I have never been big on New Years resolutions, however at the beginning of 2014 I wrote down a list of things that I wanted to accomplish over the course of the year. At the top of the list was making sure that I started to do one or two things a month that was outside of my comfort zone.
For me it can be difficult to break out of this zone in fear that I will get judged and it has (and still is) been a process to learn not to care what others think. I have always been a very shy person and it is hard for me to tell people how I am feeling; as I grow as a person though this is becoming an easier thing to do. In the past six months (we are already half way through the year?!) I feel like I have been able to do things that have helped me start to accomplish this resolution.
In February I started a new job. This was for me, a very scary thing to do as I had become very comfortable managing a retail store. While it was a great experience overall where I do feel that I learned a lot..it was not something that I felt like doing long term. In getting a job that was so different than what I was used to, it forced me to break out of my comfort zone fast and it has been a great experience so far.
While that has been the biggest push, I have also done smaller things as well like run a race, planned a trip at the end of June without my family, have gotten to a place where I am comfortable to date again, participated in work events that last year there is no way I would have done and started this blog. While these things may seem small to some, the little things add up and I feel that I have come a long way even since the beginning of this year.
Obviously me writing this post does not mean that I am going to stop pushing myself to have new experiences and to say yes to things that introduce me to new people and adventures; it is important to just let go sometimes and try new things and I am excited to see where the next six months take me.
What are some experiences that you have had that helped push you out of your comfort zone?