Being a Risk-Taker

I don’t do risks.

Like, for real. Or so I thought.


When my coach called me a risk-taker the other day on our call, I couldn’t help but giggle. Me? A risk-taker? The girl that hates going on roller coasters, wouldn’t sky dive for a bajillion dollars and don’t even get me started on gambling (why would I give you money that I don’t know if I’m going to get it back?)

Of course, after the giggle, she mentioned a few reasons why she considers me a risk-taker. Apparently moving your whole life to a brand new city with a brand new career makes me a risk-taker. A lot of people wouldn’t even dream of doing something like that, in fact I can think of about 10 that tried to talk me OUT of doing it. I guess I am a risk-taker.

  1. I’m willing to do pretty much anything (legally, let’s be real here 😉 to get the life I’ve always wanted. I’ve worked for YEARS, gaining as much experience as possible and working multiple jobs to fulfill my passions since I never seem to get that from my jobs.
  2. I take a risk every day when I write as authentically as possible on here and all of my social medias. I could (and have) get made fun of or maybe even in trouble for some of the things I say, but I still think it’s worth the risk to be as real as possible. I think too many people aren’t their authentic selves online and that’s sad.
  3. Like Amy said, I moved my entire life to a city I knew I felt a connection to, even though there were (and still are) many reasons it could *not* work out.
  4. I’m starting my own business. Side hustle for now, but I’d really love to be able to live the life I dream of and Chicago gives me the push I was looking for. My goal is to be less controlled by location and more focused on having more time to live my life with the people I love doing the things I love. Wish me luck! 🙂

How are you a risk-taker?
Do you consider yourself one?

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  1. Liz says:

    I don’t feel like I risk taker. I’m more of a planner. But I feel like moving and pursuing your goals is just part of it. Being mobile to achieve your dreams is just following your passion. I’m with you in thinking of risk taking as like, jumping out of planes, haha. And I would NEVER EVER DO THAT and I also hate roller coasters. I cried last time I went on one when I was like, 28. I thought I probably got over my fear of them since I was a kid. Nope. Terrifying. Hated it. But I love traveling and seeing the world and exploring new places. That is hands down my number one passion, so I feel like moving to a new place for me is just pursuing my dream. If I could convince Jon to move to Europe for 3 months with me, we’d be gone with our baby and all. But there’s no way. I’m stuck by the old ball and chain. Had I not been in the Army before I got my job as a nurse, I would have done MUCH longer travels abroad, but I always had to be home for drill. And I went to school for nursing. You can’t even study abroad in nursing. Lame. I write authentically on my blog, but I also don’t share it with people I know in person. So I definitely think you’ve got some balls for doing that!
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    • Jessie says:

      I totalllly get it! I’m definitely a planner as well, which is why I was so surprised when my coach called me a risk taker. And HOLY SHIT I hate roller coasters too. No way, no way, no way.

  2. Megan says:

    Interesting that you posted this as I’ve been getting a lot of reminders on TimeHop lately about how I was looking at grad schools in Phoenix because I wanted to move there SO bad when I was in college. I was too terrified to leave the Midwest so I never pursued it any further. Long story short, I’m not a risk taker… at all. I definitely admire you for making the move to Chicago! 🙂
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    • Jessie says:

      Well, thanks lady! I appreciate it, but at the same time there’s been MANY times (including right now) where I’m way too afraid to take risks. BUT I’m trying to be better about making them, especially when I’m super afraid of them.

  3. Amy says:

    I am sadly, for better or worse…….averse to much risk………….However—I did gamble with my heart and found a great guy:) and after 5 mths of being without a FT job—not my choice, downsizing at companies exists and it is hard……..I kept true to what I needed to find for my next FT job-gig-hustle and finally found it! Here is to new beginnings and not settling like I have most times………………:) It actually works out sometimes!

    • Jessie says:

      You know, I’d say you’re definitely a risk-taker. 🙂 Gambling with your heart is BIG. So hard to do! Took me awhile to do it, too! I’m with you on downsizing, too … my job that I JUST moved to Chicago for is planning layoffs here in the next week or two. Fingers crossed I’m not a part of it. That’s AWESOME! I’m with you – no settling!

  4. Amy says:

    That is so great to hear….re; taking risks, I did it in my 20s, but the older I get the lless I do it……ugh ha……holding out for a better job has been a learning expedience for sure. You are going to be okay, no matter what! #Chicago! #love!

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