Monday, March 22, 2010

Since I'm totally into feeling awkward,why don't I do some Circus shit!?


You know what's humbling?

Putting yourself in a situation that is completely foreign, unfamiliar and uncomfortable and saying, "what the hell, I'm gonna do this...," then gracefully stepping off the foundation that makes you feel so secure and trying something new. By going into something without knowing what to expect and without expectations on yourself- it makes you present- stripped bare of all ego, of all pretentiousness, you're there, fighting the natural urge to judge yourself when you look ridiculous.....it's very human and raw, when there's no more "perfect."

I took an aerial fabric class the other day, and let's be honest- I'm a fragile flower, I don't do things that "compress my wrists" or require the use of ROZEN. Uh, I take yoga- I'm peacey and wear stretchy paints and am sort of skinny/fat, thin with just the phantom outline of muscle tone. Ya hear? So when the bad-ass instructor informed me to "pull myself up with my upper body strength" I was like- fuck, do I look like Pink, can you just lift me up? Upper body strength.... I couldn't win a push up contest if there was a million dollars and gold encrusted truffles waiting at the finish line, presented on a silver platter by a man that looked Jake Gyllenhaal. With the promise of nookie afterwards. THAT, is how much upper body strength I do. not. have.

For future reference; I also don't do things that require unattractive foot wear, have a cold surface that could break my ass, require extensive clean-up (part of the reason I quit tennis, there were too many fucking balls to pick up), involve smelly rooms, raw meat, or require me to cover my shoulders (I'd like to make the decision myself.) Look, I've got standards.
Otherwise I'll end up running around wearing Teva's in a nursing home, covered in a crocheted fucking shawl, while hosting a craft session with steak shish kabobs as hors d'oeuvres.

...but I digress. I'm on a mission to kick my "perfectionist" in the ass, to not take life too-damn seriously all the time and to break the hypothetical walls I've built up around myself that are there so that I can "ideally"; be the best, look good, avoid failure, have an excuse, stay "comfortable," and be a passive observer in creating my reality. Sometimes, that just seems easier- because you know what to expect.

When you're always the one in control, you don't give yourself SPACE for error, or perhaps for something totally magical and life changing to happen.

I struggle with wanting to have everything turn out exactly the way I see it in my head, or "it isn't good enough" which is a mindset that really cuts you off from the spontaneous events that could fall into your lap.

This month, I'm taking on doing things that A. I've always wanted to do (because they scare me, seem challenging, or seem like a fucking lot of fun) or B. Erase the lines of what a "perfect scenario" is and throw myself 25,000 ft. from my comfort zone- completely knocked on my ass, ready to stand up, evaluate my new surroundings and say, "Damn, that was awesome- let's do it again."

Tomorrow I'm taking a Pole Dancing class and throughout the next couple months I'm going to; get acupuncture, take a pottery class, go ziplining (I LEAVE FOR HAWAII FRIDAY!), take a helicopter tour, swim in a waterfall, take a Greek cooking class, go on a hot air balloon ride, take a ballroom dancing class, become a mentor (what? I swear, I'm a good influence), start taking a series of meditation classes, crash an Indian wedding- I'm convinced they have the most beautiful weddings, but I need to crash one to find out, host a Couchsurfer, apply to a writing retreat to finish the musical I'm writing with My Love, take a spontaneous road trip...ANNND buy my first piece of art.

Basically, I'll be really fuckin' busy.

By changing up our usual patterns, you allow there to be room for growth, for excitement, for purely enchanting moments to occur. Or, you just end up with a bunch of bruises and sore laterals, but hey-that's better than ending up with an indentation of your ass on your leather couch.

"Do as you've always done, things will be as they've always been."....and even if I end up looking like a fool, I prefer the magical stuff.



WHAT'S SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU "UNCOMFORTABLE??"



123 comments:

Ashley R said...

