Wednesday, January 29, 2014

For the love of sledding {Risk Rejection}

Did you hear of the Southern Winter Storm of 2014? If you live in the south and you have spent any time this week 'watching for snow' for hours on end, you know what I'm talking about.

My friend asked me to go sledding. I missed her call.

But, then she ended up at my door. She came with a cookie sheet.

They were all out of sleds.

For a split second, I was going to deny my never-been-sledding-before, walked-to-see-me-in-what-the-south-calls-a-snowstorm faithful friend.

But something told me just go already. Put on four layers of clothes and go out to the tiniest hill you've ever seen with the tiniest amount of snow you've ever seen if you're a northerner and have some fun.

I normally love fun, but with precautions. Is that an oxymoron? I once told my chiropractor that I have a longer list of things I won't do than things I will do, because I hate hate hate living in pain almost every day of my life.

Five seconds worth of fun never outweighs pain. It just doesn't.

The 5 second rule applied here.

I watched my friend topple over on her 11 x 8 pan. I was happy at the top of the hill.

I was not going down on a cookie sheet, so I was not going down at all.

But then the little kids next to us asked us to take a ride in their sled.

It was my chance to live a little more free, physically speaking. Why not, I thought? If they can do it, I can do it.

I decided to give up the 5 second rule for just long enough to slide down.

Sometimes you have to fake yourself out to get that thing done. Cause hills are meant for sliding.

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This month has been full of risks about the size of the hill I sledded down today. And that's okay. Some of them have felt more like mountains though because in actually making the effort, I have had to overcome fears or try new things.  
What about you, brave risking friends, how has your month gone?

By the way, I forgot to show you some pictures from my cake baking adventure.

 cupcakes not yet frosted
to prove that I actually made them

Friend's dog playing with a toy cupcake. This was an awkward picture but I like it.

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney

Risk doesn't equal perfection, it equals movement.

Like down a hill?

P.S. This week I embraced risk by inviting a bunch of people over for the Super Bowl. It might be a giant fail because only one or two said they can come. But that's one or two people more than before I started.

And, I hope to share with them and you something that I learned about recently called The Halftime Challenge. Please take a minute to check it out and be an advocate in shedding light on human trafficking this month and beyond.

P.P.S. I'm so thankful for Amy and these ladies for a month of risk. May it not end here.

in case you missed weeks 1, 2, and 3!


  1. I love that it equals movement, no matter how small. Sometimes mine is mighty small :) Thanks for spreading the word about such a great cause!

    1. Aw, yeah Lisa! I am encouraged by you and all you do to raise awareness for human trafficking.

  2. Julie,

    Ahhhh, I've found something we differ on. See, not only would I have gone down on the cookie sheet (regardless if my big boo-tay-tay fit on that piece of metal), but I would send my kids down on it as well. You should have seen the giant strip of road I've been shooting them down over the last three days!

    My quote before I shove them off: "If you see a car, just steer yourself into the ditch and bail."

    I am certain that covetted Mother of the Year trophy will be mine this year.

    I love the humor and honesty you have brought to #RiskRejection.

    I love that you are stretching yourself and inviting people over for the Super Bowl, and hey, I'm a firm believer of whoever is suppossed to be there will show. If it's two people, you will get to know those two people better!

    Oh and that Disney quote? Fab.

    1. Thanks for all your encouragement over these weeks and as long as I've known you, A! You keep me laughing. Much love to you, friend...

  3. Oh my goodness! It's so nice to have a kindred spirit -- someone else who struggles with FUN! For my #riskrejection post, I asked peeps for help -- for ideas of fun things to do and try. If you want to use some of those ideas, feel free!

    1. Haha, I liked your post! We very well may be kindred spirits after all, Jen :). I am working on this fun thing, which again, is an oxymoron. I like fun a lot, I think if we ever meet in real life we should plan something really great.

  4. Let's keep risking! Although I'm all for thinking things through, sometimes its best not to over-analyze! Keep having fun, keep just doing!

    1. Thanks for coming by, Mariah! I've enjoyed getting to know you more this month. Yes... let's keep risking.

  5. "Risk doesn't equal perfection, it equals movement." Love that! What a delightful, fun post to read today. Made me think of how little I'm willing to do anything that involved being outside in the cold. ummm. The fun things I'm probably missing out on by not simply moving my behind outdoors.

    1. Thanks, sweet Beth! I'm so glad to hear from you. Yeah...the cold can keep you away. Good thing I was toasty with three pairs of pants on. ;)

  6. I have really enjoyed your posts each week this month. You have been so encouraging and an inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Mary! Same to you! It's been great meeting you!

  7. I have enjoyed this month of #RiskRejection with you--don't let it end here!!

    1. YES! I agree. I just had that conversation with someone today. Sad that January is ending for that reason...but it doesn't have to end here. :)

  8. Julie, I have loved meeting you. You are a funny, funny gal. I love reading theses posts and I love your heart. I also would love a bite of that cake.... Yum...