Finding Joy Outside My Comfort Zone
Do you know how easy it is to live within your comfort zone, doing the same things day in and day out? There's no anxiety there, no stress, no emotional rollercoasters. It's simple, it's comforting, it's a breeze! But, do you find joy there? Do you find fulfillment? Do you feel like you are living your purpose?
January 2017, I gave up alcohol with my husband to help support him with his alcoholism. He needed a way to occupy his time, find a distraction, something to help him get by in the initial stages. So we started making funny gym videos, working out together, being creative and having fun. This was a big deal to me, I am not normally one to act goofy, be funny or creative. We had so much fun with it, and it got me started thinking about my passions and what I enjoy in life, which was fitness and nutrition. I loved every aspect of it! I decided it was time for me to get my personal training certification and see what I could do with that to start helping others find enjoyment in health and fitness as well. I studied for 6 months, passed my exam, started my own business and began working with clients. I thought I had made it through the hard part, and now everything would fall into place and my business would grow over night. Boy was I wrong!!
I have experienced so much anxiety, stress, thousands of moments of doubt, emotions I didn't even know I had, questioning myself every. single. day. Taking this leap was the BIGGEST step out of my comfort zone I have ever taken. But, never in my life have I experienced so many joyous moments, feelings of pride for the people I have helped, moments of happiness that I feel like my heart could burst. This may have been the scariest thing I've ever done in my life, but it has also been the most FULFILLING thing I have ever done. Words can't even describe how happy it makes me when I see others start taking care of themselves and begin to understand the process and see changes in their bodies, mentally and physically.
It's not about money, it's not about putting myself up on a pedestal because I am some awesome person. It's about HELPING others. Sending hundreds of texts and messages back and forth so I can help them understand something. Meeting for coffee or lunch to explain things they can do to start taking care of their bodies. Providing information that I know will help them get started.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone to do the scary things is not easy. It is tough and it is hard. But let me tell you, it is WORTH it. Because for every hundredth time I feel scared, stressed or anxious, all it takes is ONE person to tell me how much better they feel or how happy they are for making changes, and all those scary feelings disappear and are immediately replaced with JOY.
I don't know where I will be in a year, but all I know is I was made to help others. This is my calling, this is my passion and I will keep working hard to help as many people as I can!