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out beyond the comfort zone

3 November 2014

Incredible sunset & views from our room in Montepertuso, near Positano, Italy. September 2014.

When we decided to do this trip, one of my desires and needs was to throw myself out of a developing comfort zone. I was afraid that with my worsening vision and some stressful incidents that it would be too easy to fall into a hole of monotony and less personal growth. Expansion of myself is always something I’ve valued, but these days it’s harder to do it alone. I am more dependent upon others. More conscious of how I use my energy. Less hasty as result of past hurts. More private yet still a thriver on connection.

We’ve been in Italy for 6 weeks now (squeal!) and I am stretching myself in a glorious way. There have been tears once or twice, a bit of overthinking, clumsiness, absolute exhaustion but also elation, self-esteem-nurturing, pride, new experiences, adaptation, strong body and mind, proving myself wrong, and as always, gratitude. Beside me stands my husband who lifts me when I need it and cheers me on when I take metaphorical steps out into the unknown. Back in Australia we have a group of precious loved ones who support us fully. As we travel, we make more friends who also wish us well. What a lucky person I am.

I think of this blog often and how there is so much to share. But at the moment I can only think in small snippets each day. The greater dialogues will come in quietness and reflection. For now, I will ride this crest of stretching out. I wish you great personal growth friends.

6 Responses
  1. November 3, 2014

    So delighted to hear your little squeal from Italy! I was thinking of you just two minutes before your post popped up – don’t you just love when that happens? It’s as if I conjured you up.
    Ah, the comfort zone – so appealing, especially as winter approaches and especially if you are a little bit lazy and inclined to hibernation as I am. You and your thoughtful blog posts are an inspiration. Buon viaggio Lucent. (I’m learning Italian, which is out of my comfort zone as I’m not great at languages…) Ciao!

  2. November 4, 2014

    This post makes me reflect on my personal growth Lucent. Sometimes I get so lost in motherhood that I completely forget that I still have my own growing to do. Safe travels x

  3. November 6, 2014

    When we stretch, we grow. Wishing you continued joy interspersed with periods of rest so you can carry on this wonderful travel.

  4. November 6, 2014

    I really like this idea of going beyond the comfort zone in order to lift yourself up and keep growing, definitely something I should do as well :)

  5. November 8, 2014

    Wow what an amazing view! I’m glad those brave steps on moving out of your comfort zone have given you so many dividends. Looking forward to seeing some of those special places and moments when you are back home, and reflecting on your journey. Sarah x

  6. November 10, 2014

    I am nodding my head in agreement, how travel of whatever kind, geographically or otherwise, challenges us to grow and expand…and your sharing that experience with us here, helps us to expand and grow. ox

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