The benefits of getting out your comfort zone

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I’ve just got back from five days in Minneapolis, where I attended a conference on simple living.

I had an awesome time there.

I can’t even begin to explain it.

It was maybe one of the best times of my life.

I met so many people that I felt instantly connected to.

I made deep friendships in just a few hours.

(It’s amazing what you can get down to when you take away the “What do you do?”, and other standard conversation topics).

I laughed… I shared… I connected… and I welled up with tears at times.

Plus…

I gained a whole heap of friends from across North America, who share the same mindsets and beliefs, and are just about the most welcoming people anyone could hope to meet.

Phew.

It was possibly one of the most rewarding, fun, humbling, exciting experiences of my life.

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Those ‘winning the lottery’ dreams won’t make you happy… so what will?

I have some bad news, guys.

Having the awesome life that you dream of (quitting work and living on the beach/winning the lottery/buying a fancy car…) will not make you happier.

It might not even make you happy.20150702_155920

I’m sorry to break it to you.

I know some people live with this dream in mind…

Things would be okay if I could just have a few hundred thousand in the bank, quit my job, and go and do what I actually want to do!

I would be so much happier if I could just live how I wanted to, instead of how everyone else wants me to live!Read More »

Does it matter if we’re introverts or extroverts?

I was having a conversation with my friend recently. She turned to me and said, “Oh, you’re an introvert, for sure!”

And I have to admit: I didn’t really like it! :/

My apologies to people who are introverted and love it. (Although most introverts don’t, right?! We’re always making apologies for it!)

But for me, I associate introversion with shyness. Quiet… boring… prefer to stay in and read a book than go out to a party…

I know that’s not exactly what being an introvert means – I know it’s where you get your energy from (internally vs. externally).

But somewhere along the way, I feel like being an extrovert got associated with all the “good” stuff (going to parties! energy! talking! being “brave”!), and being an introvert got associated with all the “bad” stuff, as mentioned above.Read More »