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3 Ways to Expand Out of Your Comfort Zone

Personal growth is a constant that we all strive for every day in our own unique ways — whether it be in our personal relationships, professional development or even physical changes. I’m a strong believer in setting goals for myself. That said, I can definitely admit that when when my goals seem too lofty and out-of-reach, it’s really easy to be discouraged and not even do anything at all… we’ve all been there at one point in our lives or the other, right? At the end of the day, we are our own biggest critics, and when we want to improve ourselves it’s easy to get unrealistic and want to see those changes happen yesterday, but it’s just not practical… or kind to yourself. It’s all about the little steps you take towards becoming comfortable outside your comfort zone that eventually add up to hit your overall goals.

Today I’m partnering with Carmex Comfort Care™ to share three simple ways that you can start expanding out of your comfort zone, to move towards your goals of becoming a person that you are proud of — because when you’re comfortable outside your comfort zone, you feel free to be more adventurous and more authentically “you”!

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1. Know Thyself

Life is busy, and sometimes we can get so caught up in work and other people that we start to neglect our own selves. To become a better person, we need to be honest about who we currently are. A couple years back, I came across 36 Questions To Fall In Love, and while it’s designed for couples, I found myself going through the questions and really thinking about how I would respond to them myself. Some of the questions are REALLY hard, but the first step to self-love is self-acceptance and knowing yourself, so I highly recommend giving the article a read and a hard think whenever you have the time!

Some other ideas for ways that you can start creating “me” time to get to know yourself:

  • Take a solo trip to a new location
  • Start weekly meditation sessions
  • Try a new natural beauty look that involves less makeup
  • Move your evening runs from your indoor treadmill to an outside park to grab some fresh air and appreciate your surroundings
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2. Try A New Hobby

Everyone knows at least one person who speaks multiple languages, plays an instrument and/or started a really cool business from the ground up. You can totally be that person too! It was my search for a hobby and creative outlet that led me to start blogging, and I’m really glad that I did because every day is different, and it’s a big step away from my professional life that takes up most of my weekdays.

This isn’t to say that every new hobby has always worked for me — I tried learning the guitar a few years ago, only to discover that finger coordination isn’t exactly my strong suit  So if anyone wants to hear a very janky, off-beat and off-key rendition of “Kiss Me“, I’m your girl!

3. Volunteer in Your Community

Did you know that volunteering is good for your health, and lends to your overall happiness and well-being? In addition to helping the less-privileged in and around your community, engaging in a good cause that you’re passionate about gives you purpose and helps you feel better about yourself as well. Depending on the group you join, you’re also bound to meet new people (or animals!) and expand your social circle to start including more positive, influential people who you can share your experiences and grow together with.

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Our lips declare our most audacious goals, and reveal our deepest fears. When you step outside your comfort zone, what crosses your lips can be more honest — more authentically you. Today, Carmex is challenging you to start expanding outside your comfort zone, so leave a comment below to share how you’re taking on the challenge. I can’t wait to read your tips!

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This post was created in collaboration with Carmex®; all views are my own.
Thank you for supporting posts that keep Millennielle up and running!

shot by Udee B.

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  • Zed

    I’d like to try a martial art class! I think it would be cool but also by beneficial for the body as well as the mind
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  • Thank you for tips, I really need to start a new hobby, btw, love your outfit <3

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  • Molly O’Connor

    Love the idea of volunteering for this. I keep meaning to find a place to plug into, thanks for the reminder!!

  • Brittany Lauren Correia

    Ok wow. First of all I’m really loving these photos. That rusty orange color looks amazing on you. & I’m really loving the message in this article. Stepping out of your comfort zone is the only way to grow. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I’d love for you to check out my blog if you get a chance, love.

  • CommonVillage

    These photos are gorgeous. Meditation and travel are two of my most favorite things. Glad to see they made the list.

  • oh yes totally agree life begins out of your comfort zone, love love ur outfit!

  • Kay Nguyen

    Great post, this is so inspiring! The idea of getting out of my comfort zone is scary and exciting at the same time <3

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  • Picking up blogging (2. New hobby) has really made me become more social. It’s so easy to get set in your ways, but with blogging you have to reach out in order to be successful. I’m thankful for this change in my life. Great tips!

  • Great tips you’ve shared! Above it all, the photos are amazing too!

  • lindsey

    really great tips and great blog!

  • Vanessa

    these tips are great


  • Audrey Ampofo

    I’ve started meditating using the Headspace App and currently volunteering with children. What I would really love to do is to explore some countries and hopefully learn another language, e.g. French. This article really helped me a lot. Thanks.