Time for Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 07.2018. The monthly post where I can brag about doing even the tiniest things that are a stretch outside my ‘normal’. Things that make me antsy as my mother would say.
This is my fifth 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. I like to think of this as opening up my life to new experiences and possibilities. As we age, it is easy to become set in our ways, even rigid. Stepping outside my comfort zone is a way of retaining some of the flexibility and adaptability that comes easier in our youth.
You can read last month’s post here, if you missed it in June. And here’s what I did to S-T-R-E-T-C-H myself this month.
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 07.2018
The steps I took outside my comfort zone in July would probably be pretty common place for some of you guys. But remember that I am shy and a bit socially awkward. Case in point: we have those community mailboxes where everyone on a 2-3 street radius goes to the same place to check their mail. So checking the mail can be uncomfortable for me when someone else is at there at the same time! I often stop to pick weeds or retie my shoe just to avoid having to be at the mailbox beside one of my NEIGHBORS. How sad is that?
Just a little FYI. That’s what we are dealing with here. But I won’t be counting checking the mail as stepping outside my comfort zone! At least not this month.
- Followed directions on Pinterest to make my own photography light box. Used sharp blades (and dull ones, which are even scarier) and did it all by myself. Didn’t even draw blood. A post with photos and step-by-step directions coming up soon.
- Hosted a month-long Instagram photo challenge. To be totally truthful, I did this last year, too. So maybe by next year, it will be old hat to me. Struggled to keep up with posting my photos on a daily basis but over the next few days, will be catching up on the prompts I missed. Here is the graphic for the 31 days of photographs. You can find my pictures on Instagram using #2018SummerInstaPhotoChallenge. Which one is your fav?
- Wandered around in an unfamiliar part of town taking photos of some pretty amazing murals.
- On that same day I wore patterned pants. Pretty big step for me outside the ole comfort zone. And not only wore them but wore them for a job interview in the same unfamiliar part of town where the murals are painted. The area is called El Segundo Barrio or the second ward and is the one of the oldest and poorest neighborhoods in El Paso. The southern most perimeter of El Segundo Barrio runs parallel to the Rio Grande and the wall that separates the U.S. from Mexico, El Paso from its sister city, Ciudad Juárez. My phone automatically changes from giving directions in miles to using kilometers at work because we are so close to the border. And, coincidentally…except, there are no coincidences…this is the area of El Paso where I first started working as a librarian in 1988.
- I was hired for the job at Rio Grande Trade and have been working a week! Working is not out of my comfort zone at all. In fact, I would be inclined to say I am a hard worker. But I am working in the fashion merchandising business now. Kind of. Entering descriptions of new clothing to be sold on the eBay seller’s database. And this is a little different from working in a library. Plus, I am the oldest person working there by 20+ years! This is a picture of the building where I am working. The red brick. The white building next door is a used clothing store. If you could read the license plates on the cars parked in front, 90% would read Chihuahua, Mexico. People cross the border to buy appliance-sized boxes of used clothing.
- And finally, PC and I drank some of our first homemade peach wine. Our very own Bunny Run Winery private label. The name originated because our peach tree grows in a gated area of our side yard where Lauren’s bunnies used to run. The bunnies are now buried there. Think of them as fertilizer for our peach tree. Last winter, we followed this peach wine recipe from Pinterest to mix, ferment and age our wine. Had planned to drink it on our 10th anniversary earlier this month but we weren’t together. PC was working away from the castle in Michigan. So yesterday was the day we chose to try our wine. The wine put quite a pucker on the lips of these two sugary-sweet Moscato lovers. Dry as the Chihuahua desert, it was. But not all bad, especially as you finish up the first glass! Thinking we will combine it with a Moscato to make it a bit more to our liking.
So that’s what I did to keep myself supple and young this month. Ha, if only! Wish that’s all it took!!
Did you try anything this month that was a step out of your comfort zone? Please share in a comment below so I can be inspired by YOU! And if you have a stepping outside my comfort zone, 07.2018 post to share, please link up with us. Just click on the froggy button.
Hope you will take inspiration from the bloggers who are linking-up with me and sharing their stories of stretching and growth. And then mark your calendars because we will meet right back here on the last day of August for another post in this series.
Today, 07.30.2018, is my daughter Brennyn Alexis’s birthday. And tomorrow (which is today for you because it is the day that this post will go live), 07.31.2018, is my daughter Lauren Allegra’s birthday. Saturday, 07.28.2018, was my granddaughter Cadence Ellie’s birthday. We are almost always together for a big beach birthday bash but this year we were together in June for the wedding so couldn’t afford another trip. My heart is with my babies, though, this week. And we have already begun making plans for next year’s birthdays!
Thank you, sweet friends for spending a bit of your day here with me.
Hugs and kisses,