This week has been pretty amazing for me. I launched my new website to incredible feedback. I got sign-ups for my newsletter. And I booked a new client. While much of this was celebrated over a beer to two, the party I feel inside hasn’t stopped and I don’t want it to.
The invitation to this party wouldn’t exist if I didn’t step outside of my comfort zone this week. I’ve been nestled inside it for a heck of a long time. Sure, I’d occasionally venture beyond it but usually when I began to feel uncomfortable, I’d quietly retreat back inside.
Returning to our comfort zones is always an easy solution when we want to silence our feelings of insecurity or uncertainty. Comfort zones are our safe havens. They deliver familiarity. They deliver a sense of security. And they shelter us from the questions we don’t want to ask so we can avoid the answers.
The results of retreating back inside our comfort zones are usually instant (and we all love instant results!). But that’s what we usually focus on. The immediate benefits. And in doing so, we often fail to see the negative impact they may be having.
One of those negative impacts could be that you’re cockblocking change within yourself.
This was certainly the case for me. Keeping myself nestled in my comfort zone was preventing change within my life. Within my business. And within myself. The result?
I came to a standstill and I was fucking miserable.
There’s nothing worse than desperately wanting change and realizing that the only thing preventing that change is yourself. It’s like a kick to the gut. Like I said above, comfort zones often shield us from the questions we don’t want to ask ourselves. But eventually those questions need to be answered. The longer you avoid the hard truths, the harder the kick feels. My advice?
Treat those hard truths like a band-aid. Rip them off, feel the pain briefly but then take the steps required so you don’t need that band-aid again.
Let’s face it, at the end of the day which pain is ultimately going to feel worse? The pain of ripping that band-aid off? Or the pain of waking up one day realizing you’re living life on the sidelines because you’re afraid to step outside of your comfort zone? I’m going to go with the latter.
What have you done this week to step out of your comfort zone? Tell me below so I can give you a virtual hive five! And if you’re stuck in your comfort zone, get out of it, put yourself out there and try something new. You might surprise yourself.
Illustration © Dana Svobodova
February 26, 2015
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My oh my, it’s been a long time since you’ve seen me around these parts huh? Almost 7 months in fact. I could go into detail about why there was so much silence over here but why bother? Instead, I’m just going to jump right back in as though I never left. Does that work for you? It sure works for me.
I will say this though. I’ve really missed blogging and I’m super stoked to be back. To add to the excitement of returning to this space, I thought it only appropriate to come back with a bit of a bang. A bang of a visual kind.
As you will see, I’ve given my website a major overhaul. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time as I didn’t feel my old site served me well. It felt like I was jamming my arse into pants that didn’t fit anymore and we all know what that does to the good old mojo. Ugh, no thanks! So a new look around here was needed and I’m beyond excited to finally have it live. Have a dig around and tell me what you think!
There’s also something else new around here
I’m equally as excited to share that I’m starting a newsletter. The kind that discusses life, business and all the ups and downs we go through when working for ourselves. I’ll be sharing my successes, my failures and everything else in between. Weekly emails will start going out every Monday come Spring so get ahead of the game and jump on the list.
Disclaimer: the odds I’ll drop the f-bomb on occasion is high. You’ve been warned.
Okay folks, it’s time for me to go grab myself a beer and celebrate my new site being live. I’ve been working away like a mad woman for the past few days and I deserve break. Cheers!
Sidenote: why do we feel the need to apologise or explain ourselves after a lengthy period has passed between blog posts? Do you always feel that way too?
February 23, 2015
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I’m breaking my silence over here to share a logo design I recently completed for Sophie of Playle Editorial Services. This project was finalized in late Spring, but I had to keep it under wraps while Sophie went to work on incorporating the new logo design throughout the rest of her business. Sophie revealed her new look this week and I’m thrilled I can finally share her logo with you.
As you can see, I removed the crossbar on the A within Playle. While knocking out elements on letters is popular right now, there is a practical reason I did this beyond a pure aesthetic purpose. As Sophie’s business name suggests, her core offering is editorial services. So those that are familiar with markup symbols will recognize that the A now represents the symbol for ‘insert’ used throughout the editing world. A subtle switch out that is not only visually appealing but an appropriate and relevant nod to Sophie’s industry.
On completion of this project, I armed Sophie with a brand guideline to help her build upon the new logo. Using that, she went on to independently re-design and develop her website. She launched the new website this week and I think she did a fantastic job. Congratulations Sophie!
July 30, 2014
Filed under Portfolio