Comfort zones are just that...comfy. Doing something you're comfortable with creates ease—well, at least for awhile. But, no matter what the routine, if you do it for too long, in the same way, at the same time, it gets a little too easy and you stop growing.
You may not realize it, but your body and mind actually thrive on change and experiencing new things. When you try a new routine, move in a different way, talk to other types of people, walk on different roads, or taste new flavors, you begin to adapt to your new environment and evolve. And, when you push to work harder and challenge...
No matter what. No matter when. No matter where.
Don't try to be someone else at work vs. home - instead be your self always.
Give yourself time to be You. Find the things you like, recognize the things you don't like, and you'll realize the energy you once spent trying to be the best 'professional' or the best 'wife' or the best 'mother' will ultimately translate because you will be the best You.
You are You. No matter what. No matter when. No matter where.
Remember teen magazines in the 90s? Seventeen, YM, Cosmo Girl, and Teen People? It was a kind of a big deal. My friends and I had sleepovers and after school hangouts where we flipped through the pages with a sharpie, clipped out our favorite celebrities to post on our walls for inspiration, but mostly, we obsessed over the multiple choice quizzes.
The mags asked us VERY-IMPORTANT-I-NEED-TO-KNOW-THE-ANSWER-RIGHT-NOW questions of our lives.
The questions: "Are you a tease?" "Are you weird?" "Does your crush like you?" "What's your prom dress style?" The quizzes promised to answer our burning questions. And, it didn't stop when we...
The 1999 song "Make Yourself" by Incubus has kept it's rightful place in my list of favorite songs of all time for almost 20 years. It's stayed on my list that long (and probably won't ever leave) because it's universal. But more importantly, it feels like both a humbling message from the past and wisdom from the future.
As I grow and change through all of my moves, career changes, loves, losses, and ever-changing music tastes, Make Yourself keeps making more sense of my life and inspiring me to unapologetically, be myself.
Offered as our weekly inspiration at Golden Rhino, here's a bit of Incubus'...