The Single Woman’s Dash of Sass: Destination Unknown
Quotes of the Day:
“I have realized; it is during the times I am far outside my element that I experience myself the most. That I see and feel who I really am, the most! I feel that we are often taken out of our comfort zones, pushed and shoved out of our nests, because if not, we would never know what we could do with our wings, we would never see the horizon and the sun setting on it, we would never know that there’s something far better beyond where we are at the moment. It can hurt, but then later you say “thank you.” I have been pushed and shoved and have fallen out and away, so very, very, many, many times! And others around me have not! But then, the others haven’t seen what I have seen or felt what I have felt or been who I have been, they can’t become what I have become. I am me.” ~C. JoyBell C.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~Neale Donald Walsch
“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to.” ~Eric Schmidt
The Single Woman Says:
Lately I have been so proud to watch my friends not only venture outside their comfort zones, but completely shatter their comfort zones. I have one friend who has a lifelong dream of becoming an actress, so she has turned her back on safety and security and cautionary tales doled out to her by friends and family members and is wholeheartedly pursuing her dream. I have another who recently got on a plane by herself and jetted across the world on a trip to Paris – by herself. And still another who worked up the boldness and courage to overcome a HUGE fear of hers and ask out a smokin’ hot guy at her office. And as for myself? I recently walked away from a well-paying, steady, 8-5 job with a reliable paycheck in order to enter the often uncertain and anything-but-reliable world of the full-time writer. What do all of us have in common? The willingness to experience fear and criticism and rejection and uncertainty in order to live our lives outside the box. And that’s what I want to impart to you today.
The thing is: My friend may never become an Oscar-winning actress. I might never be a New York Times bestselling author. My other friend might never strike up a relationship with her office hottie…and my jet-setting friend might well have gotten to Paris and spent the entire time alone and miserable and regretting every dime she spent (she didn’t, by the way. But she could have.) All sorts of things can go wrong when you venture outside your comfort zone. But the flip side of that is, nothing can go really, really right until you’re willing to take that chance.
There is something worse than failure. It’s being too scared to ever try. I can promise you this: The things you are looking for – the life, the love, the career, the dreams, the purpose – they will never be found inside the four walls of your comfort zone. You have to venture outside the boundaries of everything you’ve ever known to find everything you’ve ever wanted. You have to be willing to risk great things to realize big dreams. When you take a leap off that ledge, you might be caught in mid-air, you might be given wings to fly, or you might just hit the water and have the swim of your life. But you’ll never get to your destination by standing on the shore of hesitation.
Go ahead. Jump.