I love love love this post. It's always fun to challenge ourselves and see just how much we can take outside our comfort zones. It's entirely scary and nerve-wracking, but why have the ability to do something if we're not going to at least try, right? I hope you have tons of fun doing all those things, and I know you'll end up loving something (or a lot of somethings!)!

Katherine said...

I found your post b/c you're going to be doing some post as well for that travel website, is that right? I love your blog so have been following! I would say swimming makes me uncomfortable...or actually for me its more on the lines of fear factor! Its been something I just can't get over...

Alice said...

Really enjoyed this post ;-) I feel uncomfortable every day with my life choices! but I wouldn't have it any other way... To not challenge myself or scare myself just a little - well I would feel like all those little emotions inside would be wasted :-) Have a great week...

The Warrior in ME said...

The part about going to an Indian wedding made me smile!

What makes me uncomfortable? Dancing- i've never danced while not in the privacy of my room- gross. I will someday. soon. Also, i'm just about getting over the silly panic attacks i get in public (social anxiety is dumb). A lot of other stuff too comes in here, actually, but i'm getting better.

Thanks for the inspiration!

littlemissjuicy said...

I totally agree with what 'the warrior in me' said. I'm the same way.
I also saw one of those fear factor kinda shows where a girl had to climb a pole and climb back down while it was up in the air..that was quite challenging, and I'd want to try it even when I know I wouldn't last 5 secs.

Barbara said...

I'm a lot like you when it comes to stepping out of the "comfort zone". I'm generally afraid to try new things because I feat I'll make myself look stupid. A few months ago I tried yoga for the first time. It was hard and I'm sure I looked ridiculous, but I actually ENJOYED it. If I never stepped into that class, I would have never known how fun it could be.

Kelly said...

Your to do list looks like a lot of fun... but it also looks pretty expensive. Maybe it's cuz I live in London but taking classes here costs a lot of moolah. I'm not sure if it's an excuse, but thats usually why I never do anything fun/challenging.

Lora said...

doing anything that requires standing up and speaking/singing/dancing/being in front of anyone.

So, a few months ago I signed up for an improv class. And today I start Level 3. And in a few weeks, I'm auditioning for a comedy troupe. And in a few months, I'm performing in a show for the Philly Fringe Festival.

Go, me!

Caroline in the City said...

I took an aerial yoga class and it's the perfect combination.

Sarah M said...

Great post girl! And pretty much every reason that you don't do a lot of things are exactly what makes me not want to do things -- esp unattractive footwear. I'm vain, but that's life. It's hard to step out of your comfort zone.

But. I think it's awesome what you're doing -- and in the next few months, I'll be trying to do the same. June I'm moving the farthest I've ever been away from anyone I know, dif timezone and all.

And I think the pole dancing lessons, and a pottery class I'll also add to my list of to dos. Good luck with yours!

Kyla Roma said...

Sounds like an amazing month you have planned!! I would love to take areal yoga- a friend's fiance is actually a professional aerialist and they have the set up in their back yard. I'm trying to convince them into teaching me a summer camp!

Miss Angie said...

Great plan, I love pushing myself out of my limits.

Schedules and control scares me... I'm going to work on that though.

Misery said...

Amazing post! As far as I'm concerned - I am a text book definition of a perfectionist and stepping out of my 'comfort zone' to learn sth completely new is a bit scary, because I hate the situation in which I don't know sth or how to do sth. I would like to be a total pro from the very beginning. So it's probably the beginner stage (in mostly everything) that makes me feel uncomfortable. as hell.

Meg said...

I.Love.This.

A) Being outside my comfort zone is my favorite thing in the world. Well, maybe not at the time that's it's happening because I can be super awkward, but always in hindsight. I think that all too often our generation exists in this comfortable bubble that makes us entirely ignorant to the other amazing ideas, cultures and mindsets that exist. That's why I LOVE traveling. The more foreign the place, the better. And I like to go without a plan and only understanding the basics of the language. It's terrifying but you can actually FEEL yourself growing and expanding as a human being. That is THE most amazing feeling in the world.

