Pushing Past the Comfort Zone to Make 2013 Incredible

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This blog post has been floating around in my head for days…the words just can’t seem to flow on out like they normally do…thus the lack of posting in the last few days, oh and I’ve been busy.  But I’m ready to take a stab at this one so hang with me here...

I’ve been thinking a lot about living outside your comfort zone, pushing the limits and venturing into uncharted territory.  I guess I’ve been kind of doing that for the last year or so.  Since this time last year I ran Boston Marathon, became an NASM certified personal trainer, moved out of the only home I’ve ever known in Boston, moved in with Michael (love that decision), got a new job…ok changed careers in a big way, took yoga teacher training, became a certified yoga instructor and put this little old blog out there in more ways than I can count.  That feeling of pushing your limits, feeling uncomfortable, nervous, anxious even because everything is so new and you have no idea what comes next? Yeah, that’s pretty much how I feel everyday…except those glorious days where I get to be home relaxing.  

So when I started thinking about 2013 and what I’d like to accomplish all I could really think about was how tired I was and how I was ready for some normalcy.  I had visions of movie days, comfort food, sleeping in and downtime dancing through my head.  So I decided to leave 2013 open to fate.  I’d see where life would take me…a year of no goals if you will.  The problem is, that’s not really me.  I have one speed…GO and when you GO that fast you kind of need to have directions.

Everyone around me was setting goals, looking to the future and planning out their year…running races, marathons, half marathons, certifications and everything else.  Part of me was ready to dive in, sign up for a fall marathon and start training.  That I could do and I’ve had my eye on the Marine Corp Marathon for years now.  But then Michael reminded me of the shiny new yoga certification I worked so hard for and the Athleta Sponsored Athlete title I was so excited about and all the other opportunities coming my way.  And then he said, “Don’t you think you should focus on building your yoga business and you name?”

And there it was.  The truth.  Running a marathon is easy (I take that back, they are never easy) comfortable.  I’ve done it before, and I could do it again.  This time, I could probably do it better.  But the truth is, I WANT to build my business as a yoga instructor and I’d like to build this blog.  And there certainly is not enough time in the day to do it all.  There was a choice…run another marathon or focus on yoga and this little business?

So for the last few weeks I’ve been tossing this around.  Some days I was telling myself, I can’t keep chasing my dreams or that I deserve a break…a year or normal if you will.  Other days I was giving myself the pep talk I really needed.  Then the other day I was out running, rolling these ideas around again and it hit me, like it always does on a good run in the pitch black at 5:30am on a cold winter morning.  If chasing down your hopes and dreams was easy and comfortable everyone would do it but it’s not and that’s part of the journey and the challenge.

If I had given up on my crazy idea to leave Chemistry I’d never have the job I love now, if I’d skipped out on yoga teacher training because it made me nervous and uncomfortable I would have never learned that cranial facial massage is incredible and that 15 complete strangers can show each other more love than I ever thought possible.  I’ve learned too many times to stick with it and make your dreams a reality.

So what’s up for 2013…I’m not completely sure yet but I’m going to keep chasing down my dream of being a yoga instructor and building this little business of mine.  Lucky for me, it starts on Wednesday with my very own yoga class that I get to teach each and every week.  And if you think I’m not going outside my comfort zone with that, think again…I’ve been nervous for weeks! This year I want to teach a yoga workshop, be the best sponsored athlete I can be, maybe become a certified running coach and start combining my love of running with my love of yoga in a big way and maybe just maybe PR the half marathon distance. I don’t think 2013 has another marathon in store for me, there probably isn’t enough time for that and I know I can run a marathon.  Building a successful yoga business and taking my dreams to the next level, that’s pushing my limits and exactly where my time and energy needs to be spent.  I’m curious to see what life has in store for me…lately it’s just too unpredictable in the best ways possible. I only hope 2013 is filled with as much love, adventure and success as 2012.

Are you pushing your limits and going outside of your comfort zone to make your dreams come true in 2013?

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  1. I love this post! I can relate as I am also so goals-oriented and always want something to strive for, so when I am ‘between’ goals or have reached one and am building on it – similarly, barre n9ne certification and teaching, I feel like I need to do do do and go go go and learn learn learn, but that’s the beauty of it, we ARE still learning, there just ins’t an end goal – crossing the marathon line, or getting that shiny certificate. It’s in the building, growing and developing we are doing NOW. Right?

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  2. Good luck, Whitney! I’m sure you’ve seen this photo that’s been circulating around in social media lately — two separate circles one around the words “your comfort zone” and another around the words “where the magic happens.” Can’t wait to read about the magic happening!

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  3. Whitney -

    My 2011 was much like your 2012. I completed yoga teacher training, got my NASM cert, quit my job and made fitness my career (know you didn’t do that but you did have a job change). I was on such a high that entire year that I was taking control of my life and changing it to follow a path I loved and felt passionate about.

    And then 2012 rolled around and I was kind of left in the wake of all the change and trying to figure out where to take it from there. Once you experience such a period of tremendous growth, it can be daunting to feel like there’s still MORE to do and BIGGER ways to grow.

    Let yourself take some mental space to soak everything in. Start teaching (be confident…you are ready and you will fall in love with having your very own class and your very own students – it changes everything), keep building your professional career and continue to focus on your relationship. Your path will unfold and you’ll know how to grow. Don’t force it. You’ve opened so many amazing energy channels and good things WILL keep coming to you.

    Wishing you much love and luck.
    xoxo
    Jen

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    • Jen-

      Thank you so much for this comment! I’ve been reading your blog for years and your career change and path really inspired me and encouraged me to make this happen for myself. I definitely understand what you mean being left in the wake. I keep waiting for more change to come and now that it’s a little slower I am left feeling overwhelmed by how much more I want to accomplish. It’s so hard sometimes to just sit back and enjoy where you are and put the breaks on moving forward for awhile. But I do feel like I need that…so this new life can actually feel normal. Anyway, thank you so much for your advice. It’s much appreciated. And I can’t wait to post about teaching my own class- day 1 and I’m in love.

      Thank you!

      xoxo

      Whitney

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  4. Thanks for writing this post, even though maybe it was a bit difficult. I have a lot of those same feelings you do. It’s normal for me to always have a plan, always want to know where I’m going and working for, but this year, well, I’m not so sure. There are a lot of big changes (good things) happening in my life and I’m doing my best to take them as they come and enjoy them – even though it’s tough sometimes to not have a plan. Good luck with all your nongoals and with your yoga class!

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  5. LOVE this post!! Can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you Whitney! Congrats on your AM class…if I’m ever able to drag my lazy self out of bed I’d love to practice with you :) hope I see you soon XO

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  6. Wow Whitney! What a great article. I’m so proud of all you did in 2012 and can’t wait to see what you’ll accomplish in 2013. You’re an incredible person and I believe in you!!

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