We all have our own adventure comfort zones. They’re the bubble we live inside of that expands, contracts + wiggles about based on the life experiences we either love or hate. A person’s comfort zone is always changing; especially if you’re seeking out adventures. It can be a dramatic change of gaining confidence + comfort in a foreign country after weeks of language/culture immersion. Or, it can be a small change, such as falling asleep quickly in a tent the night after a restless, worried sleep on a backpacking trip.

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It’s easy to miss the small changes, as they just become part of us. This does not discredit them in any way, they are still incredibly important adjustments to your adventure comfort zone. However, it’s the bigger changes that tend to be harder to assimilate into our lives. While we should never forget to embrace the daily choices that change our comfort zones, let’s focus on the choices that require more commitment + more courage.

Discovering Your Adventure Comfort Zone

For starters, everyone has their own comfort zone + that’s a-okay. It’s what keeps us interesting + unique. Never feel guilty or ashamed of your comfort zone, whatever it happens to be. More importantly, seek out people with varied adventure comfort zones. Those who have much broader views on life can help you expand yours, while people with more limited experiences may be seeking out someone just like you, for support + guidance to broaden their horizons. Be open minded…it’s a trait that will definitely help you expand your comfort zone!

Now, for some insight on how to best embrace your current adventure comfort zone while pushing the edges from time to time!

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Acknowledge that you have an adventure comfort zone. Seems silly, but no one is invincible + everyone has a limit to how far they’ll go or how much they’ll sacrifice. Keep in mind that this goes both directions. Your comfort zone isn’t just about all the adventures you see on Instagram. It’s about your entire life [which, surprisingly, cannot be encapsulated in any social media platform!]. For the more outgoing travelers, the responsibilities that come with homeownership is beyond their current bubble of comfort. That’s not at all unlike the idea of traveling without an itinerary making someone who has an established home base uncomfortable. See…it goes both ways!

Get familiar with your adventure comfort zone. You’re living in this bubble of life — mentally, emotionally + physically. Get to know it! Figure out what stresses you out + what makes you blissfully happy. Find the mellow of the “in between” levels of your comfort bubble, too. You’ll need these warm, fuzzy, simple pleasures of your “in between” to recharge when you’re chasing adventures or taking on the unpleasant. How you go about doing this will depend on your personality + goals. However, there is one chunk of advice that will apply to everyone. Ready for it?!

Surround yourself with people who support your nudges + leaps of faith! That’s it, the tidbit that’ll help you chase down your version of happy, one risky choice at a time. No joke. It sounds simple + straight forward. It is, on the surface. But before you can truly find a solid support system you need to get to know yourself, which is harder than you’d expect. Spend a little time being uncomfortable with life [ie: alone if you’re a people person; with people if you’re a loner], give yourself some time to think about how it felt + adjust your future decisions from there. Along the way, you’ll come across some incredible people who will support your way of pushing the limits. We promise.

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Now that you have a better understanding of what you’re comfortable with in life…take a risk + embrace a chance to change the boundaries of your comfort zone! Try something new, say “yes” when you’d usually say “no”, eat a weird food you’ve always avoided. Big changes start with small adjustments. Go for it!

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The mountains were calling...and she went. While she pretends to avoid cliches this one is true! Heidi is a farm girl from the Midwest living a nomadic mountain girl life. When she isn't working in a myriad of jobs she's out on the trails with her running shoes, snowboard or tent...chasing down her version of adventure + life one day at a time.