I love my comfort zones and it's so easy to get stuck in them, stay with the status quo and just do what your used too. It's comforting and familiar! So when I decided to relocate from London to the seaside not only did I take myself out of my comfort zone with my home, job and life but I decided to start my own business and made it a mission to meet people and make new friends.
I've always been a wallflower I suppose! I hate being the center of attention and I get pretty flustered in a large group of people (due to anxiety wahoo!). So moving away and knowing no one was always going to be a big thing for me. I haven't really had to make friends since I was in college so the idea of starting all over again was, naturally, terrifying.
So I was sitting in my new house and thought sod it. What did I have to loose?
The answer turns out to be nothing. Nada, nowt. In fact the moment I sent an email offering to volunteer my whole life changed.
Not only have I now set up my own social media management with someone I met but I'm attending weekly meetings, networking events and talking to people I never would have dreamed about talking too. I'm helping organise a fashion show on the seafront so the vast range of people I'm meeting is incredible! I never would have dreamed of doing anything like it back in London but I really wish I'd have pushed myself to take a step out of my comfort zone years ago.
Yesterday I attended an amazing networking event for local business people and it was great. I met councillors, long term business women, high up business men, local traders and other social media people and the feeling of community and encouragement was incredible. Meeting new people really isn't as scary as I always thought it was and it's amazing how much people actually want you to succeed.
In just 3 months my life has taken a drastic turn for the better and dispite being utterly terrified of taking that first step, I wouldn't look back. I can't look back, I'm far too busy looking into the future!
When have you done something that took you out of your comfort zone?
Until next time,