Monday, May 31, 2010

Extracting joy, day 4 (Thursday): Stretching comfort zones

(Sorry, gang; have had some internet/computer troubles lately. But I have been working on Days 4, 5, 6, and 7.)
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Whimsy's explanation

I had this one all written before it all disappeared. That's fine; it was probably too long anyway.
In recent months, but especially this week, I've been trying to do things outside my comfort zone. There are many reasons for this, but one of the results I didn't expect (and love) is that there seem to be many fewer things that don't seem like the kind of thing I would do anymore, at least to me. Other people probably still get surprised when I do things they wouldn't expect of me, but I don't, as much. Relatively new to that list are:
  • Getting up at 5:30 every morning
  • Running
  • Internet dating
  • Selling jewelry as an advisor for a direct sales company
  • Planning a trip to Milwaukee for a conference with the aforementioned direct sales company
  • Agreeing with Perez Hilton (seriously. How and when would that happen?)
  • Reconnecting with old friends, even ones with whom I ended on not-so-great terms
  • Going to see Sex and the City 2
  • Communicating honestly — including having the uncomfortable conversations when necessary
  • Asking for help at work, when necessary
  • Not jumping to the first conclusion I think of
And you know what? So far, all of those things have worked out at least OK. Even Sex and the City 2, which I can't honestly recommend — but can recommend the company of the women I spent that evening with, and I can also recommend getting all dressed up to go out with friends on a Friday night sometimes.

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