Thanks for the post!

xoMeg
www.megsmumbo.blogspot.com

Johana Hill said...

You've pretty much covered your calendar with exciting adventures. I, unfortunately, is on the let's-have-my-ass-glued-to-the-couch-and-see-how-further-the-seat-can-sink moment. :(

I might learn one thing or two from you and start doing something creative so I will have stories to tell when I'm in the nursing home, wearing a crocheted shawl! ;p

Girl keep on rocking!

Amanda Blair said...

You always seem to say exactly what I've been thinking. I really do think you should write a book. You have a voice that a lot of women don't have but want. I've been dying to take a pole dancing class and now I'm going to do it. Because you're right, who cares if I look stupid when I'm trying to be sexy, at least I'm doing it! That aerial class had to be amazing!

Herding Cats said...

SO inspiring! I'm trying to say "yes" to more things as well. It's so refreshing to live "outside of the box." What makes me uncomfortable? Going to parties where I don't know many people, trying new things, and bikini season!

Tonee said...

I.LOVE.THIS.

Wish I'd known you'd be stripping (hehe) tomorrow, i'd go with you! I have a GC there also. Rock it girl, with your socks off!

Sarah said...

i've been taking aerial yoga. it was horrible awkward and difficult at first, but now i'm kinda good at it. i want to take pole dancing too. can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Nikki said...

Is this a quarter life crisis? I love your idea though, good for you. Break your own mold!

I've heard aerial fabric is freakin hard. I have no upper body strength...it's sad. Pole dancing takes upper body too. I mean I don't know that...I'm just guessing ;)

JUST ME said...

Acupuncture made me feel weird. Everybody says it doesn't hurt, but I have to say, it definitely feels like little needles are stuck in your skin.

Other than that, I think what you're doing is awesome. GO FOR IT. Change your life. :)

Rasha said...

Great post, I like challenging myself and think its good for everyone to do so.

K-Tee said...

i heart your post. pole dancing is super fun. very empowering. very sexy. and it will make you want to buy one for your living room. (check and check)

things that make me uncomfortable:
having all eyes on me.
singing with anyone in earshot.
wedgies.

Holly Renee said...

Acupuncture is great, you'll love it. And that's coming from a certified needle phobe. As for your question: Life makes me uncomfortable.

Karisa Tells All said...

haha I love that you quit tennis because of the cleanup. So true, too! Doing stuff alone makes me uncomfortable, so maybe I should break out of my comfort zone and go to a movie alone. Or even a restaurant. Nah, too scary!

kelzone said...

public speaking. i'd rather sing.

but i'm not going to do that this month...oh no..i am going to change my major. and i'm going to be a senior next year.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

kelly- ya know, that's definitely a factor and it isn't something I can do all the time....but, if you really want to do something- you can usually find a way!

katherine- YES I AM!

lora- I LOVE THAT, CONGRATS TO YOU!!

meg- yes, hence the reason I'm obsessed with travel

amanda blair- thank you so much, believe me- I'm working on it....I would LOVE to write a book.

nikki- Nope! I just decided it's time to start doing the things I say I WANT to do!

karisa- dining alone is one of my favorite things- try it, you'll love it :) i always pick a restaurant with amazing chefs, so it's like I'm having a date with my food.

{gypsycab} said...

you crack me up lady! for me it's showing my I.D. at bars around other people with perfect I.D. photos, swimming in public, catching my guy taking way-too-long peeks at girls, my dog barking at men who try to pet her or elderly folks with canes/walkers, not being able to get a solid sentence out when talking business over the phone and saying "like" way too many times....it keeps going!

Joanne said...

Wow! That's a lot of shit to do in just a few months! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Jen said...

