Tuesday, April 7, 2009

GOING OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE: GIVEAWAY

I'm a chicken. Flat out. The mere thought of going sideways, upside down or higher than three feet evokes sheer terror!

Since I love to travel, I've overcome the fear of flying - as long as it is a regular sized commercial aircraft. Oh yes, did I mention it has to be a smooth flight? Turbulence turns me into a major white-knuckle, "hit me with a glass of Chardonnay" flyer.

So it was with the gravest of apprehension that I agreed to go on a rugged Jeep tour of the mystical red mountains and cliffs of Sedona, Arizona.

If I'm writing this - I lived! Seriously, it was a major milestone in going out of my comfort zone -goals for the Chapter Two in my life.

I closed my eyes only once, when the driver who had a heads up that I was adventure-impaired, prompted me.

I am thrilled I took this step. It is said that Sedona is one of the most spiritual places in the world. I saw up close and personal the reason why. The cliffs, mesas and plateaus are like layers of Red Velvet Cake and just as delicious - visually. The rock formations seemingly speak to your soul. What adventure will I be willing to take next? My mantra is "baby steps" and I consider this amazing Jeep tour a LEAP!

When did you go outside of your comfort zone? How did the experience affect you?

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14 comments:

  1. Good for you for taking that big step! There's a whole new world out there awaiting you. Having said that, I'm not a big adventurer mself. One of my biggest steps outside my comfort zone was when we won a tandem flight with the Red Baron pizza squadron. I actually WILLINGLY had my pilot do multiple stunts. It was just awesome and totally out of my comfort zone. It was an experience I'll cherish the rest of my life.

    Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway. I love Tony Hillerman's books.

    judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Public speaking makes me feel ill. When my friend died I was compelled to speak about the wonderful person she was. I spoke in front of the entire congregation knowing she was with me.

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  3. I love watching Ghost Hunters on tv, but to actually do it? I had not actually thought I could do something like that. That is until my husband surprised me with a trip to a haunted inn in the mountains of NC. A group of ghost hunters were leading different groups that night. And there I was (all equipped up). I was scared silly, but then realized it was the best time I had had in a long time.

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  4. I moved from California, where I had lived for 28 years, to Minnesota for graduate school. I had never even visited before, so it was a real leap of faith, but it worked out great!

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  5. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Sedona. How awesome for you. I just recently got out of my comfort zone to be in my comfort zone. I didn't realize how much grief and fear had overtaken my life. I decided to be true myself. I started saying what I truly think and feel. I started following my heart and path that I am meant to be on. Started blogging too which is new to me. It is fun,freeing and sometimes scary.

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  6. I'm all about a joyful journey! So of course I'll follow you!

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  7. Public speaking gets my vote also! As a police officer, I can deal with hysterical, difficult people or recover wiggling maggots off a corpse. Giving presentations to large groups made me very uncomfortable. I try to have my speech prepared and mostly memorized so I feel a bit more at ease. Still hate it, though.

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  8. I went outside my comfort zone when I decided to climb Dunns River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica while on vacation. It took a long time and alot of heavy breathing but it showed me that I can still do anything I put my mind to!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  9. I am now following:)

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  10. Submitting my art into a local contest was quite outside of my comfort zone. I could hardly breathe! Scary! And, you know, I didn't win, but I received an amazing commendation for my creation! WOW! I felt so magically validated and inspired to create more! : )))

    Thanks so much for this give~away! : )))

    leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

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  11. And, I am following your BLOG! : )))

    leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Thank you to all who participated. I plan on having another contest soon, so stay tuned!

    Sheryl

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