The Prompt: Risk and Reward

The Prompt 23: Risk and Reward

Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is. Mark Twain

When I look back at my life, I have always taken chances, although they have not necessarily always been my first choice!

I have a strange relationship with risk. Intellectually I know that the best things often happen when you take a chance, but taking that leap is daunting.

In my working life I often leapt; I did things my way, I never said no to an opportunity.

In my personal life, I have always played it far safer

When moving to the US became a possibility, I was having none of it. I liked our home, our town, our life. Why on earth would I want to disrupt that and move so far away?

In the end, we made the big decision to take a risk and give it a go. We moved our family thousands of miles. We planned to stay for two years. That was two years ago…

Regular readers will know that we have decided to stay for a bit longer. They will also know that we have been house hunting, as the house we bought for our two year stay simply wasn’t big enough for our growing kids.

Having been unlucky and losing out on several beautiful, move in condition, houses we changed tack. We went out on a limb and bought a project… And, now we have the keys!

It has the potential to be amazing. It will be amazing. But, it will also be a lot of hard work and it is quite daunting. So, it is with excitement, and not a little trepidation, that I return to the US next week to start making the move into our new house.

I have been feeling many emotions around the decision to stay in the US for longer, and it has been a time of uncertainty and change. At moments it has all felt a little overwhelming. But, for the most part I am excited and I am glad to feel more settled. To have made the decision.

Our move to the US has been far better, if I’m honest, than we ever expected it to be. We thought two years would be more than enough. But, we have found a pace of life that suits us; the kids enjoy school, we love the town we live in and we have made good friends.

It often seems that the greatest risks bring the greatest rewards. We know we will return to the UK in the future but, right now, the risk we took in moving has been rewarded.

Let’s hope we can say the same about our massive project of a house in two years time!

[Project House will begin on the blog in the next week or so… Watch this space!]


You can find this weeks #ThePrompt linky here. I do hope this topic inspired you; I look forward to finding out how you feel about taking chances.

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18 thoughts on “The Prompt: Risk and Reward”

  1. Yep, I’d definitely say that that was going out on a limb! Good luck with your project! Sounds daunting but exciting. I’m sure everything you say is right and I wish I could feel like I’d gone out on a limb more in my life but I guess the fact that I’m generally happy with life means that I have done something right somehow somewhere along the line :-) X

    1. Exactly, not all risks are big things, even small decisions have an element of risk to them. Being happy definitely shows that you are making the right decisions. I think we will need a bit of luck… Lots to do!

  2. Good luck on the project!! The exact same thing happened to us when we took the leap to move out of London – I swore we didn’t want a place that needed work, but then we found the (potentially) perfect house and the rest was history! It took 18 months to get things how we wanted them but it’s pretty awesome now to have something we built to our spec :) Here’s to taking risks! Xx

    1. Absolutely! This houses needs a lot done, but it is a really special house. Can’t wait to start recording the project :)

  3. Congratulations Sara! Can’t wait to hear all about Project House :-) i agree, rewards never just land in my lap, I always have to take risks to get them. Best of luck with all the packing – one of my very least favourite things to do in the world xx

  4. I just went back and read your big decision post and the moving day. Sounds daunting to say the least! I’m glad your move has turned out so well and I look forward to your house projects! I love a fixer upper! :)

  5. PottyMouthedMummy

    Can’t wait to read more about project house and well done for diving in with it. We are still saving for our next move so love hearing about others’ experiences.

    And well done for taking that leap. My husband and I often talk about a move abroad, but I wonder if we would ever actually do it.

    Fab post #theprompt xx

  6. SO pleased for you with your new venture – so exciting :) Funnily enough I am very similar in that I haven’t taken enough risks in my personal life but plenty in my career. It’s interesting to see what has paid off and what hasn’t. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

  7. So you really are taking the plunge! Best of luck and try and enjoy the project, step by step, as its a unique thing to do. We did it some 8 yrs ago without children, and its was hard work but very rewarding looking back.
    You’re right, you often have to go out on a limb, a little out of your comfort zone, to see the ripest fruits, but once you’re there I think you either embrace it or run back and cower!! You’re an embracer, and clearly reaping the rewards!
    Best of luck & i look forward to reading about your Project

    1. I’ve not thought of myself that way before, but you’re right, an ’embracer’ – I like that! I’m excited about this house :)

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