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“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” Dale Carnegie

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Take a Chance: Years ago, when I took a chance on love and moved to the US, I was so lonely and miserable that I kept vowing to pack it all in and move back to the UK. I had left family and friends back home to start life in a somewhat hostile environment as a foreign student and a zero. The love died on arrival; he forgot to tell me he was in a serious relationship. I braced myself and turned my attention to my studies. I had left the safety net of my closest family and friends to take a chance on starting a new life in another country. Even with phone calls home, there were lots of things reminding me that I was alone; simple things like seeing families shopping together and gathering groceries in the supermarket.

Whenever I left my college classrooms and headed home to my first apartment in a high-rise building, the gaps of silence were deafening. I nudged myself to reach out and make new friends but my efforts felt forced and stilted. Here I was, the outspoken, happy go lucky, fashionista and party animal who suddenly found herself out of her element in a new country. Things that made sense on TV about this great country, didn’t have the same impact in reality as they now seemed excessive. There were drive-throughs and fast food joints everywhere. There were huge cars, huge food markets, and endless highways that seemed to fall into the unknown. The daily challenges left me feeling raw, used, and very vulnerable.

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“Take every chance you get in life … because some things only happen once!” Karen Gibbs

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Miguel – Come Through and Chill (Official Video) ft. J. Cole, Salaam Remi

Luck is not chance by Emily Dickinson
Luck is not chance —
It’s Toil —
Fortune’s expensive smile
Is earned —
The Father of the Mine
Is that old-fashioned Coin
We spurned — via inspirtionalstories

Why take a Chance?: Every day was my last day in the US and I even bought a plane ticket… but something stopped me. Each time I came close to throwing in the towel, I would remember how much my dad disliked the idea of my moving to the US alone, and how much I promised him that I wouldn’t fail or disgrace his good name. Yes, it’s a typical immigrant story; even for those of us who came here legally. My promise is what kept me here and that is what keeps me going in the face of a lifetime of struggles. We take a chance for change and we make subsequent choices to propel us forward into the unknown.  It is scary but worth the effort because such shifts in our comfort zone help us grow.

How do our chances/choices show up in our lives? If you are friends with me on Facebook, you’d know that I don’t have thousands of friends … most of the ones I have are childhood friends, co workers, former students and/or staff. I am a loyal friend and I don’t take my friendships lightly. I can be abrupt but, I don’t enjoy seeing people hurting. I love a good laugh and I dislike petty or harsh people. I manage several Facebook groups and the draconian approach is not my thing. Why create a support group and then treat your members like criminals or prisoners? My approach is that the majority want to do the right thing but life demands get in the way. We give them chances to correct problems and only if the issue persists do we remove people from the groups. We all drop the ball sometimes and a repeat offender needs retraining or time out not expulsion. I believe in taking a chance on people and creating lasting friendships because they matter.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for AUG 2018/SEPT 2018 are:


08/01   –  Girlfriend Day
08/06   –  Friendship Day, World Indigenous People Day,
08/13  –   International Youth Day
08/20  –   World Humanitarian Day, MTV Music Awards
08/27   –  National Dog Day



09/01   –  03 Labor Day, 5 International Charity Day,  8 International Literacy Day
09/09   –  9 Rosh Hashana, 10 Suicide Prevention Day, 11 Patriot Day,
09/16  –  17 Emmy Awards, 19 Yom Kippur, 21 International Day of Peace,  22 Fall, 22 Oktoberfest
09/23   –  23 Padre Pio Day, 24 – 30 Sukkot,  27 World Tourism Day
09/30 –    30 Sukkot Ends


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“Anytime we step out boldly to make changes, we take a chance that we might fail. But the only way to get better is to try.” Joyce Meyer

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Take A Chance – Poem by Ronald Chapman
You and I crossed paths,
For the first time in my dreams.

I’ve waited so very long,
To cross an endless ocean of time.

Rising into the sky
Above the walls of impossibility,
Not knowing if you truly exist.

No longer feeling alone.

I take a chance,
This fantasy becomes a beautiful story,
My dreams become real.

I look for you,
Waiting for me,
Standing, in the gardens of reality. 
via poemhunter


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Positive Motivation Tip: Life is about making the right moves at key moments. Take a chance and thrive.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

187 Comments leave one →
  1. Monique Cláudia permalink
    10/09/2018 10:19 pm

    Happy patriot day hehehe. Good energy to start the week. I always post something in the morning to motivate me and others to keep going.

