Risk and Reward


I don’t like change. I am a very routine person, and change is scary. I am also very sentimental, so the thought of letting go of something to make room for something new or different is not too high up on the list of my favorite things. That being said, I am slowly learning that sometimes change is good, if I decide to stop freaking out long enough to realize in the long run, good things can come with change.



I have a habit of being short sighted. I want results, and I want them now. I don’t want to wait for things to slowly unfold or happen, and if something is going to take awhile, even if it will end up being a better fit, I typically want no part in it. Growing up, we ALWAYS had Christmas at my grandparents house. One year when I was about thirteen, my parents decided we were going to do something different and I threw a fit. I was devastated, and too this day it stands as my least favorite Christmas. Where am I going with this? Yes, I know I have a tendency to ramble when it comes to talking about serious stuff like this.

I am currently going through some big life changes, and this includes some big blog changes. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I’m super freaked out, but also super excited for what is to come. I’m not quite ready to share yet, but I would appreciate your prayers. Sometimes the most scary things can end up being the most beneficial, and that is what I keep telling myself.



Have you ever thought about doing something, and it never appealed to you? Then all of the sudden one day it clicks, and you can’t get your mind off of it, and you just KNOW you have to do it? That’s kind of what I am going through. I feel like God has placed something on my heart, and I think about it so much it literally keeps me awake at night, so I know it’s the right thing to do even if it’s scary. I have never been one to take risks. I have no desire to put my life in danger, to “walk on the wild side” or attempt the impossible. I am a “play it safe” kind of girl, the one who is always the sensible voice of reason. While I may not be wild about taking physical risks, I think it’s high time I take some risks in other areas of my life.

With great risk, comes great reward.



Don’t get me wrong, I am afraid. Afraid to fail, afraid things will be too hard, and afraid of letting others down. However, I also know if I don’t start taking some risks, I will always look back and wonder what could have been. Have you ever felt that way? I just know I have to have faith. If I feel like God is calling me to do something, I can’t ignore it, I know it won’t go away. Faith is a tough thing, trusting in the unseen, but I believe God has big plans for me, so who am I to say “I can’t do that?” God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

So, today, I encourage you to take a risk. Talk to or e-mail someone you have been afraid to talk to. Reconcile with a friend. Take a leap of faith. You may not get the results you hoped for….they may be even better than you could have ever imagined.

QOTD: What is something you were afraid to do but it ended up being so worth it?

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  1. Praying for peace of mind.

  2. Amanda @ Run Principessa says

    I love this post. I’m definitely going to take a risk in honor of you today. I’ve grown a lot more accepting of change, but I still get incredibly anxious about taking risks. I generally over think them and drive myself crazy. But I wish you the best of luck with whatever comes to you!!

    Beautiful post aside, no one messes with my Christmas and gets away with it. 😉

  3. Changes can be scary, even when we’re excited and happy about it! I’m not a huge fan of change either. I like consistency and predictability! I can’t wait to hear about the changes:)

  4. 🙂 Love this! I really think these changes will be great for you!

  5. I can completely understand. That was me when I decided to leave everything I knew in Boston and move to Dallas, where I didn’t know anybody. As scary as things are, sometimes you just have to do it.

  6. To answer your QOTD, I have been afraid of running for the longest time. Most of my life actually. Yet, I took the risk and I’m so happy! I can’t believe I have been able to stick with it for so long. You have been a big part of that which is why I always wish you the best in all you do. Change, is a natural part of life. We can only ask for the wisdom to make the right decisions when they happen. Because they happen Heather. Sometimes by choice, sometimes in spite of our choices.

    Whatever your decision, I know you will do great!

  7. You can do it! I hope you can get all of the rewards you deserve for taking your big leap. I was afraid when I tried hot yoga for the first time, but now I love it!

  8. be a mom.

  9. Change is always scary. But you will be great at whatever the change brings you!

    And to answer your question – running never ever ever appealed to me; until I stuck to it for a year and fell totally in love.

  10. Praying Heather! Just remember that if God is leading you to do it then He’s going to get you through it! Change is definitely scary at times! I was afraid to run a marathon…but running it was so worth it! It was one of those things like you said…I could NOT get it off my mind. And I had said I was never going to run a marathon because I had no desire to…but that changed. And I’m glad I listened and did it! Hugs girl!

  11. Heather (Where's the Beach) says

    “afraid of letting others down.” <—YES this is me too. I recently decided to finally go through with my dream of becoming a personal trainer so now I'm studying my rear end off in hopes of passing that certification. But I'm so full of worries and what ifs. But if you never try, you will never know.

  12. Everyday! I know that God is running the show so long as I trust in him, I’m golden! 😉

  13. I’m so excited for you and whatever changes you have coming your way. I know that they will end up rewarding you for all the hard work you have put into your running, this blog, and everything else that you do. I can’t wait to hear more! You rock!

  14. Honest and open! Really appreciate your thoughtfulness in the post! I used to tell my students, that you have to take big risks, that failure can be an option, and that life is about living, and that means taking chances.
    Take a deep breath, say a prayer, and JUMP!

  15. I still need to email you but quick message to say that the changes you have coming your way will be great, I have no doubt. Follow your heart and where God is leading you and you can’t go wrong. 🙂

  16. Best of luck Heather! I’m praying everything works out for you!

  17. I was always fearful of change growing up, but being married to a military man has forced me to accept change and look at it as an exciting adventure! My oldest daughter (4) is just like me and we are currently waiting for our new orders to move this June to anywhere on our list of 10 spots. (Even more frightening- we were considered for Guam last week, but thank God they found someone else)!! We are preparing her the best we can.

  18. I have a reputation for being resistant to change too. Yet somehow
    in this life I’ve managed to do an undergrad exchange in Germany, then later, quit
    a job to go to grad school in the U.K. I’m fairly well travelled and of course there’s the ultimate adventure of marriage and children. I think it’s OK to be conservative sometimes since life brings changes to you on its own. The trick is to be nimble enough to adapt.

  19. Really, really love this Heather! Prayers for lots of happy rewards! You will be great! Change is good and makes us stronger! You got this! Proud of you for facing it! Love the quote at the end – God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies the called! Yes!
    Love ya girl!

  20. I feel the same way… I hate change. One of my many dreams is to run a full marathon. That is so scary for me but I know it will well be worth it in the ending. It’s only a half marathon twice… right? 😛

  21. I know this is a bit long, but reading your post made me think of it:

    “Until you begin a new venture, you never know what awaits you. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Nothing started, nothing experienced, nothing learned, nothing finished. Starting lines are one of the most important stations in life. We need to do more than just avoid them. We need to actively seek them out. Otherwise, we grow stagnant. Remember that if you don’t go to the starting line, you will never view the whole course with all its possibilities. And you will certainly never see the glories of the finish line.”

    – Amby Burfoot, Author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life, Executive Editor of Runner’s World Magazine and 1968 Boston Marathon Winner

    Good Luck and Congratulations on taking the first steps towards change, I tend to avoid it too but am also learning that sometimes we need to seek it out to move forward!

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