Why you should do it anyway

When I left my hometown of 8 years to my new home state, I was full hopes and new dreams. Fear also tagged along because it was a major change.

The move was full of mystery ahead. I was anxious because of the unknowns. But looking back, I can tell you that acting despite feeling fear has three important benefits.


1. You live a life of no regrets

When you do things even if you feel fear, you live your life without regrets. You’re not left hanging with the question “what if?”.

You learn to experience things for yourself versus relying on other’s people’s experiences and opinions.

Even if later on you decide to change the direction of your life, you will gather gems of invaluable stories to share.

2. You live a new adventure

You embark on a new adventure full of mystery and surprise.

You’ll find yourself in places and experiences you thought only existed in your dreams.

When you embrace the feeling of adventure, you continue learning about the world. You meet new wonderful people, and you live new experiences.

3. You embrace a new identity 

You’re more willing to do things that are out of your comfort zone because you get used to doing things despite feeling fear.

You don’t stop feeling fear completely, but doing things despite feeling fear becomes normal. You stop hesitating or doubting. You put yourself out there.


Even if you feel fear or anxiety when it’s time to do things that are out of you comfort or when it’s time to make a major change, remember that what’s waiting for you is so much better than the consequences of not acting.

Goodbye, November

Dear, November, you brought with you yellow-orange-brown-gold-red crisp leaves and cold weather. Time continues on without my permission. The trees that once bloomed with white flowers are bare now.

Photo taken by StarFire Teja https://pixabay.com/images/id-4583228/

With you, you also brought life lessons. Be more flexible!, everything seemed to shout at me. Shift your mindset so that you’re not repeating the same and same mistakes again.

Even though I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, I kept showing up to blog writing ✍🏽 that is until the last week of November because I felt like I deserved a much, much needed break from EVERYTHING. 

November,

you brought with you some foggy days that reflected my state of mind and spirit. As much as I think I know what I’m doing, for the most part, I was left feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. 

Some days I know with clarity what I want. Other days, I’m left wondering if the choices I’m making are the best for me. That’s when the fogginess settles in.

Photo taken by StarFire Teja https://pixabay.com/images/id-4583229/

November,

you were a 5-month milestone of what it means to live outside my comfort zone, to live in a completely new city on my own. 

I can sometimes see what’s coming ahead: a two-week break from work in December & the year 2020.

For now, I’ll accept this fogginess that doesn’t let me see the answers to the important life questions I’m currently grappling with.

If there’s anything fog has taught me is

  • to drive with caution–to slow down,
  • to enjoy the view when there’s no fog because you CAN actually see clear, from a distance,
  • & that foggy day’s aren’t permanent.

Goodbye, November. 🍂


Photo credits & inspiration:

The photos in this post were taken by StarFire Teja over at the StarFire Teja blog. Please support her by following her on Pixabay & on her blog StarFire Teja!

Also please check out her post “StarFire Teja on Pixabay!” where I got the inspiration for this post.

(A while back, when I was really into watching Booktube videos, a booktuber would create “Letter to [insert month]” videos, so I thought it’d be a great idea to do one of these in the form of a blog post.)

Thank you, Teja, for capturing and sharing these beautiful photos on Pixabay for the world to use!

3 reasons to step out of your comfort zone

take a leap of faith or barely take that one tiny step out of your comfort zone, and you’ll still be making progress. Yes, you’ll come face to face to resistance.

But whether you choose to take a leap of faith or make that one tiny step out of your comfort zone, you’ll get used to the new territory. And soon enough, the new territory will stop feeling foreign to you.


1. learn something new about yourself

the qualities or skills that you think that you don’t have are already within yourself. You don’t think you have them because you haven’t been using them or practicing them.

When you challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone, you find in yourself those qualities and skills.

You find yourself saying, I can do that now.

2. do and see 👁️ things differently in your life

if you stay where you’re at and don’t move at all, you can’t see what’s over the horizon. You can only see what’s within reach.

The more you get out of your comfort zone, the more you learn about the world and the ways of the world.

You gain new perspectives and ideas. As a result, you become inspired to do and see things differently in your life.

3. live your dream life & be your dream self

don’t settle for a life that doesn’t bring forth the best in you and the best you. The best you will always be the motivated you, the inspired you, the hopeful you, the fulfilled you. ✨ 

How would you describe your dream life? How would you describe your dream self?

To become the person you’ve always wanted to be, to have the life you’ve always wanted to have, you’re going to have to put yourself in situations you’ve never been before.

New experiences will help you step into your new identity and life.


Your new life and your new self are one leap of faith away or even one tiny step away as shown in the GIF above.

And after you get used to the territory outside your comfort zone, remember to keep expanding that circle around you despite the resistance you face.