Later this week I am boarding a plane en route to my first out-of-town blogging conference. Being a naturally shy person I am a bit nervous about walking into a situation where I don’t know anyone and need to network with other bloggers and brands. This got me thinking about other times I stepped out of my comfort zone and proved to myself and others that I, in fact, can be comfortable in these situations. Here are eight of my “comfort zone” milestones:
1. Proving my high school chemistry teacher wrong. I had the opportunity to go to Europe for a month and miss the first three weeks my junior year of high school. My chemistry teacher told me there was no way I was going to pass his class, if I missed that much time. Not only did I pass, but I got the only A second semester.
2. Going to college. I went to a college where I didn’t know anyone. None of my friends or even others from my high school went there.
3. Moving to Seattle to start my life over. My aunt offered me a place to live, but I had no job and no friends when I arrived here. I found a job and made some friends, then I met Jim.
4. Asking Jim out. We met at a bar and he gave me his business card. On Monday morning I emailed him and asked him out. Truth be told, he was going to call me that morning anyway.
5. Being Jack’s advocate. The first year of Jack’s life was so hard, in and out of doctor’s offices, and many visits Children’s Hospital that eventually led to two feeding tubes and re-learning to eat. It would have been very easy to sit back during Jack’s first year of life, but together Jim and I fought for him. We had to be a strong voice for him and convince his doctors to care as much as we did.
6. Starting the blog. When Will started to have feeding problems and we got the diagnosis about his eyes, I needed an outlet. I wanted to provide a support vehicle for other families going through similar situations since that support was hard to find when we were going through it ourselves.
7. Making new friends. Since Jack was born and I stopped working, I fell into a bit of friend limbo. But since he started school I put myself out there and have found a great group of women who I am fortunate to call my friends. Friends are such an important part of your life.
8. Going to a blog conference. For the last year I have been working to make the blog into a business and generate income. Going to blog conferences can not only afford me the opportunity to learn tips and techniques, but allows me to network with brands and other bloggers – an experience that will prove invaluable and worth the step outside the comfort zone.
I am linking up with Northwest Mommy today for Monday Listacles.
FYI – Jack took the photo of me.