Over recent years it would probably be fair to say I have pretty much stagnated in terms of pushing my intellectual boundaries, in fact if I am honest the physical ones have also not been pushed much either, other than currently being pregnant I my physical challenges have been all but nil.
There was a time in my life that I thrived on challenges, even when pregnant with Joshua back in 2010/2011 I decided to challenge myself mentally and go for my much wanted CIPD in Human Resources qualification at night classes … nighttime newborn feeding and assignments were not any easy challenge and it involved many tears and very little sleep but I was desperate to gain the qualification that had eluded me for so many years. The day I found out I had finally completed and passed the course I cried, it was a really euphoric feeling.
This weekend I challenged myself mentally with the help of SCA ( the leading global hygiene and forest product s company behind household brands including TENA, Bodyform, Velvet, Cushelle and Plenty) to climb out my comfort zone and take the plunge at finally taking the photography course I had been wanting to do for the last 2 years. It’s obviously not as mentally or physically challenging as the amazing women who make up Team SCA who were the only all female team in the 2014-2015 The Volvo Ocean Race but for me being made to come out my comfort zone really was a challenge.
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Attending a formal Photography course really had me nervous, although I don’t have a full DSLR camera yet I have loved my little white camera and have hoped for the last year I have had it that I would finally take it off manual setting but I was afraid of missing ‘that’ moment so have lived with it on the auto setting until now.
The day didn’t start well with turning up a few minutes late after tackling a part of Nottingham that terrifies me to drive round (tick one to coming out my comfort zone) then not finding any long stay parking didn’t help, thankfully I was not on my own being a few minutes late as the lovely Colette from We’re Going On An Adventure was also attending and had trouble parking so thankfully I was not alone walking in!
First out the starting blocks was talking about Aperture and how it works and at this point I might have wanted to cry .. but kept with it and 10 minutes later and a bit more explanation I finally cracked it! … OK I am not going to be a professional anytime soon, however I started to understand just how much Aperture is going to be a part of my life when taking photos! … That was followed by an in-depth discussion about ISO then it was time for a practical … now at that stage in proceedings I tend to cringe and stand back in the hopes I don’t get noticed but this time I really did think, in for a penny in for a pound and I asked questions and for help as I couldn’t understand how I had managed to not get the hoped for image … I am so pleased to say no one laughed and in fact I am glad I asked as it really did help me understand how to adapt these things to get the best from my camera.
Coming away from the course I have been buzzing and not been able to turn my brain off! So much so I spent Sunday practicing what I had been taught! … I may never make money from taking photographs .. but I certainly am glad I went and look forward to no longer being scared to take myself out my comfort zone!
Thank you SCA for supporting me to come out my comfort zone!
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