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The Year I Step Out Of My Comfort Zone

Early this year, I decided to make a New Year’s resolution. It’s been a while since I made one because most of the time they wouldn’t last since the list was too long and they were mostly unachievable. So instead, I chose to make only one for 2017. A generic resolution that’s both achievable and applicable to various aspects of my life. A resolution I can stick with for the whole year or years, even.

I resolved that this will be the year I step out of my comfort zone.

I can probably say that I’ve been going out of my comfort zone frequently for the past years, but I feel like those were just little steps compared to the big leaps I’m going to take this year. To be honest, it’s been quite hard writing this particular blog entry and you will know why in the upcoming paragraphs. I firmly believe that life is all about growth. However, the truth is that as humans, we will always seek comfort which in the end will hinder our growth. This is why it is important for us to constantly challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zones because if not, we will always be left wondering, “is this all there is?”

I must admit that it may be uncomfortable, stressful and you will feel a lot of butterflies in your stomach. But you see, “great things never came from comfort zones”. I’m not saying you have to take huge leaps immediately. You can always start by taking small steps. As Tod Smith said, “every time you push yourself outside your comfort zone, even in the smallest of ways, your comfort zone expands and your self-confidence grows”. So the next time your teacher asks a question or needs a volunteer to solve a difficult math equation, I suggest you raise your hand. Probably you can try applying for that job you’ve always dreamed of, contribute your creative ideas in group discussions at work, or even by putting down your phone and interacting more with your loved ones. These are just some of the countless strides you can take for you to slowly break out of your comfort zone. If you succeed, great. If you stumble, still great. In fact, that’s the only way you’ll be able to learn, especially if you can appreciate that mistakes are inevitable and part of the learning process.

For the past 21 years of my life, I’ve always lived in Cagayan de Oro. Although my parents are from a different province, we have made this city our home, and this city will always be my home. Now the reason as to why I’m sharing this with you is that aside from work, one huge reason why I haven’t been actively blogging is because I’m preparing to move out. I’m going to be temporarily based in Metro Manila but I’m still unsure as to where I’m moving permanently. I’m still making arrangements but the options don’t include my hometown, CDO. It’s bittersweet writing this entry, to think this is my first post for the year. But I’m hopeful that this big leap out of my comfort zone will lead to a lot of growth in all aspects of my life. And as I embark on this new adventure, I’m still going to do my best to share it with you guys, once in a while.

On a lighter note, I also plan to take small leaps in the aspect of style this year to discover my own personal style. Recently, I’ve been abusing the t-shirt tuck trend which is actually an old 80’s staple making its way back into the limelight. Most guys would think only their dads could pull this kind of style off, that’s what I thought too. But currently, I think this is my favorite everyday staple. The fact that it’s very laid back is reason I like it so much.

You can mix and match with denims or trousers plus the right shoes to make it a casual or even a semi-formal look. Adding a bomber jacket can be a good idea too.

What I’m Wearing: Graphic Tee (Memo), Black Trousers (Memo), Bomber Jacket (Forever 21), White Cap (Rhipstop), and White Sneakers (Adidas)

What I’m Wearing: Basic Shirt (Memo), Black Trousers (Memo), Specs (Eye Buy Direct), Watch (Nixon) and White Sneakers (Adidas)

How about you? What’s your New Year’s resolution this 2017? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.

Photos by: Bjorn Lim

Show him some love by checking out more of his photos here, (@cabeej). 

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  • Berlin Domingo

    Going out our comfort zone is such a brave move. And leaving your home town is an equally bold decision. May you find the right place where you could stay. Love that style, by the way. Cool and very millennial:)

  • Adel C

    Love the style, really cool on you. It looks like you’ll blend just fine wherever you go. So, take that big leap and spread your wings, as they say. You’ll never really know what you’re missing if you let fear hinders you to try. And time is your best commodity now. Use it well. Good luck!

