Tammy Helfrich

Life begins right where you are.

What’s so great about comfort?

Today, I am joining Lisa Jo Baker and the friends at Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes. No editing. No overcomplicating it. Then, we share our work. You can learn more about it here, and you can see the link up here.


Photo credit: Creative Commons (John-Morgan)

Photo credit: Creative Commons (John-Morgan)

Something’s happened to me.

I no longer crave comfort.

In fact, I would say I am doing everything I can to move as far away from comfort as I can get. Wow. Did I really just say that? As crazy as it sounds, it is true. I have been feeling the shift for a while. It’s been mounting, and it’s getting to the point where I can’t ignore it any longer.

I used to want what society tells me I should want. The husband, the successful job, the house, the new car, the 2.5 kids, a big 401K, and any material thing that I want. That would make me comfortable, right? THAT is what comfort is about. A safe, secure, appearing to be put- together life.

But guess what? I don’t want it anymore. Yes, of course, I want my husband and the two kids. But the material stuff? Climbing the corporate ladder? Slaving my life away to buy more things instead of enjoying time and making a difference? No way. Not anymore.

I choose adventure.

I choose risk.

I choose an intentional life.

I choose to be uncomfortable.



  1. Thanks, Amy. It is a continual process for me as well. I’m taking a step at a time and learning to lean into the tension and stay out of my comfort zone. It definitely isn’t easy, but I know it is worth it.

  2. This sounds like a fantastic adventure! I’d love to hear more about the details because it sounds like your life has gone through a change that others could learn from. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’m moving this way too, Tammy. The mission trips I’ve been on over the years really have “wrecked” me about what it means to live a successful life. That material stuff has never been very important to me…but it’s becoming even less. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Brock Webster

    May 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I have been on an “adventure” loke you just started, and it is the best thing I have EVER done!! Keep the main thing the main thing!!

  5. Tammy,
    You captured my own journey here. I am having to intentionally pull away from the drive to succeed at all costs in my career, because other things matter more. My health. My family. My church. My writing. Joy. Peace. The list goes on, and I realized while on disability that career advancement barely makes the top 20 on my list

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