Friday, January 17, 2014

Living (Way) Outside My Usual Zone

I almost titled this post "Living Outside My Comfort Zone." But I realized it's not so much that I'm uncomfortable doing things that aren't my normal activities, but that I'm so comfortable doing my usual. It's not unlike my wardrobe. I love jeans, a turtleneck and sneakers, but there are times it's fun to dress up.

Tonight I went way into my less-comfortable zone, and like those dress up times, it was fun. I took advantage of a Kickstarter campaign invitation to attend the opening of Melissa Joy Manning's new jewelry store in Soho.

About to enter hip downtown cocktail party. Many of the oldest buildings in Soho --South of Houston Street -- are nineteenth century cast iron industrial buildings. They are now stores, art galleries and restaurants. 

I'm not sure when I've last been at a cocktail party that wasn't also a retirement party. When I was younger I would have been uncomfortable. I would have worried about what to wear, but now I had a black sweater and black pants and I was fine. I would have been nervous that I knew no one else in the room, but again I was fine. I had fun looking for well known people I recognized -- always on the lookout for pictures for the blog -- and fun taking pictures. 

I enjoyed looking at the jewelry...

The interesting display space...

...And the hip downtown crowd.

I'm not abandoning the life I know and like for a wild life, and this blog won't turn into the cocktail chronicles. But I am going to look for a few more hip evening events. It had just too much fun in my less-comfortable zone.  I hope you had fun, too. 

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care of yourself!



Looks like a hip, cool place to be. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Sola Scriptura said...

It can be quite fun to step out of your comfort zone. Hope you're having a great day :)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

We have hit the age where we should say "yes" more often to the things we once felt uncomfortable. We have nothing to lose, and maybe, a good adventure to gain.

What a fun evening that must have been.

I had a salad for dinner, watched a repeat of Antique Roadshow and went to bed. After reading your post, I know I need to up my game.

Nellie said...

Sounds like a very enjoyable evening! It is good to step out of that "comfort zone" now and then.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how fun! Love this peek into downtown life. Thanks for taking us along! Have a lovely day.

Simply Linda said...

LOL-What's wrong with the "cocktail chronicles" if you so choose to do that, lol (wink & smile)--love you sharing your life. How fun! Blessings

Kerin said...

You go girl!
Proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone, and happy for you that you enjoyed your evening.

Cute jewelry too :)

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
Have a great weekend!

Mevely317 said...

So, I read this the other early morning (while killing time outside my office building) ... and started mentally applauding your stepping outside the circle. I'd never have had the nerve!
I enjoyed this glimpse inside the fabled So-Ho ... especially, those back-lit stairs!