Push Yourself To Leave Your Comfort Zone

It is so easy to go through life doing the same repetitive thing day in and day out. Your comfortable with your life but you’re a little too afraid to rock the boat. Sometimes you have to take that leap out of your comfort zone to find something incredible.

I know all too well, I was stuck in a constant downward spiral for 5 1/2 years. I didn’t think I could do anything else. I had conditioned my brain to think it was normal to have migraines every other day, get yelled at by co-workers, and truthfully dislike hearing the alarm go off in the mornings.

I love writing, reading, and learning new things. Any things of all kinds. I love words and I have as long as I can remember. I had created another blog before this one for years but never did a lot with it but an occasional sponsored article and a personal post about my weekend.

One day sitting in a morning meeting listening to my fellow co-workers complain about the priorities they were supposed to be doing daily I couldn’t help but think how much happier I would be by not sitting in that seat or stepping through the door at 7am every morning, just counting the hours until 6pm when my sentence would be over and I could go home to drink a glass of red wine and sing to my cat.

After thinking about exiting my day job I fantasizes about creating a writing business. That is what I wanted to do, to become a freelance writer. I could set my own hours, at my own desk in the comforts of my office, a sunny beach, or a fragrant coffee shop. I caught a sudden wave of excitement as I thought about researching a topic before outlining and writing an article. I actually smiled, after weeks I smiled.

On December 1st 2016 I walked into work with a letter for my resignation in which I turned in. As I walked out of the boss’ door I smiled again. I did it! I gave my employer an entire month to find someone to fill my position (which they actually hired 3 different people to fill my position).

Thus Leslie Nichole Freelance was born! I have never been so excited, nervous, anxious, or happy in my life. I pushed myself way beyond my comfort zone! I have done a few articles and I love setting my own hours and the freedom to work where I want. I am anxious because I have no idea how it will work out but if I didn’t do this I would never know. I am learning all I can about freelance writing and the writing process.

I encourage anyone who has a thought or an idea of what makes you happy to just go for it. It would probably have been a good idea to get steady clients before I quit my job but that wasn’t an option. I have taken a position 2 days a week to make sure my bills are all paid on time. I actually love this job too, I work with my aunt at her insurance agency. I am totally happy with the decisions I have made so far. I haven’t had a migraine but twice in almost 2 months as opposed to every other day.

If you are planning a new adventure then I wish you the best of luck!

37 Replies to “Push Yourself To Leave Your Comfort Zone”

  1. Good on you girl! It is so true, nothing great ever happens in your comfort zone <3

  2. I am really impressed by your ability to take that leap of faith… looking to make some changes in my life – potentially moving cross-country, but I know there is another adventure out there for me. Thank you for sharing yours.

  3. That is awesome! Good for you. I have been there and completely understand. Life is too short to work at a job that feels like prison 🙂

  4. Congratulations! I agree the only way to personal growth is we must step out of our comfort zone.

  5. Good for you. It is comforting knowing what you want and what you don’t want.

  6. Good for you it must be a great weight off your shoulders,

  7. Awesome stuff – good for you and thank you for sharing your story – you have inspired me even more to move forward with my pursuit to become a transformational life coach, instead of being stuck in a horrible 9-5 IT job with a bunch of moaning developers!
    I start my course ( Diploma course – will take 5 months) this weekend and am pumped!! Reading things like this helps to give me the confidence to embrace this change. 🙂 X

  8. I admire the strength and effort it took to push through your comfort zone and really move forward. I need to do the same, and I really appreciate the inspiration your post is providing!

  9. A really motivating post. I’m at that crossroads in my life too. In fact exactly, as I want to write for a living and I have a job that makes me unhappy too. Thanks for sharing I needed that happy ending!

  10. How fantastic! Such a brave thing to do, and I’m so glad that things are working out and that you’re so much happier. I look forward to following your progress – I think with your attitude you’re going to be just fine! 🙂

  11. Eleanor mulder says: Reply

    Yay! How exciting. I’ve done the same thing. I’m a freelance editor and writer. I was lucky enough to be able to take the risk because my husband earns most of the beans, but it’s still a leap of faith. Feels so good tho. So happy it’s working out for you so far. Completely believe in following your heart 🙂

  12. That’s awesome – good for you!! I also quit a job that was completely draining me in November – the most negative people I’ve ever met in my life, and an absurd workload that had taken over my personal life. I left for a job at a wonderful company that values work-life balance and lets me blog and edit all day long, which has just been amazing – now I get to do what I love during the day and outside of work. So important to not just put up with situations that are damaging your mental state just because they’re familiar!

