August 8, 2016

Push Yourself

While I've been writing at To & Fro for several years now, I've always kept it fairly hidden. To be honest, when the excitement of our Alaskan adventures ended, I didn't think anyone would be interested in reading what I had to say anymore. But, I kept on writing anyways...

I guess I was worried that others (new friends, coworkers, etc.) would judge me. That, in more recent months, I would become known as a 'mommy blogger' and not seen for what can really be found on To & Fro.

Yesterday, I let the cat out of the bag. I shared a recent post about my experience diving with sharks on my personal Facebook page. I opened up and made myself vulnerable.

And you know what happened? I got words of encouragement and praise, and even gained a few new readers.

No one judged me. At least not to my face.

Putting To & Fro out there totally pushed me out of my comfort zone. However, if I learned anything from it, its that I shouldn't care what people think. I shouldn't care if people click the link, read my stories, make my recipes, follow my tips, or call me a "mommy blogger".

After all, I am a mom that blogs.

I love being a mom and I love being a blogger. I am extremely proud of both titles, even if you combine them.

A big THANK YOU to all of those that read To & Fro, whether you're new here or have been around for years. This little space wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for you.

You know something else that has completely pushed me out of my comfort zone? Being a mom. True story.

Before taking on my new role, we had the weekends to ourselves and our schedules didn't revolve around nap, bath or bed times. And then, the little human came into our lives and she forced us to learn new things and to adapt to a new routine.

Sure, she's caused stress and she's caused frustration. I would be lying if I said she hadn't. Having an infant isn't easy. But becoming parents has challenged us to be our best selves, has made us vulnerable to our emotions and has put us in completely uncomfortable positions. Becoming parents has completely pushed us outside of our comfort zones and into something new. But, you know what? We wouldn't change it for the world.

Like I said, "mom" is a title I am very very very proud to hold.

Moral of the story, it's always good to shake things up a little. Whether its having a baby, sharing a secret, or something in between, remember its important to take chances, challenge yourself and make yourself vulnerable. Even if it means pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You'll never know your full potential if you hold onto what's comfortable.

But, enough with the seriousness, says Captain Serious herself (photo proof above)...

Happy Monday folks!

Have you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone lately?

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