The scent of fall penetrated my teeny nostrils as I awoke to engage in my morning routine of tree, dog and child poses, challenging my heart-rate, gratitude acknowledgement and the setting of my daily intentions. My Alice in Wonderland-like clock read 8:30, yet it looked as if it was the hour of “the freaks to come out at night”. Mind, body and soul confused, I continued on to my frigid gym room. I honestly wanted to head back to my cozy Hello Kitty comforter and wrap in it for the remainder of this dark, dreary Sunday morning. Black hallways and a stark, empty room of metal and iron met me with good morning. “Stick with it”, I whispered to myself as I shivered my way to my favorite treadmill.
In traditional terms, a risk is termed as the possibility of losing something of value. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional well-being, or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking risk resulting from a given action or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen (planned or not planned). Risks can also be defined as the intentional interactions with uncertainty. Uncertainty is a potential, unpredictable, and uncontrollable outcome; risk is a consequence of action taken in spite of uncertainty.
The latter definition of the word risk is what has resonated with me the most. When I began my journey towards becoming my most authentic self, challenges would often present themselves in the light of sending me down a path of reversal or stagnation. Withholding a desire for either of those, I was faced with the choice only to proceed forward. How could I? That would be too risky. What would come about if I took such a risk? These were all thoughts which permeated my mind. And continued to as I slowly regressed in my path. The fear wasn’t in taking a risk, yet it was in what could possibly result as the aftermath of taking a risk.
Noticing that much digression from my path was happening, I took my first risk. This risk, as small as it was, was to look in the mirror naked everyday……That. I. Did. Heightened self-love, embracement and dignity came about as a result of this tiny risk. And every risk after that. An abundance of learning and growth continues to trickle into my world as I continue to #takerisksthursday. #takerisksthursday has even expanded itself to take a risk at any point in the week!! It has me so grateful and full!!
My goals for #takerisksthursday with Nova:
Inspire all to become more comfortable with being in a “zone of uncomfortableness”.
Hearten all to delve within themselves to pull out the courage to try something new.
Support all with learning and listening to their mind, body and soul.
Share with all in their journey towards becoming their most authentic self and the experiences and benefits that come along with it.
Most recently, my #takeriskthursday, which consisted of a plethora of risks in one, was hosting my first event. My Blog Launch Meet and Mingle Event!! I have never independently planned my own event and with this being the first, it was undoubtedly a risk for me!! From the planning and shopping, to finding a venue, it was surely a rollercoaster of a ride that I pay great homage to. The learning and growth that I have obtained from starting my blog, to further hosting my first event, have pushed me to new heights that I would have never imagined I would reach. I am now reaching for more!!
My greatest gratitude to every Novista, every individual, every spirt, every energy, every living and non-living entity that supported me in any way for my Blog Launch Meet and Mingle! Whether you attended in person or in spirit, contributed, sent a prayer, or even a text, I thank you. From the bottom of my grand heart, THANK YOU!!!
Here are some photos of the greatest Blog Launch Event to date!
(Ohhhh……and……Stay tuned for more events!)
I began #takerisksthursday to encourage people from all walks of life to push themselves out of autopilot, out of a place of comfortability, and into a place where you you may experience a feeling of uneasiness. From here, it is my hope that you gain an abundance of positive benefits and growth.
Mrs. Reiter, a very wise, old lady friend and mentor of mine, used to always whisper to me, “When you are in that place of being and feeling uncomfortable, growth is a result. As long as you stick with it.” I encourage you all, Novistas, to take risks, reap the benefits and spread the “riskiness” to others, all while of course being,
Let me know in the comments or on IG every week when you take your #takerisksthursday.
Please tag #takerisksthursday when you do!
Unapologetically Me. Unapologetically You. Unapologetically Us.
Shop the Look:
Please find the links for my outfit below. My dress is one of my absolute faves! Can you guess why!? If you guessed because of the voluptuous sleeves, you are correct!! I am a feen for highly detailed and “volumized” sleeves. My pocket book is actually a toolbox. Yes, I know. INSANE in the membrane. She is actually quite the conversation piece and would hold my entire kitchen sink if I needed her to.
Ohhhh and can ya’ll get with these shoeeeeesssss??? They are extremely comfortable and just the cutest Dorothy shoes ever!! Wish I could get them in every color! I have been wanting them for some time now, so what better reason to have splurged than for my Blog Launch Event. (Yup, this was an event-specific purchase!)
Don’t forget to tag me and hashtag #inspiredbynova if you purchase any items from my look! OR are inspired by me in any way!!
Happy Shopping!! :D