Exploring New Territory

quoteA guest post by Courtney Minson: 

When I wrote my last post, The Benefits of Trying New Things, I was preparing to embark on a life-changing experience by moving to Spain. Here I am almost two months later and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I took a huge leap out of my comfort zone to try something new and different. Though, I will admit, it was not easy at first.

The first few weeks of life abroad were some of the most difficult times I had ever experienced, no exaggeration. I left my comfortable life behind me in Colorado to seize an opportunity of a lifetime. When I arrived in Spain, I didn’t know anyone and everything was unfamiliar to me. I was in extreme culture shock. The thought of returning home and backing out to end my fears crossed my mind several times that first week. It seemed easier to just hop on a plane and go back home than to make a new home here. I wouldn’t have to deal with finding an apartment, opening a bank account, buying a new phone, making new friends, and figuring out what the heck I was supposed to do with my life now.

With much encouragement from friends and family, I was able to take small steps everyday that would help me transition into this new life.  Eventually (and after searching all day and everyday for a week), I found a beautiful apartment in the center of Madrid. Then I put my Spanish to use and successfully opened a bank account and bought a new phone. I made wonderful new friends and I began to discover the beauty and life this country has to offer.

Since I had never been to Spain before, I had many new things to see and try. Each week I explored somewhere new in Madrid and around the country;  my first endeavor was finding the best view of Madrid:


Or hiking in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains

SierraMTNIf I can move to another country on my own, I know I’m invincible in trying many other new things in the future. Just take that one giant step in trying something new and it can change your life forever, no matter the enormity of the adventure.  For some of you, it may be taking the last step in finally going on that skydiving adventure and for others it may be going on a tour of your neighboring city or snowshoeing through the Rocky Mountains. Either way, you are doing something new that will help you grow stronger, braver, more courageous and will give you excitement to try even more things.  Try it out. See what happens.

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The Benefits of Trying New Things

It’s common to want to stay in your comfort zone and repeatedly follow the same routine. It’s not a difficult phenomenon to understand. When we know what to expect we get both contentment and ease, and who doesn’t like that?

What happens though, in that brief moment when we make the decision to take a leap at trying something new? In that moment, when we aspire to do something different, amazing things can happen.

We grow stronger and braver and we learn how to adapt to new circumstances more easily. This doesn’t mean you have to take the leap and move to a new unfamiliar country (although, that’s what I am about to do). Ease yourself into new experiences and try a new hobby. The fears that we harbor surrounding new experiences spawn from our insecurity of how it will all turn out.

Maybe you doubt your abilities, but fear is often the precursor to some of our best moments. Embrace your trepidations and use them as fuel to try more and to experience life.

The times I went whitewater rafting, piloted an airplane and tried acupuncture were thrilling to me. I skipped the usual hike along the Front Range to test my flexibility and endurance during a yoga class. I have an abundance of unique memories from these experiences and each has made me braver, stronger and more anxious to embark on new adventures. Breaking up the routine by exploring new places and undertaking a new activity can give you an immense taste of excitement and accomplishment.

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