Excited to share the second post in my new series, “Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone”. My vision for this series is to push myself out of my comfort zone so that I begin doing things that I have until now been scared or uncomfortable to try. Nothing illegal – ha – or too crazy! But just sampling some of what life has to offer outside my comfort zone. To read a little more about the psychology behind why doing ‘scary’ things is good for us, please check out my first post, here.
Once Upon a Time
From the start, I think it’s been important to do a little self-reflection. Spent a some time this month thinking about who I am now and how far I’ve come in my 60 years on Earth.
Once upon a time:
- I was shy. My mother likes to say that my sister, brother and I hung onto the hem of her skirt whenever we went out anywhere. While I am still very socially awkward and uncomfortable (think Rain Man), I am no longer attached to my mother at the hip.
- I was an art education major. But my school district needed a librarian and I needed a job. The rest is history.
- I was a single mom. Working as a full-time librarian by day, waitress by night. While also taking summer school assignments, doing odd jobs at a vet clinic, taking care of an elderly woman dying of cancer, hosting a televised reading show. Learning to work on my AC and heat, to repair my roof, to caulk the bath tub, backwash the swimming pool. Balancing a check book that was always in the red.
- I was a mother. Of course, I still am. But mothering my adult daughters from my empty nest hundreds of miles away looks a lot different that it did when they were still under my wing.
- I was a librarian. When I needed cervical spinal surgery, had to make the decision to take FMLA without pay or retire early. I retired early from a job I had loved for 25 years. Had to totally reinvent myself.
I think it would be safe to say, that I have stepped outside my comfort zone in small ways all my life. But let’s see what I did to push the envelope this month.
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 04.2018
Try not to laugh too hard at some of these things, girls! Remember I am 60, shy and a former librarian.
- Danced to music videos from Afghanistan at Brennyn’s bridal shower. Here’s a photo of my sister and me, attempting to move like everyone else was at the party. And then the whole group dancing in a circle. Brennyn tells me that the hand movements (arm extended upward in the air, hand cupped) should look something like the way you move your hand to replace a light bulb.
- Uploaded the Wikibuy app to my laptop, learned to use it (simple) and placed my first order. If you shop online, you, too, need to discover Wikibuy. Great way to find the best price on items for which you are already shopping. Learn about about it, here. Ordered a new perch and bed for my ‘girls’ and a Roku for the TV in my fashion haus.
- Figured out how to install Roku on my TV. Our ‘beloved’ (not) Spectrum cable is requiring that we rent a box for each TV in the house in order to access cable. Rather than renting 6 boxes at $30+ a month, Lauren introduced us to Roku. I purchased our second unit through Wikibuy on Amazon. Then installed it, which should have been as simple as reading the directions, and was. But following directions was a step outside my comfort zone. I kind of wanted to just jump in and try to figure it out without reading. And PC was in Germany so couldn’t help me.
- Tried the partial tuck on my tee shirt and wore it all day. Felt kinda trendy! And quite haute couture.
- Have stepped outside my comfort zone by using features on my Sony and phone cameras for the 52Frames photo challenge. Played around with changing the ISO setting on my phone to take these pictures of a Ferris wheel at dusk. The photo on the left was taken without adjusting the ISO. For the photo on the right, I lowered the ISO to 60 then did a little enhancement to the contrast on my computer later. These were taken for the prompt ‘circle’.
- Just learning how to use ‘panning’ in photography, too. Felt very uncertain about trying this technique. Just fiddled around with using it on my phone camera while PC pumped gas at Circle K. This was a car that zoomed by us.
There you have my attempts at doing something to shake things up a bit. While none of these activities really scared me, they all took me out of my comfort zone for sure. Felt good to stretch myself.
What have you done this month that felt a little uncomfortable or unfamiliar in a good way? In my blog reading this week, I came across a post by Karen Hume at Profound Journey. She talked about the importance of being our true selves. And questioned whether someone who has undergone plastic surgery to turn back the clock or undo overindulgence is being true to who they are. Karen ended her post by asking readers, “Is it important to you to look younger than you are?” Plastic surgery would indeed be stepping WAY out of my comfort zone, financially and physiologically!! Here’s the comment I left for Karen.
How would you respond to Karen’s question?
Do you have a post to share about stepping outside your comfort zone? If so, please link up with us below.
Hope you will take a few minutes to join me in visiting the blogs and reading the adventures of the other gals who participating in this series. Maybe we will both find something we want to try doing!
Thank you for sharing a bit of your day with me.
Hugs and kisses,