9 Things: Times You Took A Chance

I got this idea over from Karen at Make Up And Beauty Blog. When I first saw it, I thought it’s going to be quite simple, since somehow I managed to think of myself as a chance taker. I don’t know how much truth in there, since as I wrote down my list, boy oh boy, it wasn’t that many. I’ll let you be the judge.

If you’d like to make this a meme, you’re most welcome to do so. I’d love to hear what you thought about it. And please do link back when you post it!

Quoting Karen:

You know how it is. Youโ€™re faced with a choice โ€” you can either play it safe and take the simply โ€œokayโ€ outcome, or you can go the riskier route and shoot for the potentially awesome ending

Just for me, the change would also involved something I might have believed in or scared of for a very long time. So here it is, in no particular order.

1. Standing up and get noticed

I was quite a shy person in school. More of a nerd, not really the popular girl. Then I decided for myself that I want to be that person that everyone would remember when they are out of school, and I started to be more active with my social life, kick out my shyness, volunteered for elections. Did I succeed? I don’t really know. Perhaps ask my old friends if they still remember me. LOL.

2. Starting our own company

It was a strange idea at that time. Everyone expected me to go join a company and work my career up from there. The truth was I feel sick to my stomach when I thought of being cooped up in a cubicle in a tall office building, wearing suits, and having the same office hour every day . Please, no offense to any of you who did this, it would be the most sensible idea for most people. It’s just not for me. Back to the topic, I was thinking of another way for creating an income. So me and my bf (now hubs) created a mobile game company. I love this experience, and even if creating softwares weren’t my passion anymore, I would do this all over again. Except this time, we will make smarter choices.

3. Studying in Germany

I was very excited for this chance. No fear at all. I can’t wait to go. Even if that means living in a different culture, far away from home. Living on our own, just me and hubs. It is one of the pivotal points in my life, and the experience that comes with it, is truly priceless for me.

4. Becoming a Writer, full time

Most likely some of my friends still think I’m crazy because of this. Because I went for something unrelated with my academic degree (Informatics and Digital Media). Well I had fun studying it, and it would provide a good side job, but I AM following my heart here. I went full dive to writing because I believe that when I feel that a dream is worth dreaming, it is also worth pursuing with all my might. Since lovely hubs is very supportive as well, why not?

5. Moving to Berlin

I separated this from the studying in Germany because our moving here was completely filled with uncertainty. I don’t want to go into details, but back then, all we had was the faith and the believe that this is what we both want. We were right, it turn out very well in the end. I’m so happy we took this chance, as I really came to love Berlin, and this city had been very inspirational for me.

The next ones are probably not as life changing or scary as the first five for me, but it’s a fun chance nevertheless.

6. Doing Pilates and Yoga

Feeling so sure, that I was never going to be that girl with flexible limbs, I caved in to Pilates. I read somewhere that Pilates was good for the back and I thought I’d need something to prevent back pain from sitting in front of the computer too long. Now I’m feeling more flexibility throughout my body, and I rarely feel back pains anymore. Except for that time when I wrote down 11.000 words in one day. Or during thesis crunch time.

7. Wearing skinny jeans

I thought I was too short (162 cm) for that. And not model skinny to pull it off. How wrong I was. It had became my favorite kind now. And it remind me that I should just give new style a shot. At the dressing room, at least. Shorter skirts also works better than expected. Now I’m thinking ghetto pants? ๐Ÿ˜›

8. Trying out purple eyeshadows

I wasn’t much of a makeup girl before. Up until the first 28 years of my life, I would only wear a sunscreen and very sheer lipstick. Occasionally, I would wear more for parties, but I tend to stick to neutral colors. One day I came across a pretty purple eyeshadow, a color I never tried on my eyes before. I tried it on, and I like it! Ever since then, I tried giving every color a shot… when I have the money to buy it, of course. *hides from glaring hubs eyes*

9. Blogging

I must admit that the idea of blogging put me off for such a long time. I always thought of it like putting your diary online where everyone could read it. I’m not sure I want to do that… then again, maybe I was just scared of other people actually reading what I wrote. That it might not be perfect. Well, now I think, perfection might has its flaw, especially if it just collects dusts on my shelf. Just go and do it, put yourself out there. I enjoy writing blog post. And I hope you enjoy reading it too :). It truly made my day/week/year/whole life when someone said they did.

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  1. coolpie June 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    that’s quite achievements i guess ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. astrid June 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you :). Interested in sharing yours?


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