  2. Aditya Tiwari permalink
    10/09/2018 10:44 pm

    Love the article you wrote. I always take the chance when something is new there like applying for membership and meeting friends from online(sometimes they do not want to), so people think I am not a risk taker. I am not actually, but I do not like to take risks every now and then

  3. Geraline Batarra permalink
    10/09/2018 10:56 pm

    This is such a great post. Life is full of chances it’s up to us if we are going to take it or leave it.

  4. Sreekar Harinatha permalink
    10/09/2018 11:44 pm

    I totally agree that taking chances is the key to achieving anything worthwhile. If you dont risk something you wont find anything special!

  5. rhianwestbury permalink
    10/09/2018 11:55 pm

    Taking chances is the biggest way you can grow as a person. Chances are also what shape us as it’s about how we react to them x

  6. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    11/09/2018 1:11 am

    One, thanks for the reminder that we sometimes just need to take a chance. Two, I love that poem!

  7. easyredteadetox permalink
    11/09/2018 3:57 am

    My dad was really against me moving to Japan, but it was one of the best experiences of my life. He worried less once I got there and told him about my life there. Now he asks if I am going to go back sometime.

  8. Kristy B permalink
    11/09/2018 4:08 am

    Taking chances in life can be difficult and scary, but the results are worth it!

  9. Preet permalink
    11/09/2018 6:07 am

    life is what we called taking chances. Think that this is the last day of ourlives and we should try something that we never did before. I believe that taking chances will helps us grow and develop self confidence.

  10. thetripwishlist permalink
    11/09/2018 6:15 am

    Take every chance you get…those are definitely words to live by! It is so true, as opportunity only knocks once sometimes.

  11. Geraline Batarra permalink
    11/09/2018 7:11 am

    This is really a great post, I can say that we always need to take our chances as our last chance and give our very best for every chance that we have.

  12. Rachael Eberhardt permalink
    11/09/2018 8:16 am

    I love all the quotes that has been used in this article and I agree with you that we need to take a chance and every opportunity as it only happens once

  13. hawkandquill permalink
    11/09/2018 9:47 am

    It is important to take chances in life and while it may seem daunting at first, at times, in the end it is worth it. The chances we take in life and how we react to them help define us. Thank you for sharing part of your story as I am sure you gained a lot by taking a leap of faith.

  14. Jessica Martin permalink
    11/09/2018 9:52 am

    I love that quote by Karen Gibbs. Taking chances is the only way we will know if something will work out or not. I enjoy taking chances and most times the chance I took ends positively.

  15. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    11/09/2018 10:14 am

    A great reminder to take a chance and live a little! Thank you for the reminder, feels very right for me currently!

  16. Nina permalink
    11/09/2018 10:35 am

    It’s always interesting for me to read about experiences that people have living in my country. I’m glad that I’m the end, you had a good time on the US.

  17. annerbananer1 permalink
    11/09/2018 11:15 am

    I took a chance with grad school by attending a further-away school with no funding over one with funding. I’m in debt now but I met my husband, so I know I made the right choice!

  18. ashleynicolerice permalink
    11/09/2018 12:12 pm

    Love this!! Taking chances are so important. You never know what could happen and the worst case senario is that nothing happens at all.

  19. The Panicked Foodie permalink
    11/09/2018 12:31 pm

    Sometimes taking a chance is good…other times it’s not. I got the sense from reading your post, that you are still unsure about the chance you took to move to the US :(. I’ve taken chances before in my life, that ended up not being the best decision for me in the end. Props to you though, for moving to a new country. That is something I could never do. The loneliness and separation from my friends and family would be too much I think.

  20. Corina permalink
    11/09/2018 12:34 pm

    I so can relate to the story here. I was only 15 when I left my home country, to study and live completely alone. To say that it was hard is to say nothing, but I just couldn’t go back to my home town- that would have been interpreted as failure.
    10 years later, I am were I want to be, and all those sacrifices make sense now. I took the chance.

