Exploring Edges

of the self and the world

About

Hello,

Welcome to my blog!  It has taken me a very long time to finally take the plunge, but here we go.  I am Anna. I am a dreamer.  I love to do things.  For those of you who know me, it can be hard for me to sit still, especially if the sun is out.  Or if there is snow on the ground.  It a can be a challenge for me to lie in bed on a Saturday, thinking about all of the fun things that I could be doing, or about tasks I could be accomplishing so I can get out later, worry free.  Perhaps paradoxically, I have recently taken an interest to yoga, and this is one place I am able to find stillness.

It has taken me nearly three decades of living to begin this blog, but I look forward to see where this takes me.  My goal is to share my hopes, dreams, and adventures, and also to gain inspiration from others.

Exploring Edges, for me, is all about comfort zones. Specifically the learning that takes place when one steps outside of them.  This is not a new idea that I can take credit for – there are countless articles on the internet touting the importance of straying from a cozy, safe, predictable life.

To sum up what other scholars have said, inside the zone is all about what is comfortable, which is not a bad place to spend a little time, as rest is important.  Far outside the zone is where panic sets in, and these experiences can be valuable as well (the old, “I won’t do THAT again! Whew!” feeling).  The edge is where learning takes place, when one is stretched to discover what one is truly capable of.

This works in all areas of life, whether it is traveling to a new place, taking a new job, or training your body and mind to learn a new skill. As the edge is explored, the zone of comfort becomes larger and a new edge is always there, waiting to be discovered.

I have a lot of catching up to do, as I plan to highlight some past endeavors (throwback style) as well as some that are brought to mind from recent happenings.  In addition, I have new adventures in the works, and I am excited to share them with you going forward!