Friday, July 19, 2013

Learning to Take Risks

You can either sit and mope about it, or you can do something about it. I'm pretty sure once in a while I heard those words from my parents while growing up. No matter how much they annoyed me as a teenager, they still swim around in my head as a reminder today as an adult.

Doing something about it has never been an easy thing for me. It usually involves doing something I don't like, reaching out to people that I don't know, or testing out something totally new and outside of my comfort zone. Recently, I've been trying to change my attitude about things and do more of the "do something about it" type things. I started with small risks, ones that I was beginning to be more comfortable with, and soon I became completely comfortable with them. They were no longer outside my comfort zone.

For me, taking risks always seemed just that-- risky. And risky directly translated into stupid. However, in the past month, I am realizing that not all risks are stupid. It may feel risky to me because it is outside of my comfort zone, but the reality of it all is that by taking the risk, I'm doing something to better myself.

Even though the risks are scary for me, I'm challenging myself by taking them. As I take more risks, I'm noticing that I'm able to make myself and my business better. I find that new doors are opening for new opportunities that I never would have expected. And most of all, I'm happier. I no longer feel like that mopy teenager, but rather I feel excited and filled with a positive outlook on what is to come in the next year or year after that or even five years from now. As I told Andrew last night, "I'm doing my own thing!" And truly doing my own thing has never felt more exciting!

Are you doing something exciting in your life these days? Taking any big risks?

And on that note, Happy Friday to you all! :)


  1. Yay! I'm glad you're able to branch out. I don't know if you're counting the switch to neon envelopes as a risk, but if you are, it was a good one to take!

    I'm not fond of risk-taking either, but I know it's a necessary evil. :-)

  2. I feel like I'm always taking risk. I moved to NYC with no job and 1000 and hoped everything will work out. It did. I then moved to Virginia with my current and sometimes flaky boyfriend hoping things would work out and they have. Now, I'm up and leaving my stable job hoping this new adventure will work out.

    I actually feel doing nothing seems weird. I know lots of people that will stay where they are because they are afraid of the unknown yet these are the same people that complain about no being able to do anything. I think it's great taking risks and even if you 'look' stupid in the end you'll always learn a lesson and learning is fun!

    Unless learning involves taxes. That shit is boring.

  3. so happy for you :) i'm just trying to get my shit together after all the breaks i've had in my life the past few years. i'm learning to not use those experiences as excuses, and grow from them instead.
    i hope, anyways!
    -Rachel w k

  4. I am not good at risk taking as I'm pretty shy and insecure but it always seems once the leap is made you realize the risk wasn't so scary, feels good to know the risk paid off, good for you!


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