  21. Erica Ardali (@EricaEverAfter) permalink
    11/09/2018 12:53 pm

    Mist days my anxiety holds me back, this message was well received today

  22. Alexis permalink
    11/09/2018 1:31 pm

    Taking chances in life gets us everywhere. Without a chance or stepping out on a limb we’d never accomplish anything.

  23. Christa Anne permalink
    11/09/2018 1:58 pm

    Taking a chance can be one of the most difficult things to do but it often has the greatest rewards.

  24. Marie permalink
    11/09/2018 4:10 pm

    Very inspirational. I’m glad you didn’t let that loser guy totally deter your new adventure in the US!

  25. Nancie permalink
    11/09/2018 5:17 pm

    I took a chance and lived in another country for many years. It wasn’t always easy, but that chance helped me grow as a person, and I saw and experienced a lot of the world that I wouldn’t have seen if I hadn’t taken that chance. I’m grateful that I was brave enough to leave the comfort of my own country.

  26. Geraline Batarra permalink
    11/09/2018 6:12 pm

    When you take a chance you are trying to do something even though there’s a lot of risk or failure on it.

  27. Megan permalink
    11/09/2018 7:33 pm

    Thank you for this motivation! I loved the poem. Sometimes it can be hard to really allow ourselves to open up and take a chance. x

  28. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    12/09/2018 6:05 am

    So sorry to hear about what had happened upon your arrival in the US. It must have been really tough for you, but I’m glad you were able to endure the hardships and commit to your goal. You are one amazing woman!

  29. HilLesha permalink
    12/09/2018 6:53 am

    I’ll admit that sometimes I don’t like change. However, this serves as a great reminder that we all should take chances in life!

  30. marciemcheung permalink
    12/09/2018 7:31 am

    I’ve learned to take lots of chances! That’s actually how I met my husband!

  31. Carmen Edwards permalink
    12/09/2018 8:35 am

    We moved 6 months ago to a new state. I have never had regrets and love our life.

  32. toastycritic permalink
    12/09/2018 10:27 am

    That’s such a cool story of perseverance, even in the face of the crazy wild things out there we are not used to. I know what you mean about being overwhelmed in a new place. Maybe not a new country but I remember moving several hundred miles away from home for college and it did feel like a fish out of water for a good long time.

  33. Jean Goodman permalink
    12/09/2018 10:59 am

    You’re so right – sometimes you’ve just gotta take a chance and do something that scares you! You were so brave moving to America from the UK to study. I have a friend who has just relocated to NY from England.

  34. ewuziekingsley permalink
    12/09/2018 12:07 pm

    thanks for your article it really blessed me and remind me of what i need to do to succed.

  35. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    12/09/2018 5:13 pm

    I can relate to the theme of taking a chance. I did this when I pursued love for the third time, after my first abusive marriage ended in just a few months, and my second marriage of nearly 20 years ended when he declared one day that he didn’t love me any more and in fact, never did. Third time was the charm, though, as I found the love my life at an online dating site in 2002; we married in 2006; and we’re still very much in love and happy together.

  36. Aditi permalink
    12/09/2018 6:33 pm

    Motivation indeed! Loved the addition of the quote by Dickinson. Thank you for the vibe that you’re trying to spread and more power to you. 🙂

  37. liveloveandadventure permalink
    12/09/2018 7:12 pm

    Great post, thanks so much for sharing. I love the idea of Motivation Mondays. It’s the hardest day of the week sometimes LOL Taking chances is so important and pushes you out of your comfort zone. Scary, but rewarding at the same time.

  38. incalexandra permalink
    13/09/2018 12:22 am

    So very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing! This has definitely motivated me to work on increasing my confidence levels. 🙂

  39. Corina permalink
    13/09/2018 12:45 am

    I absolutely agree! Sometimes taking a chance does not turn out the way I’ve expected but I’m still taking all the chances I get so that I don’t think bout what could have been later on!

  40. Sandy Brandon permalink
    13/09/2018 12:49 am

    I cannot imagine moving to a strange country as a young adult. That had to have been so scary. I had to grow up fast as a young person. I left home at 14, married at 16, and ….had my 1st daughter at 20. So i understand being scared and growing up quickly, but that’s nothing compared to the challenges you most have faced. I am so happy you stayed, because i follow your blog and you’re Motivation Mondays. I LOVE them. I believe that’s come from that young girl who moved to this country many years ago. I keep telling myself I’m going to join in on them and then time gets away from me. I also want to say, I love the Joyxe Meyer quote you have here. It encourages me to just step out in faith. Thank you for taking the to to share your story…. it’s truly blessed me today!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/10/2018 6:58 pm

      Thank you Sandy. You were very brave too. It’s not easy raising a child and being a young mom must have bee very trying too.

