We stopped making New Year’s resolutions long ago. There came a time when it started to feel absurd that we would resolve to change something just because of the time of year, but I suppose it’s as good a time as any to really sit down and really evaluate yourself and your life.
One of the major things Justin and I have done differently in the last few years is to make a conscious effort to put ourselves in uncomfortable situations. I know, it sounds strange, but it’s been one of the best things we’ve done for ourselves.
It started when I stumbled across a little graphic that looked a bit like this:
This idea resonated so completely for me that I still use it to help guide my choices.
For us, stepping outside our comfort zone has meant a lot of different things, ranging from small steps, to huge leaps.
It was uncomfortable to quit our jobs without any real plan for what we’d be doing in the future. It was uncomfortable when I finally decided to quit smoking. It was uncomfortable when Justin went back to school full time and still had to have a full time job.
All these things were difficult for us, but all of them have ultimately resulted in us being happier and more at ease with ourselves and where we are in life.
Stepping outside your comfort zone could mean lots of things:
- Taking up a new hobby or sport.
- Putting aside a shy nature and introducing yourself to new people.
- Getting rid of things that are cluttering up your home.
- Leaving a relationship or job that is no longer fulfilling.
It can be difficult to take risks to change your life, but isn’t now just as good a time as any to decide you’re worth it? We think it is, so we wish all of you a Happy New Year filled with all kinds of magic!