Opening Up Your World

tips to open up your world


Why every time that I read the title of this post do I start singing ‘Part of Your World’ from The Little Mermaid? If you just got that song in your head, sorry (but also you’re welcome).

Little Mermaid aside, I never really thought I’d be writing a post like this because I’m someone who likes routines and my comfort zones, they make me feel safe, secure and stable. Even when I was little I would literally eat the same foods day in and day out and never get sick of them (peanut butter sandwiches every day for 6 years is serious love). I’ve never had a problem with being like this either, probably because I’ve always had spurts of spontaneity in my life like when I travel for example where I leave my comfort zones and then by the time I come home I’ll happily slip back into my routines and not really notice. Then I read this quote:

My first reaction to reading that? Oh shit. It was like a slap in the face from life telling me to wake up and start living, not just existing. I’ve managed to achieve a lot from within my comfort zones but I’m starting to feel like those days are behind me and it’s time for change. My routines keep me stable but the problem with stability is that you’re in a fixed position, never moving forward.

2017 for me so far has been a year of breaking bad habits and changing my life from something I am content with to something I am actually proud of. It’s about shaking things up, pushing myself, doing new things, having more adventures, letting more people in and not letting my head (thanks anxiety) hold me back from doing the things I want to do.

I am on a mission to expand my world and if this sounds all too familiar to you, here’s how you can too.

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Make the most of blogging. 
When I first created The Sunday Mode I didn’t know what I was doing and I created posts just for the sake of it. Now I’m blogging with a purpose. No longer will I be too nervous to post something for fear that people will think I’m ‘weird’ or judge me, this space of the internet is going to be carved into something quite special (I hope) that really reflects who I am.

Whether your blog is your job, hobby or passion project, open up your world by making the most of your platform. You have a voice and I’d really encourage you to use it. Figure out if you want your posts to help, comfort, motivate, inspire or teach and work toward that. You can also open up your world by cultivating new skills  that relate to your blog, whether that’s polishing up your writing, learning coding or experimenting with photography or photoshop. Take more risks and push yourself to expand your skill set, that way you’re not set in a cycle of doing the same things all the time.

how to open up your mind

Get out of your head and into the world. 
There are thinkers and then there are over-thinkers, I am the latter. If you are too then you’ll probably already know that you spend way too much time and energy pulling apart and analysing situations to the point where you’re spending most of your time in your head and not enough actually out there living your life.

I’m well aware that over-thinking can’t be stopped overnight (if only…) but I know you definitely can’t solve it by sitting at home thinking about over-thinking, oh hell to the no. Get out there in the world and give your brain a break for a while, remembering that what your inner voice or worrisome mind tells you isn’t necessarily true, not even in the slightest. I mean you don’t have to be too extreme about it and suddenly go skydiving, just try not to spend too much time thinking about things to a ridiculous point. Instead, try saying yes more to shut your brain up and break out of those comfort zones.

how to expand your world


Not necessarily in the academic sense, but I genuinely love that feeling of learning something new. ‘Learning’ is a word that’s got a bit of a bad wrap in the sense that for a lot of us we can automatically associate it with our academic schooling, but really the sensation of learning something new is so damn enjoyable. I mean, I was listening to the My Favourite Murder podcast the other day and I found it interesting to learn about a seedy area of L.A that I never knew about before. See? Nothing like school. You’re never too young or too old to learn new things, it’s just about finding the things you want to learn about.

Personally I think a great deal of people in this world are too close minded and believe their opinions and beliefs are the only ones that count, but that kind of mind frame narrows your world so much. Be open and learn, listen to people’s opinions, read up on different religions, explore spirituality, the list goes on. There is so much information and knowledge out there if you just open yourself up to it.


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Figure out what you would do if you could do anything. 
Again with our heads, they’re so powerful but they sometimes make us think that we’re cornered and our lives can only go a few ways. What would you do if you could do anything? What profession would you choose if you could pick anything? If you’ve got something in your head, really think about why you aren’t working toward that right now and why you’ve closed yourself off from that.

Don’t let your mind hold you back, once you figure out what you really want in life, start thinking about what small (or large) steps you could take to get you there. Everyone always assumes that there will be a ‘later’ in their lives but the realism of it is that there isn’t for every person. I for one would hate to die knowing I hadn’t actually accomplished anything I wanted to. What on earth is the benefit in not going full force toward what you want in life? I guess what I’m saying is don’t be afraid to step outside of the comfort zones that currently make up your life.

