5 Reasons Why You Should Try Something New

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Something New

Break out of your comfort zone, and scare yourself a bit...
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In the spirit of Halloween this weekend, why not scare yourself a little bit and try something you’ve never done before? Ok, apologies, that was a poor joke. But seriously, why not?

A few years ago, I heard a quote that really resonated with me. It went something like this: “Do something that scares you every day.” So I got to thinking. We all like our little bubbles of comfort, but there is so much out there in life left untried, so much uncharted territory for all of us to explore. And so, with this in mind, here are a few reasons why I think we should all take a risk and put ourselves out there for a change.

You just might discover a favorite new hobby or interest. There’s always a first time for everything that you do. Even thought you may have been playing tennis for 8 years now, think back to that first day when you picked up the racket and had no idea what to do with it. But if you’d never tried, you would never have discovered such a deep passion for the sport that you now love. It’s always intimidating being the newbie, but who knows how much fun you could have if you just give it a shot. Who knows, maybe stand-up comedy is your new thing!

You’ll meet so many new people. With each new activity comes a whole new group of people and a chance to increase your social circle. And it’s pretty likely that these new friends will have some pretty cool experiences to share with you. It’s always fun to hang with the people who know you best, but don’t shy away from giving another group the chance to get to know that awesome personality.

New experiences will help you to learn about yourself. It’s easy to fall into habits and routines of doing things we know we like. But there is no better way to grow as an individual and learn about yourself than to try something new! At a base level, you’ll expand your knowledge of your likes and dislikes; maybe even discover a hidden talent! But go deeper, beneath the surface, and you could really explore what it means to be you.

You might gain a new perspective on something you never considered before. It’s always easy to make judgments from afar, but what can you really say about anything until you’ve tried it for yourself? I have personal experience with this one. Growing up, I never gave much thought to boxing. But when it did come up, I always thought it was kind of a weird, pointless sport. I mean, what were you fighting really fighting for? To me, it just seemed like violence without cause. But after I joined the Club boxing team here at ND, I had a total change of heart. I realized that not only was it a great way to exercise, but I was learning so much about discipline, self-awareness, and mental focus.

Sometimes it’s good to be vulnerable; it helps us grow stronger. Especially today, vulnerability can often seem like a dirty word. In a time where people are afraid of commitment and always trying to maintain the upper hand, it can be terrifying to put yourself in a new and different situation. But I think that being vulnerable is actually one of the strongest things you can do. You are opening yourself up to opportunity, to the possibility of success, but also to failure. It’s true, no one knows how things might work out, but you will never know unless you go for it and just try.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that every chance you take will end in rainbows and sunsets. But even if things don’t go exactly the way you want them to, you’ll know that at least you tried! You were willing to put yourself out there and experience one more thing that life has to offer. And hopefully, you’ll come away having learned something about yourself or the world or life in general. Ask yourself: what do you have to lose, really? If it’s just your dignity you’re worried about, it’ll grow back, I promise. So, be daring; be bold; live your life and don’t look back regretting what you might have done, if only you had just tried.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.

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Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.


Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.


Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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