Playing it safe, staying inside the lines, staying in your comfort zone... it never gets you anywhere. Or at least it doesn't get you where you ultimately want to be.
When we were kids and before our brains started overthinking EVERY. LITTLE. THING. We did whatever we wanted. We tried new things, without hesitation. There wasn't any "what ifs." We had NO FEAR!!
Somewhere along the line, something shifts in us and we realize that certain decisions will hurt us or make us feel bad, so we start changing how we approach things. We start questioning whether or not we should do something or say something or try something new.
And, even worse, if too many things have hurt us, we just stop trying new things altogether. We stay inside our little bubble, our comfort zone, and hope that nothing changes the status quo.
But let's be serious here...how much fun is that???
My life has changed drastically in the past couple years. I think back to where I was a few years ago and where I thought I'd be today, and it looks 100% different than I ever imagined.
I was perfectly content to be one of those people living inside my comfort zone. I had my stable government job. I had a few close friends and my pug, Riley. I didn't venture outside my little neighborhood or my normal, weekly routine.
I worked out. I worked. I walked Riley. And I slept. That's pretty much it.
I. Was. Boring.
PS - this was also when I was struggling with hormonal acne and I hated people seeing me, so that didn't help either!
It wasn't until I moved to Virginia Beach and completely stepped outside my comfort zone by trying Crossfit that something in me shifted. I realized I was playing small. I was doing what was "expected" of me and not what I really wanted to do!
Trying Crossfit, starting to use doTERRA essential oils, and moving to Virginia Beach started a series of changes in my life that took me completely out of my bubble. I have grown and changed so much in the past four years, and even more so in the past year!
I mean, buying a house with Scott and quitting my government job before he and I were even engaged was a HUGE risk and a HUGE step outside my comfort zone. But I was confident in myself and my decision making abilities to know I was making the right choice.
Know that every decision you make will take you on the path you're supposed to be on. Know that playing small will never get you where you want to be. Sometimes you have to risk big to win big! And there are no regrets! Just take everything you go through as a life lesson and use it to help you grow!
Yes. Leaving your comfort zone is hard. But staying in the same place, day after day, with no end in sight, is just as hard.
Here's the thing. YOU get to pick your hard! Do you want to try something new and potentially have it change your life? Or do you want to stay in the same place, living paycheck to paycheck, just spinning your wheels?
Pick your hard.
It's really that simple.
All I know is that I'm so glad my life has shifted and changed the way it has. I don't know why or how it happened, but I know I was meant to be on this path and journey.
Have a beautiful week! Are you ready to pick your hard?
With love and wellness,