  41. Tania permalink
    13/09/2018 1:22 am

    Omg this Monday motivation is awesome! Sometimes I totally need it because there’s so much work to do but this made it easier 🙂 will keep bookmarked!

  42. Michelle Graves permalink
    13/09/2018 4:13 am

    I completely agree in taking a chance in life, afterall, if you don’t you never know what life could be like! Inspirational blog x

  43. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood permalink
    13/09/2018 7:12 am

    i love this – you have to go outside your comfort zone and take chances. you never know what opportunity will bring!

  44. Jenny Morrison permalink
    13/09/2018 7:18 am

    I love taking a chance and making a change! Otherwise things get too boring! Great post!

  45. Yeah Lifestyle permalink
    13/09/2018 8:28 am

    I make it my aim to take a chance when the opportunity presents itself. Of course, sometimes things don’t always pan out the way we want but we won’t know unless we take the chance in the first place.

  46. Kesha permalink
    13/09/2018 8:40 am

    I made a similar decision about 12 years ago. I moved for love and he dump me a month after I got to the city. I was devastated but one thing happened that changed my life. I met a group of people at a church I started attending and found family. I’m so glad I took that chance. Sometimes things happen to bring you to something else. Now, I am back in that same city and I moved back with my husband and son.

  47. Liza Perry permalink
    13/09/2018 9:37 am

    I loved read your post. It is very interesting on so many points but mostly I loved the difference you pointed between what we think a country might be, and moving there would be and the reality. I also like you, take my friendship seriously and even in my case, moving from south to Paris has been hard but just like you, I took chances. Thank you.

  48. tanviidotcom permalink
    13/09/2018 9:42 am

    I love this theme. I am all about taking a chance and trying new things. You never know where life might take you.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/10/2018 6:56 pm

      Yes… we gotta try

  49. Cia Black permalink
    13/09/2018 10:03 am

    Isn’t that what life is. Just one big chance. A chance that your parents interacted, a chance that you survived the womb and so forth. Its all about chances.

  50. Mom Life Optimized permalink
    13/09/2018 10:16 am

    Love all this motivation and love that you have put all your past ones here so we can look back on it and see ones we might have missed.

  51. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    13/09/2018 11:37 am

    Each step each opportunity is your chance to become a better version of yourself. You always should be open for it, be ready in your heart.

  52. Sara Welch permalink
    13/09/2018 11:46 am

    I have been taking some chances recently. I have been getting some very encouraging results.

  53. MommaMelissasMakeup permalink
    13/09/2018 11:53 am

    I must admit that I am not much of a chance taker. I tend towards being cautious. However, I do sometimes take steps of faith that I must trust God to help me with.

  54. Daphne permalink
    13/09/2018 11:55 am

    I had a boss once tell me I would never reach my full potential without taking risks and Iot has helped me so much. Great article.

  55. curiousandgeeks permalink
    13/09/2018 12:45 pm

    It is easier to stay in our comfort zone but that would probably lead to a lot of regrets and missed opportunities.
    Sorry that you found yourself alone in the US, but I’m sure something great will come out of it.

  56. cmorgan76 permalink
    13/09/2018 2:09 pm

    Wow, this is really great advice. Very comprehensive and well thought out. Thanks for sharing!

  57. fivelittledoves (@fivelittledove5) permalink
    13/09/2018 2:17 pm

    it is so important to take a chance in life, and it’s something I do often. I think without taking chances we never can hope to achieve our dreams.

  58. Christina Pilat permalink
    13/09/2018 4:01 pm

    Taking a chance is scary in general but that is a BIG chance. I think it will pay off, you just have to get through this hard part. It will get better and you’ll think back and say I can’t believe I was going to give up.

  59. Gill Trotman permalink
    13/09/2018 5:48 pm

    Great article! I agree with you, the only way to grow as a person is to step out of your comfort zone. I think you are very strong for moving to the U.S. alone and keeping your promise!

