Hi Everyone, 

I got pushed outside my comfort zone… and I liked it. But let me go back in time a little bit, so it makes more sense. 

A year ago, through a mutual friend I got introduced to a marketing team ( I will refer to them as Rafi) that, out of pure kindness and awesomeness, offered to help me with the blog. They have helped me with tips and tricks, helped me with the outlook of the blog and every time I have a question, they are there for me. Such wonderful people, I really don’t know how I got so lucky. 

When they heard I was going home to Hungary [RELATED: Strolling Through Sites of Budapest] they organized a presentation for me and called me up, if I would like to go and talk about:

1)Living in a foreign country

2)What was it like to move away from home

3)What kind of challenges did I face in these past 10 years. 

{Side note: It is no coincidence that I chose blogging over a public speaking career. See where I am going with this?}

My first instinct was to say: NOPE. But I could barely finish my thought process Rafi was like: “You can say no, but you shouldn’t!”

So like, how could I say no after this? Also, I have a very strange case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). If someone calls me up with an opportunity that I know could be beneficial for me (if nothing else, just for practicing some public speaking) no matter how much I don’t want to do it, I say yes. 

I did have a little stress leading up to the night of the presentation. I think I stopped eating 3 or 4 days before. (If I had these presentations once a week in the next 5 weeks, I would reach my goal weight but this topic is for another day) I do get stage fright and nervous when I have to talk in front of people but I thought: Hey, it is gonna be a cute little gathering, it will be like sharing a story with friends. Plus, I have to talk about my own story, how hard could that be?

When I got there Rafi was like:

“So we will also stream it online on social media so people can watch it from home too”
Me: “What?”
Rafi: “I didn’t wanna tell you because I think you would have actually said no if you knew about that”
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Me: …..

I was doomed from the beginning pretty much 😀 There was not really a choice there either way but I am so thankful for that.

The presentation went well, my voice, legs, and hands were a little shaky but I felt more and more comfortable as the night went on. And what helped me was the fact that the people who came to listen to my little story were amazing. 

Comfort Zone presentation

 

It was such a pleasure talking to them and seeing that they were smiling the entire time. I mean, I was blobbing for like an hour and a half about stories and they payed attention. It was a great feeling that they actually cared and were curious.

Here are some amazing things that happened during and after that night and the presentation that was called:

That Darn Comfort Zone And What’s Outside Of It

  • I met a couple, who after the presentation came and talked to me. They told me that they were able to relate to the things I was talking about and found my story inspiring. (Well, sh*t. That literally made my entire night and week, right there. This is exactly why I write the blog because I want to connect with like-minded people)

  • Then the next day, I received a sweet message from someone who was also there that she went to a garage sale and saw a card that reminded her of me and she would like to give that to me. (I couldn’t believe it. I was smiling all day, I couldn’t believe how nice these people are. Going out of their way to make things like this happen. Again, so incredible!)

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

  • I had a high-school classmate, who came and watched the whole presentation. I haven’t seen her in 11 years and through this we were able to re-connect again.
  • I got to work with these amazing people who honestly have been helping me along the way, expecting nothing in return
  • My family and friends were there and supported me and that meant the WORLD to me

  • Got to share my story and all the emotional rollercoaster that comes along with living abroad
  • It felt good to do something that I am scared of!
  • I received so much good energy!

One of the coolest things about blogging is that I have met so many amazing people along the way. Connecting with like-minded people is one of my favorite things ever and I am so thankful for all the wonderful souls that came into my life during this process. But not only that, I have old friends too and family members who support me along the way, every day. It is really making me push myself to be better and put myself into situations that I wouldn’t wanna do before because I was scared. 

So thank you for this lovely day and all the love I have received so far!

Comfort Zone Presentation

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Lessons/Regrets I learned from looking at the pictures/video/remembering /// NOTES TO SELF:

  • stop scratching head out of nervousness
  • look at the audience more
  • don’t shake legs
  • double check if video works before presentation starts
  • get group picture after with everyone who helped me make it happen
  • Why didn’t I take a picture with my high-school friend?

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We went to get dinner after! It was sooooo good, especially after not eating for 3 or 4 days 😀

FOOD!

Also, here is the link to the place, where the presentation was. It is a coworking area, where entrepreneurs, bloggers, designers, and college students come together during the day to work and create together and share their knowledge with each other. It is called UP Center.

Do you like public speaking?
Any good advice for not having nervous ticks during a presentation? 

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