Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

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Sometimes you have to do things that will get you out of your comfort zone to stretch you and make you grow. I did this last Friday. I had a friend who I met in July who in coincidentally quit her career as a teacher also. We began conversing about the direction our lives were heading. Well we kept in touch from time to time just to check on one others progress. Anyway, she called to invite me to a networking event. I was nervous and she told me why she thought of me going. I was nervous and excited. We went and it was for Black Entrepreneurs’. It was a rainy day and not many people came out but it was so cool to see all these young black people talking about starting their business. Somehow, I ended up discussing how I have my own blog. So with that I was advised to get some business cards and advice to start getting a revenue from blogging.
I came away from the few hours spent with a new support system of some amazing individuals. I was enlightened and given some nuggets of wisdom. There were people from different boroughs of NYC with some innovative business. I met some from financial, event planning, storytelling and sporting like belly dancing and archery. A couple of them were heavy into a conversation about growing their business financially to be secure as far as taxed, owning a building or space, investing and so much more. I was just taking it all in and admiring the way the conversation was so peaceful, uplifting, supportive and engaging. I was in awe by the dynamics. One lady that struck me is the storyteller. She goes to barbershops and performs. I plan to go to her next event in early November.
So leaving my career is not the end for me it is a new beginning that takes courage and faith to believe in myself. I have met people who have met me one time that has more belief in myself and dreams than family and friends real talk. Well I also realized that my dream isn’t for the small minded. Yes it’s not defined as one thing and seems to be all over the place but the God I serve will either narrow it down to one or I can fulfill them all. Stepping out of my comfort zone was totally worth it. You should try it.
Oh and before I close out here are the websites of some of the entrepreneurs’.
http://www.barbershopstories.com    storyteller
http://www.danceoshundance.com   belly dancer
http://www.natashangreen.com   archery

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6 thoughts on “Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

  1. Maleshia

    This is so inspirational, really encouraged me. I do believe that surrounding yourself with likeminded individuals, people who are where you want to go and those who have a positive outlook on life will help elevate you. Thank you looking forward to your next post.

    • Sis, it was so wonderful seeing you at the event. You have a personality so bright to clear darkness for miles away. Please stay uplifted and encouraged and know that with God/dess all things are possible.

      Oshun

  2. OMG Tiffany! This is exactly where I am in my life right now. I’m in education as well and the thought to transition is with me everyday. I’ve started a blog, bloglifeofarealwifr.com and have been researching ways to get it out there but we educators have to be so careful with what we share. Good to see I’m not alone. I so admire u for stepping out!

  3. Jennifer Jones McMurray

    Tiffany,
    This really put tears in my eyes (good tears!) Your words are powerful especially since I’ve battled with my comfort zone. You make it very plain and I really appreciate your words of encouragement. I am working on getting out of my comfort zone. I thank God for you!

  4. dawnjfraser

    It was such a pleasure meeting you Tiffany! I know that when I was just getting started, it helped so much to hear the stories of others who were also following their passions. It helped translate ideas into action. Looking forward to seeing you at Barbershop Stories!

  5. Shawn Forman

    Tiffany,
    It has been forever since I have seen you. As a matter of fact it’s been over 10 years, during National Board certifying. After reading your blog, I just want you to know that you are not alone in this struggle. Education has sucked the life out of many dedicated individuals that once believed that they were born to better the lives of others through teaching, including me. I too am at that crossroad of leaving a job that I have done for a great percentage of my life. However, know and understand that GOD will lead you where you need to be. You have to ask for what you want, be still, and wait for it to be delivered. My mantra that has helped me to ask for what I want has been to think about what I will do for free without reservation and that is what I am going to nurture. I wish you all the success that you deserve and keep focused on doing what you LOVE to make a living!
    Peace & Blessings,
    Shawn

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