The Next Steps, LLC started 2 years ago as I had clients scheduled for events and wanted to get the business side set as I began as a full time stay at home mom (SAHM). More recently we’ve grown the business and now I get to work side by side with Dan. One thing I’ve learned about is my comfort zone.
Do we know what our comfort zone is or do we just assume? Sure, it’s comfortable to go to a job day to day that you know how to do with your eyes closed. It becomes familiar and routine and for the most part we crave routine. However, when that routine starts to become less than ideal it’s time to start making some changes. I have always believed that you have to LOVE (did you hear me scream that?) what you do to do it every day. So, do YOU love what you do? I can honestly say that today in the here and now I am in love with my jobs. I have never felt more complete stepping out of my former comfort zone.
I knew what time the kids had to be to school and daycare and what time meetings were and that dinner needed to get ready and that we would all be home and eating together at dinner. I knew the extra events that we had. Today though, I know when we have school and activities and a few times that I know are for me, but other than that it’s a crap shoot as a SAHM. It’s all up in the air based on how the kids slept or mommy for that matter. What is the weather like? How are we all feeling? What’s going on in town today? Is Daddy or Mommy traveling? More importantly, is Grandma around to help? We have no particular schedule other than to spend time with one another, do some ‘school work’ and projects and just be. So, yep that’s out of my comfort zone but brings pure happiness.
Setting up my own business was also something different and for me the greatest decision. I enjoy helping others find their footing with their events and meetings. Being able to be a sound board to flesh out ideas is fun and always different. Raising money for local non-profits that don’t have a knowledge base to go on is more than fulfilling. And I have my adornable.u business. Being a Founding Leader and part of a start up is exciting. Yes, there are challenges and kinks along the way, but we work through them. As I write this, I am on a flight to Chicago for our first leadership retreat and get to preview a new line that I can go and speak to women about. All of these steps outside of what I’m used to have helped me to take a deep breath, relax, have more fun and go with the flow.
So, I challenge you to take a look and ask yourself are you stepping outside of your comfort zone? If so, I want to hear about it! If not tell me what one small thing can you do today to start to make a change in something that matters to you.
Until next time.