2017 is coming to a close. It’s the time when we are supposed to do some self-reflecting right? Amid the unfinished Christmas shopping and wrapping paper still on the roll, why not take a few minutes to sit down to a cup of Bailey’s with a dash of coffee and think about the past year.
For me, for Arrow It Forward, it was a big one. So much good has come my way, but if I wouldn’t have given my head a shake and popped my comfort zone bubble, certain things quite simply would not have happened…some of the best things to come out of the year!
If I didn’t break out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have had super fun coffee dates with new people. This may sound so simple…but for a long time my anxiety was the one making certain decisions for me and while I may have said “ya let’s meet up sometime!” that “sometime” would never have turned into a time. I am so happy that I pushed through this barrier (bizarre to me as I consider myself a very outgoing and social person!) because I now look forward to and highly value the meetups! Whether we end up bonding over something we both find funny or bounce ideas off each other, never once looking at the clock…meeting new people is life. It’s learning, it’s growing and it’s not something to shy away from!
If I didn’t break out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have organized a large event, the task would have seemed too daunting. Thankfully I had an amazing partner to work with, who saw this as a natural progression for me (and calmed me down throughout!) and I am thrilled to say the 1000 Islands Makers Market was a huge success for everyone involved….TWICE! Stay tuned for the Spring date!
If I didn’t break out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have met some truly amazing and like-minded ladies: Lisa Robichaud, Cathie Watson, Casey Boyce, Sherry Jeffery, Natasha Anderson, Stephanie Newman, Amelia Viveiros, Britta Flood, Elise Degen, Elizabeth McConnell, Alison Grange, and countless others! I don’t like thinking that I may never have connected with these women had I not been on this entrepreneurial journey. I now have cherished friends (and a new bestie for my daughter!), and people I can turn to for trusted advice and guidance, they get me, they inspire me and they make me feel like I’m not alone.
If I didn’t break out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have been a speaker at an entrepreneur workshop….public speaking….shudder. I’m proud of myself that I did go through with it (thanks to the continual nudges from my dear friend Becky!) and I’m fine with saying that I think I did a pretty good job. However, the stress I had leading up to it….I’m not sure if the trade off is worth it for me. Of course never say never, but at this point I’m ok that I don’t have any speaking engagements on the horizon! (cut to me doing ten presentations next year because I’m cray cray like that!)
If I didn’t break out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have had a piece of my writing published in a magazine…and really, how cool is that?!
If I didn’t break out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have landed on a business venture of my own that I LOVE. I’ve spoken on this in the past, the reasons why I started blogging, promoting….and now candle making. I’m letting my “brand” evolve and move in whatever direction I feel is right for me, no apologies, only excitement. If there isn’t passion behind it, there’s really no point.
I’m treating this blog post as a gift to myself, some self love, something I can look back on when I am questioning what the heck I’m doing (especially when I am stirring melted wax at midnight). To know that my path may zig zag, but if I just keep going, continue putting myself out there, I will hit not just one, but so many targets. I want the same for you, get pumped about 2018 people! You can make it whatever you want it to be, and the memories and new friends that come your way will be so worth it.