On Taking the Leap

Ford Territory

Lovebirds

Two very exciting things happened at our house in the last week. First of all, we picked up the lovely brand new Ford Territory that we won for a year in Voices of 2013! We still can’t quite believe we have been awarded such amazing things, just for doing what we love and sharing it here. It is such an incredible honour. We are so very, very privileged.

The second exciting thing was the love birds diorama I blogged about back in 2012 was featured in a magazine. Reubs and I have been lucky enough to pop up in a few publications since we began blogging, but this time feels particularly special. You see, my first job out of uni was working as an editorial assistant on three craft magazines and the main magazine I worked on was Homespun. The editor has changed since then and a couple of months ago the lovely people at Homespun got in touch with me about featuring my love birds, completely unaware that I used to work there! When I was working in publishing I never would have imagined that one day something I made would be featured in one of the magazines I worked on.

All of this got me thinking about the journey Reubs and I have taken over the last few years and the choices and events that have lead us to the happy position we are in today…

I used to think that I was incredibly unlucky. When I was younger, whenever things went wrong for me, I would throw my arms up into the air and swear I was cursed. And I honestly believed that I was. I now realise that I wasn’t particularly unlucky, I was just young and silly and making the wrong decisions. I was doing what others told me I should do instead of trusting my instincts, and I was making choices based on others’ expectations or what I imagined others would think of me, rather than listening to my own heart.

It was only when we began taking risks and doing the things we dreamt of, rather than things we thought we “should” do, that things started to change for Reubs and I. When we started this blog I was sure people would wonder what it was all about and why we would bother. When we packed in our stable jobs in Sydney with no idea what lay ahead of us in Victoria I knew people would think we were crazy. When I launched my little shop instead of looking for a “real job” I was certain people would think I needed to get my head out of the clouds and be realistic. When we decided to buy a rundown old house in a tiny, sleepy rural village I was convinced people would think we were mad. And some people probably did! But goodness, am I glad we did all those things anyway! Had we not started blogging, had we stayed in Sydney, had I not launched Dear Delilah and had we not bought our old house, we’d have missed out on so much happiness. I’m naturally a fairly cautious person so in the moment making all those decisions and changes was very scary, but in hindsight I can see that each time we listened to our hearts, great things followed. It is only since we began taking risks that we have started creeping closer and closer to living our dreams.

Of course, not every moment of the last couple of years has been sunshiney and happy. There have been times when I have questioned every decision we’ve ever made. There have been hard weeks, sad days, struggles and temper tantrums, and there will be more of those to come yet, but I know in my heart of hearts we have done the right thing in taking each and every risk. Even if all the chances we had taken had ended in disaster, I would rather know I’d given my dreams a go and failed, than spend the rest of my life wondering “what if?”

I always think it is interesting to hear what advice people would give their former selves if they could go back in time. If I could give Katie five years ago just one piece of advice, it would be to listen to her instincts, face her fears and chase her bliss. To stop worrying what everyone else thinks, let go of expectations and do what makes her happy.

You only live once. Take the leap!

If you could go back in time and give your former self just one piece of advice, what would it be? I’d so love it if you’d share!

Katie x

PS The winner of the mushroom kit giveaway, chosen by the random number generator, is Leanne. Leanne, we’ll be in touch shortly. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!!
PPS Sorry I didn’t get this up on Sunday! We were enjoying our Australia Day with friends.

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23 Responses to “On Taking the Leap”

  1. Brooke January 28, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    I love this post! It is SO scary to go after what you feel is right and forget the rest. I feel like my husband and I are in that place right now, so this post could not have come at a better time! Thank you for posting this!!

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Take the leap Brooke! ;) I know how scary it is, but experience has shown me it’s almost always worth taking a risk. Even if things don’t work out as you might have hoped, there will be a lesson or something to be taken away from the experience. Good luck!! x

  2. Miche January 28, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    Love this, so inspirational! Taking the leap is definitely hard sometimes but I try to do it when I can. Glad to hear things the good news of the past week, wishing you much more!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Aw, thanks Miche! Wishing you good things too! x

  3. Annemieke January 28, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Learn from yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but life to day……. one of my favorite quotes and so true i discovered the last couple of years….. Keep dreaming and follow your♡!

