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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone in May

May 31, 2018
Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone is a monthly idea from my friend Leslie at Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After.  Leslie described her new series as:

My vision for this series is to push myself out of my comfort zone so that I begin doing things that I have until now been scared or uncomfortable to try. Nothing illegal – ha – or too crazy!

and she has invited others to take this challenge with her.  You can read about what others did to step out of their comfort zone through the link up at the end of this post.

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone in May

What did I do to step out of my comfort zone in May? 

I achieved two things in May which pushed me out of my comfort zone and signed up for another.  Firstly, I participated in the Mindful in May  (MiM) Challenge and secondly, I was M.C. and Guest Speaker for the Co.As.It Mother’s Day High Tea event.

I also signed up for the 34km ‘Bloody Long Walk’ which I hope to run with my Saturday Sisters so training in earnest now.

How is that stepping out of my comfort zone? 

The concept of stepping out of our comfort zone is about doing something different to your normal routine.  Participating in MiM made me stop and be still for longer than 2 minutes at a time and secondly, my public speaking event pushed me to stand up and present in front of an audience.

Daily Meditation

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The Mindful in May Challenge as certainly a challenge.  I’ve written some weekly updates if you would like to read more about what each day represented.  Basically though by the end of Week 3. I found it tough going.  I also found that because I was trying to listen to the interviews – some up to an hour long – plus meditate – some up to 25 minutes, my mind was in ‘information overload’ mode.  I couldn’t absorb the information and my mind definitely would not clear during the meditations. For Weeks 4 & 5 I let go of the interviews and just did the daily guided meditation.

It certainly took me out of my comfort zone trying to give myself up to the meditations each day.

Public Speaking

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When I was about 15 years old I started my own ballet school.  Back then I didn’t seem to have a problem speaking in front of people at the annual recital.  Perhaps that was because it was such a fun time of year and everyone enjoyed the evening.  As I matured, the self-doubt and insecurities crept in and I didn’t feel quite so comfortable talking to a small group let alone a large audience of more than 100.

A few months ago, I was invited to be the M.C. and Guest Speaker at an event for Co.As.It, a community organisation who help people stay in their homes longer as they age and also provide English lessons to people who come to Australia, predominantly of Italian descent.

I was pleasantly surprised as they found me through my website and loved my writing and the whole concept of Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

I agreed because I knew I would be stepping out of my comfort zone but at the same time, because of my passion for keeping fit and active after 50, I wanted to spread the message of ‘Having an Ageless Attitude’.

I prepared my speech and practiced.  When the day arrived, my daughter accompanied me for moral support and also it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon together – High Tea for Mother’s Day.

The afternoon was a success and I actually found that I enjoyed the whole experience.  I had successfully completed my Public Speaking engagement to an audience of 110. I had positive feedback and would love to do this type of engagement in the future.  The D.J. and photographer both thought I had been doing this type of ‘gig’ for years and told me how professional I was.  What a great feeling that was.

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Rachel, her baby bump and I were also fortunate to meet Daphne Pirie, AO, MBE who was the other guest speaker. Daphne is 86 and such an inspiration.  She has done so much for Women’s Sport in Queensland, was an athelete in her early years and recently trained to be able to jog and be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay at the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Committing to a new Running Challenge

Well I haven’t actually stepped out of my comfort zone yet but one of the Saturday Sisters and I have entered ‘The Bloody Long Walk’ which is a 34km walk or run in July.  This was on my bucket list before I turned 60 last year but after training for the event, I was struck down with pleurisy and couldn’t make it through the whole run.

We have started training and that means long Saturday runs building up to at least 30 kms.  I’ve made the commitment to move out of my comfort zone to achieve a new distance and who knows maybe there is another full marathon in me yet!

 

What did I learn from Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone in May?

  • I learned from MiM Challenge that although I always commit 110% to anything I try there are times when we just need to be kind to ourselves and accept that ‘our best is enough’
  • I improved my ability to meditate and sit still for longer than 5 minutes
  • I learned that facing the fear of public speaking by selecting a topic I’m passionate about helped me feel comfortable to take on the duties of M.C. and Speaking
  • I competently handled being given last minute instructions for commentating the Fashion Parade at the event.  I was given the script literally as the ladies were about to walk down the catwalk!
  • I felt a great sense of achievement at having accomplished my goal
  • My self-confidence has increased
  • I learned to believe in myself and my abilities

 

Taking a challenge needs support

Sometimes when you undertake a challenge, you need support and cheerleaders so thank you to my lovely daughter, Rachel who suggested she would like to attend the High Tea Event with me.

