Tuesday, February 23, 2010

comfort zone.


i've got to admit that my sweet kids are driving me a little nuts. lola has been a cranky pants and not sleeping the best at night. more teeth??? she is a pretty cute girl though and likes to scoot around the house on her scooter. and cody is in the typical know-it-all-and throw-fits-that-aren't-as-cute-as-they-were-when-you-were-2 phase....and since when do 7 year olds cut their hair at school? i was also wondering- if your kids almost 8 and he's only lost 2 of his baby teeth...should you be concerned? they're starting to look really teeny tiny and getting pretty funky looking...spacing out and sticking out a little more than they maybe should... i guess there are always braces if they cause problems right?

i think i need a bonafide break from life. just a short one would do fine. maybe a weekend trip to the moon.

on a totally random note...
i'm big on routine & comfort and not so much on change...i borrowed this article from somewhere (i'll have to link it up when i figure out where..)a while ago and saved it, pretty interesting to reflect on...i love it. most people do not live this way.

"One of the biggest things that holds many of us back is our fear of what people think. After all, you don't want people to think you're weird or rude or creepy or obnoxious or annoying, do you? But wait -- think about the most lovable, magnetic people you've come across in your life. Odds are, they weren't the meek, agreeable people who are reliably pleasant to be around. They were the people who were crazy and charming. People who blurted out silly, maybe inappropriate things, or who made huge, slap-your-forehead mistakes, or who were over the top most of the time, but others forgave them for being less than perfect and in fact, liked them for it. So shatter your concern for what people think of you. You're allowed to be less than perfect, and you may find that people like you more for it, because it makes you a more exciting person to be around. Get laughed at, laugh with 'em. Do something you normally wouldn't do for fear of looking like an idiot. Be that idiot. You'll be fine."

so without further ado:
ways to expand your comfort zone

make a fool of yourself – on purpose.
smile at strangers.
say hello to people in the grocery store.
perform at an open mike night.
eat at a local restaurant by yourself.
take a day off from work to volunteer at your child’s school.
go back to school.
start a new business.
unplug the tv/internet for a week.
write in a journal every day.
learn to surf.
get your news from different sources.
do a house-swap for a month.
use public transportation.
wear something you normally wouldn't.
meditate for 15-minutes a day.
switch sides (of the bed) with your partner.
confront a phobia.
sky dive
learn to scuba dive.
see a movie by yourself.
take responsibility for something you didn’t do.
give away all one-weeks’s income.
give a public talk on a topic you’re passionate about.
ask for help.
get a part time job as a checker at your local grocery store.(or any place of service.)
enter an art show.
try some new food.
forgive someone.
take dance lessons.
learn a foreign language.
read a book in a genre you don’t usually read.
get up an hour earlier than usual.
(ps: i edited this list with only things i would consider doing... many of these i've already done or currently do. )

6 comments:

Kera said...

we are planning a trip somewhere, ANYWHERE. want to come! no kids allowed please.

jen said...

Take your trip—the moon sounds like a good destination ... or someplace like Canada! Whichever's closer. ;)

Darla said...

Always like your posts, Julie. You're a thinker! (; I've done a few of those things on your list (gone to eat by myself, gone to a movie solo, started school again, learned a foreign language). Thanks for making me feel better about myself. As for a break, don't we ALL need one?! Cole had only 2 teeth that had fallen out until recently when his dentist yanked out the bottom two (which were loose, I guess).

Marnie said...

a big yellow flower hair clippie and yellow leggins. Fae wore the same thing.
I loved your post.

all unique inspirations said...

Thank you for encouraging change and being thoughtful in ones life.

emily alex sarabia bunch said...

ok its an erickson thing with the teeth my kids only lost eight and they are turning eleven and twelve. Riley my oldest turning forteen is barely loosing the molars this year. I went to college and they pulled four baby teeth because I wouldn't be covered under my dads insurance be thankful he will wont mature till 20 and the girls will keep their hands off.