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My personal favourite way of opening up my world. When you travel to foreign countries especially it’s crazy how much you feel like you’ve stepped outside of this tiny little bubble that is your life. It’s kind of like when you’re in a plane and you look down at the ground, everything seems so small and unimportant. When you’re looking through the clouds down at the houses that look miniature from above, it’s strange to think that someone in one of those houses could be spending their day worrying about something trivial like their broken laptop or something like that. Perspective is probably what you’d call that and travel gives you a healthy dose of it. When you travel you naturally see the world from other people’s perspectives and you see how different your life is from someone else’s across the other side of the planet, that realisation alone is enough to open your mind up to ideas and thoughts that you may never have had before.

(Okay, reading back on this post it does sound a bit like I’ve been watching Eat Pray Love one too many times but hey, what can you do.)

Are you guilty of staying within your comfort zones too much?


  • HELL YES I'm guilty of staying in my comfort zones! Everything you've said in this post is sound & I definitely know my anxiety has held (and continues to hold) me back from so much. I've had numerous moments of feeling edgy & wanting to break free but for one reason or another I just haven't been able to do it, even though I know full well there would be heaps of benefits from doing so (based on previous experiences & rational thought). *sigh* One of these days…

    • Me too, I wish there was some kind of a switch that would just let you turn off anxiety! I feel the exact same way as you, I go through these spurts of wanting to break all my bad habits at once and change all my routines, but then it's like I get close….then nope. I'm really pushing myself to try and leave my comfort zones and that's part of the reason why I wanted to write this post so badly.

  • Love this post Julia! Your content lately has been so inspiring 🙂

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • What an empowering and interesting post! I love my comfort zone of blankets and bunting, but I won't reach my goals if I stay there! And learning new things is always something I love, along with reading new books and rereading my favourites. Lydia Eve | x

    • i love reading new books as well! I really enjoy re-reading too, I think I could re-read the Harry Potter books forever and still not get sick of them!

  • Inspiring post! i think travel is so important and each year I strive to see more of the world =o)

    • Thank you! I'm trying to do the same and get out there as much as I can, I want to see so much of the world!

  • I love your post! I agree with all your words 😀 I'm just like you too with all the overthinking and stuff. Thanks for sharing this. This will serve as a reminder to myself 🙂

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  • I'm a sucker for a good comfort zone and I'm doing my best to get out of that completely! I like to think I'm better than I used to be (very 'routine' I was back then), as I'm much more open to trying new things and doing new and exciting things! But I definitely find it hard to get out of that 'safe zone' – I've now finished uni and I can't wait to get out and travel (going off on my own to Australia later this year is most definitely, 'out of my comfort zone'!!) and to learn! Like you said, learning sounds so boring but when it's stuff you enjoy or find interesting (and ngl when it's not in an academic environment where you 'have' to learn certain things just to pass a test) it's really enlightening and enriching!

    I too find travel and meeting people fascinating! I love learning about different perspectives and opinions because it enlightens me to things I've never even thought about before and helps me grow so much! Different cultures are amazing and it can really put the way we live into perspective and help you realise what's really important!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • I like to think that I'm the same and have (hopefully) come a long way as well over the past few months (I used to be super 'routine' too!!).

      I feel the same about learning too, if it's forced I'm just like nope hell no but if I get to choose what I'm learning then I'm all for it. How exciting that you're coming to Australia as well, I really hope you like it here! 🙂

  • I am very guilty to staying within my little bubble and sticking with the same old routines, it's just inevitable but like you said, it's never too late to learn to explore outside of our boundaries! I am loving your honesty <3

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    • That's how I like to think of it as well! It does sound corny but I really do believe we all have the capacity to change into exactly who we want to be.

  • YES GIRL! I'm feeling this way too, all the time. I also feel that 2017 is a year of shaking it up, in some ways it has already, and in some ways I still hope to shake more. This is all great advice and it's so relevant to me right now. Seriously genuinely loves this. 🙂
    Julia || Julia in Bluhm

    • Me too! I feel like I've come a long way but at the same time there's so much more progress I'd like to make. Eeee so happy you liked this post Julia 🙂

  • Great post Julia! 2017 was the year I said I'd try to do new things as well and I think I'm doing okay so far – they're mostly to do with work and I think a huge part of it was learning to be brave and speak up (who else will other than you, right?) to get your message across. Learning new things have proved to be so helpful too, as you said, especially in meeting new people and having something interesting to say!

