Every once in a while, you need to stop playing it safe, stop making excuses and throw caution to the wind. Take a chance on someone. Take a chance on yourself.
Today, instead of giving made up examples and speaking to direct reasons to take my advice, I am going to share a story and throw caution to the wind in hopes that my readers can glean my message from my story.
Just 1 year ago, my (then) fiance and I had just returned from our trip up to Sonoma and Napa, CA where I proposed (and she said YES) to our routine daily jobs and our stable, safe life.
In that past year, we have been a little busy:
- Planned a wedding
- Got married
- Juliet interviews in NY
- I quit my job
- We were relocated to NY
- Launched the blog
- Epic Roadie 2011
- Started my national IT consulting service
Needless to say, we have thrown caution to the wind a few times. But nothing like this weekend.
This weekend’s excursion was decided upon less than a week ago and turned out to be such a great experience, a testament to my optimism and belief in the generosity of others and how paying it forward really works.
It was around 4 weeks ago that I first came across Team Cocktail on Twitter through a Thursday tweet up that happens ever y week. We had exchanged tweets, I had checked out their website and loved some of their gear. I had even tried out a few of their cocktails that were posted on their blog. I was a fan. I even bought a shirt.
After multiple more interactions, all on Twitter, Juliet and I took a big leap of faith and threw caution to the wind. Team Cocktail was announcing their plans for their 2012 cruise, a group discount brought the prices down to a reasonable level, so Juliet and I jumped on it. We put down our deposit and are booked for the Team Cocktail Cruise in January 2012, our first cruise, headed towards the South Caribbean and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
You heard me correctly, we booked our first ever cruise with a group of people we have never even met in real life.
Shortly thereafter, I did a blog writeup for Team Cocktail about one their amazing pineapple mojito. Great advertising for my blog and their site, it was a win-win situation and helped out Team Cocktail as they prepared for their trip from Kansas to Washington D.C. for the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Fest.
A few more emails were exchanged and on about a week’s notice, Juliet and I made the 310 mile trek down from NY to DC to help out Team Cocktail with being exhibitors hawking Team Cocktail swag to all of the party-goers in Washington DC!
We drank, ate, partied, sold, bartered and had an absolutely great time with Trey and Lyndsey from Team Cocktail and are looking forward to the January cruise even more so now that we have met Trey and Lyndsey in person. Great fun, great people and the start of a great friendship.
None of this would have been possible if we didn’t take a chance, threw caution to the wind and made a 310 mile drive to meet some people from Twitter.
Day 19. Way 19. Throw caution to the wind. Take a chance. You might be surprised with the outcome.
Share a story about when you threw caution to the wind and any success stories to go along with it in the comments below!