This month is all about being brave, bold and beautiful so to kick off our topic, I’ve put together four challenges to ease you out of that safe and warm cocoon you like to hide in.
- Have Coffee – The first step you can take outside of your comfort zone is to go to a café and have a coffee by yourself. At first, you may be conscious of other people (especially if this is your first time going solo) but you’ll soon realise that plenty of city dwellers (or town dwellers) like to come in alone. It’s the perfect chance to have a bit of ‘me time’, grab a bite to eat and check through your inbox (or whatever it is you do first thing in the morning), before heading off to work.
- Take a Class – With classes on acting, dancing, photography, communication and many others, you can never run out of options. The trick is to pick something you’re sure you would enjoy and stick to. How many times have I joined a course only to find that by the end of it I was one of the only few people still remaining. The rest had given up. Whether that was due to embarrassment or lack of commitment still remains a mystery, though I’d vote for the latter. The point is to choose a topic you’re really passionate about as the odds are you’ll remain seated till the class ends (or in the case of dance classes, standing up). Classes are great for helping to push you away from where you feel safe and closer towards your goals.
- Volunteer for a Charity – Whether you want to offer your time to help out at a kitchen for a homeless shelter or visit elderly people’s homes to give them a bit of company, you’ll be using your time in a way that also benefits others. Nothing can be more rewarding than that.
- Explore your City – If you’re not ready to take a trip outside your country just yet, why not explore your city or town? You may think you’ve seen everything but how much do you really know about your hometown? A little research may bring up surprising new facts. You may discover hidden gems and new dining spots. Don’t forget to take pictures! Here’s more on the topic – plan a staycation.
If the above challenges make you feel overwhelmed, just try one thing at a time. Since my time is limited, I often find myself having to compromise between doing certain things and leaving the rest for another time. So don’t feel bad, just take it one step at a time. I also stress doing these activities solo, at least initially (to build yourself up), because taking friends along will only serve as security blankets and that would be beside the point. You can always bring your entourage with you later on. Or not. You may find you enjoy doing some of these activities alone. Whatever you decide, it’ll be a great chance to discover yourself and the world around you.
Well, I hope this helps. Now, get out there caterpillar.