Are You Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone?
It’s so easy to get into routines. You get up, make a pot of coffee or some hot tea, check your messages and news, and then you move about your day. You write thousands of words. You read thousands and thousands more. Same old, same old.
But what if you switched things up?
In the spirit of my #NovemberGratitude challenge, here are 5 ways to step out of your comfort zone and do something great.
1 Send Thank You Notes and Emails to Neighbors & Service Providers
This is a dying art, I know, but all the more reason to try it out! We’re far too busy to send little notes that make us smile, nut just imagine how you feel when you receive them. If you’re really not to writing type, find another way to say Thank You. During the summer, we offer our mail carrier and Amazon/Fed Ex deliverers cool drinks; on holidays, we give our garbage man yummy chocolate. Those aren’t notes, but they’re small tokens to say Thank You to people with whom we may not have necessarily held a conversation with before.
2 Call Someone You Haven’t Talked to in A While
We all have phones, but we’re using them for phone calls less frequently. Is there someone elderly in your life who could use a pick me up just by saying hello? Maybe there’s an acquaintance with whom you haven’t spoken in ages. Reaching out can make such a huge difference, and it feels great once you finally “get around to it”.
3 Have a Conversation with a Stranger
It would be a cool challenge to say hello to a person who would normally not be on your radar for everyday conversation. Is there an interesting person on your daily commute? A homeless person who frequents the same area each day? A police office at your local coffee shop on break? These are just a few examples of how we can connect – starting with a simple hello.
4 Make a Food Donation to Your Local Food Bank
For many of us, this won’t put a huge dent in the monthly budget. The challenge here is to even find out where the food banks in your neighborhood are even located. Often, people will be so pleased that you’ve reached out; even an extra $25 in groceries can make the biggest difference for hungry families in your own community.
5 Decide for Yourself What Challenge Makes You Grow
I’ve listed some examples of inner challenges that I’ve taken on in order to grow and connect with my neck of the woods. What ideas do you have for stepping out and reaching out? Decide what works for you – and take it on. Afterwards, use that motivation in your writing. I’d love to hear how it turns out!
Sending Love and Light to all of you.
©Atina Atwood 2018 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™
– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more.