Normally, I hate when people say that “life begins when you step outside of your comfort zone.” It seems like such a cliché.
But this past month, that old cliché proved to be true. First, I found out my beloved gym on Rapid City’s west side was moving across town. It would no longer be a convenient drive.
As a freelance writer who works from home and sits most of the day, my gym time is extremely important. I like to walk on the treadmill, lift weights, and take yoga, which were all offered at my old gym.
I freaked out for a few days when I found out my gym was moving – in other words, I ate mounds of chocolate – and then decided to take action. I tried a few advanced classes at yoga and Pilates studios, and although these classes were more challenging than anything I’d done in a while – you want me to bend my body how? – it felt incredible to push myself to new limits. I felt stronger and more confident.
I also inquired about joining a new gym for women only. During my trial week membership, I signed up for my first Zumba class – which kicked my butt in the most enjoyable way possible! Who knew working out could be one big dance party? I emerged from class drenched in sweat, but again felt more powerful in my body than I had in a long time. Sometimes, switching up the routine is just what the body (and the mind) needs. It’s soul medicine.
In the midst of my workout revolution, I planned my first annual Spring and Summer Fashion Showcase to benefit Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI), the local women’s shelter. I coordinated 18 models, including each model’s outfit, which was sponsored by a local boutique. I also helped secure 10 door prizes for the event, as well as floral centerpieces, tables and chairs. I handled publicity for the event, including social media.
On May 4, the day of the fashion show, two models canceled, and I had a horrible feeling that nothing would go as planned. I almost took the highway out of town instead of driving to the fashion show, not wanting to face the chaos. But I put on my big girl panties and honored my commitment.
Luckily, I had a blast teaching the models how to walk the runway, and two models agreed to walk twice to make up for the absent models. To my surprise, the show went perfectly smoothly. Most importantly, my co-coordinator Mary Ann and I raised $375 for the women’s shelter, and we also donated 10 trendy outfits, including shoes, handbags, jewelry and purses. The event went so well that Mary Ann and I are considering venturing into an event planning business together, specializing in non-profits.
So it just goes to show that stepping outside of your comfort zone does pay off. That moment when you achieve something you never thought possible: truly priceless. Money can’t buy that sense of satisfaction. You can only find it deep within yourself. My advice: don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be better for it.