This is so inspiring, and I'm really happy for you! I try to do stuff like this occasionally, but maybe I should do it more often! I stepped out of my comfort zone when I was out with my girls Saturday night; instead of putting up with sleazy guys trying to grind up on us, I turned around and said, "Could you just back off? Please, just back off." with a sorta "don't mess with this bitch" tone. Um, it worked! And I felt good.

Have an awesome time in Hawaii, can't wait to see your pictures! I want to go ziplining too... both on some amazing Caribbean island, but also at my fav ski resort in the middle of winter (I think it would be pretty!). When I go to Hawaii, I'm definitely taking a helicopter tour. I would also like to road trip around the country at some point.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Jen- AMEN, you need to do that, we need to se standards for respect us ladies! Good for you!

BeckEye said...

Man, I've always wanted to take a pole dancing class AND try the trapeze. I'm more afraid of the latter.

Ellen said...

Pink's body is sickkk. I promised myself I'd give this workout a try after seeing her perfectly perky booted and sculpted arms at the Grammys, but it hasn't happened yet. Good for you for trying it! Hrm...I did Zumba for the first time this weekend, but I wouldn't exactly say I was out of my comfort zone. I can bust a move...for a white girl. Well, my last job was pretty damn uncomfortable. There's nothing really COMFORTABLE about stalking celebrities. I ended up getting fired, but I pushed myself and gained confidence through things I accomplished, so I guess it wasn't a total loss!

http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

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Hope Chella said...

Since I have an aversion to blueberries I'll give you my entire blueberry pie and not even ask for one bite! :D

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Chelsea Talks Smack said...

ellen- I used to teach Zumba! for a brief period!

meleah rebeccah said...

I love to challenge myself. I always feel such a sense of accomplishment EVEN IF I FAIL, just because I tried!

hopelle said...

i know riight :D

love the post and the blog, real fun to read! :D

xoxo

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SilverNeurotic said...

I really wish I had the balls (and the means) to do all the things I really would like to do in life. Sounds fun, and painful and scary...but mostly fun.

ashlina said...

ok. you are your blog are ridiculously cute! love!
i get really uncomfortable when people cook something for me and i dont like it. but i eat it anyway....

;)

Melissa Blake said...

This whole dating thing!! I'll never get the hang of it!!

What an inspiring post! xoxo

LENORENEVERMORE said...

wow what a great plan!
SWEET!!!

Wacky Jacky & Silly Willy said...

Ooh gurl, you're so funny and real. I had to follow you!

I agree with this post so hard. It's really fun to try out new things once you get over your fears and whatnot. And you seem to be doing a good job haha. But your list is amazing. In fact, I want to do all that you want to! Pottery class is such a nice de-stressing activity, even if I make deformed ass lumpy things which resemble copious amounts of breast cancer. Good luck to you hun~

Mara said...

I have no upper body strength..it's kinda sad. So I'd be the same way!

Trish said...

AAH! All I can say is that you are such a sexy doll and I am flattered you stopped by. Happy to be a new follower! XOXO

Rainey said...

Totally been looking to quit my job (yeeek!!) and start some more independent ventures.

However, the thought of quitting my job makes me as about uncomfortable as a Kardashian without her stylist.

s a m said...

oh my gosh this made me laugh out loud!

to be honest blogging made me so uncomfortable for so long - I treated it like a secret! and even though its so public if anyone mentioned it to me face to face I got all nervous. I felt so nerdy, and now it is my favorite thing.

One of the best things I've discovered about doing something that makes me uncomfortable is that it makes it okay for other people to do those things too. I have lots of friends who said "why don't I have a blog?" after seeing mine. It's magic the way that happens

carly said...

ok so i've been lurking you forever (found you via nicoleisbetter aka my college roommate) BUT had to respond to this particular post because it's that awesome. and i recently overcame one of my fears of the uncomfortable and started acupuncture and it was definitely one of my best decisions ever. completely different approach to healthcare that is more my speed. i highly recommend it. next i am going to start actively pursuing my one biggest dream, which is to write and illustrate a children's book. this makes me super uncomfortable to even type right now because that means i have to do. but that's a good thing, right? wooo.

hannahkaty.com said...

