Stop Zone

Image by Kevin Lukusa

We all go through different phases and points in our lives that change us dramatically. Because I am a homebody, my hardest decision came when it was time to choose a University. My Top Five (5) choices:

  • Stevenson University
  • Bethune Cookman University
  • Marymount University
  • Hollins University 
  • Kings College 

I wanted more than anything to go to an out-of-state school because deep inside I knew I had to grow on my own. Choosing to move out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to get better is a choice of growth. 

“Something strange happens when you decide to not let your fear be bigger than you decide to not let your fear be bigger than your dreams and just take action.”– Luisa Zhou

That summer after deciding to attend Hollins University, I also decided to do a little experimenting by pursuing my childhood dream of modeling. You can’t be great by doing small things, and I witness this when I saw how hard the women around me worked. As Newton says, “if I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” I’ve developed and learned to deal with challenges head-on as I embark on a costly journey to build my dreams from scratch.

When you find yourself on autopilot and constantly complaining about your life, you know it’s time to raise the bar and add a little spice to your life. You can never regret a decision to become better. It not only strengths you but motivates you to work harder. I honestly believe stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to happiness because that’s exactly what it did for me. You start learning and advancing from your experiences. Everyday I challenge myself there are two options that enter my mind: keep going and reach for the top or quit. If you know me you know I love hiking, and I never turn my back on a great mountainous view even if that hike turns out to be 8 miles in the dark in a confederate county of Virginia. Nothing beats that view when you rise above it all.

One of my all-time favorite quote goes by saying, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.” It is a constant reminder to stand strong when tested and to keep swimming away from my comfort zone because it is always an opportunity for growth. After stepping out of my comfort zone I found that I had alot better sense of myself and what I’m willing to accept in my personal, and business relationships. I found more opportunities being opened for me to explore, knowing the women I am inspiring to become I couldn’t just settle for anything or the first offer being put on the table for me. As a growing young professional, I cannot stress how important it is know yourself and push past your boundaries and explore all of the things life has to offer. After all people do say your 20s are your selfish years, so be selfish with your time, energy, and all aspects of you in order to learn about YOU.

When you find yourself on autopilot and constantly complaining about your life, you know it’s time to raise the bar and add a little spice to your life. Choosing to move out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to get better is a choice of growth. You can never regret the decision to become better. It not only strengths you but motivates you to work harder. I honestly believe stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to happiness because that’s exactly what it did for me. You start learning and advancing from your experiences.

Every day I challenge myself there are two options that enter my mind: keep going and reach for the top or quit. If you know me you know I love hiking, and I never turn my back on a great mountainous view even if that hike turns out to be 8 miles in the dark in a confederate county of Virginia. Nothing beats that view when you rise above it all.  One of my all-time favorite quote is, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” It is a constant reminder to stand strong when tested, and to keep swimming away from my comfort zone because it is always an opportunity for growth.

After stepping out of my comfort zone I found that I had a lot better sense of myself and what I’m willing to accept in my personal, and professional life. I found more opportunities being opened for me to explore, knowing the women I am inspiring to become I couldn’t just settle for anything or the first offer being put on the table for me. As a growing young professional, I cannot stress how important it is to truly know yourself and push past your boundaries and explore all of the things life has to offer. After all, people do say your 20s are your selfish years, so be selfish with your time, energy, and all aspects of you in order to learn about you. 

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Published by Nadia Jalloh

As I make the transition to adulthood I have only one question, "Who is Nadia Jalloh?" Over the years, I’ve been doing some self-discovery of my own. I’ve met some amazing people, and I continue to learn from ever source I can. I love how things present themselves in my life. I appreciate every bit of energy flowing in the essence of who I becoming. With that being said it’s time to ignite my fire and share my experiences, what I see, hear, wear, taste, and learn moving forward into my my world. I hope you Enjoy! #EmbraceAttitude Instagram: @AttitudeEmbraceYourUniqueness

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  1. “After all, my name does mean “Hope” – hope for the best”…Awww I say this all the time lol. I swear it’s like you’re reading my mind…you’re right…I need to get out my comfort zone. I’ve been struggling with this.

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  2. Thank you for your courage and words of wisdom , I can honestly say that I can see the effects ,you’ve been glowing and I thank you for sharing the story of how you got this far and why you glow the way you do ! Be forever great ✨

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