Last week I took a big step out of my comfort zone in my personal life! And I was so surprised by the positive outcome that I wanted to share the story with you, and maybe inspire you to do the same!
My husband is a contractor for the US Military, and we are living in Naples, Italy! Now before you might say: Lucky you! Let me tell you, it took me two years to start feeling comfortable and at home here.
Everything overwhelmed me, the driving, the shopping, the language, standing in line for coffee, and again the DRIVING!
It does not help that I am very introvert. Introverts and the life of Naples do not mix very well.
Now seven years later, and all my friends have come and gone, life is lonely! And I quickly realized sitting at home on my couch and waiting for someone to knock on my door to be my friend, is not only going to happen but also would be creepy as hell!
The frist step I took was joining a local Facebook group for spouses to meet up and get to know each other.
Last Wednesday, I went to my first get together. It was seven strangers and me! I kept thinking; I can’t believe I am doing this! We met for lunch at the Waterfront in Naples.
What was my goal? I will be 100% authentic! You know how you try to show your best side when you meet someone for the first time!
Nope, none of that! Yes, I have a little potty mouth, I smoke, I drink lots of coffee, I love a good drink, and hell no I do not exercise. This is me, deal with mode!
What was my expectation? If I click with only one of the ladies, I will have my mission accomplished!
What was the result? I had the time of my life! Lots of laughs, great food, and all the ladies were lovely, and I am looking forward to seeing them again.
Of course, I do not know if they feel the same way about me, as they probably would be too nice to say otherwise. But I did accomplish my mission.
Yes, Mr. Cumberbatch, it is great fun not to be in your comfort zone!
Until next time
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