You are absolutely wild and I love it... Good for you, let me know how the pole dancing goes haha. I laughed out loud to your commentary on this post. Soo good.

Best,

Hannah Katy

Alison said...

YESSS, finally a blog with kick-ass fondue recipes. Where have you been all my blogging life?

Jess said...

I don't think there are many people out there who have upper body strength! Good on you for giving it a go!

Phoenix said...

Ok, so here me out on this one before I sound like a bitch:

Helping homeless people makes me uncomfortable.

And here's the thing: I really, totally want to help homeless people. They are everywhere in LA because of the warm-ish weather year-round (I had to quantify the warm with the -ish because let's face it, sometimes 65 degrees sucks when you're used to 80, don't hate me) and I want to help them find housing, give them food, get them off drugs, etc.

But I am terrified, and I mean terrified, of unpredictable people, particularly if they are on drugs. I want to serve at a soup kitchen but I'm scared. I want to walk up to them and give them food (which I've done before, and bought them coffee) but have had it go horribly wrong and have had food thrown back in my face.

So you see my conundrum.

Missy said...

such an inspiring post! i feel uncomfortable in my work place as i deal with vulnerable children.

Missy
For everything about fashion:
http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

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Breathless Ms. Seberg said...

Chelsea, can I say that you're hilarious? May I just say that? It's true.

I think it's great to throw yourself into situations that make you nervous and a bit scared, as long as they're not like...walking through dark alleys alone. I also share the deep desire to go up in a hot air balloon. I've wanted to do that since I was a kid.

Something that makes me uncomfortable? People. In general. Because of this, I've challenged myself to start volunteering. I'm going to be starting at a senior bingo night in a few weeks, where I'll be thrown into the mix and will have to talk to old strangers. To be honest: kind of terrifying. But, I once rode ostriches as a job...I can handle this, right?

Have a terrific time in Hawaii!

xoxo,
Ms. Seberg

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Christine said...

Wow, I wish I could spend my time the way you do. I agree with you. Routines make me highly uncomfortable. Thanks for checking out my blog!

Christine@TheFiveSenses.org

kirstyb said...

ah such a great post x

Taj Acosta said...

What makes me uncomfortable is when you're in an elevator and it smells! And then someone gets in and thinks it's you! It's the worst! haha! xoxo

Shell said...

Damn, you're doing a lot of things that would make me uncomfortable! Though, I have to say that I like your spirit.

I might be uncomfortable, but I'd do some crazy things, just to be able to say I did them.

I'm Jane said...

Something about venturing through my 30s has made me much more comfortable with myself. Dining and movies alone - no problem - I consider it a treat. Took a class at a ballet school with no dance experience and twirled with unskilled abandon. Topless beach - done it. I love to sing at the top of my lungs (badly) during a concert or at a bar.

...but, God help me, I can't stand the thought of anybody hearing me sing during the National Anthem at sporting events.

I even know all the words.

Picnics and Peonies said...

I just found your blog, and it's the funniest, most interesting, most original writing I've read in a long time! Love it!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

I'm jane- i LOVE THAT, i love dining alone and hell yes, topless beach is on the list at some point!

picnics and peonies- AH, thank you so much your comment made my night, welcome!

Candice said...

Great post! I need to do things that are out of my comfort zone more.

I plan on taking a photography class next month. It's something I want to persue, but I'm scared that I'm not good enough.

I've finally decided that I shouldn't give a shit about that. I just need to do it.

Mrs T said...

It's massively rad that you are trying all those new things. But damn girl you are going to be busy!

Probably the scariest shit that I refuse to try is acupuncture. Needles voluntarily - no way!! One of my friends swears by it.

EL said...