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      That is a wonderful quote and brilliant advice Annemieke. I think I might even pop that one on our fridge! Thank you for sharing! :)

  4. Life With The Crew January 28, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    You won a car!? Wow! That is amazing! My husband and I have come to the realization that yes, life is short, so we just have to do the things that we want to do NOW. Or as much as we can without putting ourselves into financial ruin. We only live on 1/2 an acre in a suburban neighborhood, but three years ago we decided that we wanted to raise ducks in our backyard. We already had chickens and thought – how hard could it be? Well, it wasn’t exactly hard, but it was extremely messy! We ended up finding a better home for the ducks after 2 years of a lot of mud and ice. But moral of the story – it was something that we really wanted to try, it made us happy (for a while), and now we can say that we had ducks! How many other people can say that? And many people thought that we were nuts. So I’m glad that you are doing what makes you happy – and its doubly awesome that you are seeing some rewards from it!

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      I love this! I grew up on a farm and we had ducks and I remember how muddy and messy they were. Reubs has mentioned getting ducks a few times and my reaction is always “Noooooooooooooo!” Haha! Our block is tiny so it would be an absolute disaster! So glad you gave it go though. And it makes for a great story! :)

  5. Rita January 28, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Such an interesting question! I’ve pondering for a few minutes now, and I don’t know that my advice would be any different from yours. I guess I would just add to it: Know that following your heart will not mean a respite from heartache (at times). Know that following your heart will sometimes feel much, much harder. But: The rewards are much, much deeper. Speaking as one who finally stopped doing everything I felt I should 6 years ago. I’m now in a different job, town, home, and relationship. It’s been hard, but the right kind of hard. Oh, maybe that’s it: Choose the right kind of hard. :-)

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      Goodness, I love your advice Rita! So much!! “Know that following your heart will not mean a respite from heartache (at times). Know that following your heart will sometimes feel much, much harder. But: The rewards are much, much deeper.” So very, very wise and so very, very true. xx

  6. Kathy January 28, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    How exciting to get to use the car for a year. I’ve never had a new car and probably never will so I know that would be wonderful knowing you can go for little country drives or overnighters that you have a beautiful drive ahead of you and will return home safely.

    I think it’s wonderful that you both are on the same page with your goals and what makes you happy as a person. Making that dinner in your last post….seriously no pair of shoes could give you that feeling of you growing and baking and producing that meal. Our cucumbers are ready and my 7 year old picked our first big cucumber and she was saying “Mum, can I do the honours” because she wanted to be the first to cut the home grown cucumber. It was really important to her, and exciting and I loved watching how excited she was to cut it rather than me cut it for her. I’ve posted it on the blog.

    It’s true that if you are a little bit out there from the normal people question what you are doing like you are crazy. My two dearest friends who love me think I was crazy for making soap and wondered why I did it however it made me happy and I know they say that because they (i) wouldn’t have the time to do it and (ii) have no interest in doing it. They do a lot of baking and cooking from scratch but soap making isn’t on their bucket list but it is on mine and my first batch was wonderful and not as scary or difficult as I thought it would be.

    Doing things out of the normal or in fact for the first time takes a little bit of courage and once you get past that you can achieve anything. I’m glad you both chased in your heart what was your dream and look at this you are going to go on a big overseas trip to NYC (I think from memory that’s correct) and you didn’t even have to work night and day and save up your own money for it. So in the end it is a bonus and so is the car. Congratulations for getting published in the magazine, what a buzz. Get an old vintage frame and place the printed page in it….so cool. Both of you should be very proud of just putting one foot in front of the other with a dream and vision at the end of it. Well Done ! Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    http://www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Thank you so much for sharing and all your kind words Kathy! The mental image of your daughter being so excited to pick and cut your first cucumber is just beautiful. And well done on making your own soap! I would like to give soap making a go but I must admit, it does scare me a little…xx

