As Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

I just finished reading a book called My Year With Eleanor in which the author decides to follow Eleanor’s wise words and do just that! After getting laid-off from her job and feeling a little lost in life, Noelle sees that quote from Eleanor and decides to have a “Year of Fear,” doing something every day that scares her. Some things are small, like sending food back at a restaurant, but there are a lot of big fears that Noelle tackles too: cage diving with sharks, skydiving, and hiking Mount Kilimanjaro.

In addition to making me super jealous about some of the cool things Noelle does, it made me feel so inspired to do something like that myself. As I’ve gotten older I’ve definitely become more adventurous and daring, so the idea of doing something scary every day doesn’t freak me out like it might have a few years ago. I don’t have a ton of fears, but there are definitely some I could tackle. I hate confrontation, I’m terrified of most bugs (which I should probably get over before moving to Australia!), I don’t like being underwater (the idea of scuba diving literally makes my heart race), and heights can make me a little nervous (although I definitely plan to sky dive and bungee jump as soon as possible!)

Reading this book based all around facing your fears also made me think of my favourite quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Over the past few years, I’ve discovered that doing things outside of my comfort zone that I’m initially afraid of actually makes me much happier in the long run. I was nervous before starting university, before going abroad for a semester, and before moving to NYC…all of which were some of the best experiences of my life and made me into the person I am now! So as I go into the rest of this year, and especially in November when I move to Australia, I’m going to try and do something outside my comfort zone almost every day! Today’s challenge: taking care of that huge spider that’s been lurking in the corner of the room…

What are some of your biggest fears and what can you do to face them?