By April Jamie Bustamante
Life is all about taking chances. That’s how we grow. The thing is, it’s not always that easy. Otherwise, we wouldn’t even be writing about it. And yet, here we are—so let’s go straight to the point, shall we? If you really want to go somewhere and show the world what you’re made of, you have to embrace optimism, start taking risks, and jump right into the unknown! I mean, you wouldn’t want to wake up as a 40-something wishing you’d been a little more spontaneous, do you?
So, how about crossing out the following things we suggest you should take a chance on pronto?
FRIENDSHIP. Listen up. If you want to get out of your comfort zone and discover new things, you have to surround yourself with new people. Feeling a little awkward around acquaintances at work? Don’t worry! We’ve all been there. Just think of it this way: Most friendships start out that way. You don’t even have to rush it. Building friendships takes time. You just have to genuinely want to get to know a person more—not in a creepy way, of course. Learn the art of timing and trusting your gut! After a meeting, if you feel a sense of connection with a colleague, be a little braver and invite him or her for a cup of coffee. Who knows? This new connection could lead to meaningful conversations, and maybe, a lifelong friendship.
LOVE. Ah, falling in love! Whether you admit it or not, it’s probably one of the best feelings in the world, so once you find ‘the one’, take that chance and never let him go. Protect your relationship and hold it dear, because you may never feel this way for another person ever again! While you’re at it, why not add more fun and excitement to your romance? If your hearts yearn for adventure, book a spontaneous trip for two and throw away the itinerary! Cue in music: Taylor Swift’s "Getaway Car!"
HAPPINESS. How many times have you found yourself sacrificing your own happiness for others? Are you one of those martyrs who feel guilty whenever you do something for yourself? I mean, we’re all for being generous, but hey, don’t forget: You deserve to be happy too. Remember, it’s okay to be a little selfish sometimes. This time around, follow your instincts and desires (A hobby or a job? A pet? Anything!), and stop getting in the way of your own bliss!
ADVENTURES. As cliché as it may sound, you only live once, so take it from Coldplay and make everyday an "Adventure Of A Lifetime!" You don’t have to travel or do extreme sports to go on an adventure. You could get lost in a book, or try a different route on the way to the office, and feel just as thrilled. The world is your playground. You just have to choose your own kind of fun—whatever it is that makes you feel alive—and embrace what life has to offer!
NEW THINGS. Stuck in your old ways? Ditch those old habits and try new things! Ever thought of trying a different workout routine or visiting a place you’ve never been before? How about looking at things in a fresh perspective? Whatever it is you want to experience or discover, it’s really up to you. The most important thing is to learn how to channel your optimistic energy, rise above your fear of the unknown, and welcome the unexpected!
Take note: The smallest of change in your daily routine can work wonders for your life, and it all starts by taking a chance! Start with the little things. Even a change in fragrance could perk you up and give you that boost of confidence! Try DKNY’s Be Delicious! With a sophisticated blend of apple, exotic flowers, and sensual woods, it captures the free-spirited woman in you! Even its iconic apple-shaped bottle will entice you to take a bite out of life and embrace the endless possibilities it has to offer.
Life is too short to stay in your comfort zone, so go ahead—plunge right in, and take that chance!
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