Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

I hope you all are ready for another ramble-filled posts. I have lots of thoughts and I just want to get them out. This time, it’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone.


I do love curling up in my comfort zone. It’s safe and cozy, and filled with snacks. Back in school, the holidays were spent either holed up inside doing cross stitches and bingeing tv shows, or hanging with family. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with doing that, but after a while, I got too comfortable in my little zone, and just didn’t ever want to leave.

Applying for a job was one of the first steps out. The first ever interview I got, I was shaking the whole time and blanked on what to do when the guy offered his hand out. It was for a handshake but I just stared and made everything awkward. I didn’t get that job. Eventually, I was able to land a job, and that first day was terrifying. I knocked over the bucket of water I was using to mop and nearly burst into tears. I just wanted to give up and go home. But I sucked it up, cleaned up the mess, and finished the shift. I worked part time there for another two years. Eventually, the job became second nature to me.

angela on the bridge

I began stepping out of my comfort zone more often in university. The first big thing I remember doing is approaching someone and making conversation. Seriously. That was huge for me, I am often very quiet and wait for people to approach me. I recognized someone on the bus who was also in the orientation for the music class. So I said Hi, and we began talking. She then introduced me later to two girls who became my closest friends during my time studying music at uni.

I really went out of my comfort zone when I went to the other side of the world. Sarah was talking about going to visit Peru later that year. She then asked if I wanted to come along. I went back and forth for the longest time, I eventually said yes. If travelling to the other side of the world for a month isn’t stepping out of your comfort zone, then what is? There were a few days where I felt overwhelmed and homesick, but that would be replaced by thrill and wonder by being somewhere new and seeing something amazing.


Stepping out can also be something small. Saying yes to a party. Meeting new people. Talking, getting to know them, making connections. It might not lead to a friendship, but it’s nice to have those fleeting moments of comraderie. For someone who used to hate small talk, I’m alright with it now. Not great, but I’m better. It can also include getting a little more personal and sharing more about yourself on your blog.

Most recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone when I decided to do my boudoir shoot. I am pretty comfortable with my body and my looks, but having pictures taken by someone I don’t really know (and risque ones at that ), was something I hadn’t really done before. The idea had been in my head for a while, but it sounded scary. I had it in the back of my head that I would be judged for doing something like this. Wearing lingerie and having your photos taken seemed a bit silly. But it was just a lot of fun, and very empowering. I got dolled up, and was pretty much told what to do, and how to pose. It took all the guesswork out, and as time went on, I got pretty into it. The payoff was an amazing experience, and some incredible photos of me feeling and looking my best!

before and after

So what’s the point of this post? I’m not really sure. I was just reflecting on my boudoir experience, and how a few years ago, I wouldn’t have even thought about doing it as it was too far out of my comfort zone. Each year, we grow and change, and sometimes it’s nice to reflect on the person you’ve become. I do feel more confident with myself, and the boundaries of my comfort zone have definitely been pushed.

When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?


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  1. I LOVE this post! Especially that last paragraph. We really are constantly growing and evolving. I also love how our comfort zones are unique to us. What makes one person hesitant, another wouldn’t even think twice about. And I love how that contributes to our story. Thank you for sharing this sweets! <3

    1. Thanks Kate! It got a bit rambly but I hope my point came across well haha!

  2. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for reading ?

  3. Lovely reflection, Angela.

    1. Thanks Diana ?

  4. Love this and I can definitely relate to it. My biggest step out of my comfort zone was going to university 300 miles away from home where I couldn’t just come home because I wanted to. I was well and truly there, and honestly it did me the world of good. It was out of my comfort zone, no one thought I was going to stick it but I did.

    1. I’m glad you can relate Hannah! It is sometimes good for us to take that big step out of our comfort zone. Good on you for sticking it out at your uni! ?

  5. Nice post! Stepping out of my comfort zone is something I honestly despise, but mostly works out in the end! 🙂

    1. Thanks! It’s never an easy thing to do, but eve taking those little steps out can be such a great experience ?

  6. I like your post! We definitely love our comfort zones. There are homely and cozy. But as you mentioned going outside our comfort zone help us grow and change. That’s why is so important to trying new things.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you can agree. It can get easy for us to get stuck in our comfort zones, but it’s good for us to sometimes take that step out and see what we can do ?

