stepping out of your comfort zone

stepping out of your comfort zone going travelling


As you might be aware I’m currently off on a 14 day Asian Adventure with Contiki. No stranger to going abroad I am a newbie to the travelling scene - and not going to lie - Im terrified.

Going travelling is so totally out of my comfort zone I keep questioning my reasons for saying yes. I’m very much a home body, princess and total 21st Century Chick. Despite going away for 3-4 days at a time most of this summer the idea of going away for 14 days half a world away terrifies me. Mainly for the most pathetic reasons like “Will I have Wifi?”, “How will I Instagram?”, “Will I be able to keep my unruly hair in check?”. Pathetic reasons. But these were things that initially ran through my head when this trip was pitched to be before settling on a (semi) firm YES! Those silly reasons could have really held me back if I didn’t think - Y’know what - and to paraphrase Drake - YOLO.

My housemate asked me a before I left if I was scared. Too right I’m scared. It’s a whole new world that I’ve never explored before. I can’t just turn around and come home if I don’t like it and I have no idea what the 14 days will ensue. It’s something I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do so never even considered travelling around Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Saying “Yes!” to more things this year has given me a new found confidence. Confidence that I never imagined I’d have. I think taking on this new challenge will be thrilling, inspiring and scary. And most importantly to me show myself that as a 24 year old woman - I’m strong enough to do anything I want if I put my mind to it. Im putting myself through life’s paces in a way I never have done before. I know it'll make me a stronger person.

I hope stepping out my comfort zone might inspire you guys to maybe do something you never have done before. Everyone I’ve ever met has come back from travelling a new person - Bullshit aside seeing a totally new culture can really enlighten you.

Sometimes we should all actively seek out something new and different because it will 100% make a lasting impact on your life. Going traveling will be magical, challenging and provide me with memories I’ll treasure forever. I spent most of 2013 sad, unhappy and regretting a lot of my decisions. Mainly because I was too afraid to try something new. Falling into routine of being afraid and regretting not doing things is not healthy.

Now Im not going to encourage you all to go out and do something crazy. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a little or as crazy as you want it to be. It could be trying a new sport to performing stand up or going on a wild dare devil adventure. Just say yes, don’t be afraid and live for the moment.
This post is scheduled - I am currently travelling around Asia returning August 25th

79 comments

  1. Such a lovely post Lily, I really need to say 'Yes' more often. It looks like you're having an amazing time! x

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  2. That's how I feel about getting my hair cut off tomorrow.

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  3. wonderful post. You look like you're having such a great time out there

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  4. I really need to start saying yes to more opportunities to build more confidence and stop being more scared! Travelling around Asia must be amazing!

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  5. I've been following your travels on insta, looks amazing xx
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  6. awesome!
    xx
    daniella
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  7. love this post Lily, i've fallen into the trap of being comfortable and not saying yes through fear...It's about just going for it and taking on the ride! Hope you're having an amazing time travelling :)

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  8. Such a helpful and great post! x
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  9. Such a great post! Can't wait to hear more about your adventure :)

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  10. Amazing post. I really need to get out my comfort zone.

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  11. Nice blog post and pictures !

    Sara,
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  12. So jealous of your adventure, have an amazing time!

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  13. This is all very true. Of course anyone would be scared or anxious at least stepping into the unknown, so well done you! xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

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  14. This is exactly the reason why I wanted to be an au pair in London when I graduated high school!

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  15. so cute!
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  16. Definitely feeling this! I'm turning 21 next week and i'm going to try to approach it with a totally new attitude. Things are always much scarier before you do them. Hope you are enjoying your adventure :)

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  17. Traveling is definitely scary, i'd imagine. But from what I've heard culture shock is important. It puts things in a certain perspective for you. Anyway, safe travels!

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  18. I hope you're having THE best time, I'm loving the photos! I'm sure you'll come back from this trip super proud of yourself and so pleased that you said yes. Travelling is something I definitely want to do after uni, there are so many beautiful places to see. I have been saying yes a lot more this year and it has totally made me feel good! x

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  19. I've just come back from backpacking Europe for a month around Europe, I was terrified too before I went. It was the best thing I ever did and I can't wait to plan another trip :) hope you have an amazing time xx

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  20. Well done for stepping out of your comfort zone - I bet you'll be so happy you did when you look back on it.