  60. Jenn permalink
    13/09/2018 6:01 pm

    Wow- what a huge risk you took moving to the US for love. Even though it didn’t work out, it seems that it was a great move in the end.

  61. Scott Gombar permalink
    13/09/2018 7:07 pm

    What’s the worst thing that can happen if you don’t take a chance? Nothing. That’s all you need to know right there.

  62. Kemi permalink
    13/09/2018 7:49 pm

    “Don’t bring shame to our family oo!”…is every Nigerian parent’s mantra to their kids of all ages lol. I was the reverse: grew up in Nigeria and England and moved to the U.S. for grad sch, even though I was born here. I missed England so much and it took about a year for my speech to adapt. Even now, I have a hybrid accent but I refuse to spell the American way. Lol.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/10/2018 6:55 pm

      Yes, I have a hybrid accent now too. Hahaha

  63. Christina permalink
    13/09/2018 7:50 pm

    Yes, take a chance! I left a thirteen year career for the unknown and have never looked back. Feels amazing. Couldn’t agree more!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/10/2018 6:54 pm

      Good for you!

  64. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    13/09/2018 10:00 pm

    I tend to stick with what I know. But I see others crushing their dream, and know that my opportunity to do the same will come when I’m more willing to take risks.

  65. Olivia permalink
    13/09/2018 10:21 pm

    I think life is about taking a chance!! So many things never end up going our way or like we thought they would. But that’s the beauty in taking a leap and trying new things. Good for you for pursuing something and going out of your comfort zone!

  66. thejetsetgocouple permalink
    13/09/2018 11:45 pm

    I love your concept of Motivational Mondays and also the concept of ‘ASk. Believe. Receive’. Its worth taking a chance, always. We cant know everytime if the decisions we take are good or bad and that why its ok to take chances.

  67. Nidhi Fouzdar permalink
    14/09/2018 1:05 am

    It’s always better to take chance, no matter what the result might be! Atleast you won’t regret about the decision that you didn’t took chance.

  68. smileymommey permalink
    14/09/2018 1:41 am

    This is truly an inspiring post. I guess people really had to be motivated and get insired by the little things and blessings.

  69. acraftymix permalink
    14/09/2018 1:41 am

    When I read the title of your post that song from ABBA popped into my head and now I’ll be signing “take a chance on me” all day 😀 Good on you Elizabeth for sticking it out even when things where rough going. I bet your Dad would have been super proud of you <3

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/10/2018 6:53 pm

      Hahaha… I should add the song to the post.

  70. Nancie permalink
    14/09/2018 3:16 am

    I think everytime we take a chance it’s an opportunity to grow. For me, that’s what life is all about.

  71. Joanna permalink
    14/09/2018 5:13 am

    I feel you so much! I have moved countries twice and all my friends are still in my home country. I don’t get to see them very often, maybe once a year. I left for a better future and whilst I can say that life is better where I am now, it feels so lonely…

  72. Mom Life Optimized permalink
    14/09/2018 5:49 am

    Yes, we will never know until we try! Although some people are way more daring than others, I’m not too daring. 🙂

  73. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh permalink
    14/09/2018 6:14 am

    I am big on taking chances and risks. I love this post. Very inspiring.

  74. Mommy Sigrid permalink
    14/09/2018 7:28 am

    Take a chance…hmmm…Now I am thinking about what I should take a chance with. hehe Maybe more investments? Or skydiving. haha

  75. Moments Inspire permalink
    14/09/2018 7:29 am

    Oh yes…..I needed the motivation to take a chance. Far too often I hold back but taking a chance is so much more worth it!

  76. Danielle permalink
    14/09/2018 7:35 am

    Yes this is so important to take chances in life since they may only come around once!!

  77. Indrani permalink
    14/09/2018 7:59 am

    Yes the thought of being alone in a new place scares me too. But that wouldn’t stop me from taking a chance. Very inspiring post.

  78. Sophia permalink
    14/09/2018 8:13 am

    Wow really cool blog post! Thanks for sharing this.

  79. Jennifer Prince permalink
    14/09/2018 8:39 am

    I have had opportunities I missed only to wonder what would have happened! I totally think taking a chance on some things is good!

  80. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    14/09/2018 9:18 am

    our life is in our hand and we should definitely sometime be a little more adventures. After all if not now when then?

