I’ve been getting out of my comfort zone more lately.

As someone on the introvert end of the scale, it’s sometimes difficult for me to get out there and meet people. Additionally, I’m somewhat risk-averse when it comes to my money.

However, I’m learning about the importance of taking risks with my life and with my money these days. I’m not talking about big, stupid risks, but smaller, calculated risks. If you want to move forward and thrive, sometimes a risk or two is necessary.

Taking Risks in My Life

First, I moved cross country for a fresh start but let’s be honest here. Moving back to my hometown doesn’t really count as a big life risk. My parents are here (and they’ve been very supportive). What I did do, though, was join the local Chamber of Commerce and start networking.

In the past, my idea of networking was to follow my business partner around at conferences and let him meet people. Now that I’m in the local networking scene, I’m walking up to people, introducing myself, and sharing things about who I am and what I do. This is something that makes me uncomfortable, but I’ve already seen positive developments from my willingness to risk myself socially this way.

I also realize that at some point I might have to take some relationship risks if I decide I want to find a new adult companion. Right now, though, the risk I’m taking is one related to loneliness. I’ve got my son, which is great, but it’s not the same thing as having adult companionship. At this point, I’d rather risk loneliness than rush…

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