    Can't wait to read about the trip! xxx

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  21. Good for you, lily! I'm sure that lots of people will find comfort in this.
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  22. You look like you're having an amazing time on your Instagram, so no regrets! Going to try and be more adventurous! x

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  23. I find traveling fun, but the wi-fi factor scares me all the time.

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  24. Inspiring post -love it, hope you're enjoying your trip! X

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  25. I'd be terrified too! We all like to stay in our comfort zone but it's great to try new things! Great post! Hope you're enjoying your trip!

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  26. Such a lovely, inspiring post! I need to try to be more spontaneous!

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  27. I travel alone many of times but don't worry too much and just enjoy the moment !! and most importantly have fun!!

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  28. I love your Live for the moment mentality, facing life head on is amazing and exhilarating.

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  29. I love this top.
    Hope you're having fun!

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  30. Such an inspiring post! Have fun in Asia!

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  31. You definitely got such an awesome opportunity to get to go travelling! As a person who has never before travelled either I totally get the nervousness though. I don't think I would've been able to sleep even days before the trip started, haha. I'm really excited to read a post on your thoughts and experiences you went through during your trip, in itself it may be enlightening too.
    Recently I've made a sort of rule for myself; every week I must do one thing/try one new thing that I hadn't before. It's had me doing things like eating Indian food, riding bikes across the city and going to see new bands. Saying yes definitely has its perks!

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  32. I will keep following your blog, Lily.

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  33. Going travelling to experience new culture is something I've always wanted to do, this post has definitely made me excited for when I'm actually able to travel! I hope you're having a great trip! Xo

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  34. I hope you're having fun on your travels (:
    This is a nice post - a good reminder to say yes to more things!

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  35. Totally agree! Always try and step out of your comfort zone, then you have a chance to experience new things :)

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  36. love this lily! all true and very well said x x

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  37. I feel so proud of you for going on this adventure! It's something that I would wish to do in the future. I have travelled to america last year and hopefully around Europe next year with a tour group like you are but have always gone with friends. I hope to go on my own one day and make new friends. Im trying to say yes to little things as the moment too! xxx

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  38. I hope you are having a great time! Everyone needs to go traveling by themselves at least once in their lives. I lived in Spain for a year last year and it totally changed me.

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  39. Congratulations on doing so and saying yes. I've grown to love travelling. I would love to see how things are, be faced to learn new languages or realise that my world is actually a size of a pinhead! And seeing as you can instagram,I think you did manage to find that WIFI spot!

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  40. So inspiring Lily, xx
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  41. It's good to know you are happy and achieved so much during 2014 and I agree its always great to try something new in life as it can make a huge impact on your happiness. Sometimes we can feel stuck in the same routine and its great to make changes even if they are small!! I also love your outfit, especially the glasses, very funky! :D x

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  42. Love this post, there's something I've wanted to do for a while but I'm too afraid to try. I definitely need to man up and say yes to new things! hope you've enjoyed travelling xx

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  43. Lovely post, Lily!
    Hope you enjoy your trip!

    x

    Josephine

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  44. I'd just like to say that your instagram feed has been so beautiful at the moment, I'm loving seeing what you're getting up to on your travels it looks like a truly amazing experience and has made me even more determined to make sure I go travelling at some point. I have definitely been trying to say yes to more recently to, I think it's so important to come out of your comfort zone as I think when you say yes to doing things you usually wouldn't do, those are the memories you are going to cherish the most, I hope you're having the best time!
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  45. I really want to go travelling but im also terrified!

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  46. I really need to make strong-willed decisions, your travelling is just one of the things that makes me want to book a flight to italy asap!
    Lauren x
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  47. This is great advice! I hope you have an awesome time :)
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  48. I'm all for living outside the box
    I need to, cos life is so boring otherwise

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  49. I think it's so easy to stay in your comfort zone. Pushing yourself outside of it, even through very small steps, i think is so important to grow as an individual. Glad you're having fun traveling, the photos in your last photo looked amazing x

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  50. Well Done Lilly, I have been reading your blog for 5 years and its lovely to see you come so far.

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  51. You're so brave going travelling to the other side of the world nearly, but what an amazing adventure!

