August 29, 2010

Go Big or Go Home


Pollen Hunt photo credit: Raina Emms


It’s a common phrase among athletes and motivational speakers. It’s about taking chances. It’s a way to encourage yourself. Big results require big actions.

I’m often wondering how to make things happen in my life. From creating this blog, to making dinner, to homeschooling and even running my other businesses, I move forward each day trying to make the best of what comes.

When I think about those things I want to do ‘Someday‘ I sometimes talk myself out of putting them on my list because they’re ‘too big’ or would require something beyond what I currently have.  It’s one thing to save money, something completely different to to figure out the other things it might take to make that ‘Someday’ happen.

I like to think I’m always up for a great adventure. But the truth is that I’m often talking myself out of things I want to do. And the funny thing is that I’m a huge advocate for my friends and always supporting them and cheering them to dream big.

Here I am though, not following my own advice. And while I’ve declared this my Year of Awesome I’m not always making the most of it. I’ve caught myself editing my experiences before they happen. How am I supposed to experience Awesome when in fact all I’m going for is Awe-so?

A friend of mine told me that without ME, it’s just AWESO. Sounds corny, but he’s right. I need to be part of it. I need to Go Big or Go Home. I need to be more than just Aweso. I want to be more than that.

I’m not normally a risk taker, or rather I don’t see myself as a risk taker. But making all these Somedays happen takes some risk. They’re not going to happen on their own. Sure, I can figure out how to save the money but what about actually doing them?

I’m tired of the status quo. I’m tired of milktoast.

I live with an amazing risk taker. CycleGuy is the yin to my yang. I’m all about wait and see and he’s all about let’s go now! You’d think after 20+ years some of his adventurous tendencies would have rubbed off on me. But now, finally, I’m getting it. I’m seeing that life really is about living it to the best I can.

I want to be like all the people I see living life out loud. I want to find ways to Go Big or Go Home. I can be a risk-taker! I can be bold!

If you were to GoBig or Go Home, what it look like?



Miri Leigh August 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

I just love that — Awesome is just awe-so without ME! I’m into anything related to self-appreciation. This is a good one to remember. As is the title of this post, “Go big or go home.” I like to think that I approach most things in my life with that mentality, but it’s easy to get complacent. Thanks for reminding me to stay focused!

Jenn August 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Great, great post! Rings so true-I’ve read it 3 times already and sent the link to a friend to check out as well 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

Honey September 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Hi Sara,

I don’t know what it would look like, but thank you for the inspiration to take chances and risks to reach my goals.

You are the best encourager. Thank you.


BabyGirl September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

This phrase in your post is funny: without ME, life would be AWESO.
I like your post!:) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sara September 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Thank you sweet BabyGirl! I love your smiley faces.

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