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STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE; IT’S ONE OF THE MOST EMPOWERING THINGS YOU’LL DO

Pushing yourself into the unknown is quite a scary thought. The decision to do reach outside of our comfort zone enables us to gain new skills and pushes us to the next level. So, what’s stopping you from making that leap?

You should always be open to the possibility of trying something new. Things like saying f**k this and going to a movie alone (which we highly recommend by the way, there’s nothing more liberating than sitting back and stuffing your face with popcorn in front of the screen without shame), or, trying something at the restaurant other than the usual ‘steak and chips’.

There are times in life when you don’t get a choice when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone. There will be times when you will need to for work or when getting a new job. For example, you could be told that you have to hold a meeting at work displaying your proposed project, even though you’re normally the one sat out back pulling it together and leave the talking to someone else. These types of opportunity, whilst daunting, can be a space for improvement and should be jumped on at every opportunity.

‘But why?’, you may be asking. Well, here are but a few reasons:

  1. Do you want to live with regrets or ‘what ifs’ floating in your mind?
  2. You never know what will come of it
  3. You’ll find a newfound confidence and motivation

 

THE CHALLENGES

Now, we’re not going to tell you it’s going to be smooth sailing. Because it won’t be.

Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone can go wrong, or it can be a little wobbly or maybe you’re just not very good at it. But so what? You’ve decided to step out of your comfort zone for a reason, right? If we’re not rubbish at something, are we even human?

You may face challenges along the way, (carrying on with our example), you may end up stuttering or feeling like you’ve made a complete fool of yourself in front of your work colleagues. But all in all, everyone has had to start somewhere and I’m sure others have been in your position too – if they haven’t, we’re pretty sure that they’re lying.

The important part of stepping out of your comfort zone is the takeaway – How do you feel now that you’ve conquered it? What did you learn from it? How can you improve next time? What would you do differently? Line some goals out for what you want to achieve and when. This is your starting point for development.


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DO IT TOGETHER – YOU’RE NOT ALONE

If at first, the decision to do something new totally freaks you out, just know that everyone feels uneasy to start with when stepping out of their comfort zone. Speak with a family member, a friend, or even a work colleague. You don’t have to take this leap of faith alone, there is support for you. If it’s your first-time giving blood, for example, why not ask someone if they would do it too?

(If you’re actually interested in giving blood, please follow this link to the NHS website.)

 

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ARE YOU ATTENDING JIMMY’S FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?

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During most of the weekends this summer you’ll either find us chilling in beer gardens or raiding the local ice-cream shops. Oh, and if you’re attending Jimmy’s Festival from 21st to 22nd July, you’re going to see us there too!

What is Jimmy’s Festival you say? It’s Ipswich’s annual celebration, where families and local foodies get together to enjoy good food and great music. Families have the option of a range of activities, from animal feeding and keeper talks, to storytelling and magic. While the rest of us (well, not us, but you can!), enjoy a nice cold ale or beer and enjoy this year’s line-up (to see which local bands are playing, click here!).

If you’re not feeling like the drive for a day’s visit is worth it, then stay the night, or three! – yes, you have the option to camp (or caravan) it up, and there’s even a designated area for campervans! If you get hold of a camping ticket, you’ll secure a space for three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at just a stone’s throw from the festival entrance. The campsite will also have entertainment and refreshments. For more details on camping, head to the Jimmy’s Festival website.

If you’re up for delicious food-tasting, stall-visiting and beer-drinking, you’ll be sure to find us. We’ll be there with our men’s collection of activewear and hands full with flyers. If you’d like to see what we’ll be selling, head to our Men’s page (Women’s to follow soon). Oh, and don’t forget to come and say ‘hey’ at our stall for a 15% off discount code from our team!

Also, if you’re attending this year’s Jimmy’s Festival, don’t forget to tag us in your posts with #MatterStyle!

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FINDING ‘THE’ PUB TO GO TO IN IPSWICH

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While the average person may constantly go to Spoons or Yates, the adventurous may seek Ipswich’s little hidey-holes and perfect getaway pubs. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below.

 

THE COSY CLUB

With hard wooden floors and furniture to fill a vintage fanatic with delight, The Cosy Club in Ipswich is the place to relax, put your feet up and eat. It’s right in the centre of town and is only a two-minute walk from the cinema. In fact, it’s in the same building!