 

What is one thing you could try to step out of your comfort zone in June?  Join the conversation as I love hearing about your ideas and what you think.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Karen Hume May 31, 2018 at 10:14

    Hi Sue. Congratulations on achieving two moves outside your comfort zone, and signing up for a third. I love the title – Bloody Long Walk.

    I hadn’t realized you were MCing as well as speaking at the high tea. Impressive!

    We’re all awaiting news of Rachel’s baby bump becoming Rachel’s baby 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2018 at 12:43

      Yes Karen it was a full afternoon but I quite enjoyed the MCing although the notes for the Fashion Parade weren’t given to me until the models were about to walk down the runway. A lesson in taking it all in my stride!

  • Reply Retirement Reflections May 31, 2018 at 10:30

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for another very inspirational post. Two things that I’ve begun this May are 1) first time ever Pickleball lessons 2) Beginner’s golf lessons. I’ll keep you posted on how each of these go.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2018 at 12:42

      Hi Donna, I’ve never heard of Pickleball so you will have to tell me what that is. Also good for you with the golf lessons. My husband used to love playing golf but it wasn’t my forte unfortunately.

  • Reply Jo Tracey May 31, 2018 at 10:32

    Congratulations! You certainly did look professional behind that rostrum & your daughter is blooming.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2018 at 12:41

      Thanks Jo and Rachel was blooming and now has a beautiful baby boy!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 31, 2018 at 11:33

    Wow – congratulations on the public speaking gig! That’s fantastic! And enjoy the Bloody Long Walk. I did it in Sydney one year – so beautiful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 2, 2018 at 15:39

      Thank you so much Lydia I really enjoyed it all in the end. Sydney is my home town and it does have some beautiful vantage points for views and walks. have a great week!

  • Reply mommyhon333 June 4, 2018 at 04:17

    Your posts are always so well written, honest and encouraging. Thank you for link-up with me, for sharing your successes at moving out of your comfort zone. I can relate to be alternately terrified and thrilled by public speaking. I usually try to come up with a plan of what I want to say and then wind up leaping off that plan and kind of doing my own thing. It is exhilarating.

    Had to ask Google how far 30K is in miles. And then I had to catch my breath. Almost a marathon. Holy smokes. I used to say I wish I could be one of your Saturday Sisters but as you train for this run, I am glad I live far, far away. I can’t fathom training for something that monumental!

    Big love to you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 4, 2018 at 11:23

      Oh thank you so much Leslie for your kind words and your continued support of my blog. I’m sure you could manage the 30K we chat along the way and don’t worry about time so it makes it a little easier that is for sure.

  • Reply Laura Lee Carter June 5, 2018 at 00:52

    You are such a great inspiration to the rest of us! Keep going and keep sharing your experiences too 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:26

      Oh you are too kind Laura but yes I will keep sharing my experiences! Have a great week 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski June 5, 2018 at 03:34

    Congrats on your speaking engagement. You look great up there. I also need to get out of my seat and connect more outside my office and computer.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:22

      Thank you Rebecca it was a great experience once I was in the groove! Yes it is Summer where you are so you should be enjoying the sunshine. Have a great week!

  • Reply Natalie June 6, 2018 at 00:03

    Congratulations, Sue, on achieving two challenges outside your comfort zone, and having a new grandson! For the Bloody Long Walk, can you walk and run or do you have to choose one or the other? I look forward to reading your updates.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 07:10

      Thanks Natalie, I’m training hard for the Bloody Long Walk. You can walk or run or both. I want to try and run it as I’m hoping to do a full marathon this year so want to test myself to see if I can go the distance. x

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid June 15, 2018 at 05:44

    You sure don’t mind stepping out of your comfort zone and you’re such an inspiration Sue ♥

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 15, 2018 at 08:26

      I like to be challenged Dee but I pick my moments. Thanks for your lovely words. xx

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