GROWING PAINS

If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing…from discomfort, comes growth…you are probably familiar with this concept. Love it or hate it. It’s the truth. Lately, I should be feeling 7-feet tall due to the amount of unanticipated discomfort from a most anticipated furniture delivery.

The modern-yet-classic Room and Board delivered our new master bedroom. After much anticipation, the day was here to share it with my world.  

What I was not expecting were the feelings that developed as I started to post on Instagram. The doubt and negative self-talk were taking over because it didn’t look “perfect.” The room wasn’t complete. And I wondered, what if they don’t like it? Should I even share this?  Ugh. I’m way uncomfortable.

HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON

I paused to reel it all in and reminded myself of this:

My goal is to empower you to make changes to your space, your home and your habits so you can live your best life. To do this, I must share the pretty pictures but more importantly, the not-so-pretty pictures. The things that work and the things that don’t. 

So I shared away, admitting I didn’t have all the answers. Perfection did not prevent progress (one of my biggest issues). I silenced the negative self-talk. I made myself get uncomfortable.

The response was amazing. My followers encouraged more behind-the-scenes and offered helpful ideas. I was reminded that help appears from the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times. That by pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, I felt a new sense of comfort and a stronger sense of community supporting me.

NOW YOUR TURN

What is making you uncomfortable? Is it the dread of purging your home? The thought of leaving your job? The fear of a necessary but tough conversation?

Could addressing it actually make you stronger? Create more time? Free up physical and mental space? I think so.

Whatever it may be, I hope you are empowered to confront the pain. Because with discomfort, comes growth. And while growth isn’t always easy, I’m pretty sure it’s always worth it.