dream big & step into your danger zone

IMG_7281I read this great post from Meagan a few weeks ago that really resonated with me. It was inspired by her second grade daughter and what she had learned at school that day. To quote directly from Meagan, “there are three zones we can operate in: the comfort zone, the risk zone, and the danger zone. “

As you can imagine, the comfort zone is where we (most often) like to be. It’s safe, we know what’s going to happen, there isn’t any stress or failure. But, we don’t grow, change or challenge ourselves here. We’re stuck.

The risk zone is where we begin to gingerly take steps outside of that comfort zone. Maybe it’s going to a party by yourself, traveling alone, or signing up for a 5k. We are nervous and scared about this, but can definitely conquer it. Growth begins to happen here.

Lastly, there is your DANGER zone. This is the “holy shit what in the world am I doing” zone – yes, that’s how I’m going to describe it. You’re downright scared; this dream of yours could be amazing or it could crash and burn. But, the best part about this zone is that the greatest risk = greatest reward. And, even if you fail – there is always a lesson learned.

This post spoke to me, as moving to California is definitely in my danger zone. I wrote a quick post about it on Instagram here if you want to check it out. I’m already here, but I’m definitely scared. Unfortunately, I tend to worry about the worst possible thing that can happen, so my mind races with worries of hating my job, not making any friends, getting trapped under a building in an earthquake (extreme, I know), etc. What I should do (and I am working on as of yesterday haha) is focusing on all the good. (Cause there is SO much). I saw this quote last week and have decided to make it my mantra.

“The state of your life is no more than a reflection of your state of mind.”

 Moving to Cali is a new start, so I should definitely adopt a new mindset. So here’s to us – get in your danger zone, find your positive mindset, and do amazing things.



PS. This outfit could be considered in the “fashion danger zone” due to excessive print & trend mixing. Fringe, florals, stripes and ruffles. I think I may have overdone it haha.



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  • Reply Ada

    Good luck with your California move, Maddy. California is my dream state to live in. I loved reading this post. The danger zone is good to cross over sometimes. =) And fashion-wise you have done so beautifully with all of these trends. I love all three: shoes, pants and blouse. Great styling!

    I have started a linkup on Thursdays. I would love for you to join it by linking up this pretty outfit tomorrow and every Thursday. Thanks and enjoy your day! Ada. =)

    May 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply madelinewp


      thanks so much for your sweet words! I’ll definitely join the linkup!

      May 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    good luck!! It will be fantastic 🙂

    May 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm
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