When my alarm clock went off at 6:30 this morning, Finn was still sleeping wrapped in my legs. I just couldn’t wake her for the sole purpose of writing this post. So I’m sitting at my desk at work. I finished my breakfast. I put on the “Wake Up Happy” playlist on Spotify (trying something new here). I’m slowly sipping my tea (Tazo Organic Peachy Green, if you must know). And I’m working on today’s post. Shhhh, don’t tell my boss.
Here we go.
I had a very difficult time coming up with my goals for 2016 (in case you don’t remember, here’s why I set goals and not resolutions). It had nothing to do with last year’s lack of success. Trust me, that wasn’t a confidence killer nor did it instill doubt in myself. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to get out of the new year.
I finally realized what this year’s goal should be when I was writing the Facebook post for my new painting hobby, if you can call it a hobby:
My goal for 2016 is to get out my comfort zone. Since this is such a big, uncomfortable goal, I decided I only needed one for this year. It’s fitting, too, because I started doing things outside of my comfort zone in 2015. It should be easier to carry the theme over into 2016.
How do I plan on getting out of my comfort zone?
- By attending more painting classes at Muse Paintbar. Maybe once a month at the most, more realistically once every other month. At $35 for a full-price session, it’s not expensive; but it does add up.
- By dating. I’ve already been on two dates this year, one on each of the Fridays of the year. The first was through the app Coffee Meets Bagel and the second was a setup. My parents are on my case about calling a matchmaker; I’ve been stalling. Maybe I will since it’ll be out of that comfort zone.
- By ordering food instead of cooking all day Sunday. I won’t let the need to cook enough food for a week on Sunday stop me from making plans and going out. If I know I won’t have the time to cook, I can place an order with Trainer J at my box for a delivery of Paleo meals.
- By playing the piano more publicly. One of the first pieces I worked on with my piano teacher during my “resurgence” is a 4-hand, 1-piano version of the first movement of Sonatina # 1 from Anton Diabelli’s Pleasures of Youth. After spending a few weeks getting the piece note perfect, tempo perfect, and emotionally perfect (think loud vs soft, phrasing, feeling, etc.), we video recorded it and posted the video on YouTube. I hate, loathe, detest playing the piano for other people. I get so nervous with sweaty palms, racing heart, butterfly-filled stomach. Somehow, despite it all, this recording was nailed on the first take. My piano instructor promises more, with the next one being a 4-hand, 2-piano duet.
- By taking the initial steps (most likely in the form of baby steps) of turning my ideas and dream into a reality. I can’t really say more at this time.
- By going to a foreign country for a month. It’s not so foreign since I’ve been there before; but I’ll be by myself in a country that is home even though I’ve never been there for longer than 2 weeks at a time.
Tell me Fitters…what are your goals for 2016 and how do you plan on accomplishing them? What else can I do to get my out of my comfort zone?