We are huge fans of Anna’s blog post on pushing oneself outside one’s comfort zone. This philosophy can be applied to the big life decisions like starting a new career/business or deciding on growing a family but it’s also impactful applied to the smaller seemingly inconsequential areas of life like daily decisions on what to wear, eat, and how to fill your free time. Anna offers fresh and practical ideas on how to implement some baby steps towards moving out of the same old thing. Hope you enjoy the read and for more fun posts from Anna, visit her blog: Peppered In Style. Anna was also a guest on our podcast, listen here.
For many years I was stuck wearing the same style, doing my makeup the same way every day, being reserved in front of people I didn’t know (still struggle a bit with that), and just basically doing what felt comfortable and safe. Along the way in this blogging journey of mine, I have learned ways to break through being stuck from doing the same things and challenge myself to try new things. Today I want to challenge you and show you how to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy it!
Have you heard the phrase “If it doesn’t scare you a little bit, its probably not enough”? This holds true in just about any aspect of your life; work, play, relationships, style, etc. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new and different could open doors for you and even give you the confidence and bravery you need to get to where you want to be.
This could be just one piece or an entire outfit in which the style is different from what you normally wear. You don’t have to go to an extreme and it should be something you actually like and have admired seeing on others.
For example, both the faux fur jacket (similar here) and the conductor hat I am wearing in these pictures are pieces that I’ve never worn before. I’ve loved seeing it on others but never thought I could either pull it off or that they would be me, let alone both worn together! I’ve tried other faux fur jackets before but never liked how they looked on me until I found this one. So it does take trying on different pieces to find the right one.
Knowing where to wear the pieces you feel nervous about is also key. I wouldn’t have worn this to the grocery store or to pick up my kids at school, at least not on the first time wearing it. Some people do and they own it, nobody thinks anything of it because they can tell that they’re comfortable in their outfit and it translates as their normal style, even to those that don’t know them. So ease into it by wearing it to the right place first, where it makes more sense, and once you start getting those compliments you’ll feel more comfortable wearing it to other places.
You can do this online but if you can take the class in person, where there will be other people, then you get double the benefit.
Learning a new skill will get you doing something you have always wanted to do or breaks you out of a rut from something you already do. By taking the class live and in person, you get to meet new people, interact with them and make new connection that could lead you to even better things!
For me, I took a makeup masterclass from non other than Sir John, makeup artist to celebrities like Beyonce, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and many more! I had been stuck doing pretty much the same makeup for years. I’m not a makeup guru and have always wanted to learn how to do different looks and try different colors. This class not only allowed me to learn new techniques, and get compliments, but I was able to meet new people that I’ll be seeing again this week!
Now, I know that not everyone gets the opportunity or has the means or time to take a class like this, but if you jump on the good ‘ol YouTube university, that is also a great place to learn new makeup techniques, or learn how to declog a sink, like my neighbor did yesterday.
If you’re already comfortable doing this, I applaud you. But most of us don’t like to sit alone at a restaurant and feel like everyone is staring and wondering why we’re alone. Am I the only one that gets those kinds of paranoid thoughts? I’m sure I’m not. What’s weird is that I used to do this all the time in college. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting by myself for lunch and eating one of my favorite dishes while people watching. Now granted, I had no choice because it was during my lunch break while interning at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bal Harbour Shops in Miami. Everyone took their breaks separately so I was forced to. And although I could have brought a sandwich and ate it in the break room hiding from the world, I chose to eat out in public by myself and I loved every second of it. Honestly, I think it was the yummy food that made me do it, and this was also pre iPhone so I had no screen be glued to. People watching is much more satisfying anyways. Try that too instead of hiding behind your phone.
I haven’t done this in a long time because I now have a family and a full house and someone is pretty much always with me or I just eat alone at home. Thinking about it, doing it now does put me out of my comfort zone and I want to challenge myself to do that one of these days. I will share with you when I do!
Getting out of your comfort zone, even if its in the slightest, can lead you to do more things, things that will excite you and lead you in a path that you’ve always dreamed of. You will never know until you try. You may fail, but you may soar. And actually, I don’t even want to use the word ‘fail’ because either way, you learn from it and grow from that lesson. You can grow as a person and be more interesting to others even, have stories to tell. Life is beautiful and we have to take advantage of everything it has to offer.