New Year’s Resolutions have a mixed reaction. Some feel that they are too much pressure on oneself to fulfill while others look at them as a hilarious list of must-do’s for the first month of the year, then diminish as the months go by to regrets of being incomplete goals. I am one to set off on the positive quest to illumination, growth, healthy change, and inspiration. And with this sentiment, I called on travellers who have resolutions of their own to achieve, aspire, and accomplish this year. Here is the first one by Joanne who this year will venture further in her personal journey and stretch her comfort zone through her travels.

New year's Resolution to Stretch her Comfort Zone
New year’s Resolution to Stretch her Comfort Zone

The saying that “life begins at the edge of your comfort zone” is not always an easy one to follow. It means stretching boundaries (sometimes physical and sometimes personal) and feeling uncomfortable. Yet each time I step out of my comfort zone, interesting, exciting and memorable things happen. In 2018 I’ll be stepping out more often, doing things that get my heart pumping and forcing myself to go that little bit further. For me this isn’t about going sky diving or running a marathon, but more about approaching strangers, asking them if I can take their photo or finding out from them a bit more about their culture. I (and I believe others) find it difficult and anxiety provoking to ask a stranger for something. I try to remember that they can only say “no”. So in 2018 I will put my anxiety in my pocket and step out of my comfort zone.

The weir at Liverpool Sydney Where Joanne did Stretch her Comfort Zone
The weir at Liverpool Sydney Where Joanne did Stretch her Comfort Zone

Much to the surprise of many I am planning a trip to Iran in 2018. That too will be challenging and take me way out of my comfort zone. There are things that I am likely to see and experience that will be very foreign to me, and yet I know that I will be enriched by experiencing a culture very foreign to my own.

 

Mosque in Iran
Mosque in Iran

I love the city I live in, and as a new volunteer Sydney Greeter, I hope to show visitors to Sydney local places that are special to me that they would probably not visit on their own.  My goal is to share my city with at least one visitor each month.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

And lastly, a more simple resolution, but one that is hard to maintain. That is to meet the challenge that I set myself over 18 months ago to research and write a blog post about a Sydney suburb every two weeks. So far I have not missed a fortnightly deadline even when I went away for long stretches and Travel with Joanne now lists over 40 suburbs that I have explored.

Joanne of Travel With Joanne
Joanne of Travel With Joanne

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Joanne is a travel bloggers who graciously shared and affirmed her New Year’s Resolutions with our readers. All views expressed in the letter component of this post are hers and were not influenced by Fill My Passport.

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