Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone//Write 31 Days–day 1

It’s day one of the October Write31Days challenge–this is my first time to do this and I’m terrified excited! There are hundreds of bloggers choosing to take the month of October and write their hearts out about something near and dear to them (so take a peak and see if anything else strikes your fancy).

I’ll keep an updated list on this page of all the posts as they come…so just click on the title to read further.

Day 1–scroll down and continue reading this page
Day 2– That Time I Poached an Egg
Day3– Don’t Be Afraid to Sweat…Get Your Spin On!
Day 4– My Most Embarrassing and Awkward Moment, Ever…
Day 5– Hands Dirty, Relationships Made Stronger
Day 6– A Failed Attempt at Trying a New Bakery
Day 7– That Time We Didn’t Go to the Lecrae Concert
Day 8– I Must Be Going Through a Mid-Life Crisis
Day 9– A Day to Say Yes to the Little Things
Day 10– Girl’s Night Out–A Night Downtown and a Concert
Day 11– Semi-Macrame: My Attempt at a DIY Wall Hanging
Day 12– Introducing Yourself–So Simple and Yet So Hard
Day 13– Embracing Another Side of Town, Enjoying Beauty, Pondering Deeper Things
Day 14– Taste of the Sea–Scallops at Home
Day 15– Way Back Wednesday–Friends Are Friends Forever
Day 16– Enjoying the Culture of My City: Grocery Shopping on the Other Side of Town
Day 17– Full Disclosure and Some Links to Inspire
Day 18– Renewing Relationships Even When it’s Uncomfortable
Day 19– Preparing for Halloween
Day 20– Fermented What? Kombucha…
Day 21– Eating Someone Else’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Day 22– Hanging Out With a Cow Named Molly (and a Sweet Friend)
Day 23– Downward Dog
Day 24– What This Comfort Zone Thing Really Means to Me
Day 25– Letting Someone Else Do the Talking
Day 26– His Strength, Not Mine// Music and Church Planting
Day 27– Reaching Out to the Dry Cleaning Lady
Day 28– That Time I Went Mountain Biking With My Husband
Day 29– Things I Didn’t Do This Month
Day 30– Blogs I’m Growing to Love// Reader Feedback, Pretty Please?
Day 31– Happy Halloween, I Feel Like Partying!

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Stepping out of my comfort zone is an issue that has pushed and shoved on my heart for years; I have both responded to the call to step out of my comfort zone, and I have ignored it. It is such a stretch for me, a challenge, a struggle of the heart–I love to play it safe; I hate the thought of something going wrong or making the wrong decision, and I really, really don’t like change (although it wasn’t until recent years that I finally had this revelation).

But these things, the staying away from things that make us nervous and feeling like we aren’t in control, can be paralyzing, and one thing I’ve found is that if I choose to stay inside my safe box (where I never feel nervous or stretched), I will miss so many wonderful opportunities in life that bring growth, fruit, and meaning. It’s not about shunning the comfort zone always, but it’s about using your comfort zone as a place of rest and retreat, and stepping out of it regularly to embrace life around us.

I’ve come a long way…a very long way, and I’m here to tell you about it, encourage you with my stories, and also to stretch myself even more this month as I attempt to try many more new things and write about my experiences doing it.

I have an ongoing list of things I’m going to attempt to try this month, some quite simple and fun, just to see what it’s like to do something I would normally avoid. Others have more to do with facing my fears and hopefully living to tell you about it.

On the short list of things to do, just to give you a little teaser–get my hands dirty and do some gardening (this is definitely not my thing), and maybe, just maybe attend a Lecrae concert (Never been to a hip-hop concert, don’t even listen to it for that matter. The only thing even remotely close was the dctalk concert I went to in like 6th grade, and I totally just dated myself and can you really call that rap?/and what will I even wear to this concert???). Oh, and one thing Luke is very excited about…me *attempting* to mow the lawn (I’m not making any promises, people).

On Sundays I’ll be writing about times we’ve stepped out of our comfort zones in really big ways, and how those decisions changed our lives. I’ll share comfort zone fails–times I tried to get out of my comfort zone and it turned out I should have just stayed in my comfort zone to begin with.

This month will be a time where I reflect on how God has urged me on and taken care of me in the process, and a time to push myself even further to explore this amazing world God has created.

And more than that I hope to encourage you to take some steps out of your comfort zone and taste life in a deeper, more fuller way.

Will you join me? I’m still collecting ideas, so if you think of something just leave me some suggestions as a comment. I’d also love to hear ways you have stepped out of your comfort zone and how it impacted your life. And also, let me know if you try something new this month too! We can do this together!


Topics coming up in the next few days: 
//Don’t be afraid to sweat! 
//Is there anything spiritual about stepping out of your comfort zone?
//Taking Risks for the Sake of Friendship

*As the days go on, you can click on my sidebar link to access all of my wrte31days posts in one place…it will lead you to this page which will include links to all of the posts to date.

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  • I am so excited about this topic! This is definitely a personal struggle for me but one I have made some progress with in recent years. I still have a long way to go though. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

    • Yep, we’ll see how this goes!

  • So I have a suggestion for something that we could try… How would you feel about meeting in person later this month? I can drive to San Antonio or we could meet somewhere half way? And potentially we could maybe even open the invitation wider to other Texas bloggers? If this is too far out of your comfort zone or just logistically impractical I totally understand! But if you are interested let me know! 🙂

    • Well that would be so fun! Where do you live again? If we could work it out I think it would be a blast. How can we message each other privately?

    • Yay. 🙂 I live on the northside of Austin. I haven’t set up google+ yet but you can email me at i.love.lizzy @ gmail.com (minus the spaces. ;-D)

  • Kuddos to you!! Right now God is pushing me in a completely different direction and totally out of my comfort zone. He closed the door so tight in my current job, that I had no choice but to seek this new direction. Wonderful series! Thanks for sharing on the #SHINEbloghop this week!

    • That sounds awesome, Cheri! I’m sure it’s scary but so good to watch God walk you through it. Thanks!

  • I completely relate to this post. In fact, I just wrote something about things I would tell my teenage self for another blog and realized that all of them stemmed from my not stepping out of my comfort zone and fearing changes and taking chances. Even though I’m still struggling with this, I push myself to do so because I’m getting older and not getting any younger and don’t want my dreams to disappear and become regrets. Sort of why I started blogging in the first place — because I wanted to be a writer but wasn’t doing it. It’s led me to some amazing and challenging circumstances, but I’m glad I did it. Now I’m wondering how else I can step out of my comfort zone. We’ll see…

    • Yay for taking the plunge with writing and going on ahead and starting a blog. Sometimes we just need to ponder things a bit, like stepping out of our comfort zone, even if we don’t know how it will actually take place, just being more aware can help us take huge steps forward.

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