Stepping outside my comfort zone

I am the first to admit that I often make excuses to stay home instead of going out. Before having my son I was very social. I rarely stayed home. Once my son was born I didn’t have the time, energy, or resources to leave the house. Hermit living has become a bit of a habit for me over the past few years. The idea of having to put clothes on that aren’t considered “comfy clothes”, put on a smile, and leave the house sometimes just seems like work to me.

I’ve become aware of my introverted behavior and am making a real effort to say yes more often. After all, I love creative people and need to surround myself by more of them. So with even a small effort to really try to push myself out of what has become my comfort zone, I have met some really amazing people lately.

*Responding to a Facebook post, I got to meet another single-mom/artist who is working on chasing her dreams. We shared a museum visit together where I was able to better understand the artist exhibit because of my new friends cultural background.

*I attended a cocktail party where I met many incredible people. A photographer who shares many of my same philosophies. A mom who seems like she would be a blast to have a play date with. Her husband is an installation artist and I got to inquire about an art form I know little about.

*I accepted an invitation to go paint with an artist I only know from a common show. She has this amazing spirit. It was fun to watch her process of painting. While there, I met another artist who is an incredible musician, single parent, and all around cool person.

*I attended a fundraiser recently where I struck up a conversation with a couple. Turns out we not only knew several of the same people, but they are also art collectors.

*This past weekend, after much dragging of the feet, I accepted an invitation to visit another artists work space. As a result, I was again introduced to a form of art I know nothing about. I got to watch the process and ask a lot of questions. I was impressed by the artists work.

All of these amazing people have recently come into my life simply because I said yes to an opportunity. Maybe we miss some really good things just because we are closed off to it.

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About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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3 Responses to Stepping outside my comfort zone

  1. I like how you put those thoughts into words. Brilliant. 🙂

  2. iBourgie says:

    I went through the same thing. I really became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of my son. Recently, I have started to venture out and meet new people. I didn’t realize how much I needed to be out socializing and living life. Now I am meeting other artists and writers that I can inspire and be inspired by. It has been so refreshing.

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