Catching Fireflies

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Fasten Your Seatbelts! It’s about to get bumpy…

comfort zone

Have you ever noticed that the more comfortable you get with your life, the smaller your comfort zone gets? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that as I have gotten older, I have lost that nerve that came so naturally when I was a teenager. Back when I was young, it seemed so easy to get up on a stage in front of complete strangers (or worse, friends and family) and sing and dance. It was a good day when someone noticed me, or when I spoke up for myself. I actually enjoyed trying new things and being the center of attention.

What happened?

I have discovered that my comfort zone is frighteningly small these days. I don’t like to draw attention to myself for any reason and the thought of speaking or performing in public? Forget it! I would rather have sharp needles stuck underneath my finger nails.

So why then am I about to take a running leap outside my comfort zone? Because a friend found a class that, as hard as I may have tried to deny it, is exactly what I am needing to jump-start my foray into self-promotion for my book.

My friend, Chrissy, is an entrepreneur and creator of Living Ledge container gardening system. [If any of you have ever wanted to grow herbs or flowers indoors, please check out her great products!] She has been an inspiration to me as I have watched her venture out of her own comfort zone this year to network and promote her design.

So, when she asked if I would be interested in signing up for a class that focuses on speaking and publishing, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. A week or so later, she told me she had found a second class a short drive from the first and it was free! The topic of the second class is getting unstuck. It was like the universe was putting them in our path like breadcrumbs- just what I need at this time to jump-start my creative lives and rediscover my inner bravery!

So, I am stepping out of my comfort zone this week and taking a class where I will no doubt have to actually say something to strangers. I may quite possibly have to claim to be a writer as well! Yikes! Wish me luck!

And if you are feeling a little stuck in your comfort zone, like its protective walls are closing in a little, find a way to step outside of it. It doesn’t have to be a giant step or a running leap. It can be a teeny tiny baby step. But every step outside your comfort zone, stretches your comfort zone. Do this enough and your comfort zone may just encompass your dreams!

10 Comments

  1. Cheryl, that sounds like an awesome opportunity! Do it! I totally believe in getting out of your comfort zone and pushing yourself. I have had to do that many times in my life and it has been a great experience – hard, but great!

    • Thanks for the pep talk! I am usually okay once I get in the middle of something, but that first step can be a doozey! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a great opportunity. I find the ones that make us the most anxious/nervous are the best ones. 🙂

    • I had a wonderful day at the class and managed to get up in front of a room full of strangers and speak without sounding like a total idiot! Learned a lot and am now very fired up to start moving forward on getting my book out there! 🙂

  3. charliebritten

    Well done, Cheryl. I’ve been teaching… real, hairy, 16 year old students… for 15 years and I can still remember the first time I took a proper class. Very soon, it will become no big deal for you.

    • I had thought briefly of following in the footsteps of my mom and aunts and being a teacher… But the thought of getting up in front of “real, hairy, (?) 🙂 16 year olds” shut that idea down pretty quickly! 🙂

  4. “But every step outside your comfort zone, stretches your comfort zone. Do this enough and your comfort zone may just encompass your dreams!” Well said! I should put that on my wall or wrist or something! 🙂 Good luck to you!

    • Thanks for stopping in!! Perhaps I should print up some posters of that one! 🙂

  5. Cheryl, I believe the Universe does sprinkle those breadcrumbs for us. Good for you for following the trail. Much success with your book. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours. Later…

    • Thanks Sabra! I am beginning to recognize the nudges the universe is sending me. It is an acquired skill for me! 🙂

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