Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s never easy to step out of your comfort zone. But if I’ve realized one thing from my trip to Africa it’s that great things await and you’ll never know unless you push yourself a bit.

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I’m a creature of habit. During the week I work, cook/eat, exercise, and sleep. Doing more than that feels overwhelming and exhausting (why am I always so tired??). So when Sarah asked if I wanted to get dinner around 7:30 pm on Thursday my immediate response was no. That is so late. But it was Sarah, one of my best friends from High School, and I haven’t seen her in far too long. I also wanted to do something other than just get dinner since I feel like too often my plans revolve around eating and drinking. While there’s nothing wrong with that here and there, the money and the calories add up. So I proposed something active and a lighter/more casual dinner to give us the chance to catch up.

We ended up at a Turnstyle class in Back Bay, which absolutely kicked my butt. I also had an absolute blast. I like workout classes because I am around other people, but it’s even better when your friend is on the bike next to you. After we went to Dig Inn for a fast casual dinner full of heart healthy fats and vegetables. On my way home I thought about how happy I was to have pushed myself to meet up with a friend on a “school night”. It may have been the endorphins from the spin class, but personally I think it was so much more. I was truly happy physically and mentally.

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Weekends this girl tends to sleep in, be lazy, get some errands done, and prepare for the week ahead. Hopefully I have some plans with friends, but usually nothing extravagant. Sometimes I’ll get early drinks at a brewery or go to a friend’s apartment; low key stuff. This weekend, my friend Christine convinced me to go to a boat party for her roommate’s birthday. I love Ellie, she’s a genuinely kind person, but I was worried about drinking on a boat. For one, who knew how big the boat would be. Two, you never know how rowdy people will get and I work in a place where I see the worst that can happen. Sadly, the worst can happen when you’re walking down the street, too. So I conquered my fears and stepped out of my comfort zone and onto a boat.

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Yes, the boat was small. A lot smaller than I imagined especially with 40 people. I jokingly told Christine that we needed to know where the life preservers were at all times. Honestly though, it was a blast. I met some cool people, laughed my butt off, took in the sites and realized how much I love being on the water. Especially with Vermont beers in hand (it was BYOB). I also got to celebrate Ellie. A person who gives everything to her friends and truly cares. I would have regretted not being there since she’s deserves to have people celebrate her.

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If I hadn’t stepped on that boat I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see Boston from the water at sunset. I probably wouldn’t have seen my best friend this weekend or hung out with some truly hysterical and fun people. There are times in your life when you should say no (listen to your gut), but this was not one of them. Sure I was nervous, but that shouldn’t stop me from opportunities that may never arise again and are not dangerous (the captains were great and the boat never left the harbor).

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It’s active weeknights with friends where you go to bed late and wake up tired. It’s friend’s birthday parties or gatherings where you meet new people and experience new things. These are the times you’ll remember in life, not the nights where you were comfortable at home with a glass of wine watching Game of Thrones in your sweatpants. While that was nice for a Friday night, it shouldn’t be every night. I’m trying to say yes more and to be more active. This week I plan to join some SLPs at work for an afternoon run. Any other suggestions for being active or meeting new people in the city, let me know!