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Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A friend recently told me she was surprised at how risk-averse I am and it really struck a chord with me. I don't think of myself as afraid of taking risks -- I went to college thousands of miles away without even visiting the campus first; I quit my job and moved from San Francisco to Atlanta to see what else I might want to do; I quit another job and started working for no pay in a new industry to get the experience I needed.

But when it comes to truly committing myself 100 percent to achieving my deepest, most important goals, it turns out I actually am pretty damn afraid to put myself out there.

This makes me sad.

I think it's time to try a new tactic, and to get me in the mood, I'm putting together a nice long list of quotes about risk. Hopefully they'll inspire us all.



Come to the edge.
We can't. We're afraid.
Come to the edge.
We can't. We'll fall!
Come to the edge.
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
~ Guillaume Apollinaire

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
~ Ray Bradbury

We fail more often by timidity than by over-daring.
~ David Grayson

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
~ Helen Keller

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
~ Robert H. Schuller

Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure.
~ Author Unknown

The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.
~ Goethe

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~ Robert F. Kennedy

A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done.
~ Cardinal Newman

Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
~ Frederick Wilcox

Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?
~ Jimmy Johnson

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
~ T.S. Eliot

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
~ Soren Kierkegaard

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
~ Pablo Picasso

Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
~ Frank Scully

Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
~ Author Unknown

If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul.
~ Drew Barrymore

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.
~ André Gide

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
~ André Gide

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
~ Leo F. Buscaglia

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
~ Katherine Mansfield

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
~ Andre Malraux

Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.
~ Philip Andrew Adams

The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavour is taking the first step, making the first decision.
~ Robyn Davidson

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won't suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when the person looks back -- she will hear her heart.
~ Paulo Coelho

Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.
~ Samuel Johnson

If I'm not free to fail, I'm not free to take risks and everything in life that's worth doing involves a willingness to take a risk.
~ Madeleine L'Engle

Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable.
~ Earl Nightingale

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BOPPY_ 1/15/2014 4:08PM

    There's very little risk in improving yourself, whether it be fitness, nutrition, weight management, or other. One needs only:

1. Make the commitment a(to one's self).
2. Apply time and attention to the issue.
3. Using small steps, carry out the plan.
4. Bask in the satisfaction of each success.
5. Return to step 1.

Looks to me like you've started that.



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ILOVEMALI 8/25/2013 1:15PM

    This is Great. What wisdom. Thanks!

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AMBER281 8/24/2013 7:00PM

    Great blog.
Thanks for sharing.

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JLR080500 8/23/2013 1:49PM

    I sometimes have that same fear when it comes to things closest to me. Great quotes!

(PS...great job on the recent weight losses!)


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LE7_1234 8/23/2013 12:21AM

    These are fantastic!!

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KOFFEENUT 8/22/2013 11:08PM

    I LOVE your quotes! Here's one of MY favorites:

The world is full of people who will go their whole lives and not actually Live one day. She did not intend on being one of them.

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Get out there and LIVE your amazing life!!!

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Intuitive Eating & A General Update

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hi All!

Sorry for my absence the last few days. School days are usually looooong for me, and by the time I get home, I just want to go to bed. I actually turned my computer off on Wed. AM and only turned it back on today. Nice to take a break from technology, actually.

So, finally time for a proper check-in with my peeps!

I've been working with a therapist who has suggested I consider "Intuitive Eating." So, the general idea is learning to trust your biological body to cue you about when, what, and how much to eat. Obviously so much easier said than done, but ultimately, isn't that the end goal for all of us?

It's probably not something I'm ready to embrace yet, but I have started listening to the book of the same title (by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch) in the car on my rides to and from school. It's been eye opening, and a lot of it makes major sense.

Study after study has shown that dieting leads to more weight gain, and the book delves into the psychological AND BIOLOGICAL reasons for this. I'm pretty sure every single person who has been on more than one diet will recognize themselves in the examples they give. I'd definitely recommend checking it out, even if you're not sure it's something you're ready for (like me). They also have a webpage:

So, I'm officially on Spring Break as of today! Was going to go to the second day of an academic conference today, but decided to skip it. Of course, then one of my classmates tells me the first session was super relevant to my final paper topic - isn't that always the way? I'm fairly sure I can get a copy of the video they took, so it's not the end of the world, but it's still disappointing. But school is a 50 mile drive each way, and I've been up and back three times already this week. Yesterday was a full 12 hour day, so I'm glad to just be at home today.

