Why you need to reach outside your comfort zone



I’m quickly realizing the power of networking and took a leap this week by going to my first Meetup event back home in San Diego. I was first introduced to Meetup.com by my lovely friend and favorite yogi Allison, while we were both working as teachers in Taiwan.

Allison is an inspiration and I can’t wait to have her on the blog! For now, you can check out her donation classes @MotherEarthYogaWithAlli on FB. (Credit: Angie Shih)

Especially living in a foreign country, it was important for me to get out there and meet new people, live different experiences and not be boxed in by my self-inhibiting “comfort zone.” I met some amazing ladies through a feminist book club and experienced out-of-this-world yoga with Alli, as we connected back to Earth through outdoor movement.

Being comfortable is great, but it can also be a killer of upward movement, open-mindedness and passion. Without allowing myself to feel that discomfort, I wouldn’t have been able to make those very real connections and realize and develop my potential.

I took that thinking into the blogging meet-up this week, nervous about meeting new people and articulating this digital thing that I have such love, hope & soul invested into. Then I met them and realized they are just real, passionate people blogging and creating because it’s what will always make sense to them, to me. They had nothing but best wishes and fantastic advice and it was so wonderful to meet up with them, share excitement in their successes and empower each other. That’s how it should be. *Shout out to SD Bloggers!*


In other news, Camille, Truly is officially 1 month old! I’m so proud of what I’ve been able to paint on this canvas so far … and I’m just getting started.

❤ Yours, truly.





Mid-Week Motivation!

So, let’s talk about something really quick. Today, I’m questioning life a little bit, so it’s important to get this out there, as a reminder for me and anyone else who’s feeling the struggle.

Do you know that you can do anything? Really. Anything! Nothing is too difficult, if you set goals and progress a little every day. If you keep your focus on the ultimate outcome, it will happen for you. If it doesn’t seem like that’s the case right now, look back at all you’ve accomplished up until now! You can do it, because you already have!

Copy of Happy

I used to waste hours, days even, stuck thinking through the magnitude of life in my head. I psyched myself out, and as a result, took myself out of the game before I’d even started.

It was so frustrating, especially because I knew I was doing it, but I couldn’t stop myself from going down that rabbit hole again. “Where am I going to be in 5 years? Look at all these things other people are doing on social media! Am I ‘enough’?”

BUT, this is me right now, acknowledging those insecurities, acknowledging that fragile and debilitating frame of mind.

And, this is me letting go.

Realizing that frustration and constant thoughts of what I can’t change are barriers to smarter living. Realizing that I am all that stands between me and reaching my goal. And I choose to stand aside and cheer myself on. I choose to let positivity flow in every aspect of my life, and to feel it returned to me. It’s an amazing cycle. Just choose to be a part of it.

Are you ready to let go of the barriers setting you back?

Answer with positivity, and you’re on your way to becoming you, truly. ❤


What I Wish I Had Understood a Year Ago…

I feel like a new person. There’s been a shift in my soul, grounding me into the Earth and my center of being.



A year ago, I was afraid of the 7,000- mile step away from the world I’d carefully built in San Diego. I arrived in Taiwan feeling really unsettled and unsure of my decision.

But the thing is, I made the decision. I said yes even though I was afraid. And I’m thankful for that choice every single day.

Now, I understand that life is a series of choices. To go or to stay. To be complacent or to chase your dreams. To love yourself and to accept nothing less than the best.

There’s a truly distinct beauty in realizing this.

Now, I marvel in my body and the things it has allowed me to do.

Now, I rejoice in my independence and the peace I’ve found in trusting myself, in embracing confidence.

Now, I understand the amazing, binding power of friendship. The people in my life now are wonderful, hilarious, positive, motivating human beings. I am overjoyed to see them grow and achieve success in their own lives, as they wish me success in mine.

And now, I know that nothing is too far away (figuratively and literally). Taiwan was 14 hours on a plane, which was a little rough. But look at it this way: a little over half a day to travel to an island on the other side of the world?? That’s amazing! Really anywhere is reachable … just extend yourself to possibilities and see what can happen for you!

Do you find yourself thinking differently than you did last year? What are some things you understand more clearly now than you have in the past, or that you are just beginning to understand? Do you feel a shift in your being? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments!