Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone? Here is my story of pushing through the uncomfortable resistance and through the barriers to arrive at the other side.
Nice to Meet You!
Hello, I’m Alison, a Canadian, who like all of you, has many identities – mother, sister, daughter, friend and teacher to name a few. Laying dormant for many years was another one – traveller. It doesn’t mean that I never travelled, it’s just that I had forgotten how exploring made me feel so alive.
In 2012, my daughters travelled through Central and South America. I voyaged vicariously with them realizing that an irrational passion was brewing inside. I started dreaming of exotic places, intriguing histories, enticing sights and smells, heart-stopping adventures, and most importantly connecting with people all over the world.
From Educator to Nomadic Explorer| Beyond The Comfort Zone
I spent a major part (28 years) of my adult life teaching, consulting and being a school administrator. I taught all the elementary grades from Kindergarten to Grade 6, some for many years and others for shorter times.
But I started to get restless. My comfort zone was suffocating me.
Do you know the saying, “The magic happens outside your comfort zone?” I was in my zone. No magic.
Those dreams of exotic places that I mentioned earlier? Well, the seed had been planted and the call to the wider world was impossible to ignore. But how on earth was I to step outside my comfort zone?
I had a difficult decision to make. I deliberated back and forth. Numerous times I woke up in the middle of the night, my heart pounding and a million “What If” questions swirling around my head.
I decided to end my career, retire 6 years before I “should have”, and become a modern-day wanderer, a nomad.
For me, there was no other option but to follow my dreams and burst the confines of my comfort zone.
And yes, it was terrifying. But one step at a time, I put a plan into action.
With my remaining belongings in storage, I have been travelling, off and on, now for five years with no immediate plans to stop.
Have you ever wondered if it’s too late to step outside your comfort zone?
What steps are you willing to take to follow your dreams?
“Dreams are necessary to life,” says Anaïs Nin.
So let’s chase some dreams…
I invite you to read about some adventures from my travels. Maybe one word or photo will inspire you to take the leap, push the boundaries of your comfort zone and put a dream into action.
Where are you dreaming of going? South America, Sri Lanka and France have been some of my favourite destinations.
Have you ever considered any housesitting adventures? It is another way to see the world that is unforgettable.
Are you planning to travel solo? Here are some tips and tricks to successful solo female travel.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours to step outside your comfort zone. If you want some travel advice or a conversation about your travel ideas, be sure to contact me.