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On Going Outside My Comfort Zone

by Ashley on October 23, 2012 · 5 comments

I’m feeling excited and nervous and my stomach is doing somersaults while tiny little butterflies flutter around inside. Tomorrow I’m doing something outside of my comfort zone, stretching myself, if you will.

I’m going to the Texas Conference for Women. It’s not the going to the conference that’s the challenging part for me; it’s my intention behind going. It may not seem like anything extraordinary, but I’ve never gone to a conference where my goal is to spend the day networking and connecting with the other attendees. I’m usually the person sitting in the back of the room, taking notes diligently and soaking up as much information as possible. I’m learning, just not talking to anyone else in the room.

But this time I want to meet people. I want to exchange business cards. I want to hear their stories and share mine. I want to connect. I want to grow.

The problem is, at my core, I’m not a super outgoing person and most people would probably call me “quiet”. So tomorrow I’m going to have to step up my game. It’s going to be work. I know it. I’m going to have to push myself and I’m going to have to make an effort. I know I’m going to walk out of that convention center at 5pm feeling exhausted and worn out. But I also know that I would completely regret it if I didn’t go.

The list of keynote speakers alone was enough to make me buy my ticket. I’m over the moon excited that I’ll be listening to Brene Brown, Daniella LaPorte, and Gretchen Rubin speak. I mean, how unreal is that line-up? It’s going to be a day full of inspiration and mind-blowing knowledge.

Just look at this list. I’m going to learn how to:

  • Deal with change
  • Reinvent my career
  • Manage my money
  • Help my community
  • Market myself
  • Network effectively
  • Find funding for my small business
  • Manage my health
  • Stay positive
  • And much more!

You know what they say- life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.

I have a feeling it’s going to be magical.

 

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Akirah October 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

I love those state conferences for women. I always try to go to ours when it’s in Pittsburgh. And I’m with you; usually I’m in the back taking notes. It’s really hard for me to network like that. I’m pretty shy too. And it’s exhausting. But I wish you the best of luck. This shows that you really are growing and maturing into your own. And that you love this baby so much that you’re willing to go out of your comfort zone for it. Best wishes, my friend!

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Stephany October 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Oh, I’m excited for you! And nervous, because I know how nerve-wracking this can be, as someone who’s VERY shy and quiet, especially around large groups of people. You can do it, though! Just imagine how great you’ll feel about yourself at the end of tomorrow. Woo! Go girl!!

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Linda October 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

So excited for you!

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Gina October 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I’m proud of you, Ashley! Good luck at your conference. I’m sure you’ll do great!

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Maddison @ Miss Imperfect October 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

That opportunity sounds amazing, you should be so excited. Oh it is so difficult having to put yourself out there, once it’s done your fine but before that point it is difficult. The best thing I’ve learnt when I am in a situation like that is too almost slap my own face, figuratively of course. I tell myself to get over it, and everyones in the same situation, I can work myself into a state where nothing is done, so while a harsh technique I find it quite helpful to myself and getting me to do scary things. Good luck the opportunity sounds amazing.

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