"By changing up our usual patterns, you allow there to be room for growth, for excitement, for purely enchanting moments to occur"...I like that! And sounds like your gonna be busy the next month or so! have an amazing time in Hawaii (so jealous) and I hope you post about the pole dancing class I always wanted to know how those go haha!

Hita said...

I loooooooooooove this post!
Something that makes me uncomfy? Mmmmmmm being hungry, I guess...

x0x0

Erin said...

You are DA BOMB!
(p.s. thanks again for stopping by my lame-o place yesterday)

I started taking Jazzercise about a year and a half ago. It was totally out of my comfort zone b/c I'm completely uncoordinated, klutzy, and goofy. I have grown to love it and it keeps me in shape. Which is not to say that I don't screw up and do the wrong moves at the wrong time---I'm going left when everyone else is going right, catapuling myself into the air when everyone else is squatting....

I took ballet briefly when I was little, but I'm no graceful flower to be sure.

I still feel like such a geek in the class that even after all this time I still stand in the back row so no one can see me when I mess up.

;-)
I love the idea of an aerial fabric class--you inspire me! Oh, and I LOVE acupuncture. It's very relaxing. I've also wanted to take a pottery class forever.

I don't know what's been holding me back before, but now it's the fact that I'm a SAHM and my time/schedule is not my own. We have a year and a half until my twins are in kindergarten. I need to start researching and making my to-do list now.

LOVE THIS POST, GIRL! I'm going to follow you now. Where have you been all my life?!?!

ThiliBlooms said...

Hey thanks for the lovely comment on my blog! You are very beautiful :)
Love your blog! I`ll come back for sure!
And I`ve crashed an indian wedding in Delhi once and it was beautiful (the wedding was in the hotel I was staying) I know they knew I was a tourist but they were very friendly and everybody looked so beautiful and colorful! The bride even rides an elephant (no kidding).. amazing, u should totally go there!
good luck and have a wonderful day!

Morgan said...

Love this post! So true! We gotta put ourselves out there sometimes so we can experience life!

Mary said...

I am SO happy you commented on my blog, and not even for selfish reasons...but solely because it lead me to this little gem of a blog. I just died laughing at the 2nd paragraph. You are hilarious.

Marianne said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

Are you really going to hawaii on friday?!?!!? Oh, please take me with! Please!!! If you're going to Oahu, Kauai and/or Maui and need ideas of things to do/places to eat, I'd be happy to help. I lived on Oahu for a brief time and have been to Kauai and Maui.

Have an awesome time :)

Marianne
ficklewhitewoman.blogspot.com

Caroline said...

Ha! Very funny post. You have a refreshing blog!! I love your About Me write-up too.

Thanks for visiting!!!

P.S. I am HORRIBLE at push-ups as well! I do the girl-pushups.

http://www.carolineginthecity.blogspot.com

abeautifullittlefool said...

A friend and I have been tossing around the idea of pole dancing, so if you find a good studio, let me know! AND, you should totally become a mentor. Any kid would be thrilled to have you to hang out with. I do Big Brothers Big Sisters in Denver and they are amazing - you should check it out!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

thiliblooms-AH, now that's incredible!!! That's the way to do it!

mary- well thank you, so glad we could connect!! cheers!

marianne- I AM! SO EXCITED!

abeautifullittlefool- TEASE STUDIO!! THey are AMAZING, it's so much fun, so ladi back, a fantaastic studio and great teachers. Off South Pearl!.....May be hosting a blogger event there for Denver bloggers soon, will let you know ;)

confessionsofaperfectionist said...

You are fucking hilarious. Wish I would have done the aerial class with you- but something tells me I have even LESS upper body strength then you do. I'm now thinking about all the things that I want to try... :)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

my dear little love confessionsofaperftionist- Um, we need to go to the pole dancing class before you leave....literally, hysterical, awesome, sexy fun.- AND THERES A WINE BAR REALLY CLOSE FOR AFTERWARDS lol ;)....WRITE ABOUT what you want, and do it :)

Elizabeth said...

