: Anna Donahue, DTM

I joined Toastmasters in February, 2016 because I wanted to learn how to feel comfortable speaking in public and talking about my new art business called Since then I have given speeches to large and small groups, recorded webinars for online distribution and held workshops for artists who are interested in learning what I know about the "business of art." Toastmasters has helped me to become comfortable in any environment and to take on leadership positions with success. I had no idea how far Toastmasters would take me and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to learn and grow with the encouragment of fellow professionals. For the Toastmaster year of 2019-2020, I was awarded Toastmaster of the Year after taking on many leadership roles at the district level. 

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