Time for Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 08.2018. The monthly post where I can brag about doing even the tiniest things that are a stretch outside my ‘normal’. Things that give me butterflies in my stomach.
This is my sixth 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.
I am continuing to listen to the “Do It Scared” podcast hosted by Ruth Soukup. You may know Ruth from her blog Living Well, Spending Less. The “Do It Scared” podcast is about taking the steps that will help us move past our fear and create a life we love. Click here to check them out for yourself. The activities I talk about each month for Stepping Outside My Comfort are not life-changing but they are building my confidence toward trying bigger and braver things.
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 08.2018
I have been trying to make a more conscious effort to notice the beauty in the world around me lately. Yesterday, before leaving for work, I took just a minute to survey our yard, the pool and our mountain view from the balcony off our bedroom. Have been waiting all summer for our bougainvillea to bloom and it is finally beginning to. And have tried to literally take time to really see and smell my roses. Even wrote about that in my Morning Pages, as part of my morning quiet time routine. This weekend I want to show my roses a little love with some bone meal, gentle pruning, and attention.
My activity for Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone, 08.2018 was to visit El Paso’s Memorial Rose Garden after work and just spend some time with nature. I have been to the rose garden twice before but always with someone else. In fact, six years ago Lauren and I visited when she considered having her wedding there.
Decided to find a little mom and pop cafe where I could practice my Spanish and order some lunch to take to the rose garden. Stopped at Tamales el Tejano, because I had a hankering for a tamal. I usually only enjoy them for Navidad so this felt like Christmas in August.
The girl behind the counter seemed to speak no English so I ordered a green chile tamal with chicken and a soda in Spanish. She asked me in Spanish if my order was to go and I told her it was. She packed up my little lunch in a bag and I asked her in Spanish if she had included some napkins. She said yes. I think she was surprised that this blue-eyed gringita could speak Spanish. And I was happy to have someone to speak Spanish to.
Found a shady bench in the rose garden where I savored every bite of my tamal while checking things off my to-do list for the day.
After my lunch, I began walking around the gardens. Many of the rose bushes didn’t look much hardier than my poor plant. Our summer has just been so hot. But this peach colored bloom didn’t seem terribly bothered by our 102* day.
I walked a little more and discovered an alcove created by a twisty thicket of vines and this statue of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment and animals. When I tried to take a picture, though, my phone camera started acting weird, and my photos looked hazy.
Can you see what I mean?
Then guess what happened? My phone gave me an error message saying that I couldn’t use the camera until it cooled off because it was too hot. Tried sitting in the shade but the the phone was still too hot. I decided that maybe I was supposed to pay attention to the flowers and not worry about taking pictures. And that’s what I did. Walked around the gardens and admired the roses, one called ‘Homerun’ for my Prince, another called ‘Peace’, my word for the year. And amidst all of the other slightly bedraggled bushes was one that was full of soft yellow blooms. Apparently, it isn’t at all affected by our hot summer temps.
My phone was still too hot so I went back to the car, turned on the AC and held my phone up to the vents. After a few minutes, I was able to take a photo. I give you my car vents.
Jumped out of the car, and ran back through the gardens, snapping photos of roses I had admired when my camera had overheated.
It was a very pleasant, if slightly toasty, diversion. I had the entire garden to myself…maybe the only El Pasoan brave enough to be out in the heat of the day when they don’t have to be!
Since I am no longer working with my sweet bilingual students, I don’t have much opportunity to use my broken Spanish. Afraid it’s becoming more broken by the day! It felt good to use that part of my brain again. And I think it was no accident that my phone overheated. For a few moments, I enjoyed the garden without the distraction of technology.
Have you done something to S T R E T C H yourself lately? How did you step outside your comfort zone this month? Please link-up your comfort zone post with us. Or share how you pushed yourself in a comment below.
By coincidence, (although, I don’t really think anything is a coincidence!) my friend Nikki at Gwin Gal Inside and Out, shared a post about caring for roses that I read while eating my lunch. Going to use her great tips to give my rose a little TLC this weekend.
Enjoy a restful Labor Day weekend and then get ready to kick off fall 2018!
Hugs and kisses,