Self-Love Reflection: Out of Comfort Zone

Posted: June 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

I do not regret a single thing from my past. I do not continue to hold grudges against those who hurt me. I do not wallow that I wasted years of my life in sadness and treating myself poorly. I do not resent the fact that competing in a fitness competition was not for me and screwed with my body. I do not feel guilty knowing I will not return to teaching because I discovered it is not my true passion. Those scenarios all pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to grow stronger and change my life.


We have to believe that we have the strength to face difficult situations. The most rewarding moments in our lives often come with some growth and change. Just as our muscles will not strengthen without some physical challenge, our lives will not have room to grow without having to push ourselves past emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual discomforts from time to time. Below are just a few of innumerable examples.

  • Diet: Giving up old eating habits we are comfortable with in order to better our health.
  • Exercise Goals: Pushing through tough workouts to cross that race line, achieve those push-ups, improve stamina, etc.
  • Life Trials: Learn things about yourself through those emotionally trying times. Find ways to love and support others, develop new coping skills, etc.
  • A New Relationship: Breaking down walls to open up. Putting someone else before yourself.
  • Following A Passion: Changing your work, friends, lifestyle to do something you love.


I don’t think I would fully experience life if I could just breeze easily through. I have goals and desires so I can pursue my best life. I know they won’t come easy, but that is what makes them so great. As long as they tie in with my purpose and those things valuable to me, I know pushing myself towards them will help fulfill me in many ways.

After all, how great does it feel to know you accomplished something? The greater the challenge, the sweeter the victory. Sometimes simply surviving something is an inspiring victory in itself. We need not forget those challenges we have overcome and allow them to empower us today. We must embrace new trials as a way to achieve a higher quality of life in the long run. They shape us into even greater people than we already are.

What challenges have you overcome? What goals have you achieved? Let them empower you today!



11 Comments to “Self-Love Reflection: Out of Comfort Zone”
  1. Mark Ward says:

    GREAT post!

  2. This is so beautiful. It can be so easy to think about the wrong turns or poor decisions I’ve made and get angry with myself, but it’s so much more empowering and freeing to think of them as things that shaped who I am today. Thanks for this post, Tina!

  3. Holly says:

    I might not teach again either. I just sent off my paperwork to renew my license but I’m not sure if I’ll ever use it, but if the right elementary PE job came along I would probably take it. That’s my favorite age group! Good luck with everything!

  4. Kia says:

    Thank you so much for this post. So much of what you posted struck a chord with me, starting with the first chinese proverb. That is something I must work to keep in mind.

  5. Errign says:

    I love telling myself that all of the experiences of my life & the things I’ve gone through & felt have made me who I am, and I seriously do love who I am. 🙂

  6. vivoir says:

    i am about to undertake one of the biggest challenges of my life- i’m finally leaving home. even through college etc. i never made the leap. i’m leaving my network of friends, my parents, my routine (this is a HUGE factor in my life) and moving a fair way away. am i scared? YES. am i also excited and invigorated by the fear? YES!

    i’m hoping that the latter will see me through…

    • Tina says:

      You can definitely do it! And I bet it will be hard at first, but then after a few months or so you will wonder what you were worried about to begin with. 🙂

  7. Love the first quote. I have been through a lot of hard times, but I don’t regret anything either, and I have recently forgiven myself. I never want to go through that stuff again, but I can see now what I’ve learned and how I realy couldn’t have done anything different at the time just because of the place I was in.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Found you blog from PB Fingers! Really, really great post today, very inspiring! It is hard not to dwell on the past sometimes, focusing on regrets… but I love how you’ve turned your past into a positive and hopeful future!

    • Tina says:

      So glad you made your way here! Love Julie and her blog. A friend of hers is definitely a friend of mine. Don’t be a stranger. 🙂

  9. Love, love this post. All of your self-reflection posts totally stop in me in my tracks and completely make me think. I love that.

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