Though I'd like to just sit back and relax this week, I backed myself into a corner last semester when I left everything until the last minute, and I've vowed not to do it again, so I am definitely going to work on my final paper over the break. I have about 30 library books that could be relevant, and am not 100% sure of my exact topic / thesis. I'm actually looking forward to it, but feeling a little overwhelmed about where to begin. As I think I've said before, school is pretty much the best thing in my life right now, so it's not really a chore.

I guess not much else to report. I'm please with the ~1 lb./week loss I've seen the last few weeks, and am feeling fairly confident that I will be able to hit my challenge goal of losing 17 pounds. I'll have to "make up" a couple somewhere since I gained the first week, but I think it can happen.


PS - Just for fun, and because I love Roald Dahl:

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AMBER281 4/18/2013 10:01PM

    Hope things are going well!

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ILOVEMALI 4/15/2013 3:21AM

    read this again -- still good!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/18/2013 1:07PM

    It's great to hear from you. I must read that book. Thank you!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/17/2013 9:32AM

    I actually started my whole weight loss journey with intuitive eating, and lost the first 27 lbs that way. Since beginning with Spark two years ago, I've been purely intuitive (ie not calorie-counting) for at least half the time. I love it. But then again, I never had problems with over-eating, so intuitive came very naturally for me. I'm glad you're looking into it! It's a great skill to have.

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LE7_1234 3/17/2013 12:38AM

    Sounds like you're doing great, Courtney! I also need to turn off the computer every now and then....

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    That was one of the books my nutrition class thorugh school recommended! I used intuitive eating this week and lost weight!! Yaa! Good luck hun!

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ILOVEMALI 3/16/2013 6:53PM

    Have a relaxing break -- read, walk, breathe, enjoy!

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ROBYNROSE26 3/16/2013 5:16PM

    Such a busy girl! Good for you getting a good jump on your thesis over spring break! Make sure to take a little time for yourself too!

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SGTSUNNY 3/16/2013 4:56PM

    I love your Roald Dahl. Great blog, enjoy your break

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Vision Board (STA - Week 3)

Sunday, March 10, 2013



I will concentrate on my dream job, which is...

I will spend more time on Campfire Films.

I will get GTD involved in one capacity or another.

I will set up this book and make a movie!

I will start raising the money.

I will remember that it's OK to start late.


I will enjoy my never ending pursuit of knowledge.

I will earn my Master's degree.




I will run.

I will run with Huck.

I will run 5K from zombies.

I will learn to eat intuitively.


I will reconnect with my oldest, truest friends.

I will be more social.

I will kiss a good number of men.

I will get my house in order.



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KROLES55 3/17/2013 7:43AM

    Great blog.

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ILOVEMALI 3/11/2013 12:59AM

    This is great!!! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 3/10/2013 8:12PM

    This is great! I'm also working on intuitive eating.

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FIREFLY4407 3/10/2013 6:24PM

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LE7_1234 3/10/2013 3:49PM

    You've got some great ones here!

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UNICORN212 3/10/2013 1:21PM

    Great job! Lots of good stuff here. I love the last one, too.

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SARAHST0T 3/10/2013 1:01PM

    Love this! And I love that sparkly top!

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    Oooooh fun!!!!!

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A Workout Game (STA - Week 2)

Monday, February 25, 2013

For Week 2 of the Springing Into Action challenge, we are supposed to create a workout game. Most of the examples were based on TV shows, but since I don't have a television I've created a game around my daily activities instead.


emoticon Snooze button - Once I'm up and out of bed, do 5 crunches for each time I hit the snooze button.

emoticon Teeth brushing - Do calf raises the entire time I brush my teeth, AM and PM.

emoticon Huck's business - Walk around the block every time Huck needs to go out (rather than just taking him out to do his business and going right back in).

emoticon Spark People Comments - Do 5 reps of some kind of arm exercise, with weights, for every comment I receive on my SP page (including my home page, blogs, and pictures). Repeat for the other arm.

emoticon Plank Points - I will do one second in plank pose for every Spark Point I earn. I can do this before bed or the following day, and it can be broken up into smaller increments.

emoticon Steps Round-Up - If I have less than 1,000 steps to go to reach 10,000 for the day, I will go outside and walk up and down the apartment walkway until I hit 10,000.

emoticon Oops! I Ate Too Much - If I go over my calorie range, I will take a step for every calorie I'm over. This will be at the end of the day, and even if I've already hit 10,000 steps for the day.

emoticon Jumping Into Bed - For every minute I am out of bed after 11 PM, I will do one jumping jack. This can be done the next day.


