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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Hello all! Here I am in my usual spot, hanging out on the couch, computer on the lap, watching episodes of Stargate SG1 on Netflix streaming. The cats are whining to be fed, as usual. I checked my e-mail, checked my Facebook and Twitter accounts for personal messages, and checked for comments on the website. It’s pretty much what I do every day when I get home from the day job (biology professor). Don’t we ALL have our usual routines, things that we do that bring comfort, familiarity, sometimes utter and complete boredom?!? I’m sure we all do And while it sounds all well and good when someone says “get out of your comfort zone”, it’s easier said than, am I right? Sometimes the idea of trying something new sounds too intimidating, too much work, or just doesn’t sound much fun at all. But how will you know till you try? One of the things Rich and I are trying to do is to eat healthier. And for Rich more than myself, this means getting out of the comfort zone… A LOT! Now, I have to hand it to the hubby, he’s actually very good about trying the recipes I make. I don’t get too much nose-wrinkling, narrowed eyes, or crossed arms. And he pretty much enjoys everything I make. Which is a blessing for me since I am one of those mean wives that won’t cook different meals for the two of us One of the things we have done is to decrease red meat. Not that we ate a ton of it or anything. And what we did eat was venison and elk. But there’s always room for improvement. We also decided to cut WAY back on processed carbs. Although I will still have to have my Velveeta Shells & Cheese. I dream about the stuff, I kid you not! Anyway, I searched the internet and came across this funny sounding alternative for carbs: quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah). And the very first link I came to in a Google search is a GOLDMINE of delicious recipes for the quinoa newbie. This lovely woman also details how to cook the quinoa to perfection. I have tried several of the recipes (quinoa pancakes and quinoa/blackbean burgers) and they are awesome! Super tasty, super filling, and super good for you! And while it was nerve-wracking shopping for the various ingredients (quinoa itself, quinoa flour, nutritional yeast), the local Vitamin Cottage had everything I needed to start on this new journey of healthier eating. Next week I’m going to try a quinoa taco salad! YUM! I also wandered out of my comfort zone when it same to my writing. I am a scifi/fantasy nut, have been since I was a kid. So writing this genre was kind of a no brainer for me However, one day, I got this idea for another series. This time, the main character seemed to be a teenager. *facepalm*. I never read teen/YA when I was that age and have not really read a ton of it in my adult life (Harry Potter being the exception of course!!!). Well, I delved right in before researching it properly and ended up having to do some pretty serious re-writes. I had a lovely lady who was an agent for YA books read through the first bit of Dangerous Reflections and she gave me some invaluable advice! You can read all about it here. But if I hadn’t gotten out of my scifi/fantasy comfort zone, Alexis Davenport would have been relegated to some back corner of my mind instead of fighting an evil bastard trying to change the past! And as anyone who knows anything about time travel knows, changing the past can be VERY bad. Thank goodness we have Alex, eh? What about you? What have you done to get out of your comfort zones? Is it merely changing a routine? Taking dancing lessons when you have three left feet ( I suffer from this affliction)? Switching genres in your reading and writing? I’d love to hear from you!