  81. Tosha Ornelas permalink
    14/09/2018 9:29 am

    Such a beautiful poem. Everyone should take a chance sometimes.

  82. Rhea Evangelista permalink
    14/09/2018 11:16 am

    Taking chances requires some blind trust in most cases. Nothing is really guaranteed. However, you have to trust your instincts. we choose our own path and failures keeps us more stronger

  83. Kansas Bonanno permalink
    14/09/2018 11:26 am

    Taking chances are so important, you never know where or what you can do unless you try!

  84. Sam permalink
    14/09/2018 5:19 pm

    It can be really hard to even take the first step, but it’s almost always worth it in the long run.

  85. Emily permalink
    14/09/2018 8:05 pm

    Chances might be scary, but they usually pay off! That’s how I feel right now with school!

  86. Sarah permalink
    14/09/2018 9:05 pm

    Enjoyed reading a modern day story on how you immigrated to the US. That takes courage, resiliance and commitment. I moved out of the US for love and though it worked out, there were so many times I just wanted to pack up and move back home to my family, friends and everything familiar.

  87. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    14/09/2018 10:23 pm

    This post is so motivating and inspiring post! Thank you x


  88. Katie permalink
    14/09/2018 10:31 pm

    Often the best things that happen are surprises. I appreciate all the blessings that come my way. Thankfulness also goes a long way towards contentment.

  89. Olivia permalink
    14/09/2018 11:08 pm

    Such a good reminder. Taking chances is what life is all about!!! Sometimes you will grow wings once you leap, sometimes you won’t. But it’s all about taking a risk.

  90. kumamonjeng permalink
    14/09/2018 11:13 pm

    I seen some people dont wait for the chance to come, they created the chance, seek for it. I have seen people around who did that and they are so successful people. However I also seen some people who avoid chances and dont dare to take risk and take it.

  91. dearmummyblog permalink
    15/09/2018 12:23 am

    Yes! This is so true! You really have to be an opportunist in life to get the best out of it! Squeeze all the best bits 🙂

  92. Pati Robins permalink
    15/09/2018 12:34 am

    its so important to take a chance in everything hoever big or small – the thing is otherwise life will pass us by if we sit there and do nothing

  93. Debby permalink
    15/09/2018 4:47 am

    This story actually sounds like my daughter’s experience when she earned her masters degree in London. She wanted to love it but felt so different and isolated. She envied her friends who longed to stay and become UK citizens but she missed home. Taking chances is an important part of life.

  94. Lori Bosworth permalink
    15/09/2018 5:25 am

    Sounds like you had to overcome several challenges in order to stay in the U.S. Good for you for persevering!

  95. Kisha permalink
    15/09/2018 6:19 am

    You and I are very similar in that we don’t have a large circle of friends, but the ones we have are quality. I always tell my children the same thing-you don’t need a lot of friends, just a few great ones!

  96. Michelle permalink
    15/09/2018 9:37 am

    What a super read! Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith 👍 I love the motivation monday idea too! Thanks for sharing x

  97. Christina | From Under a Palm Tree permalink
    15/09/2018 6:08 pm

    Aw I love this poem! It’s so sweet and lovely. You’re such a great writer!

  98. kim permalink
    16/09/2018 12:42 am

    I’m all for taking risks and taking chances. I never want to be stuck wondering…What if… Thanks for the motivation.

  99. Ana Ojha permalink
    16/09/2018 10:01 am

    One can accomplish nothing great in life if they aren’t willing to take a risk. Whether we fail or succeed, at least we won’t have any regrets on our death beds if we do take chances in our lives!

  100. Khushboo permalink
    16/09/2018 11:30 am

    I totally agree we should take chance we never know that’s the only chance we have. Lovely post loved reading it.

  101. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    16/09/2018 11:32 am

    You were very brave to up and move it was a shame it turned out as it did. Taking a chance can be risky but can also lead us to better things xx

  102. Dana Brillante-Peller permalink
    16/09/2018 5:33 pm

    I didn’t know you risked it all for love. You hear about people doing this in movies, but I never met anyone who has moved from one part of the world to the next to be with someone. That’s admirable.

  103. Jocelyn Cañasa Brown permalink
    16/09/2018 7:04 pm

    Sorry to hear about your experience coming to the US. We all have different life experiences. America is the best country I’ve ever lived in, and my life is here even though I was born and raised in another country.