  13. What an amazing story! There’s the quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” and it’s completely true. I was able to work from home full-time and grow my business by stepping outside of my comfort zone. Congrats on “The Write Words!”

  14. Thanks for sharing your story! I couldn’t agree more. Whether you’re pursuing a new career or hobby, life is too short to sit around wondering if you should ever take a chance. Take the chance!

    1. My thoughts exactly!

  15. Congrats Leslie!

    It’s always scary when you first step out. I recently started a blog and I’ve been putting off doing video. I tell myself it’s just a logistical thing. Like, “ugh, do I really want yet another thing to do on my already insanely long list of things I’m trying to do.”

    Whether or not that’s true or I’m really just afraid of doing something new, I’m going to start this week!

    *nervous face*

    I look forward to also being two months from now and happy that I made the choice to start.

    Thanks for the encouragement,

    Nadalie, It’s All You Boo

    1. That’s awesome! You can edit the video or leave it uncut. None of us are perfect and you know what your doing or have an idea of what your video should be, you’ll be just fine. Go get it girl, i am excited for you!

  16. I am overdue for getting into this mindset but I know that it is important for getting into different tiers of life. Could definitely use getting past it.

    1. It can be a little scary, it has taken me years to get to this point. There was doubt, tears, and a ton of anxiety. Just take little babysteps at a time and it is worth it in the end.

  17. Congrats, girl!! This must be so exciting and FREEING!!

    1. I am loving it! Thank you so much!

  18. Aww, that’s awesome, congratulations. I had the same “detox” happen after I left my 9-5. I think you’ll find that no matter how many obstacles you come across along the way, they’re nothing compared to living a life without passion and purpose.

    1. This feels right and i am willing to drive down this road no matter how bumpy. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  19. I love this! It definitely requires a little reflection time to think about what truly makes me happy. Sometimes I THINK something will bring me happiness but that’s because I’m too confused in my mind and don’t allow myself the time to truly think about it.

    1. I had been so confused for some long. I am still a little foggy on days because i have horrible anxiety so i am trying to push through and make it work. I can only keep learning for what i love though. I wish you the best of luck.

  20. Glad everything is working out for you and you are finding your happiness. It isn’t easy quitting on a whim and staying afloat. I haven’t had a full-time job since I had my first child. The money is peanuts compared to what my husband brings in, and I hope one day I can contribute more, but I know for sure I don’t ever want to return to a traditional 9-6 M-F day job again. It has been such a relief not having to miss work because my children are sick or I’m sick and then get the side-eye at work when I miss too many days. I’d rather have a part-time job on top of this part-time freelance income than work that 9-6 job.

    1. Yeah that is one good thing about it, no side eyes! It sounds like you know what you want and when the tine comes i hope it all falls in place for you. Aww, right now cuddles those kiddos. Hah.

  21. I love that you found a way to make your dream work! I am in the process of doing the same! Good luck! Also, I love your blog header. It’s adorable!

    1. It is a little scary isn’t it? There will be a little self doubt and some tears but it will all work out, i wish you the best!

  22. When I was 29, I left my career as a newspaper editor and returned to school to get my nursing degree. It was WAY out of my comfort zone. I was a single mom, newly divorced, and just figuring life out. Fast forward nearly 10 years, I’m now a labor and delivery nurse (and love my job!), remarried and have two more kids. Change is hard, but kuddos to you for going for it! You’ll do great!

    1. That is awesome! See, i am hoping for an outcome like that where everything falls into place. It must be a thrill everyday you work as a labor and delivery nurse!

  23. Good for you for breaking out of your comfort zone! I always like the quote about change happening outside your comfort zone.

    1. I have that quote as a print i made just as a little reminder hah when i am about to have a breakdown.

  24. I’ve thought about freelancing before. I was in a similar position last summer, going to work at a job that simply wasn’t fulfilling. Now I’m working two jobs (three, if you count the novel I’m writing). I don’t know where life will take me, but I definitely try to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve been working two jobs since October, and it gets pretty exhausting . . . it would be nice to cut back, but financially I can’t do that since I live on my own and would like to maintain my financial independence. There’s just a lot to consider before cutting back. I think my heart is in novel writing, but the competition is fierce. Who knows what will happen. 🙂

    1. I totally understand about your financial independence, that is so important to me too. I would love to write a novel, that is so awesome! Is it your first? I bet the competition is pretty fierce. Good luck, you got this!

  25. Love this! I have pushed myself past my comfort zone and the rewards for doing so are starting to show. It may be hard, even harder for some, but most of the time it is well worth it!

    1. I love that you said it may take time to show the efforts. It is important to know no two people move at the same pace. I am so glad it is working out for you!

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