WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

I know it's been said that the magic happens outside of your comfort zone, and I love trying new things and having new experiences. But sometimes this is far easier said than done. Yesterday, I did two things that made me pretty uncomfortable (at first) but ultimately reminded me that I need to keep pushing myself out of my little bubble.

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I was honored when my good friend Daphnie Yang asked me if I would be a part of her HIIT IT! photo shoot. HIIT IT! is a total body workout designed and trademarked by Daphnie, and it's an incredible class that I highly recommend to anyone looking for an invigorating, inspiring sweat session. I was really nervous going into it because a) I did my own makeup (yikes) and b) even though I know and love the workout, I wasn't sure what kind of poses we'd have to hold for the camera and for how long. I wanted to do my best for Daph. Per usual, she pushed me with her upbeat energy and contagious positivity. I held every plank for a few seconds longer than I thought I could... because she always makes me believe I can. It was an awesome experience and I can't wait to see the final product.

Last night, I had tickets to the Athleta show for NYFW, but I realized that it was occurring at the same time as the grievance group therapy session I'd been planning to attend. Yesterday marked 5 months to the day that my mom passed, and I had yet to really deal with my grief or speak to any professionals. It was time.

I walked into the room and immediately thought, "This was a mistake. I want to leave." But you know what? I stayed. And I'm SO glad I did. It was really nice to have this instant bond with a room full of strangers. and to feel as though I could say exactly how I was feeling without fear of judgment or misunderstanding. Talking and writing about my mom's illness and subsequent passing and the circumstances that surround it all has been extremely difficult for me, and it was nice to finally let my guard down and put it all out on the table. The group is held once a month and I think I'll go back in October. 

How have you left your comfort zone lately?