  104. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    17/09/2018 8:03 am

    “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” Dale Carnegie

    Indeed, Dale’s right! Well, not that I am biased because I am a great Dale Carnegie fan but we will never know what the outcome will be if we won’t take a chance. I guess in some certain points in our lives, we just have to do what we got to do! Thanks for all your motivational posts, I so love them.

  105. kage2015 permalink
    17/09/2018 8:06 am

    Very interesting as I felt the exact same way when I lived in Europe. I couldn’t even speak the language very well. I still enjoyed my time there and decided to learn new things and have some adventures.

  106. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    17/09/2018 9:53 am

    I think its important to take chances. I also moved for love to another country to Turkey with completely different culture and food, but I don’t regret it. It shaped and I wouldn’t be the person I am today x


  107. Claudia H. Blanton permalink
    17/09/2018 10:07 am

    my Dad was not too happy that I moved to the US either – and in the long run, he had some truly good points. But I had to take the chance, and overall I am happy to be here, despite the fact that my life could have been a lot easier – even if duller – if I would have stayed in Germany. Great post – blessings!

  108. A Side Of Crunchy permalink
    17/09/2018 11:44 am

    Life is about taking chances. I took one 6 months ago and moved our family to a new state.

  109. Melissa permalink
    17/09/2018 12:03 pm

    While not really a chance taker, I step out and do things by faith if I believe it is something the Lord is telling me to do.

  110. Shaily permalink
    17/09/2018 12:21 pm

    Love this post! I can completely relate to it. I left my small hometown in 2005 to work and settle in a metropolitan city. It was a real struggle. The homesickness and loneliness was overpowering at that time. But it was the company of a few friends who kept me going and things changed for good. It’s very important to take the chance that life throws at you to get out of your nest and soar high in the sky. You never know that chance may be gone tomorrow.

  111. Brook C permalink
    17/09/2018 12:47 pm

    Chances are the glue to life. You live a fuller life if you are willing to take chances.

  112. lauren stewart permalink
    17/09/2018 1:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing – I am so so so inspired by your story and feel extremely motivated now!! 🙂

  113. Aditi Sharma permalink
    17/09/2018 3:30 pm

    Very well said. It is essential to take chances as you never know what good that chance might bring for you.

  114. tenzendude permalink
    17/09/2018 4:56 pm

    My own son is leaving Canada to attend school in Germany in a few weeks so I am sure he will experience some similar feelings. Fortunately, he has backpacked Europe the past two summers so the initial shock should be worn by now.

  115. Renee permalink
    17/09/2018 6:34 pm

    I have found some of life’s greatest rewards come from those big leaps of faith – even when they leave us in a place of doubt along the way…

  116. Caroline Brandt permalink
    17/09/2018 6:37 pm

    Loving this edition of Motivation Monday! I took a chance with my business by becoming a full-time blogger and have not regretted it a day since! I strongly believe in taking a chance on yourself! -Tonya Morris

  117. Rachael Eberhardt permalink
    18/09/2018 1:16 am

    This is such a great post and me? I always take a chance in every moment of my life its either good or bad, small or big they are.

  118. Jiya permalink
    18/09/2018 1:54 am

    I really loved this thought unless you try or take a chance how will you know it works for you or not. One must try it if he gets opportunity.

  119. Nancie permalink
    18/09/2018 2:33 am

    My comments on your posts never seem to show up. I’m quite sure I commented on this last week. I’m a great believer in taking chances. Every one we take brings us that much closer to something spectacular.

  120. ChelseaMamma permalink
    18/09/2018 2:46 am

    That is a great quote!

  121. Rosey permalink
    18/09/2018 3:07 am

    I imagine it’s difficult to be in a different country. I once thought about moving to Europe but i have too much family here, extended family, and so we opted not to do that at the time.

  122. aisasami permalink
    18/09/2018 4:41 am

    I am an American living in Japan. I love living here since I got off the plane six years ago.But, I had to take chances to grow as a person. Had to learn the language, learn how to be more independent, and etc. I am glad I got to grow.

  123. happyandbusy permalink
    18/09/2018 6:28 am

    Oh yes! I love taking chances. Anything great started by someone taking a chance!

