10 Small Ways I'm Branching Out of My Comfort Zone
Hello and welcome back to the blog!
Today I wanted to share with you all some small ways that I'm trying to push myself and step out of my comfort zone. I naturally quite resistant to change, and tend to stick to the things I'm comfortable with. I like to eat my favorite foods, talk to my favorite people, and watch my favorite movies and TV shows on repeat.
Even though I can be quite adventurous in some areas, (like YouTube) I fail to have courage when it comes to challenging my regular every-day habits. Once I find the perfect place to put my furniture, it's going to be there until the end of time. Books have been re-read, outfits have been worn to death, and music has been stuck on repeat.
I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing: I like what I like! But I also think there is still so much more out there for me in the world that I might like, but I'll never find out unless I try! So during this quarantine, I've decided to shake things up a bit and work on building character by stepping out of my comfort zone in the following 10 areas.
1. With makeup styles
I usually do the same makeup every single day. Foundation, eyeliner, brows, mascara, lip liner, and lip-stain. HIT REPEAT. But recently, I'm trying out different techniques, looks, and products. It's crazy how different your face can look just by adjusting small lines or contrast! I finally purchased a concealer (I know, I know... horrifying) and I've been doing more of a cupid's bow focused lip, and I even purchased some false eyelashes to play around with! We're not at the point where I'm exploring crazy colors or styles, but just putting highlighter in a new location is a pretty big step for me LOL.
2. Video pilates
I've been doing a walking routine for over two years now, but I thought I would increase my difficulty level by doing some ballerina-style pilates workouts after my walks. I found a couple on YouTube that are SO effective, and I'm sticking to them every day! YAY!
3. Trying to improve in my craft
It's no secret that my videos aren't the highest quality of production value. It doesn't really bother me as I prefer a more amateurish style, but lately I've been trying to learn more to push myself and to provide better content for my audience. Ya'll shouldn't have to sit through thirty minutes of a sub-par VLOG, so it's my goal to learn more and hone my craft. I've been watching videos and investing in my production equipment and software to improve, and I'm already seeing a nice difference!
So this might surprise you, but I am a person who can thrive with very minimal social contact with others. As long as I have my husband around, I can go WEEKS. I've always been this way: living mostly in my head, but I think it is also partly due to the fact that my husband is very dynamic company. But regardless of my natural tendencies, I don't think that it's healthy to rarely socialize, so I've been working harder at interacting with others and my friends. I've been responding to more Instagram stories, organizing Skype dates, and even phone calls! It might not sound like much, but for me... this is a huge step.
5. To be less selfish
I've spoken about my inherent selfishness before on the blog, but I want to reiterate that this is a lifelong journey, not an overnight battle. I'm still fighting my selfish self-preservation-focused mentality every day. I've been working hard at going more out of my way to help my husband, to support other bloggers, and to not take the best things for myself.
The good news? I'm finally starting to see some subconscious changes! Both in my attitude, but also my instincts. I've noticed that I'm beginning to instinctively put others first, and it's a HUGE move for me, all built upon small actions like pouring his coffee first, sharing other creator's content, and giving of more of my time. I decided to really work on this area of sin/my personality because if you want to be a good mother, you can't really be a selfish person!
6. Cleaning standards
I've always had pretty high cleaning standards, but I feel like I can also be quite inconsistent with my cleaning routine. Sure, things get cleaned within an inch of their life, but often out of a specific routine. So I've been trying to push myself lately to be more routine-focused and it is HARD. I tend to walk away in the middle of my cleaning projects, leaving things half-done but with my new challenge, that's a no-go. Now my house is cleaner and my character is being built! Huzzah!
7. New recipes
I can get land-locked in the same old recipes, (sound like any of the other points on this list? LOL!) so I've been trying to branch out and try new things. This point can be incorporated into my pledge to be less selfish because what I've been trying to do is bake and cook things that I don't particularly care for, but are my husband's favorite foods.
This has been SO worth it honestly, just to see how happy he is to have a cinnamon roll coming his way or a dinner pasta that he craves. It's such a treat AND it helps me try new recipes that I wouldn't have thought of because I don't prefer them!
8. Consuming different content
Again, you might be noticing a theme here, but it takes me awhile to branch out and try new things. I struggle to get past the first few episodes of new shows, YouTube channels, or even podcasts, so much so that I will stick to my same 5 podcasts or channels every single day. I think I just get attached to certain creators and characters and am resistant to adding new people into my life.
So, in an effort to discover new things, I've been pushing myself to try out new content, follow new creators, and shake things up a bit. It has been hit or miss, but when I've found a hit, it has been absolutely INVIGORATING!
9. More faithful Scripture reading
I'm currently trying to increase the amount I read, as well as WHEN I read it. I've been turning to it more frequently when I'm feeling low, and this has honestly helped me so much! (surprise surprise lol)
10. More color
I've spoken about this before, but I am currently on a journey towards wearing more color. This is again, a really small way in which I'm changing, but I think it's one of my favorite ways because I feel really beautiful in color! It brightens my mood, helps me look better, and is WAY more photogenic. Wins all around!
Alright that is all I have for you today! I hope that you can find 10 ways to branch out of your comfort zone too. Whether it is spiritually, physically, or creatively, branching out and trying new things is a great way to add stimulation to your life and to remind you that you still have so much more to learn.
Wishing you all the best and all the courage!