Stepping out of the comfort zone: Joining IVE Bern
2016 was one of my most challenging year so far. It was challenging because I was emotionally tired. Tired of feeling not worthy, tired of feeling useless and tired of feeling not motivated. By the end of the year, I knew I had to change something in my life to reawaken my drive which I used to have. I stared to think about why I`m in that rather dark space in my life. So, I figured it out. The answer was in the combination of not being satisfied with my life I also wasn`t doing something to challenge my abilities. If you challenge your abilities and succeed you automatically feel great and motivated to try or do more. I was lucky that a friend of mine, who I met during a workshop, offered me a space in her student’s club IVE.
She had a position free in the department Eventmanagement and pictured me working in that field. The job is to be in charge of the upcoming events for the next few semesters from the planning to the execution. Well, I really liked the job description and what IVE was standing for but to be honest I was terrified at the same time too. Terrified of not achieving everybody’s expectation of me. Nevertheless, it was the perfect timing for me to step out of my comfort zone and do something with my life, which I can be proud of. By stepping out of my comfort zone, I joined IVE Bern.
This past weekend I went with my team to the National Summit in Bio Schwand at Münsingen. The National Summit is the weekend before the semester where all five teams in Switzerland come together and brain storm new ideas how to improve IVE nationally. Besides that, we also had interesting presentations by different speakers. The other teams represent the cities Basel, Fribourg, St.Gallen and Zurich. To team Bern`s luck we had the pleasure to host the event and could really bound over of it.
In all, the whole weekend was a success in my eyes. My team turned IVE Bern in an official student`s club, we made a new form of organization and clearly divided tasks to each member. Besides that I`m also happy that I got along with most of the people from the other swiss teams.
With this blog and joining IVE, I`m getting to feel a new sense of life. Blogging is really starting to fulfill me and working for IVE makes me feel excited for the future. By sharing this part of my life, I want to show you that it sometimes doesn`t take much to turn a dark side to a bright one. If you’re not satisfied with your life in one way or the other, you should start to look around you and find out what your strengths are. Find them and build on them. Because Karen Salmansohn has clearly a good point by saying “The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.”
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