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  52. I think it's so important to step out of your comfort zone! I travelled for the first time to Australia on my own about 8 months ago and it completely changed my life. I'm now applying to stay here and met my boyfriend and we have a pet bunny baby together! If my niggling worries about my 20kg weight limit, not being able to bring all my shoes and make-up had stopped me coming here none of this would have happened! I hope you're having an amazing experience!

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  53. «Je me souviens quand j'étais une recrue, les gens m'ont fait sentir mal robe cérémonie fille à l'aise, peut-être franchi la ligne», a déclaré Konerko, qui a éclaté avec les Dodgers en 1997. Quand cela arrive, quand le joueur vieillit, dit-il,« je » m ne vais pas le faire parce que je sais comment il se sentait. Ou, «Je ne peux pas attendre pour le faire à quelqu'un.
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    Enfin, la noce non traditionnelle peut inclure les animaux. Parfois, la noce va conduire les animaux en laisse ou maintenez-les si elles sont de petits animaux. D'autres fois, les animaux peuvent être vus marchant dans l'allée avec un oreiller et les anneaux de mariage attachés à leur dos.
    En Afrique, la robe de cérémonie de mariage est certainement la dentelle où par il existe un tissu de base unique, et il est cousu de fils qui font de la structure. La base est le coton, même lorsque le tissu est plus doux et mis au point dans les fils les plus fins à choisir. L'article est strictement à titre indicatif et ne doivent pas être utilisés en aucune façon, mis en œuvre ou appliquées sans consultation d'un professionnel des fins éducatives ou de divertissement.
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  54. I need to learn and say yes more, I am so anxious and terrified of everything. I am so jealous as I would love to visit Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, as I am such a History nerd. Hope you are having an amazing trip! H xx

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  55. thanks for being your inspirational self Lily ! <333

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  56. Saying yes to as many opportunities as you can is such a wonderful attitude to have. I'm glad you're feeling more confident and happy, and I can't wait to hear more about your Asian adventures!

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  57. Its all well and good when you have the means financially to do these 'crazy' things, some of us have responsibilities, such as family, jobs and don't have the luxuries and freedom to just do as we please. Life is not just about receiving the zest we get from spontaneity but undertaking careful planning in order to make good decisions in life which can give greater contentment. I'm not criticising Lily, I'm happy for you that you've cut off western luxuries and seem to be embracing a different culture - you're right, it's enlightening. But unfortunately we're not all as fortunate and we're not lesser beings for having a supposedly 'ordinary' life holding down responsibilities.

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  58. It's good to step out of our comfort zones, travelling can be scary, especially if you're travelling to non tourist spots! I hope you're having the best time!

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  59. Saying "yes" more often is probably one of the best things ive been doing so i am glad you are feeling confident in this change! Lovely post!

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  60. Such a nice post!!
    Saying yes maybe not easy sometimes, but it's graceful!

    XOXO

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  61. Totally agree with the just saying yes sometimes you have to just step outside of you comfort zone:)
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  62. Veeeerrryyy beautiful. Your sunglasses are perfect! XO
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  63. Love your hat. Where did you but it?

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  64. This will be such an amazing experience! Remember 'The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page'


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  65. That was really inspiring, Lily. Thanks for this. I can really relate to the trying new things bit, it's so easy to be trapped in your own bubble and afraid the slightest push in a different direction will make it pop. It takes a really strong person to take that first step outside.

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  66. Thanks for sharing your experience and please share this kind of encouraging experience on your blog in future too.

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  67. Hey,
    I really really like your Blog! You have interesting Stuff on it. Maybe you want to follow each other via GFC? If yes please tell me that you followed me and i follow you back, beauty :).

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  68. Great Post Lily! I have been through exactly the same experience and know just what you mean. From being a person that visited the same place every year to now a solo traveller with constantly 'itchy feet'- travel definitely makes you a more confident and stronger person. There's nothing more rewarding than being an independent woman and you're definitely someone we can all look up to :-) Sarah www.girlsinpolkadots.com xx

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  69. This post lifted a load off my chest. I've constantly been hesitant to say yes opportunities and do things that I'm afraid of so thank you. :) x

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  70. Good luck Lily! I moved away when I was just 21 but yes your right it is a great eye opener and will open so many doors! Cant wait to hear all about it! Charlotte X

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