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Risk Analysis

Taking risks in life may be scary, but as you will read, they are often worth taking. Take a baby step or a giant leap and step out of your comfort zone today!

My mom had a saying about taking risks. She used to say that "the only bad risk is the one you don't take." I think Adrienne was referring to some of the unpredictable stocks she used to buy and sell in her senior years, but my mom gave that guidance about life too.

Back in the Seventies, Adrienne's best friend was thinking about going back to school to pursue a nursing degree. With a married son and a daughter in high school, Marguerite decided it was time to pursue some of her own dreams at the age of 40.

Marguerite was a bit hesitant to register at Bergen Community College. She realized that by going to school part time, she'd be almost 45 when she graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Back in the day, 40 was considered OLD; not many women at that age would even consider going back to school, but Marguerite was indeed a trail blazer herself.

After some sleepless nights, Marguerite went to my mom for advice. “But, I'll be too old by the time I’m done,” she argued.My mom gave her some simple, sound – and ageless -- advice. “Well, you’ll be 45 no matter what you do!"

Five years later, Marguerite graduated with honors. She worked as a psyciatric nurse for almost 15 years after that. She often thanked her best friend for the push she needed to pursue her dream.

I often think of my mom's advice, and try to remember that age is only a  number. I am also learning that some risks are worth taking -- especially on my latest journey!

During the past year or so, I have stepped out of my comfort zone in more ways than one by creating my website and blog called www.amorejourney.com  Although I spent alot of my career writing "corporate speak," I am following one dream I have always had to be a different kind of writer.

I can proudly say that my AMORE blogs are gaining popularity and readership.  I've also been published several times in the River Dell Patch and in More Magazine, and I am pursuing other writing opportunities.      

I am meeting others who pursuing their dreams -- even if it doesn't happen right away. Recently, I spoke to a woman who is graduating from college after taking one class a semester for the last 20 years.

I am meeting women who inspire me because they are stepping out of their comfort zone -- one day at a time. One gal lost 100 pounds because she finally believes in herself. And another one of my blog readers wrote to tell me she went to see a Broadway show alone, something she never thought she would do by herself.

Do you have a passion you always wanted to pursue?  Take a baby step or a leap to learn that sometimes risks are worth taking. Step out of your comfort zone today!  

P.S. -- Are you a woman who has reinvented yourself by having the courage to step out of your comfort zone? Are you following your passions and want to share your story? 

My website and blog is called www.amorejourney.com. AMORE stands for A Mother Of Reinvention Each and Every Day and the Journey is the path we take to get there. My blog celebrates all women who are doing extraordinary things by starting new careers, picking up new sports and hobbies hobbies, or simply taking more risks. 

Would you like to encourage others to follow their dreams and be featured in my one of blog posts? Send me a note at claudia.c.stagg@amorejourney.com   

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