Last year, I chose messy as my word of the year, and focusing on that word from time to time helped me to learn some new art techniques and to be freer with myself when I create. I worked on enjoying the process of creating art, rather than focusing on whether or not the finished piece was going to look exactly like I imagined it in my head, or exactly like it "should" look. It was a learning experience, a freeing experience and I definitely grew artistically.
When I think of my comfort zone, I think of being healthy and not having to deal with surgery, pain, discomfort physically. I think of feeling safe, secure in my decisions and warm. I think of contentment and serenity, love and calm. All of these are good attributes.
When Hurricane Sandy hit our area in October of last year, I immediately wanted to start a project to collect socks. But I was initially - for about the first 36 hours of my idea - a bit fearful of the idea as well. How could I take something like this on? What if I only received a few pairs of socks? What if I failed? How would I even manage such a process?
As those of you who are regular readers already know, I did step out of my comfort zone big-time, with the encouragement of many of my DIY blogger friends from the Hometalk community. With their support and help, I had the courage to step up and create Socks for Sandy which has been an overwhelmingly great success!
I stepped out of my comfort zone. And I was ok. And as I found my rhythm, I was more than ok. This experience reminded me that I want to push myself to feel uncomfortable at times so that I can trust myself to leave the safety of my comfort zone and know that whatever the outcome, I'll be richer for the experience.
At the same time, I also think being in my comfort zone is a good thing when necessary, such as those times when you know in your heart that the correct answer is "No" even though everyone expects you to say "Yes." Or when you know your body is telling you to take a break and you choose to curl up with a good book rather than go out on the town with friends. That's when my comfort zone nurtures and restores me, both physically and mentally.
So my word of the year for 2013 will actually be words of the year: My Comfort Zone. Knowing when it is smart to retreat inside of my comfort zone, and also stretching and reaching in new directions outside of my comfort zone which will help me grow as an artist, a blogger and as a person.
I'm looking forward to stepping in and out of my comfort zone this year. And I'm happy to have you along for the journey too! In fact, I already did step out artistically by choosing to design and make printables, which are so popular right now. And I chose my comfort zone theme to share one of my favorite sayings:
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I hope this printable inspires you to leave your safe harbor every so often.
What's your word of the year for 2013? Did you blog about it? Let me know in the comments!
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