Looking back, I wish I hadn't stayed so darn comfortable! Sort of like the old adage, "It's not what I did that I regret. It's what I didn't do."
Thanks God, for tugging at my heart. And thanks friends and family for constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone.
A few uncomfortable yet life altering memories worth mentioning…
1. Live To Ride, Ride to Live. Buy a Harley! No one ever thought Whitney and I would join my brothers and their families at Bike Week with "his and her" Harleys. But after losing both of my parents who rode motorcycles, I knew I had to do it. (Not sure how happy my mom was). I LOVED it and was given an extra connection with my family.
2. Lighthouse Family Retreat – I volunteered at this amazing cancer camp for families, hoping to change lives, but quickly realized the life that changed was mine. From this experience I became a Vegan and deepened my commitment to health and wellness. I also started Beauty and Grace, a women's ministry that hosts spa days for women struggling in life.
3. Ethan and The Mission Trip to Swaziland. – This was never on my radar until I met Janine Maxwell from Heart for Africa - who LIVES out of her comfort zone every single day! I can't begin to explain the magnitude of this experience on me and my daughter Christian. We got to meet Ethan, the child we sponsor, along with his mother who was dying of AIDS. My heart was forever changed after this trip.
4. Yoga Certified In My 50’s – Thanks to my friend Becca who took me to my first very uncomfortable yoga class. (I even told her I hated it!) Now I'm obsessed with it and how it makes me feel - and I get to help others feel better too!
5. 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk - The uncomfortable, cold and rainy 60 miles was no comparison to what the brave women (including my sister-in-law) had to endure when pushed out of their comfort zone due to cancer. Their overwhelming courage and love carried me all the way, as they reminded my how to celebrate everyday!
6. Starting This Blog - What was I thinking? I'm in my 50’s, running a full time business, while not the best wordsmith or savvy with a computer. The possibility of inspiring just one person is worth every step into the uncomfortable and unknown.
I engaged in most of these endeavors for others, however because of the people I meet along the way, the beneficiary was me.
What are you waiting for??? get out of your comfort zone and let me hear about it!