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Daily Archives: August 29, 2011

On risk taking

“Success always involves risk; you can’t steal second base with your foot on first.” – Frederick Wilcox

So I’ve really been wanting to take some classes of late.  Craving them actually.

I took a 2 hour blogging class last October, learned some great tips and met new friends. Win:Win!  My little blog has brought me nothing but joy .. and provided me with a creative outlet and community I never knew I belonged to. Until I experienced it.

But, because of budget cuts, many “adult education” classes formerly offered have been cut back. Way back.  As in … gone.

What’s left are a hodge-podge of computing skills, crafting and fitness how-tos.  I know what I need to on the first, can skip the second and the latter, while of interest, mostly take place while I’m at work.

Drat.

Doing a little sleuthing, I remembered that a former colleague started a Life Coaching business some time ago and that she offers a “Vision Board” class.  A class I’d really like to take. On the other side of the state.  With no dates that work for me in the foreseeable future.

Drat.

Then, one day, it just came to me: Organize it.

In a matter of hours, I narrowed down a location, picked a few dates that would work for me and contacted Coach Beth.  Yes, she’d drive over to my area to do the class, in fact she thought it sounded like fun!

I didn’t start a new business. I didn’t spend a bunch of money. I haven’t done anything drastic.

But here’s what I did do:

I stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to others I don’t know well but want to.

I dusted off old skills from my bag-o-tricks – networking, organizing, event planning, and coordinating.

I’ve organized, strategized and am having a blast promoting it.

And now, at the end of the day, it’s a simple as this: I listened to that voice who said: “Organize it.”

Sure there remain a few  details to be worked out but – phssh – compared to all the stuff  I used to do for everyone else (and stopped doing) … this is easy-breezy-Covergirl material!

And … yes the workshop is for others but, for once, it’s just as much for me.

Risk.   It doesn’t have to be a four letter word.

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What have you been thinking about doing? 

What’s stopping you from starting?

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On attitudes

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.” – Unknown

image from trek.org

It’s Monday and I’m up early with time to stop at my favorite coffee house.  That’s something to smile about.  🙂

Have a great day!

Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Confidence at any age, Fun, Growth, Joy, Life, Personal, Relationships, Thoughts | 14 Comments

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