Monday, October 5, 2015

Comfort Zones

This past weekend was general conference and for those of you that aren't affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, general conference happens semi-annually. We hear from our Prophet and 12 Apostles, and they provide us with guidance, uplifting inspiration, and their testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the talks given by of Elder Russell M Nelson really inspired me. He spoke on women and their many important roles. It got me thinking of our divine potential and how comfort zones can really hold us back. So because of that, I want to share something with you that is a little more personal to me.

I've been following a variety of bloggers for years and I've loved all of their different topics and personalities. So, I decided that I wanted my own little space on the internet to express my passions and interests too. One of the ways I am able to express myself is though style, it's my creative outlet. Style to me, is more than just articles of clothing. Style is about being true to yourself, your uniqueness and your self-confidence. The way you dress can say a lot about who you are, how you feel, and where you want to go. But aside from fashion I also love writing, reading, and learning. Through blogging, I feel that I am constantly learning and growing and I love it. Starting this blog was definitely something out of my comfort zone. It has made me feel awkward and vulnerable, but in turn has been helping me work on my weaknesses.

Whether it's with blogging, applying for a new job, moving, starting a new business, dating, etc.. Anytime you are taking a risk to put yourself out there with the possibility of failure, you'll need to have courage and endurance to consistently pursue it. And all of that requires you to step out of your comfort zone.

Comfort zone's can make trying new things difficult and hinge your progression. Sometimes you don't even realize you're stuck in a comfort zone until you try to step out of it. That's one of the worst... and I've definitely experienced those types of situations. But there is so much to gain outside of what is comfortable. These are some things I try to keep in mind when I'm pursuing something that takes me out of my comfort zone.

Endurance. Although there are many advantages to the world being so instantaneous, it presents definite disadvantages. The main disadvantages being; unrealistic expectations of success, relationships, and progression. Anything worth having is going to take time.Your endurance through the process will make you stronger.

Feeling uncomfortable. When trying something new, chances are you're not automatically going to be the best at it. It's going to take trial and error, constructive criticism, and LOTS of awkwardness. You have to understand that it's part of the process of getting better.

Feedback. It's really hard to take criticism. I understand that, which is why I refer to any type of critique or constructive criticism, as feedback. It's ultimately up to you whether you let it offend you or improve you. If we have an open heart and willingness to learn, it will not only help our understanding but help our progression.

Being Faithful. It's hard to have faith sometimes and up until four years ago I didn't really understand the true principle of faith. But that was when I made one of the biggest decisions of my life. That decision has not only affected me but has affected my friends, family, and will effect my future family. I became a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement has changed my entire perspective on life. It has given me strength to move past my fears and to put my faith in Him and His plan. I rely on Him constantly, especially in moments of awkwardness, weakness, and fear.

Have you ever felt the fear to try something you were passionate about? Do you have an experience where you reached out of your comfort zone and it helped you improve? I know that pushing past my comfort zone has always helped me and my progression. "We need women who make important things happen by their faith and who are courageous defenders of morality and families"- Russell M Nelson. Thanks for following along, I hope that you all have a great week.

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