  7. Rachel January 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    I totally agree with you. Some times you just need to take a leap. My husband and I have done this together a few times. One of those was taking three months off from our lives in Sydney to travel part of Australia with our two year old daughter. People also thought we were mad. Believe me, for a while there I did too! But that trip was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. We visited friends back in Melbourne, stayed with family in Mildura then drove across the Nullabor, camping in some of the most amazing places and then stayed with family in Perth. That break away told us in our hearts that we needed to move back to Melbourne, where we had first met. It took 12 months but we got here. If I could go back in time, i would tell myself one thing. “Stop worrying so much” life is too short.

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Your trip sounds absolutely amazing Rachel! Buying a caravan and taking a few months to travel around Australia is something I’d love to do (and hopefully, eventually, will!) I can realy relate to the “stop worrying so much” advice too. I am queen of worrying! One of my favourite quotes it “worry is a misuse of your imagination”. I often need to remind myself of that! :)

  8. Rach aka stinkb0mb January 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    My one piece of advice to my younger self? It would be – don’t pin your hopes [or your happiness or how the rest of your life is going to play out] on hoping that, that one thing you so desperately want to happen will, don’t stop living your life while you wait for ONE part of your life to happen.

    For me it was becoming a Mum. I’ve put my life on hold waiting for it to happen and then put it on hold again while I mourn the fact that it’s 99% probably not going to happen now and in the meantime? Well in the meantime, life has continued on around me while mine has stood still and I’ve “woken” up in my mid thirties thinking, “you’ve wasted too much time on this”.

    If you take chances, you’re almost always rewarded, even if it’s not the way you thought you would be.

    I’m glad chasing your dreams

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

      Oh Rach, what a beautiful, wise and honest answer. Though our situations are different, I do know a little about the heartache you speak of. Sadly there are some things in life that we have no control of, and all we can do is try to make the most of the hand we are dealt. It’s not easy and it’s not fair, but life does go on (whether we want it to or not). Thank you for sharing. Sending much love and best wishes x

    • Sarah R February 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Courageous in sharing this Rach- acceptance in and of itself creates room for miracles, experiences that you may otherwise have never imagined possible. Big love to you.

      • Katie
        Katie February 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

        I love this comment Sarah! Totally agree. xx

  9. mimi d'avril January 29, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    From France (excuse my english) : I would do exactly the same, and I have prepared the future by making crazy things!!

    • Katie
      Katie January 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      Hurrah for crazy!! :)

  10. Sarah R February 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Tears in my eyes Katie! This is just so beautiful and honest. The kind of fulfilment & alive-ness that you’re talking about is exactly the reason I’ve chosen to pursue my love of helping others to listen to their inner truth & stop listening to doubt (internal & external). I’m currently exploring a new leg of my adventure- going online to help young women just like us who know something needs to change…but are afraid; you see I’m not a ‘maker’ kinda creative, but I love to play with ideas & potentials & I get all lit up and excited when talking to women about the stuff that really matters. Thank-you for being here & sharing & inspiring us with your very own life.

    PS Enjoy your new ride- soo shiny!

  11. Laura February 12, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    My favourite saying: “I would rather have a lifetime of “oh wells” than a lifetime of “what ifs”.

  12. Lisa February 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    I’m so enjoying your blog Katie, and I found it at just the right time.

    Because I am a 44 year old stay at home mum (specialising in dispute resolution !!! ) who up to this point has been so disillusioned about what life really means to me. I have lived, up until about a year ago, always wondering what people think of me (quite self obsessed really to think I even cross their mind really!), and it was only recently I just…well….stopped. I truly feel like the next half of my life is going to be about me, my husband and my sons.

    If I could turn back time, I would say to my younger self….”You are going to waste so much of your life stressing about others. And sometimes, their opinions aren’t worth a hill o’ beans”.

    Thanks for listening.

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