Nothing Grows in a Comfort Zone!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year?

To give up cigarettes? Chocolate? Alcohol?

Now count how many times you have set that as your New Year’s resolution before and how many times you have failed to stick to it.

Sound familiar? Deprivation can be a failing formula. Unless you get to the root of what is making you feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied, you will continue to carry out acts of instant gratification.

I have decided that for 2018 I am not going to give up anything. Instead, I am going to add activities and experiences to my life that will broaden my horizons and help me to grow as a person. I know that by doing this that other factors that I want to change in my life will do so automatically. Fancy joining me?

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but have never gone ahead with, as you have felt it was way too out of your comfort zone. Maybe it’s something as simple as baking a cake, to salsa dancing, or even bungee jumping, but either way – what is stopping you?

As you know, I am very passionate about the concept of learning through experiences to grow as an individual (that is what my business idea is after all!). And, I have realised there are still so many things that I haven’t achieved or experienced and come to think of it, it’s because I haven’t prioritised ‘ME’.

So, this year, I am going to practice what I preach, and set myself 24 challenges – 2 per month, throughout 2018 to complete – to help ME grow as an individual and I invite you to join me!

Furthermore, I am going to show you that you can do these activities, without costing an arm and a leg. Yes, you may have to sacrifice one or two nights going out drinking with friends in order to have that extra money in your back pocket, but as my favourite philosopher said:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Einstein

Write down a list of things you would try if the fear of discomfort or failure didn’t exist. Then take one giant leap, push through the fear and just do it.

If you don’t like it, fine, never do it again and move onto the next thing. I guarantee you will still learn from the experience, you’ll still grow as a person and still feel more satisfied and fulfilled for trying something new. ALL experiences help you grow as a person.

Trying new things and achieving your ambitions will ensure that you won’t be sat in your armchair at 80 years old full of regrets of ‘if only’s’. I guarantee, you will only regret not trying new things and potentially discovering your hidden passion or talent for something. After all, how do you know what you’re good at, or like – if you’ve never even tried it before?

Here is the beginning of the list of experiences and adventures that I want to achieve in 2018. Some of the them are things I have always wanted to do but have never prioritised them and others are definitely going to push me out of my comfort zone. They are random as hell but hey….as you will begin to realise…that’s me!

Please have a read through and if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them (p.s. I have been to a football match and camping before but would just like to do it again in 2018 as it’s been a while!)

1. Golf Lesson
2. Travel to a country and have a weekend break alone
3. Bikram Yoga
4. Axe Throwing
5. Bake a cake from scratch
6. Do some volunteer work
7. Gin making
8. Painting class
9. Sculpting class
10. Run a half marathon
11. Clay Pigeon Shooting
12. Go camping
13. Bungee Jump
14. Go to a Football match
15. Watch the Tennis at Wimbledon
16. Host a dinner party
17. Visit a vineyard and go wine tasting
18. Go jet skiing
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Last year, I achieved a lot of things I’d always dreamt of. Yet, I felt like I was on this never ending rat race wheel, once finally achieving goals, quickly forgetting how far I’d come and looking for the next thing to accomplish. Nothing ever felt enough, my ambition was killing me. My striving for more and more, constantly left me feeling dissatisfied, never living in the now, always looking for the next moment in life, the next best thing, the next pay cheque.

I decided to take a month to explore myself, explore the world, and find out what happiness actually looked like to me, find out what it meant to be content in that given moment, not wishing for the next thing or thinking I could always find a way to improve the now. I headed to India to live with monks without the influence of my ‘normal’ life around me.

It was tough, no internet, no contact, no luxuries but something within me changed. I think I actually started to accept myself for who I am. 
I’m not going to pretend like I had some sort of magical life changing epiphany and don’t still have days where I wonder what the hell is going on, but what I am truly grateful for, is the time it gave me to sit back, consciously evaluate what was important to me, what my values were and the direction I wanted my life to head in.

Off the back of it, I realised the importance of communication and came home and set up my own podcasting company, to help people communicate (which I adore), took a step back from the false reality of social media, learnt how to say no to things I didn’t want to do, and started dedicating more time to loved ones. 
I’m excited (and nervous) to share the full short documentary with you but I hope you, a friend or a family member gain something from it. I’ve learnt it’s ok sometimes to feel lost in life, and life isn’t always a straight line, it’s ups and downs but that’s what makes you alive. 
Thank you to everyone who was a part of this journey, the people 100% made it and I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart✌🏻
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