Last week was really hard. I went into 2020 feeling really confident and ready to take on the world. I was comfortable. But maybe I was too comfortable?
When I graduated from college I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I felt pressure to find the perfect job and be the girl boss that I had always dreamed of being. I applied for at least 20 jobs in under a month but it took me almost six months and countless interviews before I landed my current job.
The first year was hard and I wanted to quit so badly. I told myself to give it a year and spent my free time looking at job postings. I was miserable in my role and my boss knew it. I made a change and started a new role that I loved right away. I joined this badass team of women who worked hard and really cared about each other. I felt empowered and impactful in my role. I was comfortable.
Sometimes the best opportunities are outside of our comfort zones but we are afraid to make the leap. Last week I didn’t make a leap of faith. Instead I was pushed outside of my comfort zone in the worst way. I was asked to move back into my old role temporarily while our team adjusted to some other transitions.
I cried more tears than I’m willing to admit because I love my team and was so comfortable in my role that I didn’t want to leave. I had finally established myself as a leader and was prepared to have the best year. I saw all of my dreams and career goals crashing all around me and I panicked.
We aren’t meant to live safely inside of our comfort zones. There is so much life to live but we are too scared to see it. I had so many negative feelings about the job that I couldn’t cope with the thought of going back to it. I needed to leave my negative feelings behind me and move on in order to fully become the girl boss that I want to be.
It’s okay to be scared of the unknown and to feel trapped or anxious. It’s okay to want to stay where you feel comfortable. But it’s also good to do things that scare you. This job scares me but I’m going to put in the work and become an expert. I’m going to prove to myself that I can do hard things and make the best of bad circumstances.
My life isn’t over because my plan didn’t work out exactly the way I thought it would. I’m learning to live my life outside of my comfort zone. I’m taking it day by day and learning to trust myself and feel confident in my abilities.
You can tackle any challenges that you are facing. I believe in you.
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I can relate. I’m ready to step away from my current position to commit fully to another passion. I feel I have overstayed my welcome and there is no way to move up in this field. I have been feeling miserable and irritated, because I can’t spread my wings to fly.
But God is working something new in my life. This season is about to come to a close and new door is about to open.
I have to be at peace in the uncomfortable space. It is only temporarily. I keep reminding myself. I’m working on keeping a clear head and work diligently while God handles the next step. You will get through this season and strengthen your role as a leader for the next promotion coming. We’ll be celebrating soon.
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I’m so sorry to hear that! You are an amazing person and any employer would be lucky to have you! I hope you are able to find something new that you love.
Thank you so much for your support. We’ve got this!
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I’m pushing to work full time on my blog, ministry, and build my brand
You sound a lot like me when I was stumbling and bumbling in that crazy decade known as my 20’s. If you are in your 20’s, I think you are, it is the decade of growth. You learn so much and you don’t realize it until that decade is over.
Continue to work hard, try new things, but most of all create time for a social life.
Enjoy the ride. 🙂
Thank you! Yes, mid 20’s so still trying to figure everything out 🙂 It’s all about balance so I have to figure out what works best for me!
I’m proud of you for looking head-on at something hard that brings up tough emotions for you. I’m trying to take some leaps in my personal life right now too and I find it the biggest challenge to say “yes” to something I’ve spent all this time running from. Hang in there, friend! You got this!
Thanks, friend! It’s hard but we can do it! I’m cheering you on always and I know that you are doing amazing things. You’ve got this 🙂
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I am so sorry you have to return to the role you hate but, at least it will only be temorary. ♡ You got this, Hayley!