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So, little known fact about me...I used to be super shy. In high school, I wasn't a nerd, but I wasn't as outgoing as I am now. And if you really watch me...yeah, I might talk to strangers sometimes, but I still stick close to people I know.
For example, I went to an event last Wednesday called Young Professionals Tri Cities..a bunch of young-ish business type gathering at a local winery to learn about each other's businesses and maybe make some new business connections. I should have been up meeting people, but I stuck close to home, close to the people I already know. Getting out of the comfort zone...that's a struggle for me, for sure.
A friend and I were chatting today, and she commented that she "wants to be more like me," as far as talking to strangers, being comfortable in telling a random person that she likes her outfit, etc. As far as telling someone that I like what she's wearing, I make a point of doing this because I know how awesome I feel when some random person says something like that to me, and I want others to feel that way. It's a new thing that I've started doing...the littlest things like that can change a person's day, ya know? One pinterest quote I read...smile at everyone you pass because you never know, that smile may make that person's day. Something like that. But that's what I try and do...at least smile at everyone because maybe that tiny little gesture will help a person in a way that I can't even imagine!! :)
So yeah, if you want to work on coming out of your shell, start small...just a smile. It doesn't need to be big and toothy, but it does need to be sincere. When you get to the gym, tell people good evening/good morning. When you leave somewhere, tell the last person you see to have a great day! Baby steps that will help you be more comfortable with your words and will make other people smile!
Have an awesome day!