Time for Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 05.2018. The monthly post where I can brag about doing even the tiniest things that scare me just a little bit. “Scare” isn’t exactly the right verb…but things that make me antsy as my mother would say.
This is my third post in the series. In the first one, I explained a little bit about the psychology and benefit of stepping outside one’s comfort zone. If you missed that post, please click here to read it. In April, I enjoyed attempting to dance to Afghanistan music at Brennyn’s bridal shower. Read about that experience and my other activities last month, here.
And now that you are all caught up, let’s have a look at the ways I stepped outside my comfort zone in May.
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 05.2018
I should always begin these posts with a disclaimer that what stretches my limits and challenges my boundaries, may seem like a walk in the park to you. Bear in mind, though, I am shy, 60 and socially awkward with 2 left feet and 2 brown thumbs!!
- Attended my first and second barre classes at Pure Barre Kern Place. For so long, I’ve admired the hard work and dedication of my friend Andrea at Andrea’s Wellness Notes to the barre classes she takes. And now that I have dabbled in barre, myself, I am even more impressed by Andrea! This is one tough workout. Holy smokes! Almost more than this left-footed grandma/librarian is able to manage. My first class was free, then bought 3 more sessions (what was I thinking?). Completed my second class but then went out of town. Now, the question is: do I go back for my remaining sessions to see if it gets easier (or kills me)? Or do I just chalk it up to an experience tried and survived? In the first photo below, you’ll notice my eyes have rolled back into my head.
- Prepared paperwork for and attended a court hearing about the lawsuit we have against our pool builder. Our attorney’s representative (and our attorney, who removed himself from our case, for that matter) was a real jack rabbit. I spoke right up to him in my angriest 60 year-old, shy girl voice. Everything is still a mess and we are not much closer to getting things resolved than we were before the hearing. Know that another series of grumbling and complaining ‘little letters’ is on the horizon. In the meantime, read my last batch, here.
- Put together and put to use the carpet cleaner my daughters gave me for Mother’s Day. When I was a single mom, doing things like this was undaunting because there was no one else to do it. Now days, I often defer the putting together of things to my PC. But I need to get over it. There was no reason in the world I couldn’t attach the handle and water reservoir to this carpet cleaner and pour in the shampoo myself. And I did just that. Then proceeded to clean all of the carpets and area rugs upstairs.
- Last but not least, I stood on the sidelines at the Boston tribute band concert we attended, and danced to the cupid shuffle. Not brave enough to take to the dance floor alone and PC can never find his ‘dancing shoes’. But just wait til we go to Brennyn and Mustafa’s wedding celebration in Ft. Worth in a few weeks. I am going to be sure PC’s dancing shoes are packed!!
There you have my attempts at trying to shake things up a bit. While none of these activities really scared me, well, maybe the court hearing just a little, they all took me out of my comfort zone for sure. Felt good to stretch myself, even in barre class!
Do It Scared
For some time, I have followed blogger extraordinaire Ruth Soukup at Living Well, Spending Less. She has great tips for building your best life and healthy, delicious recipes, too. Ruth recently began a podcast series entitled “Do It Scared”. Sound familiar? Great minds, huh? She describes the the series this way:
Do It Scared® with Ruth Soukup is the podcast created to help you face your fears, overcome adversity, and create a life you LOVE. Each week you’ll discover actionable strategies for greater productivity, motivation, entrepreneurship, creativity, fulfillment, success, and happiness, along with the motivation and encouragement to actually start making real changes that lead to big results. Each week we’ll address topics that delve into those things that we are so afraid of, and how it holds us back in our day to day lives—then focus on easy-to-implement advice for how we can face our fears and overcome adversity in order to create a life we truly love. The podcast will also feature bi-weekly interviews with authors, influencers, and other notable guests who have dared to do it scared in their own lives. [source]
Because I had never listened to a podcast before, doing so was a teensy weensy bitty bit outside my comfort zone. I have begun listening while I craft in my loft or spring clean the upstairs of our house. Hoping that these podcasts will help give me the push I need to get busier and more serious about my book writing. Even won a ‘do it scared’ tee and bumper sticker. Pictured below with my carpet cleaner, inspiring me to put it together. That HAS to be a sign, right?
Wore my ‘do it scared’ tee today for my hair cut and color (always a little scary to me), dropping off PC’s stool sample at the lab (waaaaay out of my comfort zone) and picking up the reimbursement check from our (former) lawyer that I fought hard for.
New ‘do. Will be stepping outside my comfort zone in trying to replicate the way Connie styled my hair today.
What have you done to stretch yourself this month? Have you tried a new activity? Maybe worn your hair differently? Eaten a new food, prepared a new recipe? Would love to be inspired by YOU! Please leave a comment below with ways you stepped outside your comfort zone this month. And if you have a stepping outside my comfort zone, 05.2018 post to share, please link up with us. Just click on the froggy button.
Looking forward to the weekend. Hope you have something planned that takes you beyond your comfort zone! There’s a free Fleetwood Mac tribute band concert here. Might need those dancing shoes sooner than I thought.
Hugs and kisses,