so effin grateful…..

’m sitting here reflecting on the last few days I’ve had and let me tell you, I’m so freaking grateful.  I had the opportunity to spend an amazing weekend in Austin, Texas.  Let me take a moment to say this…I LOVE Austin.  It’s a cute little city with so much great food and tons of things to do.  However, as much as I loved the city, that’s not the reason I had such an amazing weekend.

I spent the weekend with a group of amazing, like minded women at a Mastermind event.  Now, I know what you might be thinking.  You might be thinking that being trapped in a conference with room with 20 women doesn’t sound fun.  But let me tell you, it was effin AWESOME!  I’ve had experiences in the past where being in large groups of women is not always smooth sailing.  Let’s be honest, sometimes women can be competitive, catty, and even just mean.  But not this weekend and not this group of women.

To be completely transparent, I headed off to Austin feeling very apprehensive. I’m normally super excited to travel to new places, but I wasn’t too excited this time.  The more I thought about it, the more realized the reason.  I was feeling super insecure and unsure of myself.  I was going to be around people with large business, many of whom have been in business for several years.  I’m a total newbie.  I was intimidated to be real with you.  I wasn’t sure if I deserved to be there.  I wasn’t sure I felt worthy.  It was really out of my comfort zone.


 Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.


Those are Oprah’s words, and this weekend literally made these words come to life for me.  Everyone in the room was there for the purpose of learning and growing their businesses.

As soon as I got there, I realized that all my apprehension had been for nothing.  Everyone was friendly, engaging, and interested in getting to know each other.  We laughed, we learned, we connected, we forged new friendships, we shared best practices, we worked out, and overall just had a ridiculously productive weekend.  Not only was no one intimidating but everyone was also open to sharing and giving this newbie tons of tips.

This experience taught me so much.  Not only did I learn practical information but it showed me the value of being around like minded individuals.  It taught me the value of surrounding myself with people who force me to level up.  Getting out of my comfort zone is where the magic happens.  Being around women who inspire me to do more and create more is where the magic happens.

This year I’ve made a lot of leaps.  I’ve done a lot of things that cause me to get out of my comfort zone.  But the first few months of 2016 have also been some of the most personally satisfying months of my adult life. I think it’s because everything I want in life can only be attained by stepping outside of my comfort zone, and although it’s scary, it’s the only place where growth can occur.

So even though I was apprehensive at first, I’m super grateful I went, and I’m super grateful for the experience I had.  I challenge you to do something this week that’s out of your comfort zone.  Connect with new people.  Join a new group.  Try a new adventure. Find people who will lift you higher in life because after all, life is already filled with enough people who want to bring you down.

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