Out of the Comfort Zone: Building a House for Habitat for Humanity

If you happened to read last night’s post, you will remember that I talked about how I sometimes need to remind myself that I am an introvert and need a little bit of alone time to recharge my social batteries. One thing that I also mentioned was that even though I do need that alone time quite often, I’ve also been working to push myself past my zone of comfort. As a way to help push myself to do different things that I would otherwise be too afraid to do, I decided to make a list of 101 things that I wanted to accomplish…in 1001 days. And today I got to check off another item on my list: help build a house for Habitat for Humanity.

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For some, this might not sound like something too scary of uncomfortable. In all reality, it really wasn’t something entirely out of my comfort zone, except for the fact that I decided to volunteer with a group of people I had never met. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon an awesome website called meetup.com that helps organize community events and groups, and while browsing the groups throughout Grand Rapids I found a young adult’s group from a local church that was planning on spending a day helping build a house for Habitat. At first I was a little bit apprehensive, but then I reminded myself about the whole meeting new people goal, and decided to RSVP for the event.

We were supposed to be on the site at 8:30 this morning. I was pretty excited about this last night, but as 7:00 decided to appear much faster than my sleeping brain would have liked, I tried to find reasons not to go. I spent at least five minutes mentally searching my entire body to make sure I hadn’t injured myself while sleeping. I even spent a few minutes contemplating whether or not I felt sick to my stomach. But then I realized the real reason behind my childish attempt to just stay home: I was more nervous about meeting a new group of people, without anyone familiar there to back me up, than I was nervous about making a fool out of myself with power tools.

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So I managed to get myself out of bed, threw on some old jeans and a t-shirt, then actually left the house and went to the build site. And I am so glad that I did. The group of people volunteering were all really nice and welcomed me into their team. I got to spend 8 hours outside during a beautiful Michigan summer day. I got to wear a hard hat that was bright orange and I found highly entertaining. I got to learn how to use a nail gun, with which I only messed up a few times and I never hit anyone with a nail (this fact pleases me greatly). I also spent some time hauling lumber, hammering nails into wood, and talking with some of the people from the group as we waited to know what to do next.

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At the end of the day I was happy. I got to meet some really cool people. I learned how to assemble a wall out of wood and nails. I even got invited to the group’s meeting next Wednesday! I also came away with a few bruises, a pretty epic sunburn (because this ginger is a genius and has a tendency to not put on sunscreen), and sore muscles in all kinds of fun places. But it was more than worth the effort.

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Question of the Day: What is something that you have always wanted to do, but felt a little too afraid to do it? Let me know in the comment section down below!

2 thoughts on “Out of the Comfort Zone: Building a House for Habitat for Humanity

  1. Very proud of you Erica! To bad more people only dream of things they don’t have the push to do!MYself included. GOD knows our talents—and He also knows our dreams and will show us if and how to make things happen. LOVE U! GRANDMA

  2. ERICA I THINK THAT YOU TRAVELED DOWN A NEW ROAD IN YOUR LIFE TODAY. YOU KNEW THAT BY READING MANY, MANY BOOKS THAT YOU INCREASE YOUR ABILITIES ON MANY NEW FRONTS AND I CHALLENGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO READ MUCH. TODAY YOU CONFIRMED THE FACT THAT A NEW ROAD TRAVELED WITH CAUTION CAN ALSO EXPAND NEW HORIZONS AND CHALLENGES FOR YOU. EVERYTHING IN LIFE DOES NOT COME FORTH FROM THE WORLD OF BOOKS. I’M PLEASED WITH YOUR NEW EFFORTS. I AM CONVINCED THAT THE ROAD YOU TRAVELED TODAY WAS ONE THAT GOD PLACED ON YOUR MAP. KEEP FOLLOWING HIM.
    LOVE YOU SO MUCH.
    GRANDPA

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