Hello Fellow Blog Lovers,
Another week has come and gone and here we are again. The weather is starting to get colder but the full bloom of the brilliant fall colours is breathtaking here in Niagara and I am feeling so grateful to live where I do and be surrounded by such beauty; pure bliss.
This week’s topic, stepping outside of our comfort zones and how amazing it is to witness it in another.
OK, let’s begin…
If you follow me on social media you know that recently I attended and participated in the GWEn Conference here in Niagara. GWEn or (Growing Women Entrepreneur Network) is the brain child of Jenn Wallace; financial adviser and business coach. This will be the third time I have attended but the second time that I have participated in the event.
What do I mean by participated you ask? Well let me tell you 🙂
Last year, I was asked to be on the Social Media Expert Panel on stage in front of the entire group which let me tell you is not my forte. I felt nervous, sweaty, my heart was racing. But, I forced myself outside of my comfort zone and did it anyway. Felt like I rambled and spoke very quickly but more importantly I SURVIVED! I think that is the biggest reward we get when we push ourselves, we break the invalidated notions that if we do the task we are required to do “outside of our comfort zones” we some how will not survive. WRONG! You will not only survive but in essence you open the door for new tasks and experiences that you would never have allowed yourself to experience before, scary but a sure fire WIN in my books.
Fast forward to this year, and Jenn once again has asked me to participate in GWEn, not only as a Public Relations and the Small Biz Owner Panelist, but I also was the Social Media Expert for Table Talks, a portion of the day where participants can sign up to sit at tables with different types of experts for a round-table if you will, asking questions hoping to find help in their overall business development, as well as having my own booth fully equipped with Selfie Station and what I like to call fun and shenanigans!
I would be remiss if I didn’t include the Facebook Live Video we shot during our Table Talks at GWEn, where I demonstrated to the lovely women entrepreneurs who graciously asked me to help them out with not only how, but why they should be including Facebook Live in their overall biz marketing. Such a fun group and a learning lesson for me on why you need to make sure you hit finish at the end of your vid! 😛
This year, was much different for me being on that stage in front of the entire group, I felt almost at ease, a confidence in what I do and my own expertise in my field. Something I NEVER felt last year, sitting up there shaking with my notes in my hand, nervous and looking for any exit to get off that stage. If I had never forced myself to get on that stage last year I wouldn’t of had the opportunities that have befallen me since; I spoke to a group of PR students at Seneca College, I was a guest speaker for CoWork Niagara’s WriteTricks series, I spoke with the ladies of Mom Entrepreneurs Niagara about social media as well as to the members of the Port Colborne BIA. Each event enabled me to gain more confidence and assurance that I not only know but I am actually pretty darn good at what I do, there I said it! So since this door has been opened a crack, I hope to possibly open it just that little bit further. Here goes, universe don’t fail me now – I Dina Arsenault would like to add more speaking engagements in my future so I can expand my services and items that I can offer prospective clients and organizations. Phew, careful what you wish for huh, I may regret this later 😛
But my story doesn’t end here, as I had mentioned in the opening, we are in full fall bloom here in Niagara and before it transforms into Winter, I wanted to get out and experience it first hand. Last weekend, I decided that I was going to grab the dogs and head out to Balls Falls and really experience the beauty that is Autumn. Knowing that walking is involved in this endeavor, I decided to still ask my Mom if she wanted to come along and spend the day with me and the dogs enjoying each other’s company and the beautiful day. Most of you are thinking, well of course your Mom would love to go and do that, who wouldn’t she!?
Well what some of you don’t know is that my Mom has a permanent inner ear problem and because of that is unsteady on her feet and requires a walker when she has to walk any distance. So getting out and walking down the long and windy ramp and over to the Falls is very challenging and some what intimidating for her, ie. this is outside of HER comfort zone. With some encouragement and support she decided that she would take the leap and go for it. As we began our journey down the path to the Falls I could see that she was a bit unsure, but one thing you need to know about my Mom is that she is not a quitter a bit stubborn if you will (Gee I always wondered where I got it from) and she DID IT!
The look of accomplishment and validation on her face was just fucking priceless. I was never more proud of her not allowing fear to take this moment and the day spent in nature away from her. We had a blast, walking around, looking at the Fall colours, hanging out with each other and our fur babies. Side note: I believe EVERY photographer in Niagara was there that day – baby pics, engagement pics, family pics, dog pics, pregnancy pics, you name they were being taken that day, felt like we were walking onto a film set or something..lol..
So I guess as the old saying goes, even if you are scared, do it anyways! Unless of course you will be seriously injured in the process, yeah I say don’t do that 😛 Who knows what other fears I may confront next, skydiving anyone!?
The sky really is the limit when you really start living beyond what you think you are capable of and finally take those risks and allow yourself to experience successes and failures, allowing each of them to teach you something, enabling you to grow as a person and as a business owner. I know I will be, who is with me!?
Thank you once again for taking the time to read my ramblings each week that does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. But before I go, I would like to ask you all, what baby step could you take today that would allow you get outside of your comfort zone and confront what ever it is that scares you? I would love to hear your answers and feedback is always welcome.
Until we meet again,
Love & Light I send to you always,