Day 63 - Selling the Idea
Saturday, January 31, 2015
There is a little touch-up painting to do, but the bar is done and put back together. The difference is really striking. I don't have a photo of the before, but imagine all the wood of the cabinets in a honey oak color with lots of grain showing. The newly painted cabinets look much more modern, and the quartz countertop looks great with them.
The yard/garage/moving sale this morning went really well. We put the sign out about 7:15am, and while we were putting out the tables to lay out the merchandise, people were already showing up. One guy even helped us move items from the garage out to the tables! By 10am we were mostly sold out except for a few items. By 11:30, we were done. We made $430 and only about $20 worth of stuff left over was taken to the Goodwill for donation.
Because I'm an introvert, I tend to get pretty quiet during these community events. I don't mind interacting one-on-one with someone I know, and interacting online with people isn't too far out of my comfort zone, but when faced with 10 strangers all asking "How much is this?" I tend to clam up and retreat to my inner safe zone. It takes a lot of energy and pushing myself to interact and be comfortable enough that whatever I say will be OK so that I can talk to people. I know that sometimes getting out of my comfort zone is a good thing, but it takes work to get there.
Starting a healthy journey isn't much different. If you feel like you're getting outside your area of safety (asking yourself questions like "What if I can't have my favorite foods?" and "What if the exercises are too difficult or cause pain?"), then you're less likely to want to take that first step in the journey. Sometimes you have to sell the idea to yourself, with reminders that sometimes it's the small, simple changes that yield the results. It takes energy to get out of your comfort zone, but in the long run, it's worth the effort.
Keep Sparking, everyone! And Happy Saturday!