Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trying new things

I am not good at trying new things.

The thing is, I'd kinda had myself convinced there wasn't anything new I wanted to try.

But lately I have been thinking about really trying new things, getting out of my comfort zone, not being so scared of everything all the time. I started thinking about this when I was watching No Tomorrow (bummed there is no season 2) and then Gina posted about taking chances.

The more I thought about it, the more this voice in my head kept asking me was I sure there was nothing new I wanted to try? I argued with the voice in my head (I'm sane, I swear) and said, self, I do lots of things! I run races, I just bought a new house and knocked down walls! I have been to Europe and I'm going to New Zealand in a couple months! There, take that! New things everywhere!

But still, the voice wouldn't shut up. It kept bringing things up things that I had smooshed into corners of my brain. Cooking classes, sewing, kickboxing, volunteering, donating blood, skydiving.. the list was longer than I had originally thought. It kept reminding me that life is short.

I have bookmarked a groupon for kickboxing classes. I actually bookmarked it way back about a year or two ago. I shit you not. It's right across the road from my work. It's really affordable to start and the class times are often and flexible. So what was stopping me? I have no idea. I just never hit purchase. I was so terrified. I kept telling myself it was because I didn't really want to, but I did! I do, brain. Shut up and let me do things.

But last week I did it. I signed up. I DID IT. This may seem SO silly. But it was a huge deal for me!! Just the signing up part, that was enough.

That day, I was so proud and kinda on a high from feeling all brave and whatnot, I went to participate in a blood drive at work - another thing I've always wanted to do but was too afraid. I enlisted/dragged a co-worker with me as I was too scared to go on my own (baby steps guys), and I went and.... I did not conquer. They sent me and my too low iron away. Very sad, but hey. At least I tried!


Even though donating blood was a fail, I didn't give up and actually went to the kickboxing class that I signed up for the next day. I really thought I would sit on the groupon purchase for at least a couple of weeks, but I told people at work and the ahole bros group to keep me accountable.


It was hard. Really hard. I was dripping sweat, I couldn't do half of the things they did, my fingers were so sore after punching, but I felt like a bad ass. I'm going back tonight and hopefully Thursday. I'm not sure if it's something I'll be able to do long term, it gets expensive after the first few classes (doesn't everything!).

Lastly, I signed up for a 5k at the zoo with my work. This doesn't sound like anything exciting, scary or 'new', but I'd never been to the Louisville Zoo and I'd always wanted to do the 5k there. But I didn't want to do it on my own, didn't even want to drive to a new place on my own. Things fell into place when my work decided to start doing 5ks as a team, and then I signed KC up as well. Funny story, KC doesn't run because he hurt his ankle like 5 years ago. I figured he could walk it and then we could spend the day at the zoo.

Well, we spent the day at the zoo, but KC ran it and beat me. How rude! But I did pretty well I think, it's a very hilly course and it was the fastest 5k I've done in a while (28:41). The zoo itself was fun, even though I have mixed feelings about zoos in general (don't we all...).

Of course, the new scary thing I did that day was touch a snake. I wasn't going to do it but then a little kid did it and I was like if he can, so can I! It felt so weird. Not like I expected a snake to feel.


So there you go. New things everywhere. Sure, they aren't big scary inspiring things, but I will get there. I've been in my comfort zone a long time, I'm not going to get out of it overnight.

When was the last time you ventured out of your comfort zone, and what did you do?

47 comments:

  1. Good job!! I used to have iron that was too low too whenever I'd try...by 1 stinking point every single time. I started taking an iron supplement for a few days before I am going to donate blood & that helps. So, if you decide you want to try that one again, iron supplements!

    I have so many lists: 101, 29 by 29, seasonal goals, but I should look at them & see which one are actually trying something new, & am I accomplishing those ones.

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  2. Yay for trying new things and yay for finally checking out the zoo! That 5K sounds like a lot of fun and so does the kickboxing.

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  3. YAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS!!! you know how happy i am that you tried kickboxing because of the boner you gave me when you told me. doesn't it just feel SO GOOD to punch and kick things? and don't even fret about not being able to do those things - that just comes with practice. hell, even 2yrs later, i still need lots of improvements but this is what training is all about. even those with years of experience still need to fine-tune things because martial arts isn't something you conquer - you are always working to hone your craft.