 

ARCADE STREET TAVERN CRAFT BEER AND HERITAGE BEER

If you’re like us, and love your beer, this is the place you’ll want to head to – right now! Arcade Street Tavern will soon become your best friend – there are still far more we haven’t tried than we have tried. This pub can get quite busy, though, so be prepared for that.

 

ST JUDES BREWERY TAVERN

This is one of my favourite retreats. It’s never overcrowded, but never too quiet either. If you’re not bothered by a bit of rustic furniture and the odd leather jacket, you’ll be sure to enjoy this too. With home-brewed ales and beers, it’s the best place to spend your evenings (surrounded by high percentage beverages) … Oh, and if you bring your own tankard, you get 20p off a pint! Great people and great environment here – what can be better than that, right?

 

ISAACS ON THE QUAY

Sat right next to Ipswich’s quay is the restored historic site, Isaac’s. With four bars, a café and a rustic courtyard, what more could you want? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, pub-crawl; you name it. Situated right on the picturesque Ipswich waterfront, with boats and lights to watch while you eat and drink, I’d consider this to be one of the nicer places to visit.

 


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MATTER CLOTHING’S TOP 10 BEST CYCLING ROUTES IN EAST ANGLIA

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With spring pretty much here and summer soon to come, now is the best time to get on your bike and do a bit of cycling.  ‘But where to?’, you may be asking. Well, we’ve listed our top ten places to cycleto – and of course, eat lunch.

 

1 Thorpeness

Many of you may know this beautiful location as were you spent most of your childhood days, sat in kayaks or canoes, with row boats and an army of swans lingering nearby. This is the perfect setting for a country ride, with tea rooms and Southwold not too far down the road.

 

2 Rendlesham Forest

With The Tang Trail and The F.I.D.O Trail, you can take your pick of the distance you’re willing to go through the forest. The Tang Trail is roughly a 6-mile cycle, with a shortcut which can enable you to half your ride – just in case you’re really not feeling it. Or, you can take the longer, F.I.D.O Trail, which is almost 10-miles long and will take you from road, to gravel, to sand and through grass. From giant wooden bunnies, to an afternoon spent den building, this is a great place to go with family.

 

3 Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest is so much larger than Rendlesham, with lots of walks and tracks for cycling, this idyllic forest has a lot to offer. And, if you’re looking to stay overnight, you can even camp.

 

4 Aldeburgh

Do you want to know what I think about when I hear this town’s name? Fish and Chips.

This seaside location is perfect for those long cycles. The sea breeze on a warm summer’s afternoon, well that just sounds darn near perfect, and when the day is done, you can pop into town and nab yourself some (very delicious might I just say), fish and chips, but except to queue, as this is a popular dining experience.

 

5 Dedham

If you enjoy venturing into small countryside towns and villages, this is the ideal place to go cycling. With local pubs and a picturesque setting, you’ll find it hard not to buy a house there – yes, I really do like it there that much. If you’d like to know more about Dedham, check out Essex Life’s article – click me!

 

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If you’re travelling to Mersea Island, be careful not to get caught out by the tide – this hidden beauty can cut off vehicles at certain times of the day. But once you’re there, it really is worth the trip. With a little seaside village and West Mersea Oyster Bar, this island has something for everyone.

 

7 Felixstowe

This is a great place to go cycling. With parking galore, you’re bound to find somewhere to hitch up. It offers a selection of cyclingroutes. You can either go along the seafront, past the pier to Languard Fort, or you can go from Felixstowe to Old Felixstowe, or Trimley, or Kirton. And if you’re feeling really brave, from Felixstowe to Ipswich (and vice versa). The options really are endless!

 

8 Needham Lake

Not too far from Ipswich, Needham Lake is great for that morning cycle– especially when the car boot is on! With a walking and cyclingroute which takes you around the lake, this location is scenic but also exasperating – you’ll find yourself cyclingon paths to then cyclingon grass, so make sure you bring some water.

 

9 Alton Water

Alton Water is full of activities, you can pretty much do anything here from walking, to windsurfing or rowing. It has a range of terrain. You can cycleoff road and into miniature woodlands, and then onto roads and across bridges.

 

10 Cromer Sea Front

Cycling along this seafront can be quite the day – with hills and lots of tourist attractions, Cromer Sea Front sees it’s far share of cyclists who are searching for a challenge. But if this isn’t challenging enough, there is also a lighthouse trail which you can either walk, or cycle – but take my advice, bring some water or food, it’s bloody knackering.

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