Its been an interesting week to say the least. Recently, one of my colleagues refused to accept the change that was imminent in his life. He was all set to graduate with his Master’s degree in hand. He needed only to make some simple revisions to his thesis and have his supervisor sign off on it before she flew out of the country for the next month. And yet, thus far, he has refused to make the changes. He has cited many reasons, but what I saw in his eyes was fear. Fear of the next step, of the change, of having to grow. Sometimes we think we’re ready for something, right up until the very moment it happens, and then we realize how very unprepared we are. When I was travelling, I went canyoning and at one point, we got to the top of a 50 foot waterfall. We were given the option to hike down the side of it, or jump off the cliff into the pool below. I was all ready to make the jump, until I got to the edge. Then fear gripped me by the arm and held me back. But sometimes you just have to jump, put your faith in yourself and hope for the best. I jumped that day, and it was one of the most exhilarating feelings of my life. Though I know it pales in comparison, I hope my colleague can make the jump he needs to make in his life.
Readers, have you struggled to take action on something that will change your life? Did fear hold you back? How did you overcome that? Please leave a comment, I would love to hear your stories.
One of last week’s posts, What Do You Need in Your Cage?, was featured in a number of blog carnivals this week, including:
- Financial Carnival for Young Adults, hosted by 20′s Finances
- Yakezie Carnival, hosted by Faithful with a Few
- Top Personal Finance Posts of the Week, hosted by Personal Finance Whiz
- Carnival of Money Pros, hosted by My Journey to Millions
- Are cars destroying our society? I don’t know if they’re the only culprit, but 20′s Finances wrote a terrific article about the topic that I highly recommend.
- Cait @ Blonde on a Budget is taking on a bold new adventure – or at least, trying to. She wants to go to the Bold Academy, but she needs help first. She even wrote an impassioned letter to her friends and family that is worth a read. Best of luck Cait!
- Everyone’s talking about weddings these days, and Young and Thrifty wrote this week about how to tactfully ask for money instead of wedding gifts.
- If you got stuck in a natural disaster, would you be prepared? Sadly, most of us aren’t, but if you’re interested in knowing what you might need to be prepared, you’ll want to read up on Prairie Eco-Thrifter.
- Its still a tough job market out there, Sustainable Personal Finance reminds us of some of the little things we can do to help improve our chances, particularly geared at new graduates.
- Thirty Six Months reminds us that balance is important. Saving money is essential to life, but we also earn money so we can spend it. Don’t forget to set aside a fun fund!
- And last but not least, want to win an iPad? Life and My Finances is giving one away. The contest ends April 30th, so head over now and enter!
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