If the past couple weeks have felt more intense or stressful than usual (although who the heck knows what usual is anymore??), you are not alone!

Every so often we need to go through a cycle which feels like a pressure cooker cosmically designed for us to face some truths about ourselves and/or others, and therefore invites - or forces - us to adjust accordingly, in big or small ways, even if it's just in our own perspective, attitude or approach to whatever it was that was brought to our attention. This generally doesn't feel good, even if it ultimately is for our own good.

The changes that have occurred, and will continue to occur, can provide opportunities for growth and transformation in areas that have been long overdue. Because so much is happening at once though, it can be exhausting on many levels that you don't even realize, so make sure you are taking lots of time to rest and listen to your body and what it needs at any given moment. Naps are your friend!

And even though technically it’s not a new calendar year, with spring blooming everywhere in the northern hemisphere and things here in New York at least opening up, it does feel like a bit of a fresh start and new energy, hence today’s PGG from January 2011...

To give you some motivation for getting out of your comfort zone, the PGG Video of the Week talks about facing your fears. Today's Instagram post recalls of a very uncomfortable journey I took to get to Luang Prabang, Laos and this post is about being uncomfortable with my image. Here's a bonus post with some pretty photos of the full moon earlier this week. Be sure to follow me there to see my stories too :)

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The Year of Living Uncomfortably
Originally published January 4, 2011

I recently read that a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the amount of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” Many people begin the year by starting a new exercise or other routine that can have them feeling sore or out of sorts, and doing this with your patterns of interaction and communication can also reap rewards. Like any muscle, growth happens outside of your comfort zone.

Maybe that uncomfortable conversation needs to be with your boss, that contact for your dream gig, your partner, a parent, your neighbor, that cute guy/girl you’ve been eyeing, that celebrity you’d love to talk with, or just putting yourself in a foreign social situation. But it’s also that honest conversation you need to have with yourself in order to face the reality of your life as it is versus the way you’d like it to be — because the one common denominator in your life is YOU, and taking responsibility for why it is the way it is is paramount, if not always pleasant.

The good news is that by chatting with yourself on a regular basis, you can know what changes you need to make to move your life closer to your ideal!

Not quite feeling it? I say, “Fake it till you make it” and remind you that, like Einstein said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So if things aren’t going your way, why not try a slightly different approach from your usual MO? Or you can go whole hog and be like George Costanza in the Seinfeld episode where he does the exact opposite of what he would normally do, to some hilarious effects and success!

So this year resolve to have those challenging conversations, not care what people think, try new things without worrying whether you’ll look foolish, stand out in a crowd, and be OK with not being perfect. (Well, those were some of mine…just insert whatever makes you uncomfortable!)

Wondering how to get from here to there? Give me a buzz and I’ll be your personal trainer to stretch those inner muscles, help you have that heart-to-heart with yourself, and make your discomfort as comfortable as possible along the way!

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