I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, and I’m finally sharing the 5 things that happened when I stepped out of my comfort zone.
One of the things that I’ve been challenging myself to do this year is to step out of my comfort zone. Most people are surprised when I say this, but I’m a pretty shy and reserved person by nature. It definitely doesn’t come naturally for me to approach people, and I DO NOT like being the center of attention.
I’ve always been the type to shy away from situations that will make me uncomfortable, or that might result in my humiliating myself. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to care less about what other people think. It’s been a few months since I started doing things that I normally would have avoided before, and these are the 5 things that have happened:
1. I’ve met some amazing people
I’m usually not the type of person who reaches out to strangers, but social media has made this a lot easier. In the last few months, I’ve met fellow mamas who are some of the sweetest and most supportive people I know. I’ve met photographers, hair stylists, designers, business owners and graphic artists who are ridiculously talented. Knowing what my strengths are has also helped me recognize what my weaknesses are, and it’s been so much fun connecting with people who excel in fields that I’m not the best in.
2. I’ve gotten so many opportunities
No one is going to just come and hand you opportunities, so it’s necessary to step out of your comfort zone to make things happen. So many moms message me on Instagram asking how I get so many collaborations, or how I get companies to notice me. The short answer is that I’m not afraid to reach out to companies or other people that I think would be a good fit. In putting myself out there more, I have also had so many great companies contact me about working together. Some of these opportunities have led to longer term partnerships because I have had a unique opinion and perspective that I’ve voiced to these companies.
3. I’m happier
I was pretty miserable at my old job, but like most people I was afraid to leave. I was afraid of the unknown, and I really didn’t even know what I wanted to do. My new job has the best work environment, and I’m pretty sure I work with some of the nicest people on the planet. It was scary coming into a brand new field that I had no experience in, and I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone countless times since I’ve been here. Being in such a nice environment on a daily basis has made me so much happier overall, and that has helped every area of my life.
4. I’ve found something that I’m passionate about
If I would have never made the decision to step out of my comfort zone, I never would have discovered how passionate I am about being a creator. I did go to fashion school, but I pushed all of that to the side after becoming a mom. Starting this blog, and working with companies has allowed me to incorporate my passions for fashion, photography and community. I recently mentioned how important it is to be passionate about your side hustle, and I finally found something that lights me up.
5. I’m more confident
I’ve mentioned it before in my post about mom guilt, but I definitely let motherhood consume me. It was so hard to be confident because I didn’t even know who I was anymore. There’s something about stepping out of your comfort zone (and realizing that you survived) that is a great confidence booster. In finding myself, and pushing myself to do things I wouldn’t typically do I’ve become more confident in myself and my abilities.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that you feel encouraged to step out of your comfort zone!