Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

The search is finally over, and my “funemployment”(what unemployment really is according to my dearest little brother…) has come to an end. Today I begin a new job here in Durham.

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As much as I was desperate to find a job and stressing about it, there is a little bit of nerves but mostly excitement as I start this new job with new people and new responsibilities. But its new, and maybe a tad scary.

My mother in law sent me a card congratulating me on my new job and it had a magnet in it that said this:

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

I really like being comfortable. I enjoy knowing the area I am in, I enjoy knowing the people. But this quote has got me thinking, what if the goal in life isn’t to get everything perfect so that you are comfortable and safe, but what if life truly begins when we take steps outside of our comfort zone?

How often do we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations for the sake of living? I’ll admit, I am really good at putting other people in uncomfortable situations than I am putting myself in them. My husband gets that privilege daily. He must be really living! (haha!)

I often fall in to the routine and forget to step out of my comfort zone, because its not in the schedule or calendar. But we often fall into routine because we haven’t taken the time to dream or imagine what could be. I am not saying that routine and calendars are bad, because they are good, but I know that I have to intentionally schedule time where I am able to dream bigger than where I am right now, and to imagine what I want life to look like.

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Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Maybe it’s signing up for a class to learn a new language.
Maybe it’s having a conversation with someone that you wouldn’t normally engage.
Maybe it’s giving eye contact when you are feeling uncomfortable.
Maybe it’s skydiving.
For me today, its starting a new job!

When you begin to dream big, and when you begin to imagine what could happen, and you take steps towards the edge of your comfort zone, I can almost guarantee that there will be moments where you feel uncomfortable. Maybe its feeling inadequate, maybe it’s you not knowing anyone, maybe it seems impossible.

Whatever it may be, take one small step out of your comfort zone and keep doing it! (especially when you move somewhere totally out of your comfort zone!)

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A couple summers ago, Summer and I worked on a “Summer Goals List” to accomplish over the summer, and I asked her to set goals in these five categories. It wasn’t just setting random goals, but intentional goals and helped both of us be intentional about doing these things, which often weren’t in our comfort zone, or in our regular schedule.

Five Categories of Goals:

  1. FUN
  2. Serving others
  3. Encouragement to someone else
  4. Impossible (Something that seems impossible to you.)
  5. Miscellaneous

What was fun about working on these goals with Summer is we wrote them down, and we both knew her goals and I could help keep her accountable to accomplishing them! So before you even begin your goal-setting, find a friend to do it with! Trust me, its more fun, and you have someone else beside you that knows about your goals.

Then take the first step.

We are here cheering you on! We would love to hear what some of your goals are, comment away!

Xoxo, Jenilee Joy