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Sky vs…A Life Outside My Comfort Zone

When I began this blog, I imagined that I would soon be on an adventurous round-the-world journey that would have me outside of my comfort zone on a daily basis, that I wouldn’t even need to make an effort to get outside of my comfort zone because I would be living outside my comfort zone.

Followers of this blog know my RTW journey has turned into a few trips to Central America and, now, to living in Costa Rica. My crazy adventures never quite turned out like I imagined but I am living in a tropical country so I can’t even start to complain.

My current comfort zone 😉

That said, I have found my comfort zone lately. Playas del Coco has become home. I have routine here, I have habits. I do the same things nearly every day.

There are challenges to living abroad, of course, but for the most part I live in a pretty Westernized area that hasn’t led me to many uncomfortable situations. Or, at least, the situations are now habits and inside my comfort zone.

Staying inside your comfort zone is easy but the best moments of my life have all happened well outside the limits I’ve set for myself. There are things I want to be doing and trying and they’re on the other side of this invisible comfort zone line.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things that scare me (aka everything), what I want to do with my life, and how those two things compare. Some of the things are one-time bucket list adventures, like ziplining in the cloud forest or whitewater rafting while others are on-going challenges to get over more personal fears, like speaking Spanish.

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Now is the time to be independent!

Some of things have the potential to be life-changing or truly add something good to my life (like speaking Spanish) but the main goal here is to push myself, to not hold myself back by saying I’m “scared”.

I’m aiming to complete 12 of these things within the next year, by April 2018. Some of them are on-going and won’t happen overnight so I’m not holding myself to a “one per month” goal, though that would also be nice.

Below I’ve created a very incomplete list of things outside my comfort zone. As I mentioned, some of them are bucket list adventures, some are more long-term goals, and others are a bit more personal. These are in no particular order and a few are already in progress, such as Spanish. I’ll be updating this post as I complete some of these challenges and add new ones.

Sky vs…Spanish. This one is definitely in progress and has been for a while. It’s a slow and steady wins the race goal, though I am hoping to take some more intensive classes to speed up the process. You can follow my journey learning Spanish here.

Sky vs…Kayaking. I turned down the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Panama and have regretted it ever since.

Sky vs…SUP. Surfing is 100% out of the question for me right now but I’ve always been intrigued by stand-up paddle-boarding.

Sky vs…Swimming. Confession? I never truly learned how to swim. As a kid, we had an above ground pool that only came up to my chest by the time I was 12. I’ve figured out how to get myself from Point A to Point B for the most part but have no idea of how to truly SWIM. I live by the ocean, swimming has become a necessity.

Sky vs…Meditation. Oh, meditation. This is under the “personal development” category. It’s one of those things that I KNOW will have a positive effect on my life…I just need to get into the habit of doing it daily.

Sky vs…Sailing. I’ve never been on a sailboat before, partially due to my fear of water (and my inability to swim).

Sky vs…Personal Retreat. You know those personal development retreats that cost thousands of dollars? Yeah, I’m going to DIY one of those myself and save the thousands!

Sky vs…National Park. There are SO many national parks in Costa Rica and I’ve been to none of them. Most of this has to do with my absolute terror regarding the possibility of seeing a snake.

Sky vs…Zip-lining. Zip-lining ALMOST happened in Panama the first time but thankfully got switched to whitewater rafting. I am TERRIFIED of heights but then I see pictures of friends ziplining through the cloud forest in Monteverde and…well, it looks so good.

Sky vs…Rio Pacuare. I first went white-water rafting in Panama LINK and though it did turn into quite the adventure, I switch between remembering how much I loved the adrenaline and how terrified I was. But…Costa Rica is known for its adventure sports and one of the biggest adventure attractions in Costa Rica? Rafting the Rio Pacuare, considered one of the best rivers for white water rafting in Costa Rica.

Sky vs…Salsa Dancing. Oh god, I am the absolute WORST dancer. 100% Basic White Girl on the dance floor for all dance music and Latin music? Wellllll, I’ve had more than one guy say “…you were right, you can’t dance”. I’m getting a bit tired of turning all of the guys down, though, so it may be time to learn.

Sky vs..Volcano. Hiking an active volcano – and there’s more than one – has been a major Central America bucket list item…even though hiking is SO not my thing.

horseback riding at Playa Chiquita Riding Adventures

Fulfilling my dream of riding a horse on the Caribbean

Sky vs…Horseback Riding (not on the beach). I crossed off my life goal of horseback riding in the Caribbean on my first trip with Playa Chiquita Riding Adventures and now I’m hooked on the idea of riding through the jungle or up a volcano.

Sky vs…Hanging Bridge. Another popular Costa Rica adventure activity? The hanging bridges in the Cloud Forest in Monteverde. It’s also one of the things I’m most terrified to do (re: heights) and one that comes most highly recommended from fellow travelers.

Sky vs…Cacao Plantation. I am a self-proclaimed chocolate addict…why wouldn’t I want to go straight to the source to see exactly how it’s made?

Sky vs…World! This is just the beginning of my adventure – so many more places to go and comfort zones to shatter.

What is the last thing you’ve done outside your comfort zone?

Read previous posts in the Sky vs… series here!

7 thoughts on “Sky vs…A Life Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. Kaitlynn

    Woah, living in Costa Rica sounds so cool! That’s interesting that you can become accustomed to even a foreign place when it starts to feel like home. I feel I am in the same boat nowadays. I think I will go on an adventure this weekend. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  2. Bri

    I love your whole theme of ‘Sky vs..’ – very creative! It’s very important to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, something I struggle with so this was very helpful! 🙂

  3. Hannah

    I love that you are finding comfort and reasons for new adventures in Costa Rica! I wish you luck on all of the above- I’m sure you’ll reach your goal.
    That being said I had to laugh at meditation because i SUCK at it. I was with some people who were into it in Bali and tried… and died. haha. Hopefully you have more patience than I do 😉
    Love the list though and keep on adventuring! Hopefully I get down to Costa Rica one of these days and can meet up with you!

  4. Allison

    A lot of these are my goals too, especially meditation. Good luck with learning Spanish 😀 It’s taken me ages to learn but it’s so rewarding now that I finally speak it okay 🙂

  5. karin

    Love this list! I love Spanish, I learned it in Colombia, but omg, salsa was hard! Took me 3 years! And I am married to a latino so I had a ton of practice 😉 i can only dance when i drink a bit, otherwise i’m hopeless.


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