I have never been one to join groups or be the centre of attention. I always prefer to take cover in the invisible comfortable space I have created around myself.
Never really putting myself out there just sticking to the the bare minimum I can get away with.
I used to have to work myself up to confront anyone or even just to make phone calls.
Fortunately age brings with it new experiences that require a more confident version of Druime and less regard for what others think or me. That said my natural reaction is to stay within the safety zone I worked so hard to create all those years ago as a child.
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
While catching up on some blog reading recently. I came across a post by Agent Mystery Case. Mystery Case is a Perth blogger who always seems to know what is going on. She does review’s, giveaway’s while also sharing snippets of her life behind the scenes as a busy working woman and mother of three girls.
Ms Mystery Case was looking for a plus one to come along with her to a book launch evening.
A book by a very successful style blogger Nikki from Styling You whom has published a book on helping women “Unlock Your Style” based on her experience of working with women from all shapes and sizes.
In a moment of abandon I left a comment on Mystery Case’s blog saying I would love to come along. I felt I needed to shake the mundane up a little.
Yay Mystery case chose me.
What was I going to wear to a event all about style?? Most of the clothes I own these days are pre babies and too small for me.
After a few outfit changes I decided black was the colour for me. A black plunge top. My boobs bursting out of it but as time was running out and choices were few it was a top I felt most comfortable in. A horizontal black and white striped pencil skirt and my favourite black open toed bubble shoes. The black skirt was bought on impulse almost two years ago when I was 7 months pregnant.
There I was all dressed up. After five days of being house bound with sick children it was amazing to jump on a train alone. Venture into the city that has grown and changed so much since the last time I stepped out of my comfort zone.
I knew Mystery Case was going to be late. I had only ever seen her picture on her blog so I was not entirely confident that I would even know her in person. However I waited in the hotel lobby for a while before going to the event.
There were many women waiting for their friends and a lovely woman called Stephanie introduced herself to me. I loved that she did this.
I ended up joining Stephanie and her friends upstairs for a drink during the book launch mingle time. They were intrigued by my story on how I came to be there that night.
Then I spotted my date for the night. The lovely Ms Mystery Case. I immediately felt comfortable with her. I enjoyed her presence. She has strong ideals, you can literally see her mind ticking over. She is bursting with ideas. It was inspiring to be around.
Throughout the night I met a few more bloggers from Perth. This was exciting for me as I had never spoken to anyone else who blogs in person. I did however feel way out of my depth. I am very much a person whom does their own thing. I blog when I feel like it. I share what I feel like. There is rarely an order or agenda, rhyme or reason to the stuff I write. It all follows along with the rhythm of my moods, emotions and feelings.
These women I was mixing with had ambitions, they had drive, confidence and a healthy level of competitiveness.
Despite the differences. I felt so good when I came home that night. I felt proud of myself for stepping out and going against what comes naturally to me.
We even shared a drink at the end of the night with the lovely Nikki herself and some of her blog followers.
It was an enjoyable night because I had no preconceptions, expectations or needs. I was just there to soak it all in, to observe and remember.
If I am completely honest the evening was not my normal style at all. However I believe that is what made it all the more enjoyable. Stepping out of my boring safe style allowed me to learn and grow while also confirming some things for me.