    Gonna check out the podcast too, hehe.

    Cherie ✿ sinonym

    • Oh exactly! I'm always trying to work on speaking up more as well and not letting people overpower me in that way, what we have to say is just as important (if not more important? hehe).

  • I love that quote " a comfort zone is a beautiful place , but nothing ever grows there" – I think I will add it to my phone as one of my favourite quotes.
    You're posts – you're photography and writing just keeps getting better and better !! I reread your post a few times, it is so relevant to people of all ages and your personality and uniqueness is really shining through!
    I've being doing a lot of reflection on where I want to go in life, what I want to keep and what I want to change – You have written some inspiring words with lots of food for thought – thank you 🙂

    • I couldn't believe I hadn't heard that quote before, it's a really good one isn't it?

      I love that you found this post relevant to all ages as well because with things like this especially, I feel like it applies to everyone from all walks of life!

  • This is a great post! I have recently been taking some similar steps and trying to just soak up as much of life as possible, embrace new challenges, discover more things and be more present. Love this xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Sounds like we're trying to do the same thing, so happy you liked this post too 🙂 x

  • This is such a great and inspiring post. I used to read blogs and articles all the time and think 'wow, that's such a great idea' or 'gosh, I need to try that' and yet I never do. I always used to stick in my own ways, oblivious that a comfort zone can be a barrier. When you start thinking that you can basically do everything and anything, it opens your mind in so many ways.

    // xx

    • I feel the exact same way and sometimes it can be so frustrating when you realise you can literally do just about anything and it's just your damn comfort zones holding you back!

  • Ahhh! I love your blog girl..I always find your words interesting 🙂
    I agree with all this points. Right now I'm set to make the most of all social media, as well as read books and Learn. Travelling is a priority. Amazing post!

  • Beautiful post!! Sometimes we are so busy in our every day routine and forget to do 'special things' that make us feel special. I love traveling and I love to get to know different places, people and cultures, it's a great way to leave our comfort zone and every day life.


    • Thanks Yiota, travelling is definitely my favourite way to leave my comfort zone.

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  • Ah hun, I really love this post and your quote – all so inspiring and really a lovely way to put things into perspective! I love your outfit too, it's absolutely gorgeous and you always look so elegant!

    Hope you're well and having a great weekend! 🙂

    Looking forward to your next post!

    Layla xx

    • So glad you found this post inspiring and I'm happy you liked my outfit too- this coat is literally my new favourite! Thanks for the support Layla 🙂

  • I spent so many years refusing to get out of my comfort zone, once you do though, it can be so freeing. I am such a creature of habit and hate stepping away from my routine, but at the same time, I also feel that it's the only way to grow, as a person- by experiencing new things. Loved this post! x

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    • That's what I'm always trying to remind myself (the freeing part) while I'm struggling to break out of some of my comfort zones! Thanks Paula 🙂

  • This is such a great post – and totally with you on finding that quote to be a metaphorical slap in the face, haha! I think we can all slip into that pattern of existing, rather than living, every now and again. Thanks for the reminder!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Loved this post and your outfit, the navy coat is so chic.

    Amy –

    • Thanks Amy, I'm loving that navy coat so much at the moment!

  • I love this so much! I really need to start stepping out of my comfort zone, and doing and learning new things! Thank you for the inspiration xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • I'm just happy you found this inspiring Hannah, good luck! 🙂

  • I enjoyed reading this post and I agree about everything. I used to be a over-thinker, since I had a child, I rarely have time for over-analizing differnet things or situations, though. Traveling is the best way of opening up my world, also.

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    • I have a feeling that if I had a child I would probably react the same, however I think I'm way off having children so I have to find other ways of stopping myself from over-thinking all the time! Thanks Nina 🙂

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  • Kim

    How inspiring! Traveling is always how I motivate myself to get out of my shell. Btw, I am an overthinker too. If only my brain would take a break!

    Simply Lovebirds

    • Oh god, tell me about it! I wish I could just detach my brain for a while so I could get a minute without thinking so much, you know?

  • You are so spot on! I tend to stick to my comfort zone on a day by day basis due to work and routine- but I definitely endeavour to go outside of it. Travelling is one of the most enjoyable ways to open your eyes and experience new things!

    • Definitely, I'm hoping to keep travelling for the rest of my life (or at least that's the plan!).