  • Very cool composed poses. The dress is stylish too and the thoughtful moods have enhanced it. Do move out of your comfort zone, take courage and success will be yours! 🙂

  • Nilyn EC Matugas

    Bisdak here! I lived in Davao del Norte all my life until 2007 when I enrolled in a school in Bataan. 9 years later, I’m still away from home and am currently living here in Rizal. It definitely is saddening when you think about it but hey, new adventure awaits you here in the Metro. That means lots of new places to visit and new friends too. Maong kaya nimo na! 😀

    • Hello there fellow Mindanaoan! Oh wow, I admire your courage. I’m looking forward to the new places I’ll be visiting as well as the friends I’m going to make. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

      • Nilyn EC Matugas

        You’re welcome! God bless you on your new journey! Have fun!

  • Marge Gavan

    I made a somewhat similar post in the past, it’s about not asking for easy. Because I agree, humans tend to want to be comfortable, we want things to be easy. But in order to grow, in order to be great, we have to do things that make us uncomfortable. There is no shortcut to success really. Glad that you’re taking this direction. I wish you goodluck in all of your endeavors for this year.

    • Well said. Indeed, there is no shortcut to success. Thank you Marge!

  • I’ve moved out from home when I was 13 years old and went back after I had my Degree. I know that this won’t be easy for you, but this will surely mold you to become the person you are aiming to be. I salute you for being strong and for having a courage to move out from your comfort zone. You’ll surely go far and strong. One thing I’ve learned after being away from home for almost 10 years, was growing up alone and being independent is one of the blessings and the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire life. God bless on your journey and keep moving forward. By the way, I like how you write, you’re a brilliant writer.

    • This is very encouraging. Thank you for sharing, Lai! God bless you as well 🙂

  • It is isn’t easy too do something different from what you’re used to but yes, it helps you re-discover yourself and grow. This is something I’m still working on as well. Anyway, goodluck with moving to Manila. Love your blog by the way.

    • Indeed, and that’s the goal–to grow. Thank you Mica!

  • Yogo Cream

    Sometimes stepping out of our comfort zone is all for the best. If I hadn’t quit my job to do business and blogging, our blog wouldn’t elevate to what it is now. Well, I’m not as brave as you to move out of my house. But yes, I believe you’ll become stronger as a person. My friend who’s also from CDO stayed here in Manila since college until now that she’s working. And she’s really independent and is quite an achiever. I think you’ll get far in life.

    • That’s really admirable. Not everyone has the courage to quit their job and pursue something they love and are passionate about. Thank you Yogo! I’m hoping for the best.

  • Ashwathy Manimala

    Absolutely i agree with you we need to move out of our comfort zone to find to do what we love or find what we love to do that journey would be good if we decide to travel. Awesome picture liked your style 🙂

  • I felt the same way when I had to move from a small town in Surigao to Cebu so I could attend the university. It’s going to be hard at first. Sepanx af. But ana jud, magkatiguwang ta, we get to make decisions that will determine our future selves – and there are no easy ones. Dasig lang idol! Ari nalang ka Cebu kay wa kaayo traffic haha xx

    • I didn’t know you were from Surigao! That’s really cool. The thing is, I don’t have relatives in Manila which is why I’m quite worried but let’s see what’s gonna happen. Anywhoo, there’s a big chance I’ll be based in Cebu. So if ever, see you again! 🙂

  • SiennyLoves Drawing

    Appreciate your sharing here, trust that it may not be easy to step out from comfy zone. Am also now stepping out of my own comfy zone too. Then venturing into my dream of continue pursuing my MBA dream, I am quitting my stable job, to pursue it. Wish I have a fabulous 2017. Cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

    • Hope everything goes well with you as you take on that dream of yours. Thank you Sienny!

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  • Abie Dizon

    It’s not easy to step out of our comfort zone pero sometimes it’s necessary talaga. You’re still young and like what I tell my younger friends, go out and make the most out of life. That it’s OK to make mistakes kase that’s how we learn. Anyways about what you’re wearing, I like the shirt and your glasses. I also like your jacket, I can see myself wearing it 🙂