Taking Risks

my blog is a risk.  
a small one in the grand scheme of it all. 
 but a risk for me, nonetheless.

I have to admit that when I started my blog, I felt pretty silly.  I put myself out there for everyone to see, copy, criticize, and judge (good and bad).

When I started this thing back in October, I had no idea where it would go.  Who would even read it?  Why would anyone care about what I was doing or what I was making or what I had to say?  And ironically, I really hate bringing attention to myself, so why would I blog!?

But I have found blogging to be quite inspirational, liberating, and FUN!  It’s an outlet to get out all the things that swirl around in my head.

And now it’s evolved into this thing where I want to inspire others.  We all need inspiration in our lives, and if I can offer any small bit of it to someone (including myself), then this is the best risk ever!

So despite some of the downsides of blogging (like copying, the green eyed monster, and people who take the time to give my stuff bad ratings…), all the amazing women I have connected with, all of the AMAZING comments, and conversations that I have had with women I’ve met, this risk is one worth taking.  By a long shot.

For me this risk, has been one of my greatest adventures.  I feel a little more alive because of it.  I feel more inspired.  I feel happier.  I feel more confident to take more risks.

keepin’ it real today.  take a risk, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.


Taking risks with Nester.

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18 Comments

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    Debra
    March 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    I agree that blogging is a risk, too. It really opens us up to lots of criticism that would be avoided if we didn’t blog. But it’s so much fun and the people we encounter of fabulous. I really like seeing how other people live, too. Have a great day!

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    Katie
    March 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    thanks for this honest post! Exact same feelings I’ve been having…but its worth the risk 🙂

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    kara@elements-interiors.net
    March 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Im right there with ya! Love this post…thank you for linking up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you tomorrow:)

    xoxokara

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    Marie C.
    March 22, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    I quite agree! I’m new to blogging, too, but have found it liberating and inspirational. Keep up all your good work! 🙂

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    Charisa
    March 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    So true! Congrats on your Risk Taking!

    (Found you through The Nester!)

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    Ali Richardson
    March 22, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Cheers to that!

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    HKat...B
    March 22, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    I love your blog! I work 40 hours a week and I will be honest, by the time I got home, I was not in the mood to cook (nor had I thought in advance what I should make)…
    You have truley inspired me to plan out my meals for the week, get some things ready either the night before or in the morning before work and then when I get home all I really need to do is a few things and then either throw it in the oven or in a pan.
    Thank you so much for the great ideas… Oh, and my family thanks you too!!! lol

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    Miz Helen
    March 22, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Jo-Anna,
    You said so beautifully what I feel. Thanks for sharing your heart. I am glad I met you along the way.
    Best Wishes,
    Miz Helen

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    Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!)
    March 22, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    So enjoyed reading your post! I’ll be reading in the future….I too, recently started blogging (just this January!) and it really does feel like a risk. Thanks for taking the risk!

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    Brandie
    March 22, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Awww. Love this post!

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    JENNY K.
    March 22, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a kind comment. I love your blog and the recipes look divine!

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    Noelle
    March 23, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    I really like your blog too! I am new to blogging too, in fact only 2 weeks in! Very scary, I did not want to tell anyone, so scared of the critics!! But I did it, I took a risk, thanks to ladies like you!

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    Melissa Stover
    March 23, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    yes! everyone who starts a blog knows what a risk it is. but once you start you fall in love with it.

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    Sara
    March 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Well I just found your blog and L-O-V-E it! YOu are amazing and I enjoy very much reading about all your grrrrrreat ideas!
    Keep it up, I am thirsty for more!

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row
    March 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    What great thoughts! I love blogging and agree that you are totally putting yourself out there! Loved this post!

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    samia
    March 25, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Great post!!! very well written.. I think we all bloggers sahre the exact same feelings.. you just manged to voie them!

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    Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma
    March 25, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Don’t hate the players…hate the game. LOL… Such is all of life, right? If a comment bugs you, write about it.

    I love your blog, and glad you took the risk…

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    Hi I'm Misty.
    March 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    so agree, blogging is a risk in itself! Everytime I hit “publish” i get that little pang in my chest….did i do everything right? what if someone READS this? lol. putting yourself out there is risky, but so far its fun, and a great creative outlet.
    Thanks for the post.

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