Yesterday afternoon, my husband challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and go “boogie boarding” in the Pacific Ocean – something we hadn’t done in a decade.

I couldn’t believe it. What was he thinking?

He and one of our daughters were due to leave for the airport in 3 hours. He knows I don’t like sand, seaweed, or being in cold water. And I had already showered and we had just gone out for a big lunch with my parents.

More importantly, it’s the middle of winter and a storm was starting to brew. The waves were pretty choppy and no one else was in the water. The perfect time, right?

Since it’s the new year, and since I write about courage and getting out of your comfort zone, I had to say yes.

My sister Ann (who is much too sensible to take on such a dare) took some video of the episode…

In the end, I’m glad I took on the challenge. It was huge fun, and completely refreshing to be “out in the wild” when I’m usually at my laptop. It felt great to do something so different and to step out of my usual routine.

It’s hard to beat catching the perfect wave and riding it in all the way to the beach.

And when else do you get to scream with joy at the top of your lungs without turning heads?

So when you are faced with the opportunity to do something outside of your comfort zone that could be refreshing, exhilarating and fun if you just went along with the right attitude, why not go for it?

You might just find joy outside of your comfort zone!

A challenge for you

Speaking of challenges and getting out of comfort zones, there’s still time to sign up for the Career Mastery™ Challenge 2015 – 13 of my best Tips over 30 days to help you get your career off to a great start in the new year.

It’s a different kind of challenge from boogie boarding in the winter, but the payoff for you is much bigger.

The first free Tip comes out on Tuesday, January 13th and there’s an additional free bonus when you sign up.

Click here to find out more about this fun and rewarding experience