Comfort Zone Combustion

Things that make me uncomfortable:

#1: Speaking in front of a group, especially, people I know.

#2: Rejoining a group activity that I had left with sudden abandon…when I was Orthorexic.

Both of which I’ve done over the past two days.

First, last night, I went back to play volleyball at a gym that I hadn’t been to in several years.  Yes, I ran into people I knew, and no, they didn’t recognize me.  I was no longer the skeleton that they knew me as… I couldn’t help but wonder what their thoughts were… although, I did get a nice hug from an old acquaintance, which was a nice surprise.  Of course, I made the initiative to talk to them first, but it was definitely worth it.  When I first saw them walk in, I won’t lie, I had the biggest knot in the pit of my stomach.  Turns out, I had a blast playing.  I have the battle scars to prove it.

Secondly, on Monday night, Jarid & I hosted our first “Art of Marriage” event.

The Art of Marriage” is simply, a video series, which can be presented to a large audience or in our case, a small group.  We invited three other couples: Julie & Mike, Brandi & Jared, and Heather & Mark.  To give you a brief synopsis, the series is designed to cover a few topics that will impact you as a married couple, if they haven’t already.

From the site: “These videos combine dramatic stories, real-life testimonies, expert interviews, humorous vignettes and other teaching methods to lay out God’s design for marriage in a fresh, engaging way.  Guests attending the event are each provided a manual with projects to help them apply the principles taught in each session, augmented by dozens of articles and additional content to help them dive deeper.”

I’m already excited for next Monday!  Seeing this little guy was a plus, too!  Can I ask for prayers for Brandi and Jared?  They are trying to adopt a little brother or sister for Bowman!  The process can be long and grueling… if you know anyone, please keep them in mind!d

Bo

When Heather and her husband got there, they gave us a sweet belated “Christmas/housewarming/love” gift.

She is so thoughtful.  I am blessed to have friends like her in my life.  It’s so crazy to think that if God hadn’t lead me to go back to college, I never would’ve met her (or Julie for that matter)!

I’ve gotten a little more adventurous in the kitchen since classes have been over until the Summer semester!

Recently, I made The Fitnessista’s BBQ Zucchini Chips, which, I might add, were fantastic!

It’s fairly quick and easy to do!  Especially if you have a Pampered Chef Mandoline (thank you, Momma for handing yours down to me! <3)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini (or summer squash)
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. brown sugar (I used Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sucanat)

Directions:

1. Slice your zucchini/squash thin, lengthwise (if you have a vegetable peeler, that would work, too!)

2. Toss in a medium bowl, your zucchini ribbons in olive oil.

3. Add all your spices to bowl and toss to coat.  Make sure each of your ribbons is fully spiced 🙂  If you need more, use it.

4. Bake in the oven on the lowest temperature for 3 hours (or until crispy) with the oven door open just a tad.

5. Enjoy!

Another thing I went out of my comfort zone for?  This Essie color: Over the Edge (how apropos?!)

It may sound weird, but I’ve always thought my nails looked odd with anything except purples, pinks and reds on them.  To go with a completely steel grey with a bit of shimmer isn’t something I consider feminine… but, I actually LOVE it.

Another thing out of my comfort zone?  Mayonnaise.  There, I said it.  I still do have some “food rules”, but I’ve broken them for the past two days.  Since I had a BLT this weekend, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It’s all I’ve wanted for lunch lately.

bltsSure, mayo has some sketchy ingredients, but I found a decent option that I’m okay with.  It’s the reduced fat, olive oil version, and it tastes divine with turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato… especially on this bread.  If you make this, be sure to toast the bread… it rocks.

And, oh, hey… for dessert?  Get yourself an ALT Lemon Poundcake Larabar.

STINKING delicious.  I really enjoyed the texture of this one.  I expected it to be more chewy and tacky, but it had more of a crunch to it than the regular Larabars!  It was uh-may-zing.  I never considered myself a huge fan of lemon flavors… but I can’t say that anymore.  It was gone in like 27 seconds.

devotional

My devotional this morning only encouraged my comfort zone to stretch.  Typically, I avoid getting too personal with people… at work, on the street, etc.  I almost get into a routine that I’m just so focused on my tasks at hand that I don’t take the time to really BE THERE for people.  Compassion is something that’s embedded in my heart lately, especially after reading this.  People are SO worth the effort.  God put us here to form relationships, to care about each other, and to help each other.  How can we do that if we become SO disconnected and in our own little worlds?

Just some food for thought.  I hope your hump day is running smoothly 🙂

What have you done out of your comfort zone this week?  How can you reach out and connect with someone that may be needing a friend?

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2 thoughts on “Comfort Zone Combustion

  1. I received the ALT bars too and I cannot wait to give them a try 🙂 And great job on returning to volley ball, it sounds like you conquered an inner challenge! Beautiful belated home-owning/christmas gifts! Love items with a scrabble theme 🙂

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