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  4. This is such an encouraging post! I'm someone who is generally very happy inside my comfort zone, but I've been trying to push myself to do little things- like make phone calls I would normally avoid, or drive places I'd normally think are too intense for me, which seem like such little things to most people, so I definitely know what you mean about just 'signing up' for things being a big deal! The kickboxing class sounds awesome, that's always something that seems so fun (& hard), and yay for a 5k and getting to go to the zoo!

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  5. ah i love this! i've been trying to get on this train too - and also scary, things by myself. i tried pilates the other day and back in the day those things would scare me but i did it by myself. and prob that is nothing to most people but whatever, right? ha. kickboxing sounds so fun! go you!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  6. I think that it's awesome that you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone! And you did it THREE times lately. That's amazing! (I'm surprised that you've never touched a snake, though. Lol)
    I can't think of the last thing I did that was out of my comfort zone. Maybe that means I need to do something again...

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  7. You're so awesome! Kickboxing and snake touching and running a 28 minute 5k!! So inspiring that I'm going to try to find something new to do this week!

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  8. Yay for Throo the Zoo! We did it a few years ago -- pouring down rain, delayed because of thunder/lightning, kids decided they didn't want to participate after all so they walked instead ... but it was still an accomplishment. And YES - good Lord, that course is hilly so be doubly proud of that time! I guess the last time I was willingly outside my comfort zone was when I signed up for some Pure Barre classes. I've been thinking about kickboxing though and that might be next on my list. You go, girl! Never stop trying new things! :)

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  9. Omg!!! I knew you had purchased the groupon but didn't know you went to the class! YAY!!! GO YOU!! Yes, just signing up is a big deal and scary because it's the first step to GOING. Your brain starts to freak out and send those warning signals because it knows "Comfort Zone Break is approaching!!" And you conquered! I also loved Kathy's comment above about things taking practice. Almost everything new that we try...we are going to suck at first! Or at the very least not be as good as the other people who've been doing it awhile! They've earned right to be more experienced (because they are!) and you can too (if it's not too expensive! LOL!) And hooray for the Zoo run too! I'm so proud of you!!

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  10. I swear I'm the biggest chicken and that I don't really try new things, so I think that it's awesome that you're trying to get out of your comfort zone! I seriously don't know if I would ever touch a snake, and I have a huge fear of needles and donating blood, so I think that it's awesome that you did both! I hope that you get to try even more new things soon!

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  11. I'm so bad about trying new things solo, I usually always make a friend tag along and then you have that accountability buddy. So glad to hear you liked kickboxing! I've heard its such a great workout.

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  12. Yes!!!!! You go girl, I'm proud of you for all of these new things, but you know I'm SUPER STOKED about the kickboxing class. Way to rock it, way to step outside the zone. It's so scary but SO REWARDING!!!

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  13. Wooo!! Well done you - I am so proud of you!

    I'm not allowed to give blood here! Even though there a posters everywhere saying we need blood, if you're from Britain they won't take it because I *might* have eaten an affected cow in the 90s! Even if I was vegetarian and had never eaten beef in my life if you're from Britain (or lived there for a long time) no giving blood, ever!

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  14. I'm so not good at trying new things. I'm trying to get better but I really am a creature of habit. It is good to get out of your comfort zone. That is so great that you tired a kick boxing class. Way to go!!

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  15. Omg, I'm so excited and proud of you!!! I love new things, but whether you do or not, the important thing is recognizing what you actually want and then not letting fear stop you and you are killing it!

    Don't feel bad about the low iron. Most women have trouble depending what time of the month it is and the only ones I know who can donate regularly without problems are the ones who take iron (I do). I actually haven't donated since having the baby so this is a good reminder to put myself back on their call list!

    Snakes feel super weird. I held a little one when visiting Ryan's cousins, mostly because it made me nervous, and it was surprisingly soft, but also grippy? I can't think of a good way to describe it.

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  16. Your face at the kickboxing place made me laugh. I LOVE kick boxing - its a full body workout, isnt it?
    I used to do the Thru the Zoo 5k but the parking was always a nightmare so I gave up. Good for you getting the hubs to do it with you.

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  17. So proud of you for going to kickboxing!!! Look at you trying all these new things!!! I am one to stay in my comfort zone too. I am all about trying new restaurants, but that is the extent of it. Does that even count? Lol. I touched a snake when I was in elementary school, and that was enough for me. Never again. Nope. No thanks. A zoo 5K sounds like so much fun!!! How rude of KC to beat you! You still made an awesome time in my opinion!

