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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Taking Risks

Earlier today, I was thinking about how nervous I was to move out on my own this June.  I remember wondering how my mom was going to take it, and how it felt like move-in day would never ever get here.  And now, I've been in my apartment for 5 months, have a few pieces of furniture, a dog, and the early stages of a gallery wall!

I have kind of taken on the role of a mentor to some younger girls in my sorority.  Bigs are awesome and the best thing ever, but I think sometimes its helpful to have the input of someone who is out of college.  So many girls that I talk to are in the same situation that I was once in - they know what they want to be, but they're afraid to take the risk and do something that is "unlike them" or "not a safe bet."

I feel like there are two types of risks - bad risks and growth risks.  For example, drinking and driving is a risk that I wish people would never take.  You may make it home safely, but you could also kill yourself or someone else in the process.  If I had chosen to move into an apartment where I couldn't afford the rent, that would be a bad risk.  However, my decision to move out was a growth risk; I was financially capable and moving out eliminated my thirty minute commute.  I was simply scared of change. 

In the next few years, I will be forced to take another growth risk.  I absolutely adore my job, but I don't plan to retire from it.  I really enjoy writing, law, and event planning, but I will have to narrow it down.  At some point, I'm going to have to take a risk and choose what my career will be.  And as terrifying as it is, I know that one day will be like today - I'll be settled into a career and think about the day when I was so nervous that I didn't know what I was going to do with my life.  And whether that moment happens while I'm writing from my office, or I just won a case as an attorney, or I'm wrapping up a huge event, I know that it will be worth it.

So if there's something you've been nervous about or a growth risk that you've been contemplating... What are you waiting for?!  The nerves may be there today, but years from now, you won't know why you were so nervous because it all turned out fine.

I hope that you're having a fabulous Wednesday! I'm always here if you want to talk :)




  1. Such a greatly written post! And I totally agree with you, sometimes you just have to take the leap and see how things will turn out - otherwise you are stuck in with the same fear or problem forever, and that isn't healthy.

    Melane | Pure Perspective

    1. You are so wise, Melane! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. This is something that I definitely needed to read right now. I'm on the precipice of a major change, and it's all hingeing on one decision between a great risk or existing comfort. Thankfully I've been seeing some of my favourite blogs post about this very thing :)

    Sweet Spontaneity

    1. Comfort is sooo nice, but if you think there's something more out there, you need to go for it! Best of luck :)

  5. Such an insightful post. It's so easy to back away from taking a big step out of fear, but you're so right, it can lead to great things!


  6. Awesome and honest post. I've been trying to take more risks because I tend to lack spontaneity, now I'm trying to take more trips and go out of my comfort zone.

  7. You nailed this topic perfectly! Although taking risk is always tricky for me, so many risk are opportunities to grow - you never know what one small decision can evolve into!

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  8. Moving away from home is one of the best decisions I ever made!