So one of my goals this year was to purpose to get out of my comfort zone, be bold and try some things that I’ve always wanted to do. Sounds great, except I am an introvert and rule follower, so “thinking” and “getting” outside of the box doesn’t come naturally for me.

My husband helped give me a little push as he won me horse riding lessons at a silent auction charity event we attended. He knew this was something that I had been wanting to do and just like that, I WAS THE WINNER.

I did pursue and complete the lessons and I can confidently say that it was a great experience. Not only was it enjoyable, but it was mentally and physically challenging. Each week I grew in confidence and ability with the horse. Strangely enough, this experience also gave me the courage to want to try more new things.

While fear is the biggest reason we all prefer to stay in our comfort zones, the benefits of trying new things far outweigh the negative. Here is what I learned:

  • I met some wonderful new people.
  • I broke up my regular routine.
  • I learned what I liked and didn’t like.
  • My confidence grew in my ability to take on new skills.
  • I felt fulfillment and satisfaction in my life.

So…..just want to encourage anyone thinking about trying something new to BE BOLD and give it a try!!!

Birthday Thoughts

Hello everyone! Well today is my birthday and I thought it appropriate for this to be the day I write my first post and launch my blog!! I am so grateful for my husband, daughters, brother and friends who have wished me a happy birthday through calls, texts and messages. I have been smiling all morning just thinking how blessed I am for everyone who has taken time to think of me.

As I reflect on the past year, I am reminded that life will never be completely predictable. There have been hard things and wonderful things and mixtures of both throughout the past 12 months; but, one thing is for sure, God has been faithful and good to me; my friends and family have loved me well; and I am looking forward to what the next year holds.

As I look ahead, I hope to be intentional with my relationships, motivated to pursue my desires, pursue purposeful living and of course……. enjoy the journey! Here’s to turning 52!!!!