One thing I'm working on this year is getting out of my comfort zone. Not too far mind you, I'm not entirely crazy, but a little bit at a time. So far I've joined Upwork and Guru - two things I never would have done before. Putting myself out there as a freelancer? Yeah, so not comfortable. But yet, it seems to be working. I'm definitely not going to get rich off what I'm making there right now, but I'm still new to both sites. But I'm getting work, and most of that has come from the same client - which I think is a good thing. Still need more jobs on Upwork to get any stats, so I keep submitting proposals. At the very least I have one client that has plenty of work for me to do from Upwork, and another client who pops in and out every so often with a job for me to do. That's a good start in my mind.
My comfort zone is very small right now, so I'm pushing myself in many ways with my goals for 2017. I've spent the last 6 years mourning my mother and fighting off depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and the list goes on. All that fighting caused my world to narrow down to JUST the illnesses and the grief, and made my comfort zone about the size of a peanut. Even just getting out of bed or going to the store can be uncomfortable to me right now, as I am more or less a hermit due to all the above. While I am an introvert, that's taking things a bit too far. While getting out of the house more isn't in the cards right now, due to lack of money for things like gas, there are still other ways I can push myself without causing a major panic attack. For instance, I can get out of bed a bit more often and push myself to get housework done, even when I don't feel like it. I'm seriously attached to my bed people - it's my office, where I sleep, where I do other things...you name it, I probably do it on my bed unless it actually requires standing up. It's not exactly healthy, but it's the only place I can sit without pain. My body definitely limits what I can and cannot do, and money issues finish off the deal, leaving me with few options.
How are you getting out of your comfort zone this year? Tell me in comments!