Back in May I wrote a post about saying yes to things that scare you. Since then, the scariest thing I’ve done is continue to share more about my thoughts and feeling on the blog. But in my everyday life, off the internet, I’ve basically been chugging along like always.
So this month, I made a decision to plan to do more things that scare me and I wanted to share a few of them with you…out loud.
I always joke that I started blogging because I had no friends when I moved for work back in 2013. But in reality, I’d already been living there for 4 months by the time I started the blog and I still knew no one except my roommates and people from work.
That’s kind of sad when you think about it but not actually surprising if you know me in real life. As outgoing as I may seem on the web, it’s actually a lot harder for me to connect with others in person. I wouldn’t call myself shy but as an introvert, large scale human interaction definitely isn’t my forte.
As such, I usually go to great lengths to avoid having to do pesky thinks like making small talk and networking. So blogging seemed like the perfect way for me to ‘meet’ like minded people without actually having to go out and meet them.
But over the last year, especially since graduating from university, I’ve realised that I can’t keep using my introversion as an excuse. So next month, I’ll be taking a giant leap and attending three different in person events that will force me out of my introverted comfort zone and encourage me to meet people who are as interested in food, health, fitness and/or blogging as I am.
3 Ways I’m stepping out of my comfort zone in August
1. Attending the canfitpro expo (again)
I was at last year’s canfitpro world fitness expo and even did a series of posts on my experience. But to be completely honest, I don’t think I made the most of it. I wasn’t the only blogger in attendance but beyond a cursory ‘hey, nice to meet you IRL’ I didn’t really go out of my way to socialise. Which I think was a huge mistake.
One of the main reasons I went to the expo in the first place last year was to meet like minded people and I think it’s safe to say that I totally failed at that goal. Yes, I worked out, went to various sessions, heard talks from amazing presenters and learned a tonne about healthy eating and fitness. But that one-on-one connection was sorely lacking and I only have myself to blame.
So I’ll be going out of my way to change that this year.
2. Doing the Goodlife City Chase
I mentioned the City Chase a few month’s ago in my post on fun ways to stay active in the summer but I totally just glossed over my fears about it. When I was first invited to attend, my immediate reaction was ‘how cool!‘ but it quickly changed to ‘hell no’ for a couple of reasons.
First, it’s in Toronto. I’ve been to Toronto before and I don’t hate it but I definitely don’t classify as a native. Usually, that wouldn’t be an issue, but the City Case is basically one giant scavenger hunt so some knowledge of the city is required. And since I have none, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to ask randoms for assistance along the way. But the real issue was that there’s a party/networking event at the end of the chase that we already know will send me wayyyy out of my happy place.
But in the end, I accepted the invitation and plan to crush the eff out of that chase. Because I refuse to let my status as an introvert stop me from doing something I actually want to do.
3. Blogger meetups
This one is probably going to be the hardest for me but it’s the one I plan to push myself into doing the most. Although I have actual IRL friends, I’ve always thought it would be cool to meet and chat with other bloggers who understood my passion for blogging. But I was also secretly glad that there aren’t more bloggers in my area because then I wouldn’t have an excuse not to go out and actually meet them.
But next month, that’s all changing because I’ve been invited to two events for bloggers. One is a brunch and the other is a live podcast and while my instinctive reaction was, ‘crap, I’ll have to leave my house’, I’m pretty excited to finally meet and interact with other bloggers in my area.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
- Have you ever been to one of these events or something similar?
- What’s one thing you did this summer that scared you?
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.