Thursday, July 9, 2015

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone by Dora Hiers

Hi everybody! Terri and I are swapping spots again today. She'll be back on Thursday, July 23. Meanwhile, I hope you're encouraged and inspired to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone! :)




It may come as a surprise to you, but I’m a routine kinda gal. I eat the same cereal for breakfast and wake up and go to bed every day about the same time. Wait staff from our favorite restaurants don’t bother asking for my order; they just confirm it. I write only from my quiet office and take breaks in regular intervals. Interruptions throw me off kilter, and it takes a while to regain my balance.

But being a writer is slowly eroding my routine. That, or my husband is. :)

He’s always testing the boundaries of my comfort zone. He prodded me to write my first book and encouraged this shy introvert to join a writers group. When our local librarian invited me to address their readers, hubby rattled off a list of possible topics and practically shoved me into the public speaking arena when I would have been perfectly content to hide out in the obscurity of my office, pecking away at my laptop. Eventually, readers would find my stories, right?

Now, he’s at it again. Prodding me to expand my horizons. Travel. Food. Where does it stop?

Three years ago, he convinced me that a European cruise was cheaper than some of our US vacations, and we’ve cruised there every year since. We’ve craned our necks to stare up at the Eiffel Tower, climbed the Colosseum in Rome, and explored ancient walled cities in Tuscany and volcanoes in Iceland. We devoured pizza in Belfast, gobbled down granitas and cannoli’s in Sicily, guzzled espresso in Barcelona, and tasted authentic fish and chips in London.

And you know what? I actually enjoyed it. Not necessarily every new meal or city, but the experience. He doesn’t have to sell me on it anymore. When he mentions a cruise, I’m totally on board. :)

We all need someone like that, don’t we? A friend or spouse to push us to achieve more, to reach for our dreams, to fill a hole with something that we’re passionate about, or to force us to face our fears. For me, it's usually fear of the unknown.

What are you afraid of? 

Join that writers group. Attend a writers conference. Write the story that's burning in your heart. Submit it to publishers or agents. What's the worst that could happen? Is a rejection letter really that bad? Conversely, what's the best that could happen? A published book? Landing your dream agent?

Embrace life. Surround yourself with people who love you enough to shove you out of your comfort zone. Give your dreams wings to become reality and discover yourself.

Just wait until hubby starts messing with my bedtime. Or leaving brochures for Antarctica on the kitchen counter… :)

Who shoves you out of your comfort zone? 
Name your fear. How did you try to overcome it?

“Risk, then, is not just part of life. It is life. The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place. It's the high-anxiety zone, but it's also where you discover who you are.” ~Nick Vujicic


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Burn survivor Savvy McCord doesn't blame her best friend for running away. She can't even look at her scars without wincing. When Beck's disappearing act spans years, she relinquishes dreams of love and marriage. Unable to face Savvy's expectations of happily-ever-after, Beck Harmon deserts her, far away from the rumors that he's just like his father. When the wanderer returns, dreams of forever blossom in Savvy's heart, but she worries he'll leave again. Can Beck convince Savvy that her true beauty comes from her inner strength and faith? Will his idea to help burn victims regain their self-confidence restore Savvy's trust in him? Will love be what the wanderer needs to find peace for his hurting soul?
Dora Hiers

Dora Hiers is a multi-published author of Heart Racing, God-Gracing romances. She’s a member of RWA and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers. Connect with her on Seriously Write, Fiction Faith & Foodies, TwitterFacebook or Pinterest.

13 comments:

  1. Dora, I love this post! I love my comfort zone. I'm like you. I eat the same foods, have the same routines, for weeks at a time. But, you know what I did a few months ago? I joined a writers' group and met a great group who are very encouraging. And, next year, I am seriously considering going to the ACFW conference. Oh, my. I'm nervous just thinking about it. It may take me a few years to work up the courage to actually attend. I've decided with my writing, just keep on writing. Even if nobody reads it but me, this time has been so great. I'll go back and reread scenes I've written, and I'm thinking this had to be God because there is no way I could have written that. I have a best friend who pushes me beyond my comfort zone. I thank God for her every day! And the wonderful writer friends, like you, that I have met online. Thanks for these great posts! They are always uplifting and encouraging. Can't wait to read Beck's Peace!

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    1. Good for you, Sally! I'm so proud of you for taking that giant step. And as for the writers conference, you will know when the time is right. Cheering you on, my friend!! You CAN do it!

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  2. I have to say your hubby's done good! YOU GO, DORA!!!!

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    1. That's not usually what comes out of my mouth at the time...lol.
      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Myra. :)

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  3. What a wonderful post, Dora! My hubs also pushed me to join my local RWA chapter years ago. I was terrified. Now I think it's myself...I went on my publisher's retreat to Texas all by myself...and to RWA in Atlanta. Made new friends but most of all, got to be a big girl again LOL. I like the info about the river cruises. We are thinking about one in 2016. Good stuff today! xox

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    1. Thank you, sweet Tanya. You are extremely self-disciplined and brave! I don't think I could scrounge up the courage on my own.

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  4. You and all my Seriously Write/Carolina Christian Writers/ACFW friends have continually shoved me out of my comfort zone. If you don't belong to a writer's group -- join and consider it a mental and economic health necessity!

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  5. Great post, Dora! I'm not much of a routine person. The one exception is my driving, trust me, you don't want to ride with me. Call me Granny in the slow lane. I'll have to try new routes!

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    1. There you go, Terri! When I first started dating my husband and he drove me to his house 45 minutes away, he always took a different route. Thought he didn't want me to remember the way there. ha!

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  6. Sorry I'm late reading this, but it's a great post, Dora. It's encouraging to know other writers feels the same way. I also joined a writers' group at my local library three years ago, and it has been a true blessing.

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    1. It's never too late to read and comment on how a post made you feel, Linda. Thanks for popping in, and, no, you're definitely not alone! :)

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