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AMBER281 3/5/2013 11:08AM

    Love your workout game!

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DEZZIEJAMES 2/27/2013 8:39AM

    I love love LOVE your exercise game! I might steal your steps for calories over idea too! SO awesome!! You can do this Courtney! I have such faith in you! Imagine how much better you will fee once you reach your goals!!!

P.S. Thanks for your comments about my daughters. I think they are beautiful too, and know I am biased, so it's nice to know others agree.


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1SALMON1 2/26/2013 11:04PM

    Well, if I had to do crunches for every time I hit snooze I'd be up before the clock even goes off!

I bet Huckleberry approves of his part of the game! Good for you!

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LE7_1234 2/26/2013 12:39PM

    Sounds fun!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 2/25/2013 3:14PM

    Wonderful Game!!! Hope you have a fun week!

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HEALTHY156 2/25/2013 11:41AM

    I love this! I just posted mine. I am feeling super motivated. I am commenting on your blog which means you have to do arm exercises. Ha!

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ILOVEMALI 2/25/2013 11:23AM

    Great idea!

Knocking 3 times and wishing you a happy week -- thanks for your comment on my "game."

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LWLAR7 2/25/2013 1:00AM

  Looking good, keep going

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Not My Best Week :(

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hi Everyone!

I've been at a school conference most of the day today, where they fed us both lunch and dinner. The options weren't awful, but not exactly healthy either. I don't think I overdid it. Just impossible to track.

Generally feeling rather blue, though that's not new. I've been struggling a lot with feeling disconnected from myself, and it's getting me down. I'm also spending a lot of my time doing things that I have to do to pay the bills, etc., but I can't seem to find the time to also do the things I need to do to move my dreams forward.

The next week is again very hectic. They fired a girl at one of my jobs, so we're all having to pick up the slack. It was long overdue and I'm happy she's gone, but having to cover for her means I'll be working more than usual.

I also have a few meetings and a ton of school work to do, not to mention that I really do HAVE to find some time to work on my own company. I think about it all and my mind goes blank because I'm overwhelmed.

And, last but not least, I'm up almost two pounds since the 17th. Not good.

I don't want to beat myself up too badly, but SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. I simply can't function like this.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. Thanks for "listening."


PS - Sunnies, sorry for the "old news," but I don't blog that often, so wanted to post this on my page too.

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AMBER281 2/24/2013 7:20PM

I hope things start to settle down for you soon so you can have time to focus on what you think is important.

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RYDERB 2/24/2013 12:13PM

Hope you get some time to do the things you want to do soon.

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KASEYCOFF 2/24/2013 3:10AM

    If you look at the mountain, you will be daunted by where to begin - let alone what it will take to move it. So you get a shovel, and you move one shovelful. Then you head back, and move another shovelful. Slowly but surely, slogging along, you go back and forth, one shovelful at a time.

Don't look at the whole mountain: the sheer immensity of what needs to be done will overwhelm you. Just focus on one shovelful, and move it aside. And when you look up, the mountain might not be gone - but there'll be a sizeable dent in it, and an ever-growing mound you've already moved.

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IMREITE 2/24/2013 1:57AM

    blogging emotions is better then binging or some other behavior that will prevent you from getting back on track. i sometimes think i am a downer too but i do like to admit to emotions instead of burying them. then i try to take time to think of more optomistic ideas. emoticon

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1SALMON1 2/24/2013 12:57AM

    Hey, girl - there are limits. You may be reaching them. I don't know your energy level (seems pretty high from reading all you are doing) but when my mind and body are over-taxed it's like Wiley Coyote in the Road Runner cartoons (I am old - you may not know this analogy - sorry). The coyote chases the road runner and never catches it. Sometimes in the intensity of the chase the coyote runs right off the cliff and is running on air. He's fine till he looks down. Realizes there's nothing under him. FAAAALLLLLLS!!! That's what happens to me when I go too far without good self- care. Please give yourself a little care every day - a few minutes of whatever it is that calms and refreshes you.

PS - yes, finally better; thanks for asking!

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UNICORN212 2/24/2013 12:09AM

    LOL - I won't repost my "two cents worth" answer - you will have to read the chat thread to get it!

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