“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone. You just have to reach and get it.”
The first time I heard this quote, I thought it was one of the most inane things I had ever heard. I still remember: It was Jennifer Aniston in Vogue, about five years ago, around the time I first started blogging. The quote went against my core beliefs at the time: I’m a big believer in making the most of who you are, what you like to do, where you like to work, and merging everything into the career of your dreams. I should know – I really, really love writing, researching, inventing products, and connecting with other people – and now that’s my full-time job! (I don’t mean for that to sound braggy; truth be told, I know how fortunate I have been to be able to do this, and I count my lucky stars each and every day for the life I have now.)
That said, recently the business has brought its fair share of challenges. For instance, some feedback from readers has indicated that they want to see more posts from me and (gasp!) even video.
I am not a video person. For one, I am much more articulate on paper than I tend to be verbally. For another, I tend to be very critical of my appearance on video – I am a beauty blogger, after all – and am always amazed that people act like I’m attractive and then I view a video and find I look more Mao Sedong than Lucy Liu in some close-up shots. Sigh.
When I read the latest set of feedback from you readers, though, I realized: My God, that quote was right. I do need to step outside of my comfort zone.
So, this week, I met with a videographer. Next Friday, we’re going to start recording.
My heart’s in my chest about it – I’m not real excited – and I’m going to indulge in some Pad Thai tonight so I can eat salads and lean proteins for the next seven days. But in the meantime, I’d like to share this lesson with you all. No, I don’t believe life has to be difficult or complicated or dramatic. But I do believe that sometimes you have to feel the fear and do it anyway. Sometimes the comfort zone is a myth, just holding you back from the life you’re really meant to have, who you are meant to become. In my case, I’m hoping this helps to connect me with the readers in a way the blog alone hasn’t been able to do. But either way, it’ll help me grow as a person (and get me past some anxiety – typically I can’t sleep the night before a big presentation!)