The Re:Mark: Getting Too Comfy?
At a recent breakfast with the lovely Apphia Michael, a London-based stylist, writer, and former Online Fashion Editor at Wallpaper*, she reminded me how important it is to stay true to your own creative ambitions, always pushing yourself forward and stepping out of your comfort zone. It really got me thinking. Apphia’s never been a girl that resists new projects, and she always has new opportunities in the pipeline – so there must be something to it. It really was (breakfast) food for thought!
When it comes to achieving our goals, we all assume that once we get that dream job, buy our dream apartment or get a promotion, everything'll just fall into place – and we’ll finally feel satisfied. But does it really work like that? It’s human nature to want more, but our frienemy – "the comfort zone" – can get sometimes in the way of that. It’s so relaxed and easy in The Zone: why would you wanna leave?
Truth is, we’re often too scared of what might happen when trying something new or pushing ourselves into the unknown. The longer we wait and procrastinate, the more "comfortable" we get.
But take a look around: it’s the people trying new things, volunteering for challenges, getting into new hobbies and meeting new people that are going the furthest in their careers. Want a slice of that sweet success pie? Then it’s time you took a leap of faith out of your comfort zone.
And what better way to step out of The Zone than in a new pair of career-conquering shoes? Oh yeah: these summer musts were made for walking, talking and smashing your #goals, all in one!
Apphia has had an amazing career already, before making the decision to go freelance. You'd think she'd already conquered all of her career goals – but far from it. At our meetup, She said "I have nothing to lose" when it comes to new creative projects, and those are words to live by!
The say good things come to those who take risks: taking yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while is the best thing you can do.
And while we’re talking about trying new things, have you tried non-touring yet? Haven't heard of it? Let our Beauty Assistant, Freya, talk you through the "no makeup-makeup" trend that's totally hot right now.
We’ve all read the memes and seen the inspo quotes – but have you ever acted on them? So your homework for next week is this: Do something today that makes you feel uncomfortable... Go on, I dare you!