Self-Care Challenge (Day 353): Challenging Myself

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On day 353 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I challenged myself.

Staying in my comfort zone feels, well…comfortable.

Earlier this year, I wrote about my experience with leaning into discomfort after agreeing to be interviewed about my book on video. As an introvert, being on camera isn’t something that comes easy. At first it was extremely awkward, but as time went on it was fine and I wondered why I was so nervous in the first place. Afterward I couldn’t remember why I had made such a big deal about it.

No matter how much we try to resist leaving our zone of comfort, we almost always get pushed into other zones. And change is much easier when I’m the one doing the pushing.

Throughout my self-care journey, a large number of my activities have involved taking a class, reading books, or learning something new. Love of learning is one of my VIA (Values in Action) signature strengths, and it seems I’m always finding new interests or hobbies.

So yesterday, it’s not surprising that while casually perusing a yarn shop, I noticed a beautiful scarf that stole my attention in the middle of the aisle. It was clearly not a beginner’s project, but that somehow didn’t register in my brain. Instead of thinking, “I could never make that!” I heard “how can I make that?” echo inside my head.

How do you challenge yourself?

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