Striking Mums, Taking Risks

This week the lovely Kate has chosen the subject of taking risks. And set the following questions. The thing I love about striking Mums is Kate seems to read my mind and ask questions that a relevant to my life. Sometimes questions are hard to ask yourself, and answer honestly. Sometimes you are just not quite ready to answer yourself, let alone share with others. With that in mind I will do my best to do these questions justice.


  1. Would you describe yourself as a risk taker?

No not always. However I do think I have taken more risks in the last few years.  I have realised that the only person in control of my destiny is me. And I don’t want so get to old age and have regrets. I would rather try, and fail, than think if only.

  1. What, if anything, concerns you about taking a risk?

There is only one answer to this and that it failing, but seriously is failing so terrible? You just learn a lesson from it and carry on don’t you?

  1. What is the worst thing that could happen if you take a risk?

Again failing, but sometimes failing is not an option is it? Thinking positive is the key.

  1. Tell us a situation where taking a risk paid off for you?

For me it has to be starting my blog as I had put it off for such a long time even though I was desperate to start it, I was scared of failure, being judged. I am so glad I took that risk, although really was it a risk? What on earth was I scared of? Others judging me, and to be honest anyone I care about and that matters would never judge me. And any one that does judge doesn’t really matter anyway.

  1. Tell us about a situation where taking a risk resulted in harm to you or yours?

I would never take a risk that would result in others being hurt; I think people’s perception of me is one thing. But anything that could hurt my family is another risk and one not worth taking. But some people don’t have a choice but to take such huge risks, so I would never judge anyone.

  1. What risk are you tempted to take right now?

These are risks I am still thinking about, still discussing with Chris. My problem is I am impatient, but just not quite ready yet, to do it, or indeed talk about it.

  1. What would help you feel better about taking that risk?

Having a crystal ball, ha ha. But we would all like a crystal ball at times wouldn’t we?

  1. What risk did you not take that you now wish you had?

Starting my blog earlier. I can’t believe fear stopped me doing something I love. I am so much braver because of the amazing supportive community I am now part of.

  1. Do you admire people who take risks?

Yes, because risks require bravery, and quite a degree of calculation. It’s a big decision to do something that you know is a risk to you, no matter how small.

  1. Can you think of someone famous or otherwise who is an inspirational risk-taker? What can you learn from them?

Not someone famous, but my wonderful brave brother. He is in the British Army and has taken so many risks, risks he has no choice to take for the safety of others. And as I am sat here watching the heart breaking programme about young war widows, it makes you realise that life is for living, being brave and living for today.

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 40+ mum of teenage boys, sharing our family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog

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  1. 11th February 2015 / 7:19 pm

    I can tell you really thought about what you wanted to say in this post. I like that and thank you for it. My favourite bit was the way taking the risk of blogging has led to you being part of a lovely community. I feel that too and you are a vital part of that community for me. I would love a crystal ball right now and like you don’t want to say quite why just yet but may be planning something risk later this year. We will both watch this space and whatever happens we can be there for each other

    • SarahJChristie
      11th February 2015 / 8:33 pm

      Ah thank you Kate, that means a lot and yes lets keep watching both these spaces x

  2. 11th February 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I am loving the honesty in this post. It was a difficult one to do I think, but you seem to have smashed it! Glad you took the risk with your blog and introduced yourself to our world 🙂 Hope to meet you again at the next event! #StrikingMums
    Ally xx

    • SarahJChristie
      11th February 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Ah thanks Ally, yes I see you are going Brit Mums I can’t wait x

  3. 11th February 2015 / 10:41 pm

    I want to know what it is!!! Tell us what you want to do! 😉 Great post and wonderfully written. I love reading your posts. I think I am a risk-taker, although I never thought I was. I am definitely not afraid of failing…is that arrogance or just a lot of self-confidence?? I have always been a ‘go for it’ type of person and look up to and admire people who are the same. You get so much more out of life. And I never have regrets. Just things to learn from! SO glad you starting blogging, or I may never have met you xxxxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      11th February 2015 / 11:26 pm

      Ah thanks Jess, we will discuss all of this over cocktails soon, yes I totally agree confidence is the key is it? but if you don’t believe in yourself then who will x

  4. Mel
    11th February 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Risk-taking is such an interesting topic. Just like you, it took me ages to get started with my blog, for the same reasons as you mentioned above, but I am really glad I did it in the end. It’s such a fun, rewarding hobby, isn’t it?

    • SarahJChristie
      11th February 2015 / 11:27 pm

      Thanks Mel, yes it is such an amazing rewarding, exciting hobby, I just love it x

  5. Jenna
    11th February 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Oh Sarah, your positivity is astounding. You are right though – failing? How bad can it be. At least you tried, right? 🙂 Must take a leaf out of your book.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • SarahJChristie
      11th February 2015 / 11:28 pm

      Ah thanks Jenna, and yes just think when you doubt yourself, what is the worse that can happen, it usually helps you to make that step x

  6. 13th February 2015 / 8:10 am

    great post so honest I love that about this link up because you can’t be anything but honest really! I hope you can talk about those risks you want to take soon but I get it, my risks go flittering through my head rather than sitting there because they scare me haha. Xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      14th February 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Ha ha Hannah, yes mine scare me a little too, and yes its great to be directed and the questions are also meaningful xx

  7. 13th February 2015 / 8:52 am

    These are always so interesting to read- and I am still yet to do one!

    • SarahJChristie
      14th February 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Link up Kate, I love linking up to striking Mums x

  8. 13th February 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Being brave is one of my goals for 2015, so I can totally relate to this x

    • SarahJChristie
      14th February 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you, yes me too, as I have been much braver x

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