Take These Chances

Freedom Is Not Worth Having If It Does Not Include the Freedom to Make Mistakes


Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

Have you ever had one of those moments where you stopped for a second, and very happily thought “Whoa, I can’t believe I’m doing this!”

The “this” could have been anything – a trip you’ve wanted to take for forever and finally got around to,  a job you got even though you thought for sure it was out of your reach, or a fear you faced head on and in the end loved it (for example if you’re afraid of heights and end up loving sky diving).

I love those moments.

Since around 2013 I’ve really embraced the idea of getting out of my comfort zone and taking some chances.  I’m not talking about being reckless with my decisions.  I just mean that I had previously lived a fairly quiet and predictable life and I never ventured out of my comfort zone, which meant I never really allowed myself to grow.  I decided I wanted that to change.

The extraordinarily abbreviated version of what happened next was I quit my job and started traveling.  A lot.  I decided it’d be really fun to blog about my experiences traveling so I could keep my friends and family back home posted on what was going on.

In doing that, two things happened:

  1. I was reminded of how much I love writing!  I used to do it all the time when I was younger and somehow lost touch with it as I got older.  It was great to find that love for it again.
  2. I was surprised by how many people responded and commented on blog posts – it really was a great way to keep in touch and have some great conversations.

That’s when I decided to switch gears a bit and takethesechances.com was born.  I’d love to ignite conversations about a myriad of topics; not just travel (although that will still be a huge part of it).  I think that incorporating a bit of “taking chances” into your life is important – expanding your comfort zone and being willing to experience something new.

And I think here is as good a place as any to talk about it 🙂