Laughter at Toastmaster

Today’s Toastmaster’s speech was on “Dreaming Big” and my submitted response to the TM is below.

I am sharing this to show the importance of being able to laugh at ourselves. It has taken me many, many years to feel comfortable in my own skin and venture out into being the silly, adventurous person I am today; and it’s only happened these past couple of years. Being able to do this frees me from caring about the criticism of others, but more importantly, from the judgments I put on myself. With that gone, I can be spontaneous, authentic, and fearless; these open up the pathways to creativity and intimacy.


I once had a dream of becoming a Las Vegas show girl. But my older sister, who was an amazing singer, always took the center stage in our family. I felt very boring in comparison to her bright presence. Because of my insecurities, I never pursued this dream. Over the years, I slowly satisfied my cravings by torturing my sons during long road trips, amused shoppers with dance in grocery store aisles, and challenged relationships with repeated viewings of musicals.

And then I joined Toastmasters. Little did I know that my opportunity would come through such a venue. I signed up to be the Jokemaster during my second meeting. An idea was born from a mistaken choice of words in an email. Joking banter ensued. Creativity was sparked.

A week later, I was on stage. Bling hanging on my chest. Headband on my forehead. Mad rhymes in my hand.




The M&M Candyland Rap was born.


Here are my dope rhymes from a few weeks ago 🙂 “Kenny” and I had been discussing his TM speech topic of East Coast vs. West Coast rappers. I inadvertently referred to Eminem as “M&M.” And the battle began…

Hey, Kenny! Yo!

You talk about

this Eaaast Coast, Wessst Coast thing

But I don’t know why

‘Cause they are both

not dope like me!

Dope like me…

I’m M&M, I’m M&M!

I’m M&M, I’m M&M!

I’m M&M, I’m M&M!

I’m M&M, I’m M&M!

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, huh-huh!

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, huh-huh!

I’m sugar sweet

And fun to eat, with a crunchy outer shelter

Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah,

Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah,

 so-so, so-so, so-so, so-so!

That’s for the ah-um counter!

Ah-um counter…

But seriously, let’s check this out

I live in the coolest place around!


Oh, Can-dee-land

We have no blizzards!

There are no quakes!

It’s just fun and games with EVE-REE-ONE!

Oh, eve-ree-one…

So come on down

and play with me

‘Cause Candyland

is where you want to be!

Where you want to be…

Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah,

Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah!

So-so, so-so, so-so, so-so!

(That’s for the ah-um counter!)

I’m M&M, I’m M&M!

I live in Candyland! Candy-land!

I’m M&M, I’m M&M!

I live in Candyland! Candy-land!

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, huh-huh!

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, huh-huh!

Word!  ________________

             (word of the day)


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