A few weeks ago after Thursday night supper, a group of friends sat in our living room. While discussing upcoming birthdays, one of the guys looked at me, face lit up, and enthusiastically asked if I always have really awesome new years resolutions, because my birthday is on New Years Eve. Apparently the fact that I am starting an actual new year on new years led him to that conclusion. Unfortunately I disappointed him with my response of “no, not really…” I tried to think of New Years resolutions I had made in the past, and the only one I could think of was last year when I officially launched {yes, I am coming up on my blog-iversary!}

That same friend decided that since we are having a new years party this year, we should all come ready to share our resolutions.  I thought long and hard, and decided that this year my resolution is to do more things outside of my comfort zone.


I live in a place where people love the outdoors—they were raised camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, all of those things that I have no experience with. That is what brought about this resolution. I’m sick of sitting on the sidelines, thinking that I can’t or won’t enjoy any of these things, while everyone else talks about how much they love it in Idaho. It’s time to get out there and become more adventurous!

I decided to get a head start on my resolution, and agreed to go on a trip to Montana this weekend, complete with a hike into some natural hot springs. I borrowed gear from my outdoor enthusiast roommates, packed my legit REI backpack, and set out early in the morning with a smile on my face. I am happy to report that I survived the hike, enjoyed the experience, and enthusiastically agreed to an upcoming snow shoe-ing trip. {Much to everyone’s surprise, I even went out and bought myself my own set of base layers for my birthday!} It’s amazing what can happen when you have the right gear, encouraging (and patient) friends, and a willing heart.


The thing about comfort zones is that they (should) grow. As you push yourself to do things you are uncomfortable with, before long, those things will actually be inside your comfort zone, and you’ll be tackling the next obstacle that you never thought possible. Although hiking, camping, skiing, and snowshoeing are currently some of the items on the list of things outside my comfort zone, I have a feeling the list will grow over the year. I’m excited to see where the year takes me, and how big my comfort zone is by the end of 2014!

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