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  18. This is so great! Hooray for YOU trying all these new things!
    You are definitely not alone in feeling scared about trying new things. I am always always nervous when I do something new - no matter how small or insignificant it might be to anyone else. I feel like it's been a while since I've left the comfort zone you've reminded and inspired me that it might be time!

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  19. You go girl! I'm proud of you all around. It's good to remind ourselves to try something new sometimes.

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  20. Woo! New things!!! I've always wanted to try kickboxing but it does look so intimidating- good for you for doing it!

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  21. Go Kirsten!! I'm so proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone, for recognizing that you wanted more out of life and doing something about it. I've been in a similar place recently, where I feel afraid of my own shadow. And yet there is still so much I want to see and do and be. You're a big inspiration to push through the fear and do it! And I got the heebie jeebies just looking at you petting the snake. Look at you - being so brave!

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  22. You go, girl!! So proud of you. I have never given blood either and have been too terrified to try. But. If we do it at work, they give us half a day off. And who couldn't use that? There are some things I've been wanting to do but am terrified. I'm not good at taking chances, but you have inspired me!

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  23. OH HECK TO THE NO TOUCH A SNAKE. Nope no way.
    But good for you trying new things! I know the feeling of finally signing up for/doing something you've had on your list for a long time. Way to go! I've been sent away for low iron once before when I tried to give blood. I felt so rejected and like a total loser. ha!

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  24. That's great that you are trying new things. I've been wanting to make a list of things too. Last Friday I went for a foot massage with a life coach. I was so nervous, but she calmed me down. I'm thinking of getting a manicure & maybe doing a yoga class too soon.
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  25. My family used to have a couple of pet snakes, and I really like them. Easy pets - I love dogs and cats, but you can easily go out of town for a couple of nights and a snake will be fine. And wild snakes keep the rodent population under control.

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  26. I hate trying new things! The unknown! What will happen or what is that like or will I know anyone? It's awful. But it's so good to try yes? You have really been knocking it out of the park!!

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  27. It's awesome that you tried kickboxing! It sounds fun but I can imagine how tough it is too. It's too bad that you weren't able to donate blood but hopefully another opportunity will present itself :) Yay for touching that snake, it's massive!

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  28. Good for you! Trying new things can be scary, but it's so exciting once it's over :)

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  29. I love this- so awesome for you!! Pushing yourself and doing new things takes some effort but it's pretty much always worth it. When I read 'touch a snake' I'm picture a little tiny thing some zookeeper is holding... and then I saw your picture and OMG. I couldn't do it haha

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  30. I am getting better about getting out of my comfort zone because as I get older I realize no one cares if you look dumb, don't know what you're doing or really... even pays any attention to you. Good for you!! Keep on!

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  31. I'm so proud of you, girl! This is awesome and inspiring. I'm horrible at pushing myself to do new things. I think I/we just get set in our ways and routines, and I know I get nervous in new places because of not knowing anyone, etc. Maybe throughout the summer I can try to be more like you in this way! Not a blood drive, though. I just can't do it, lol. :)

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  32. Good for you, stepping out of your comfort zone! That is NEVER easy! And, heck, you tried to give blood. That's the hard part, I think :)

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  33. Oh awesome! I haven't finished No Tomorrow yet, but I was figuring it didn't get renewed. Bummer, it's cute. However, I did see that in the fall the CW is starting a show with one of the PLL girls (I think..?) and it sounds like the same-ish premise. It's a girl who has terminal cancer, and then she doesn't... so she lives life to the fullest. Sounds like it could be a similar type of show! We shall see. :) Maybe. haha I totally understand, I feel the same way about trying new/scary things. I wish I didn't. I didn't use to for sure. I want to keep trying new things too. The most recent things for me have been conquering my dental anxiety, doing mini weight work outs at home, reading a few genres that I rarely read, and trying a non-paper craft. None of these things are earth shattering, but like you said, baby steps. I remember making a (so far) short list of ideas while watching No Tomorrow. I'll have to check back into it and keep thinking of new ideas. Glad your kickboxing class and the zoo 5k went well! :) Bummer about giving blood, if your iron goes up can you try again? That's one I've wanted to try, too. I hope that you keep loving the kick boxing! Awesome that you touched a snake. I'm pretty sure I have in school several times, and when we took our preschoolers to the pet store on a field trip. They are kind of cool. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  34. Way to go! That selfie is cracking me up!