  7. Love this! I am super shy and often struggle to step out of my comfort zone. Sometimes my anxiety takes over, but I’m working to get better with it. I think for me, making this blog was a huge step! I’m SO glad I did it!!

    1. I’m glad you liked it Carly! It is hard sometimes to work past that anxiety, so taking small steps is definitely a good start for coming out of your comfort zone! 😀

  8. Great post and am happy that you were bold to go out of your comfort zone since I’m still struggling to come out of my shell when it comes to certain things.

    1. Thank you! I’ve been coming out of my shell more and more since my days at uni, and I’m really proud of myself! You know your limits though, and it’s definitely up to you to decide when you’re ready to take those steps out of your comfort zone 🙂

  9. Such a positive and inspiring post! A lovely read-through of your journey and great photos too!

    1. Thank you so much Shannon! I’m glad you liked it 😀

  10. I love this! So powerful and amazing! I am so happy for you being able to step out of your comfort zone this much, you have done some really amazing things! I can relate to this post so much, and I am working on stepping out of my comfort zone too and I think my blog has helped a lot with it but there is still much work to do. This post was so beautiful angel ? xx

    1. Thank you Jasmin! It’s definitely something I think a lot of us can relate to! Stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t easy, but even little steps can be so good! 🙂

  11. Loved reading this post ? it’s so hard to step out of your comfort zone but it can have amazing results xx

    1. Thanks Amelia! I really agree! It can lead to amazing experiences some time 🙂

      1. It’s okay glad you agree ? xx

  12. I loved this post. Stepping out of your comfort zone is so hard and I’m struggling with this so much myself. But you have done so many things and I’m really proud for you for saying yes to so many things xx

    1. I’m glad you liked it Anni! It can be something really hard, and it tends to go against out instincts to step out of that comfort zone. Doing something small at first definitely helps! I think it has to do with age as well, at a certain point, I figure what’s the harm in saying yes once in a while 😀

  13. this is so awesome!! love that you’re sharing moments like these, it can be really hard to get out of that comfort zone. I definitely have a hard time approaching people, it can be kinda nerve-wracking ?

    1. Thanks Jamie! I really like being able to ramble on my blog with situations like these haha! It’s kind of therapeutic!
      I still have a hard time approaching people too! I’m definitely better than a few years back, but it’s still a work in progress 🙂

      1. it’s nice to read too, I like the casual vibe! definitely a work in progress ?

  14. Always a good thing to try new things, and not get stuck ? I moved from Norway to Australia for 6 months without knowing anyone, and although it was scary it became a really great experience! ?

    1. It is definitely good to be open to trying new things! Moving countries is such a huge step!! Well done for doing that 😀

  15. I think our comfort zones may be similar. There are definitely snacks in mine as well 🙂 But isn’t it amazing how doing something out of your comfort zone ends up being the best experience?

    1. Haha, it’s so nice and snug in the comfort zone! It is definitely amazing to take those steps out though. It has led me to some incredible experiences and memories 😀

  16. I loved reading this, Angela! Stepping out of one’s comfort zone can be difficult but at times, very rewarding. I love your boudoir shot by the way – you’re rocking it!

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    1. Thank you Eena! It’s true that it can be difficult, but it can lead to such wonderful experiences 😀

  17. So did you end up with the photos of the boudoir shoot? Stepping out of your comfort zone often brings such unexpected rewards ? xx

  18. It’s important to celebrate victories and things we are proud of no matter how small they may seem. Sometimes it’s a case of growing older and feeling brave enough to do things we may have been scared to do beforehand. Everybody is different and we all have things that ‘scare’ us 🙂

    1. It really is! It’s so good to celebrate every little victory you achieve! You’re definitely right, everybody has different things outside their comfort zone, and we all have different ways of doing them or confronting them 🙂

  19. I did get to see them all a few days ago! I loved them all, but I narrowed it down to 9 of my faves and they’ll be put in an album. They’re my favourite photos of myself currently ?

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