aaaaaahhhhh! relaxing in the back yard with a good book and a glass of iced tea. i'm reading the memory of running by ron mclarty. it started kind of slow but now i'm really enjoying it. sometimes it makes me laugh out loud.
today while reading i was thinking about my comfort zone. it seems that at my previous job i let myself get into a somewhat lazy groove of not pushing myself to learn or grow. of course, the situation there was very strange for over a year with our fate as a company hanging ingthe lurch, not knowing if we were to be kept or sold, no knowing how long we would have jobs. the fear of the unknown and the frustration of the emotional roller coaster ride gave me the push i needed to look outside my circle of comfort, asking myself what is the next new adventure for me? it made me want to be in control of my life, to chart my own course and not be dependent on others for my well-being or happiness. looking back over the last year or so i am pleased that i have pushed myself to take on new ventures -- my art, teaching classes, my etsy shop, blogging, photography and, maybe best of all, writing which i used to love so much. my new job is also challenging me in so many ways. i've coordinated my first photoshoot with babies (so fun!) and have the adrenaline rush at least once a day of learning something new and having to stretch myself.
so as much as i enjoy my comfort zone of reading in the backyard, i am proud to be stretching and growing and reaching for new heights!