Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I decided to participate in the "Word for the Year" party at The Lettered Cottage. This is big for me since I'm such a blog hermit. ;)
I get paid all day long to analyze, calculate, and avoid RISK. When I calculate how much strength is needed for a structure to withstand 100 mph winds, I get the final number and then I throw in a 2-to-1 safety factor. Just in case. (This is standard engineering practice, not because I'm paranoid. Although I am highly paranoid as well.)

My entire life is about RISK avoidance. When it comes to my kids, my job, my finances -- everything. It got so bad that I realized all of my daily conversations were peppered with the phrase It's not worth the risk. I say that probably 10 times a day. I crave safety like other people crave happiness.

However, this past November I suddenly threw myself off the edge of a cliff. At least that's what it felt like.

I took some equity in my house, wiped out my savings, and purchased something that was going to require a lot of work and more $$$. And I didn't ask anyone else's opinion before I did it. Not even my Dad's. (Those of you who know me will get the shock of that.)

But I realized that if I want any of my dreams to come true, then somewhere, somehow, I was going to have to take a calculated risk. It scared the crap out of me.

But at the same time I also felt better than I have in years.
When I get to the end of my life I don't want to look back and say "Wow that was boring". (My kids say that a lot: This is so booooring Mom!) Hey-- there is safety in being bored, okay?

So for 2012 my word is RISK. As in: take a few. Don't be so afraid. If it doesn't work out you'll still be okay, and just maybe you'll get to do something you've dreamed about...
The Lettered Cottage
Posted by Katy On 9:24 AM 15 comments

15 comments :

  1. This risk you've taken is very exciting. There is a certain thrill about jumping headlong into something, without knowing for sure how it will turn out.

    I understand it, though. My family always tells me I "future worry" because I spend so much time going over the "what ifs" I become paralyzed by indecision.

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  2. I can relate to your post and I love your word choice. I think you are inspiring me to participate in this too. In my book, you are one extremely brave woman for buying that property and I wish you all the best and love hearing about your journey.

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  3. I wanted to come by and say thank you for your visit to my blog today. You spoke of painting your counter tops,,, don't be afraid to try it..
    Take a look at my post on how I did the kitchen counters.. $14.99 for the can of paint and it's been a year now.. love it!

    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/2011/01/continuing-saga-of-kitchen.html

    Thanks again and have a great week.
    Sandy

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  4. i peeked at that post and now i'm pondering. should it be a verb? i like action, movement, forwardness... hmm. for someone who doesn't shut up it should be easy to pick my "it" word. it's not.

    risk is the "it" word for you...though i think the golf cart was your delicious taste of risk in 2011. yum! perhaps risk with a shot of tequila? now that's a fine recipe for happiness in 2012!

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  5. Yes. Risk. Bold Risk. Can I add an adjective?

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  6. Risk is a great word. I wish I had the courage to adopt it. I can't wait to see the beach house start coming together. I know it will be a great investment for you and your family. And a great adventure! Good luck!

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  7. You go girl! You are just the type that will take on the right kind of risk - like the beach shack.

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  8. Oooohhh Katy, you are SO RIGHT!! I'm thrilled for you for having TAKEN the risk!! Life's getting shorter by the day...just DO it!

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  9. What an inspiring word ~ risk!

    I'd love for you to stop by and see mine.

    Be blessed!

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  10. very inspiring! I would love to take risks.

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  11. loved your post and your word. I often ask myself "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" I don't always take the risk, but at least it makes me consider it!

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  12. I think I love this word most of all. So many times I am paralyzed by overwhelming fear of the unknown. What will happen....what if! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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  13. I love that you are already beginning to live your word. May the risks you take be blessings!

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  14. Love this linky party! I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  15. Love to HEAR That Katy!! I've been feeling the same way!! ((hugs)) <3

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