June 10, 2019


I was blow-drying my hair the other night and decided that I was going to leave my comfort zone and just be bold in a friendship of mine. To say something and do something I typically would never ever ever do.

And when I finished drying my hair, I realized that totally okay to do something out of the norm. To try something new. To leave your comfort zone. And to do it with boldness, confidence, and an acceptance that no matter the outcome, at least you tried.

For me, one of the things I struggle with the most is rejection. My relationships with friends and family mean the world to me--which sometimes leaves me staying quiet and not saying something out of fear of rejection and ridicule.

One of my intentions this year is to speak up and speak out. And while I'm nowhere near conquering this fear in all aspects of my life, I have seen tremendous growth through prayer meetings in church community, through one-on-one chats with friends, and through forcing myself to initiate small talk with new people. It hasn't been easy, but I have reaped the benefit of growth and more friendships, both of which I'm extremely grateful for.

All that aside, I just have to say that I hope you know it's okay to try something new. That it's okay to do something unexpected of you--something that may take others by surprise. It's okay to try a new hobby (and fail!). It's okay to step out and ask a guy out on a date (it works!), and it's okay to love yourself and the season you're in, even if it's not where you want to be long-term.

So here's to leaving that comfort zone--no matter how comfy it may feel--because you never know what door you'll step through next and the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth you'll have as a result.

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