Escaping the comfort zone

tango-190026_1920Last month, I wrote a piece about introversion and the comfort zone. It’s a wonderful place but nothing grows there.

One of my goals this year has been to embrace change and go after personal growth. I want to take more (calculated) risks, push myself outside my comfort zone, and take advantage of new experiences. I’ve also been working to spend more time with people that energize me, and less time with those who are toxic or draining.

It’s been a positive year so far. I’ve been learning to say no to things that offer no benefit (or if I have no energy). But I’m also saying yes to new experiences. The newest and most exciting experience to come is attending ballroom dance lessons with a friend this summer. I’ve always wanted to learn to dance, yet never had the push to actually sign up. I’ve learned a few basics and several line dances (in school and summer camps) but I’ve always wanted to go further. I’m so excited for this opportunity (and I can definitely use more flexibility and grace).

So here’s to trying new things and going on new adventures. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes 🙂

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?

 

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26 thoughts on “Escaping the comfort zone

  1. D_Wall says:

    I’ve been doing ballroom for many years. It continues to push me outside my comfort zone but I love it. I’ve even done several routines with my instructor at dance events with lots of people (including judges) watching. Scary but exciting all at the same time. It has been a great growth opportunity. Hope you enjoy it.

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  2. Léa says:

    Ah, you got me. Dancing is something I always wanted to learn and I could certainly use the grace that comes with it. Also, I understand as I do often have an invisible bubble for retreat. Staying away from toxic people was vital and saying no, most difficult. I’ve not signed up for dance but when a colleague asked me to go with to escort her grandmother back to Vietnam, I didn’t think twice and when I was forced into an early retirement by an accident at work, I packed up, gave away, sold the house and moved to the south of France. Some opportunities are just too good to pass up! Shall we dance? 🙂

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  3. buffster666 says:

    That’s excellent that you’ve taken up ballroom dancing. Keep on adventuring!

    I wanted to learn a musical instrument. I took guitar lessons when I ws 11-12 but nothing stuck with me so I quit. After that, I assumed that I wasn’t musical at all and refused to try again. A year ago, I was in Stratford on Avon and there was a harp teacher at Shakespeare’s daughter’s house offering taster sessions. I was entranced and got details straightaway for a teacher local to me. I’ve been learning for a year now and have completed my Grade One exam.

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    • Ally says:

      Congrats on finishing your Grade One, that’s really awesome! The harp is such a beautiful instrument. I’ll definitely keep on trying new things, it’s always worth the challenge 🙂

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