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Weekend Quote: Comfort Zone

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This weekend quote post is dedicated to The Husband who took a huge leap out of his comfort zone on our recent trip to Vermont.

You may or may not know he’s scared of heights. He hates bridges, flying, and won’t even leave the glass enclosure on top of the Empire State building. It’s not quite crippling as he does drive over bridges, he has flown and, hey, at least he agreed to go to the top of the Empire State. However, the fear is there and it’s very real.

I’ve seen it.

While in Vermont I discovered Northern Lights Rock and Ice. Their challenge course included things like zip lines, inner passage, rock climbing, leap, and a giant swing.

I was IMMEDIATELY sold. The Husband said he would think about it and come watch.

When we got there, they assured him some of the challenges were low to the ground and they wouldn’t force him to do anything.

He agreed.


They didn’t lie. Some things were at ground level.



We were having a lot of fun. It was so nice to be experiencing this with him as most of the things I do now he’s not into (running, Crossfit, Tough Mudders.) Note: I was NOT into those things when we met 18 years ago either, not even close.

We embarked on the high course and I could tell he was nervous.


But boy was he having fun.


The expressions on his face were priceless. They went from extreme fear to pure joy.

He didn’t complete the whole course but he did things I never thought I’d see him do.


I also did a few things I didn’t think I could do!


My point in sharing our experience is captured in these 2 quotes.

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”― John Maxwell

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Neale Donald Walsch

It would have been really easy for The Husband to use his fear of heights as a reason not to do this with me. Instead he stepped out of his comfort zone and we both had an experience of a lifetime.

The rest of that day he was on cloud 9, so happy, so content.

Now you know why I love running events and Tough Mudders.”  I said.

He just looked at me curiously.

There’s just something about accomplishing something you didn’t think you could.

It changes you.

It really does.

I’m so proud of him.


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There are 12 comments so far.


    May 10, 2013

    Really nice pictures and words.


    May 10, 2013

    so sweet, i LOVED the pictures. true partnership and getting to grow together is one of the biggest gifts in my life. i miss your husband flipping the bird though ;)

    Sarah Mann Alicea

    May 10, 2013

    this is so sweet! brought a smile to my face!


    May 10, 2013

    Roni! This post just makes me thrilled! The expressions on his face are just amazing!! And, you look truly happy :)

    Staci Moize

    May 11, 2013

    I love that 3rd pic of you all because it just shows those moments of joy and love in a marriage. Sometimes with the stress of raising kids those are far and few between (we have 4), but other times we have those moments and I totally know I’m in love with my man! :) Secondly, the pic where he’s climbing up the thingy and it’s an above-head shot… all I can see is Ryan! Crazy! I never paid attention to them looking alike, but there it’s like looking at your son. Wow. My husband is also fearful of heights and even gets a little iffy when we drive over long bridges. Lol


    May 11, 2013

    I love this post!!! So awesome!


    May 11, 2013

    you look great in these pictures! so happy! :)


    May 11, 2013

    You guys looks so happy! REally impressed and encouraged you guys do this together! Have just gotten into tough mudder events, this new product I found has really helped up my confidence though!


    May 11, 2013

    You two are too cute for words! Love the last picture!


    May 12, 2013

    Kudos to your husband. I’m not a fan of heights or closed spaces so I can relate!


    May 14, 2013

    Not sure why this made me so teary eyed and choke up…but how sweet and happy and full of love do yal look!?!?


    May 17, 2013

    I love that you have activities that are – yours-mine-ours. Great job husband on giving it a go! Happy annniversary!