The Siberian American: Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

Friday, September 23, 2016

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

Moving back to Texas has its advantages. I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, and we lived in Dallas and a different suburb while Christopher was in medical school. We also have friends and family who all mostly live an hour away from us. After living in Chicago for a year, our time in Dallas so far has felt comfortable.


Still, now that I am healthier, I have been trying to branch out. Most of the friends we have made in the past live in the suburbs, and if you know Dallas traffic, you know meeting up during the week is nearly impossible. Now that Chris is starting to work more nights and weekends again, I decided to reach out to some of the other doctors’ wives in the area and planned a get together.

Even though I was the one who planned the get together, I was so nervous. I’m super introverted at first when I don’t know anyone. It turned out way better than I expected. We already had a huge thing in common, and the conversation flowed easily. I stayed longer than I planned to that day and have spent time with them since then.

This weekend, I am doing something I never thought I would do in a million years. By the time you read this, I am going to be at a conference for doctors’ wives where I don’t know a single person. A bunch of people there are already friends, and the whole purpose of the conference is to make friends who know what you are going through. I feel like I’m the new kid in school again trying to get included in a circle.

All week I’ve been wondering what I was thinking when I signed up for it and coming up with ways to get out of it, but I’m going to go. I’m going to make friends, and I’m going to have fun. Here’s to getting out of my comfort zone!

If you want to know what a doctors' wives conference looks like, follow me on SnapChat! (SiberianOlya)

Do you ever struggle with getting out of your comfort zone? 

16 comments:

  1. I am such an introvert, I totally know the feeling. I plan to do something and then plan ways to escape it haha. It can be a real struggle to make yourself do new social things. I'm glad yours turned out so well!

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  2. I'M SO JEALOUS! Have the best time ever-maybe we can go together next year!

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  3. Hope you have a great time. Its always good to push yourself sometimes. you never know what you're going to enjoy if not.

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  4. I hope you enjoy yourself at the conference! I'm also glad you are making friends. I really need to push myself to get out and meet new people in this new place.

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  5. Oh I am the same way!! I feel like ever since moving to Texas, besides my cousin and a few of hubby's cousins I haven't really made friends! It's so hard, especially when other people you know are already clicked up! I am totally introverted, but that conference sounds scary/perfect though!! Can't wait to follow along with ya girl!

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  6. I am the same way as you. I'm glad that you're stepping out of your comfort zone & making new friends. I hope you're having a blast at the conference & can't wait to hear all about it/follow along on snapcaht!

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  7. I am totally an introvert too! Have a great time at the conference! I'm going to add you on snapchat now!

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  8. Oh ya! I definitely struggle to get outside of my comfort zone sometimes. It's reassuring hearing so many people write that they struggle with it as well. That's so awesome that you've found a group to help connect people. I love that idea and hope you find a support system you can lean on when Chris is busy at work.

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  9. I am very similar to you in being a shy person in nature at first. I will work myself up and get really nervous and almost back out, but when I force myself to go through with it I almost always have the best time. It really is a good thing to know getting out of your comfort zone can bring wonderful things. Glad to hear you're finding a new friendship with someone who understands the trials and tribulations of being a doctor's wife!

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  10. That's awesome, Olya!! I'm an introvert too and get SUPER nervous about planning/hosting things and having to meet new people, so I know how daunting it can feel. Good for you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jess! It's definitely not easy, but it's worth it! :)

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  11. That is great that you are reaching out & meeting new people. Good for you! :)

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  12. I am really bad at these events! I am shy too when I don't know anyone but lately, I've decided I'll just go up to people and introduce myself. Scary!! But it wasn't that bad! Good for you for doing this!!

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  13. I hope you are having such a great time! That sort of thing makes me so nervous! I love my little box, but I recognize how important it is to step out and expand my horizons. Sometimes it's easier said than done. Good for you for being so brave. :)

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  14. Good for you!!! We've moved twice in the last 6 years and it's caused me to get out of my "Comfort Zone" too. I needed a way outside of our church to meet people so I joined a CBS (Community Bible Study) last year not knowing a single person. At the end of the year they asked me to be on the Leadership Team for this year and I was so totally caught off guard (and humbled) It's way out of my CZ to shepherd adults. Children, I can teach all day long, but peers??? That's an entirely different thing. Starting my blog in January and becoming a consultant for Rodan + Fields are also somethings I wouldn't normally have done. It's good to stretch and grow. Way to go!!! I hope you had a blast at the conference👍🏼😊

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