Girl, you're little digression on things you will not do had me laughing so hard! Your digressions are the best part :)

tryingtostaysane said...

Something that makes me feel uncomfortable? Hmmm...
Singing and Dancing like those old MGM musicals in real life.I actually always wanted to do a flash mob or be a part of one like these guys were
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k
It would be fun to put a smile on others peoples faces. Another thing that makes me uncomforatble is trying to speak tagalog or learning because lets face it I am hopeless.

Sophia said...

Hey, you commented on my blog (thanks) and I decided to check out your blog (which I now love), and I'm glad I did :)
To think of a couple of the things that make me uncomfortable is difficult because I like to throw myself into uncomfortable situations all the time. I think for me the most uncomfortable situations would involve bathing suits, or removal of clothes. Sort of cliche, but true.

xo, Sophia

Tiffany said...

i don't know how you found my blog, but i'm so glad you did for the simple fact that i found you right back.

this entire post is me--except that i don't do yoga and some other stuff, but still. i take myself waaay too seriously. like, i'm sitting here with the nervous poos b/c i get my finance midterm back tonight and i think i failed. in the grand scheme of things--if i fail, will it really matter that much? no, i think not.

following you!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

I LOVE THIS POST. SO much!! I was just telling my fiance that we need THIS, exactly this in our lives. And girl you are so damn funny haha love this :) thanks for sharing your fun shit hahaha xo

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Oh and I did pole dancing classes. They were awesome! This month. I finish my tattoo because I CAN. And don't care what anyone else says :)

Tamara Nicole said...

Pole dancing?! How fun!!! So hmmm I liek to try new things and foods all the time, but I think I need to learn some new skill like POLE DANCING! Lol or maybe ballroom with the hubby?!

Also: I have a lil' somethin' somethin' for you on my blog!

MrsDixon said...

How unfair to be asked to do things that Pink does!! I love this post and am quite inspired now. Thanks!

Rolerkite said...

I've had a skydiving gift certificate for nearly 2 years now. I showed up once and ran the fuck out of there. I paid to get the certificate extended and I stare at it every morning as I nearly shit my pants thinking about jumping out of a plane.
I'm doing it this summer, I swear.

Kim said...

I think your plans sound wonderful!

TheBigShowAtUD said...

you're going to have a ginormous comfort zone in t-minus NOT LONG. i admire that. isn't odd that you have a long list of things you'd do if you weren't afraid of failing or getting things wrong? i know i have one.

mine would be to... just start meeting people randomly because they look interesting and i feel like it. i can count on one hand the number of people i've met without being introduced by someone else. eh.

pen.ny said...

"fuck, do I look like Pink, can you just lift me up?"

genius.

Elizabeth Marie said...

TEVAS. Makes me uncomfortable just thinking about it.

xoxoKrysten said...

Great post, it's always good to challenge yourself.

Cara Smith said...

That was inspiring! I don't know how you are going to fit that all in, but good luck to you.

One thing in to consider when buying art...look for a "starving artist" sale. They typically feature local artist and you can get a great original piece (at a great price) and support your local art community.

Nathalie said...

This is a really great thing to experiment with all these new things. I think it really helps to step out of the comfort zone
*Nathalie

missy. said...

i LOVED ziplining in Hawaii! have fun :)

Joellen said...

Pole dancing? That's amazing!!
Looove this post

joellenlove.blogspot.com

SassyGirl said...

Do it! It's great to do things outside of your comfort zone. Don't you feel so accomplished afterwards?

Dasha said...

I'm curious where you will take your spontaneous trip. I think that's pretty much the best thing. I took a day trip to a nearby town spontaneously a week ago. I never really traveled outside the city by myself, and it was great; it felt like a field trip for one.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Great post!! I am horrible at push ups too!

Lauren K said...

I just moved to South Korea, does that count? Fabulous post!