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  35. I think I've only donated blood once. Reminds me I should do it more often and I've never run a 5k. I'm not a runner so I'm not sure that will ever happen lol. It's nice to try new things and dip your toes out of your comfort even if it means petting a ginormous snake! lol

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  36. I LOVE THIS! I'm so glad you took the plunge, made the leap, whatever and did these new-to-you things. I have to agree, there are things on my list I want to do, a lot of them made so much easier by the fact that I live in New York and there are always tons of things going on, but I sit on the idea for so long and I've totally just convinced myself I don't want to or couldn't for some reason. Just over the past couple weeks I've made strides to start doing new things I've talked about but never done too, and I've only had good results. Why do we wait so long?! This made me think of Year of Yes, and I'm wondering if that crossed your mind at all?

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  37. These are all great things! I am evangelical about people donating blood because transfusions saved my life after my back surgery. Now I'm not eligible to donate (darn BSE) so I encourage as many people as I can to do so. Before my surgery I tried to donate as well but failed the iron test too, bummer! Those kickboxing posters are scary but it sounds like fun! I'm keen to find some kind of workout thing here that's fun but does something. And probably involves someone else motivating me because I have zero of that myself. Congrats on your run time and stroking a snake! I think they feel pretty cool. I am a fan of snakes (my husband is not), although in the UK snakes are a whole different kettle of fish than they are here! In terms of me leaving comfort zone I'd say moving to Australia would be about it. Although it's surprisingly comfortable here :)

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  38. Look at you! I am so impressed and this is so inspiring. I need to step out of my comfort zone more...

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  39. "...I do, brain. Shut up and let me do things." LOL. I can't donate blood either which is good because needles scare me, but I'd feel like a shitty human if I could donate and didn't, ya know? And proud of you for sticking with the kickboxing! Snakes feel super weird, and depending on the type so smooth. That one is huge! I don't think I've stepped out of my comfort zone in a while, this is a good reminder to just do it!

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  40. I am not good at trying new things either and I have to say that I am also not the most spontaneous person haha. That zoo run sounds fun! I don't think I could do the snake! Good for you for getting out there... Kickboxing sounds intense but sooo fun and such a great workout!

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  41. way to go girl! that kickboxing class sounds intense!! I had some kickboxing in my old bootcamp classes and they were TERRIBLE! but i felt great afterwards!! i dont even know the last time i did something outside of my comfort zone so i should probably work on that one! xo jillian

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  42. What a bummer that you plucked up the courage to donate blood and then couldn't go through with it! I'd have the same issue as i have shonky iron levels!

    I don't actually know what the last thing I did out of my comfort zone... hmm! Usually whenever we're travelling I force myself to do things so when we were in NZ we went zorbing, on a four wheel driving thing (that was INSANE, first the driver took us out and was driving like a lunatic then we went on this "safari" where they made us drive the FWD off a freaking cliff to land into a puddle and I nearly died!!) and a whole bunch of other things that were waaaaaaaaaaay outside my comfort zone!

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  43. Go you with all your new things!! I have a friend who does kick boxing and it looks like a pretty intense workout! So good for you for getting in there!

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  44. Yay for new things! i agree sometime I get pretty set in my ways and feel like there's "no need" to try anything new. I have never given blood (the needles just gross me out) but I'd really like to some day!

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  45. You do do (ha) lots of new things already. It's awesome that you did more! I understand what you mean about signing up for things being a big step. When I signed up for my first obstacle course race, I was terrified, and now it's no big thing. Although I'm still afraid of huge slides uuggh. I have to do those without thinking too much. Anyway, yay you attempted to donate blood! I'm sure you would have gone through with it if they let you. That kickboxing class sounds intense. It would scare me to sign up for that, too. Congrats on doing it!! I feel like I have done many things out of my comfort zone - this is a good idea for a post - I may steal it some time.

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  46. That's freaking awesome! I love the idea of doing something new. I'm such a scaredy cat that just signing up would be enough for me--and to do it?? Kudos, my friend.

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  47. Way to go on trying new things! G & I actually have a list of things that we want to do that are new to both of us and we try to tackle them when we're feeling a little less than inspired on the weekends! Brave girl touching that snake! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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