A great example of shift...

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." 
William James

Have you ever been in a funk that made you want to stay home and become a hermit?

Yeah, me too.

I'd actually been in one for a few weeks. It started out because I wasn't feeling well, but then it gained its own momentum, and I found myself growing roots in my living room.

It makes perfect sense. What we think about grows. So if we start thinking about how nice it would be to veg out and watch a movie, chances are we're going to be doing that pretty soon. And maybe for more than one night...

I've found that when I get in such a cycle, it takes radical action to jolt myself out of it and rejoin the land of the living. CLICK TO TWEET This past weekend gave me the perfect opportunity.

You see, I'm a big Bernie Sanders fan (don't worry, this isn't a post about politics - if you want that, go to my personal Facebook page:)  I found out Saturday that he'd be speaking in Greenville, SC on Sunday.

Greenville is only about 65 miles from my home, so in a flash of ambition, I asked on Facebook if anyone wanted to go with me. A woman I only knew online said she'd love to carpool. Without giving myself enough time to back out, I agreed.

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That simple "yes" opened up a tidal wave of fun.  It seemed like the whole universe was conspiring to surprise and delight me all day long.  And then I remembered:  it always is!  I just need to get out of my own way to receive all the goodies.

I started the day filming my first ever audition for a series regular role in a TV pilot - so fun!

Then we drove to Greenville, rocking out to some Danielle LaPorte on the way. Although there were over 5,000 people at the event, I managed to get us front row seats, as you can see in the picture above.

I even got to shake Bernie's hand after he was done speaking (for the record, it was the best handshake ever- super-soft skin, dry hands, and a firm grip - just what I like in a world leader).

And the proverbial cherry on top? When I went to the bathroom before the speeches started, I ran into one of my all-time favorite actors, Danny Glover!

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We finished the day by eating at Everyday Organic, a great little restaurant I found on my Happy Cow app. We sat next to an adorable mother and daughter who were also at the rally. It was one of the best days of my life.

And all because I forced myself out of my comfort zone. Not bad, not bad at all.

How about you - what do you do to shift yourself out of a funk? Please post your favorite strategy on our Facebook page.  Because we all need some new ideas in our funky arsenal...

To shifting yourself,
Emily