LiLu said...

You should see me try to do pull ups on that day of our p90x regimen. My goal is to do ONE (real one) by the time we finish. I've never been able to do one- I couldn't even do the monkey bars when I was little.

Sigh.

Jessie May said...

Great post Chelsea! I love how you've made it into a game. Once we decide that we're doing it, we're in, so next time that opportunity comes around that makes us feel uncomfortable and we're shakin' in our boots wondering if we should do it or not - WE DO IT! We do it because we're playin' the game and therefore, there's no excuses!

In order to grow, we HAVE TO stretch ourselves. What a fun way to do it!

Thanks so much to being such an inspiration to so many people!

Ally B said...

I'm a compulsive worrier and therefore can't shut that stupid little voice in my head up that says, over and over again, "but what if...". I'm terrified of anything outside of my comfort zone. I'm scared of anything scary. I'm (slowly) trying to break out of this... but it's just so damn hard.

zachary said...

put my ass in the front line of a strike. Love your blog. It's a shame i just discovered your blog.

Hater Von G said...

I love this post. How motivational.

Something that tops my list of things that make me uncomfortable would be standing up for myself. Confrontation gives me the shits.

Toe said...

Wow your plate is really full. All of those things sound really fun.

rinth1989 said...

You are totally more brave than I am.

I like to try new things but horses scare me. During J-Term this spring, I could have taken riding lessons. But you are right. Next time I will do it!

Felisa said...

You're giving me lots of awesome, awesome ideas, lady! :)

I'm very introverted... not that I'm shy (not at all) but I enjoy alone time a tad too much... so much so that I go to bed at 8 sometimes even though people are inviting me to go to places just so I can get up early and do things alone. So it's a new quarter and I signed up for a bunch of things that will make me get off my ass and be forced not to spend most of my time alone.

Soooooo karate and yoga and volunteering? Here I come!

Carly Anne said...

"I'm on a mission to kick my "perfectionist" in the ass, to not take life too-damn seriously all the time and to break the hypothetical walls I've built up around myself that are there so that I can "ideally"; be the best, look good, avoid failure, have an excuse, stay "comfortable," and be a passive observer in creating my reality."

I've been on this mission for two years now; it's amazingly difficult and requires constant maintenance (I recently realized I can't put a "date stamp" on mental health) but, ultimately, my super enhanced life experience makes it worth it.

XO
Carly

All this is Grace and Charm
http://allthisgraceandcharm.blogspot.com

Jeri said...

Thanks for the comment on my bloggy, and double thanks for leading me back to your awesomeness. I so wish I would've read this post last night. I had been toying with doing something I was scared to do today, and this post would've given me the kick in the rear I needed. Love your writing style. Refreshingly blunt and honest. :)

Carina said...

A lot of things make me uncomfortable...but your post really coincides with what I have been feeling these past few days

And big thanks for visiting my blog!

The Girl said...

This is a hot post. It is making me think about what scares me. It was high traffic high speed highways two months ago - that's when I decided to take the highway EVERYDAY. And viola! It's easy peasy now.

But I need to move on to the next fear...because right now I am indenting my leather couch with my butt.

Anonymous said...

But where do you find the money to do all that? Do you have a money tree? A sugar daddy? What? I'm not against having one or the other or both. Are you?

- HappyTipsyGypsy

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

anonymous- NO NO, I just plan accordingly...I look for deals, I save up.... :)

JenRem said...

Yea so I take an aerial yoga class in Detroit once a week. It's amazing and awesome and so very much fun! :) Check out my photos on the blog - nothing like what you could do though!

Shanley said...

Taking my shoes off at a new babysitting house... i don't like people to know that i don't match my socks.

Kara Witham said...

Men in thongs.

J-Diggety said...

I LUV that quote... "do what you always do and you'll get what you always get"... did you get that from a yoga book, by chance?? I have a yoga meditations book that has that exact quote... good stuff to live by!

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