Don’t Be Too Timid! Link Party

Photo: Dan Bennett

What do a race car driver, yarn dyer, and homeschooler have in common? They all gave themselves that little push.

Are you too timid? Too squeamish? Give yourself that little push, and share your story with us at my first link party.

On this blog I write about trying new challenges, but I am continually inspired by reading other bloggers’ stories. With this link party, I hope to celebrate the ways we are all pushing ourselves to keep from being too timid and squeamish.

Some inspiration I’ve seen around the web

  • Caitlin (of Healthy Tipping Point) writes in Open Water Challenge Race Recap about completing an open water swim, a phobia of hers that had caused a DNF and a panic attack during previous races.
  • Ross, whose “petrol-head poison” is drifting, writes about pushing himself to participate in other types of car racing events in Things to Do Before You Die>>Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (on Speedhunters), saying, “The petrol head’s comfort zone: that warm and fuzzy place where you feel just right. It’s your ‘circle’ so to speak; the cars, people and events that you’re comfortable with. It’s what you know inside out. It’s human nature to stick to things we like doing, but it’s very easy to become blinkered and miss out on so much that the world of car culture has to offer.”
  • Tessa, a young woman who is recovering from disordered eating, shares her bravery in Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone (on Amazing Asset) about her weekend away to visit a special man and how she faced fears about leaving the safety of her routine.
  • Chris O’Donnell (on O’DonnellWeb) writes about giving an Ignite presentation in Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone. I hadn’t heard of this format, but he had to give a presentation accompanied by 20 slides that rotated automatically every 15 seconds. He gives this great tip: “Have fun. The audience is there to learn something new, be entertained, and maybe be moved. If you can do all three in one presentation, you are a star. For us mere mortals, pick two and go for it.”
  • Christine (on Treasure Goddess) writes about dyeing yarn in unusual colors and combinations in Get out of your comfort zone, saying, “I’ve taken care of chickens, when I used to be terrified of the things. I’m like June freaking Cleaver (if June Cleaver occasionally went out with one orange hand and one turquoise hand in public).”
  • Moonstone (on Yo Photographer) gives some great tips for photographers who have lost their “photography mojo” in Get out of your comfort zone.
  • And for a refreshing change of perspective, Britt (on Miss Britt) writes in When Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone Sucks, “I mean, people almost never die of embarrassment. But the self-help fairytale of doing the thing that scares you and discovering that it and you are awesome? That storyline is not guaranteed. Sometimes you step outside of your comfort zone and find yourself, despite your best efforts to introduce yourself to strangers, sitting alone at a bar, clutching your purse and your Diet Coke, counting down the minutes until you can leave.”

These are some of my favorite challenges (both hits and misses) since I started blogging:

Please participate in my first link party by sharing a story–new or old, profound or mundane–about a time you have pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and how it turned out for you.

The Rules

  • Link to a specific blog post (not your blog’s home page) that fits the theme of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
  • Grab my button (by copying the code below) and include it in your blog post.
  • Spread the love: Please visit and comment on other blogs if you can.
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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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17 Responses to Don’t Be Too Timid! Link Party

  1. Catherine says:

    hmm..i guess my stepping out of my comfort zone to live in Chile would fit into this category. I´ll be doing the link post tomorrow, but just wanted to stop by and say that I love your blog!

  2. I recently went way out of my comfort zone by going to the movies all by myself. Have never done this before and was iffy about it all the way there. But I did it and yes, I enjoyed myself.

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  4. Thauna says:

    This isn’t a big step or item on my list, but I’m trying to get back to some personal blogg sharing. I kind of stopped a couple years ago when my dad (bless is heart) would call me after reading my blog to check on me. He’s a worrywart. But the result was I stopped sharing…I miss it. So I’m diving back in and hoping that my dad has forgotten about it…even though I share links on FB. haha but I always share links to my other 3 blogs so I’m hoping he woun’t notice much.

  5. I added a link… it’s not a big huge thing, but it’s really easy for me to just jump to the same reaction I’ve always done… and with the help of my daughter this time we were able to choose a reaction (and actions) that served us better. Thanks for the linkup… and congrats for jumping out there. 🙂

  6. Sarah says:

    Stepping out of my comfort zone is always a challenge, but staying in the comfort zone can get kind of boring too. What a great topic to encourage people on. Looking forward to checking out the links!

  7. Thanks for featuring me in your post! I was also inspired by others getting out of their comfort zone. YAY for US!

  8. COD says:

    Thanks for linking to my post! If Ignite happens in your town give it a shot!

  9. Hhhmm, I guess I pushed myself out of my comfort zone by posting pics of my tummy, showing exactly what a Real mommy tummy looked like. But – I got a tummy tuck right after… which I also blogged about!

    Love your linky! Good idea.

    Found you through SITS. =)

  10. I love the idea of your blog. Stepping out of your comfort zone. I haven’t always done that but I am doing a lot more now. I’ve started an online business and the idea of promoting myself is waaaaaaay outside my comfort zone! I just recorded and posted a promotional video. Talk about emotional risk! But I’m really glad I did it. And those who have seen it are laughing with me rather than at me so I think I turned out okay.
    Keep pushing people to step outside their comfort zone, good thing can happen.

  11. Allison says:

    I think blogging is often outside of my comfort zone! But I’m doing it anyway. Great link list – very inspiring!

  12. Heidi D. says:

    I don’t think I’ve got a relevant post to leave, but your banner pic with the tiger reminds me of the time I spent with lions, tigers, and bears OH MY! Inspiration to write about that experience. Thanks!!
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  13. Sammy says:

    I will definitely be having a look at these links – great idea!
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