Go on vacation.
This is the easiest way to get out of your comfort zone.
I'm pretty laid back, and I love being in my comfort zone. I enjoy what I know and when I get into a routine, I realize I can become complacent.
An easy way to shake that up is to go some place different and do things you wouldn't usually do. On our last day of vacation today in Kansas City we went shopping. We could have hit one of the shopping malls with stores that we are used to seeing. That would have been in our comfort zone.
But we didn't do that. I wanted to check out a boutique in Lee's Summit (MO). It's a place I recently started following on Instagram, and since we were close, we decided to go there today. Lee's Summit has a population of more than 94,000, so it's not small. And yet, tucked away off the beaten path is a quaint downtown area that has the feel of a small town.
This is where we got out of our comfort zone. My husband and I went to different shops and found out the history of the downtown. We talked to a store owner who said this is the year of 'YES' for her. She lost two good friends during the winter months, and she said she decided it was time to get out there and do more. She's going to kayak with one of her friends tonight during the full moon.
Another store owner told us about Ladies' Night Out that's happening downtown tonight where many shops stay open with snacks and deals. She said 500-600 women join in the fun for the evening. She's lived in the area more than 30 years and has seen the population grow from 30,000 to what it is now.
We asked for a lunch suggestion and got more than a half dozen choices. We settled on the Whistle Stop for paninis and frappes. I don't think we could have gone wrong with any of them though. And, you can tell how much the small businesses support each other.
My husband enjoyed talking to the owner of a niche sports shop. The owner only sells Kansas City Royals and Missouri Tigers items. His wife owns the boutique right next door. Very cool.
We learned all this because we got outside our comfort zone. We could have easily gone to each place, looked around, and then left with very little conversation. But we didn't. We had a blast talking to different people and they proudly told us their stories.
Then there's this...yes, that's my husband sitting at a piano that was sitting outside a music store. And, if you're wondering whether or not he played it, well, what do you think?
Today was about getting out of our comfort zone, and that's exactly what we did.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.