Comfort zones? What comfort zones?

A few weeks ago I stepped back and looked at my life and decided my life is amazing. Not perfect, mind you, but amazing. I love my job, my job loves me, I have awesome coworkers, a great set of friends (both in Seattle and all over), I’m in great health, and have the financial means to do the things I enjoy.1 Of course that means that something has to change.

We don’t grow by coasting along, we grow by pushing our boundaries. Accordingly I looked around and said: how can I make myself uncomfortable. I started by saying ‘yes’ to things I wanted to say ‘no’ to: Yes, I’ll give the tools training class at work that is being recorded and shown to future EMC Isilon hires. Yes, I’ll join the bellydance classes with you.

But acquiescences isn’t aggressive enough for me. So Jess and I are getting together on Feb 2nd for a photo shoot wherein I will be shirtless. I am not a model. I hate photos of myself. I have body image issues. There’s a very real possibility that, despite of Jess’s awesome photography skills, none of these photos will ever see the light of day. Regardless, the activity itself is an act of self-defiance.

2013 is a year of pushing boundaries and stretching outside of comfort zones. I’m excited and terrified of what I’ve got lined up so far and that’s just the beginning.

1 The only way things could possibly be any better was if a certain person in London would find himself in Seattle.

An open letter to Rain Fitness Queen Anne

Dear Rain Fitness Queen Anne,

I was rather disappointed in the results of the much-hyped renovations you undertook the past three weeks — during the last week of which there were no locker rooms, bathrooms, or water fountains available for use. While the place does look great, a paint job does not a renovation make.

I hope new clientel are impressed with the updated color scheme and the refinished floors, both of which do look amazing. However, current members will be hard-pressed to find much to be excited about given they now have several hundred square feet less workout space and less equipment. And to top it off, must now work around the personal trainers taking up space with their clients upstairs due to the aforementioned decrease in space downstairs.

I think if you were to have asked current members what they wanted most, you would have gotten a much simpler, and less costly, list. Something like: a clock in the front free-weight area and men’s locker room. Both of which I asked for a year ago to no avail.

Best of luck in the new year — you’re going to need it with your current members.