Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

I am trying something new this week.  Trying new things is not always something I do particularly well.  I like to try new things if it’s something that I wanted to try. Does that make sense? I like to do new things like a new hobby, going to a new movie or learning a new skill.  This however is slightly different.  I am trying to drink more water…. and I am using a fruit infusing water bottle to do this.  Now I know that probably sounds insignificant to the world, but personal health has never been my strong suit. I have always had great friends who encouraged me to walk, run, get active, and eat healthier. Thank goodness for friends, I would’ve been lost without them. Remember Barnacles or Oars? You can read about that here, having a good support system is important. When you are venturing into uncharted waters, it is helpful to have others who are encouraging you along the way.  It occurred to me today that we all face new things each day.  Today for me it is water.  As we face new things sometimes it seems like we get stuck on issues that seem so easy for everyone else.  Easy or challenging, the process of trying new things can be a good experience for us, even if we end up not liking it.

Fruity Water Anyone?

My new thing is this fruit infusion water bottle.  I have seen these before, but I have never purchased one, because I am pretty sure that fruit does not belong in my drinking water.  However, I am doing a walking club activity­.  That is another new thing for me. Wow, I have been busy.  Anyway, one of the components to my walking activity is the fruit infusion water bottle.  When it arrived in the mail, I was disappointed, I just wanted a regular water bottle, but one that is insulated.  My daughter however was impressed, so I thought maybe I should try this.  I didn’t even have fruit to put in a water bottle.  What kind of fruit does one put in water anyway? Hmmm… well the box had ideas of lemons, limes, and berries.  Okay, I can try that.  The next trip to the store included some time in the fresh fruit section.  Lemons, limes, how about raspberries – that sounds good right?  Mmm and maybe some blueberries and kiwi? I shall try this and see how it works out.

Planning and Preparing

When you try new things, sometimes it takes a little bit more preparation than you might have anticipated. Sometimes it takes the extra trip to the grocery store or the extra learning, or just additional efforts that you didn’t anticipate as a part of the equation. Sometimes it seems like when we try new things, we just wing it, but other times when we try something new, we need the preparation, and maybe even a support system. My water bottle was not a major task but obviously I couldn’t use my fruit infused water bottle without fruit. In the mornings when I leave my house, I leave with a cup of coffee and a cup of sweet tea. I have this great friend who gifted my daughter and I some Yeti cups. Those will keep my drinks hot and cold throughout the day. Both will last me the entire day. However, I really need to reduce my caffeine and sugar intake, and I need to increase my water intake. I am an intelligent person and I know these things, yet I often choose to do nothing about it.  But here is this new water bottle, so now is a great time for changing my habits. My trip to the grocery store left me with a variety of fruit, so the next morning before work I was able to prepare my fruity water bottle along with my coffee. I started with lime because I like lime and water. It was a great choice. The next day I decided if I like lime, I wonder what raspberries and blueberries would taste like together.  They are great by the way! By the end of the day, I was drinking an increase in water and I ended the day eating my fruit that had been in the bottle.  I like the fruit after it has been in the water all day.

Lessons Learned

I’ve learned from my experiment that although I didn’t plan to do this, I’m glad I persevered with it when I wanted to quit. I kind of like my new habit. I’m drinking less sugar, I’m drinking less caffeine, and I’m increasing my water intake in a way that I’m okay with. As I drive home with my lime water tonight, I wonder what flavor I’ll come up with for tomorrow morning. It is always interesting to me how resistant I can be to change. I wonder if I’ll ever be that person who looks at thing’s new ideas as new challenges.  I don’t know, but I am glad I am that person that perseveres. It would’ve been easier to have given my water bottle to someone else, put it in the back of the shelf, or even toss it. I struggled a lot with how to put it together and make it work, I realize it should have been easy, but it was not for me.  I found that it’s hard to do ice and fruit together in these bottles. I was ready to quit, and my child gently remind me it really wasn’t that big a deal why don’t you try again. Sometimes I do think we have to move on to something else in life. But sometimes I think she’s right, why not just try again. I think I’ll take a bit of her advice and try things again. Thanks for hanging with me today, as always, I’ve enjoyed your company.  I hope you have a blessed day. Go try something new and good for you!

Published by Dr. Cindy Freer Conley

Hello Friends! I am Dr. Cindy Freer Conley, and I am so glad you are here! It is so nice to "meet" you. I am entering the world of blogging for the first time, I hope you find these readings worthwhile, helpful and entertaining. I have spent my career in one role or another of the mental health and counseling world. I have worked in private practice and in schools settings. I hold a PhD in Exceptional Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I currently work in public education full time and adjunct part-time. I am a wife and the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of one young lady who is growing up way too fast. I didn't have all of the answers as a mother, although my kids would probably tell you I faked it often (I did). I don't have all of the answers now, but I do know so much more now than I did 27 years ago when I became a parent. I was a single mother for several years, and learned a lot about the unique struggles single parents face. I have spent time with great supports and time where I felt alone on my path - only to look up and realize I was never alone. We are all on a journey, enjoy the journey, but understand small changes on your part may make lasting impacts to someone else's journey.

One thought on “Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

  1. Always love your pics…they’re so pretty and colorful. Oh by the way I am not fond of trying new things either. One obstacle I have gotten pass this year is teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class through Zoom meetings. March 21st we will resume SS classes in person and I can’t wait!!


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