I am proud.

I am proud…

…that I didn’t cower and revert to shyness, and faced tables of people, sitting down and talking with coworkers and folks I don’t see on a regular basis.

…that I talked to those that can be pretty intimidating ..including executives, C-level, VP, directors, and held my own. Talked the talk, walked the walk, and even talked all things barre, running and teaching ;-)

…that I chose wisely at every meal. Chose fueling options, like a salmon burger loaded with veggies and salad and no empty calorie bun that probably wouldn’t have tasted good anyway, or an apple with peanut butter vs. the oatmeal and chocolate cookies set out during coffee breaks. That I chose normally.

…that I didn’t duck out of cocktail hours and after-dinner socials, even though my boss (my security blanket, let’s face it!) left early. And stood my own. Chatted, laughed, got to know coworkers more. 

…that I got some fabulous runs in, and that my knee was strong and happy, and I didn’t push it, but ran happy and admittedly  relieved.

…that while I did need to shift my focus a bit, it wasn’t *that* hard to do, or as hard as I thought it would be.

I am proud of me…again, my third sales conference for my company, and probably my most social, outgoing, and confident experience. This is me saying it proud: go me. I think I deserved that ;-)

This week has been proof positive that once again, stepping out of your comfort zone really does lead to change, growth, and confidence.

And now I shall rest up a little bit more on this much-needed break, and then head into my last dinner and social hour before I pack it up and head home tomorrow. One more workout, a much needed ‘me’ meal, alone, decompressing, needed, after several days of hundreds of people everywhere (quite the switch for me, my little work from home niche I love so much!). And then a flight home with Meaghan, my ‘kindred,’ how fabulous is that?

Cheers, friends, and thank you for always supporting and always believing in me. XO!

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31 thoughts on “I am proud.

  1. Good for you! I am trying to step out of my comfort zone recently as well! I am trying my best to exude the confidence it takes to achieve my goals! more power to ya!

  2. You are a rock star :) And an inspiration for everyone, who struggles in situations like this (especially myself) to keep trying and practicing and putting yourself out there. Way to go love :)

    1. Thank you Rachel!! it IS hard to step out of the zone but also feels so empowering once you conquer it. I will remind myself of this the next time I wuss out at something :)

  3. First of all, high five on the pain free runs! Those PT exercises really do work!

    As for the work stuff, you are so brave! I always do the opposite of what you did. I would definitely be the one to leave early, especially during the social hour. You’ve inspired me to be a little more brave at my next work event.

    Safe travels home!

    1. They DO really work, it’s amazing!! (though I don’t have a travel foam roller, so I have NOT done that but will do plenty when I Get home, promise hehe).

      Wow, brave, really? I guess so huh? It IS so hard to face crowds especially when you don’t know half of them! But I am glad I did it and glad to inspire YOU to do the same :)

  4. All on the up and up to me. The bit about fueling right struck a core. It’s all about fuel and keeping that body healthy

    Glad to hear the knee is getting better, really happy for you!

  5. 1. SO VERY HAPPY to hear the knee is on the mend! Whoo-hoo!
    2. I am proud of you too! You are pushing yourself out side of the comfort zone….and good, positive things are coming of it. That’s awesome my friend! I think we could all stand to do a little more of this and see what it awakens in our soul.

    1. THANK YOU so much! :) 1 – I am relieved! 2 – it is hard to step out of the zone, really hard. In fact, last night, after writing this post, some of the fear ironically came back and I had a mini panic moment, but I got through it and felt better after. Awakens the soul, I love that!

  6. Toot away girlfriend!!! It’s so easy to lose ourselves while away on any sort of trip, so standing strong and choosing normally means, well, you felt comfortable. You were just “doing you”…the way you love to. (If that makes sense.) And I’ve always gotten incredibly nervous around the big-wigs…even when I worked for one directly. Go you! for standing tall and confident – as you should. You’re a rockstar. <3

    1. It IS easy to do, isn’t it? It is HARD to not want to cower away in the face of a challenge, but I am glad that I did that this week and had some good conversations and learned once again, that it isn’t as bad as I usually picture it to be ;-) XO!

  7. I’m out of my comfort zone in those situations also. Sometimes I wish I could stay in my hotal room and not have to go have a cocktail and mingle. It’s just so much work. and I know some people live for that stuff.
    I think it does get easier over time, as you get more experience.

    1. It IS a lot of work and I definitely don’t live for it either, but also know it’s part of the gig sometimes, and I SHOULD do it. So I am glad that I did :)

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