Defining Moments

We all have them. Some of us have a lot and can pin point several times in our lives when something significant happened. I don't have a ton but I can tell you about three defining moments in my life without any hesitation. One was when I was baptized and chose to focus on my relationship with God. Second was when I decided to leave a very well paying, full time, with extraordinary benefits job (that I HATED) to go back to school. And the third was when I stepped out of my comfort zone and lived in a foreign land for a year.

This was quite huge for me because I had always been that person to say "Oh... not me... but YOU go and I'll pray for you and stay safe here."  Well, little did I know that the Lord had a little surprise for me. In 2004 I took a short term trip (one week) with a college group down to Guatemala and my life, my thought process, my views on the world changed forever. And I couldn't get this little country off my mind. So in 2005 off I went on a trip I never thought would happen. I lived like a Guatemalan. Went to a Guatemalan church and taught two subjects, art and music, that I absolutely love but had no idea I could teach them.

I call this an achievement only because I made it the whole year. LOL I was so homesick many times and longed for simpler things like being able to drive alone, go out for a coffee with friends, certain foods and feeling safe. I wanted to be able to drink water straight from the faucet and not worry about parasites.

Funny thing happened when I came home though. I longed for gaurds in parking lots and neighborhoods, tinted windows on cars, roadside stands and slower pace of life. It's interesting how, when we are plucked out of our current world, we long for certain things that we were blinded to or took for granted at the time.

I learned so much about myself. I became more brave with a world view. A sensitivity to other cultures and understanding that just because something is different doesn't mean it is wrong. I tried new foods and my Spanish got so much better.

How about you? What unexpected "out of your comfort zone" achievement or defining moment stands out to you? I'd love to hear about it!

A couple of reminders before I go:

Don't forget there is a Design Team call happening at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out! Which is where the supplies and theme of my layout came from. I used October's Achievement kit. Click here to see the full kit!

Also, the Creative Team at All About Me has been announced and this week you'll get to know the ladies joining me better. So excited for this new chapter.

Hope you have a wonderful week and don't be afraid to take a risk. You never know the unexpected blessings and growth that can come from it.