  124. doolittledays permalink
    18/09/2018 7:23 am

    Wow you really powered through. I think I would have given up and gone back but it shows strength that you carried on.

  125. Deserted_Queen permalink
    18/09/2018 9:03 am

    People should take a chance when they can, especially when there won’t be any loss if take that chance. Thus, people should take a chance because it can help them to be successful and change their mind by taking that chance.

  126. Jesusa Gilliam permalink
    18/09/2018 9:51 am

    Great read! I do believe in taking chances, you’ll never know what would have happen if you pass on an opportunity.

  127. Melissa Bradbury permalink
    18/09/2018 10:42 am

    I do believe in taking a chance and try and take any chances that show up in my life too, whatever way they present themselves.

  128. Nandita permalink
    18/09/2018 11:40 am

    Yes, we take a chance every time we try out something new. Because no matter how much preparation we’ve done or asked around about it, we cannot 100% guarantee the outcome. But, it’s a risk anyone has to take who wishes their life to move forward & not be stuck in a rut.
    – Nandita

  129. dearmummyblog permalink
    18/09/2018 12:28 pm

    We’ve often wondered what it was like to immigrate and one day we’d like to do it and move to another country. You described the transition so beautifully and it must be hard but also rewarding.

  130. Cecilia Harvard (@dearestlou) permalink
    18/09/2018 12:48 pm

    I’m all about taking chances! Love the post and all the motivating quotes!

  131. Razena | permalink
    18/09/2018 1:28 pm

    I too moved half way across the world to live on another continent but I was older and my experience was not as traumatic as yours. I can remember how it feels to be alone in a new country and trying to find my feet and get into a routine of sorts. Thankfully the experience has been one of great personal growth for me, even though I do miss my nephews and nieces dreadfully.

  132. THE JOYOUS LIVING permalink
    18/09/2018 4:07 pm

    great quote by Karen Gibbs!


  133. pooja1026 permalink
    19/09/2018 4:17 am

    Life is all about making choices and learning from your experience. There is positive in every situation but we just don’t see them at that moment. You’ve to be proud of the courage you have.

  134. tizzysays permalink
    19/09/2018 9:55 am

    I know how you feel. While I did not leave my home country, I did move 800 miles away from all of my friends and family to take a chance on a guy. Thankfully, things worked great for me and him, but I still do not have the kinds of friends I used to have and still miss my happy-go-lucky life that I had.

  135. Michelle permalink
    19/09/2018 10:16 am

    I think it can be easy for people to get into a rut. It helps to take chances so we don’t miss out on things in life.

  136. lenajuice permalink
    19/09/2018 1:11 pm

    I can totally understand you, ’cause I moved to the US almost two years ago and I still feel myself an alien here and I know how hard it is!

  137. Christina permalink
    19/09/2018 4:16 pm

    I think it’s always important to take chances. It’s important to take that chance because otherwise you’ll regret what you didn’t experience. and you have no idea how that experience might change you.

  138. Danielle Gardner permalink
    19/09/2018 5:59 pm

    Your blog is very motivating indeed. I definitely need to take more chances.

  139. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    20/09/2018 3:35 am

    I think taking chances and try to dig into something is a great advantage. Stay flexible and a little adventures – it adds so much spice into your life!

  140. Flyingkids permalink
    20/09/2018 3:44 am

    Taking an opportunity or taking a chance is something most people could be fond or afraid of. They are fond of it because it brings hope and they are afraid of it because it may bring something bad or failure perhaps. This is such a nice way to start the week. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  141. Daphne' Adams permalink
    20/09/2018 3:52 pm

    One smart lady once told that I will never reach my full potential if I didn’t start taking risks.

  142. Azlin Bloor permalink
    21/09/2018 7:40 am

    I love your motivational articles, I need to save them to read on down days! taking a chance – that can cover so much ground and possibilities. I think we all need to do that more to allow ourselves of realising the potential out there, in whatever situation or circumstance.

  143. duffelbagspouse permalink
    21/09/2018 7:45 am

    You don’t live a full life if you never take chances. The risk are usually equivalent to the rewards.

  144. Mike Williams permalink
    23/09/2018 9:25 am

    This is a great set of information. Nice poem too. I love inspirational images – they make my day!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/10/2018 6:47 pm

      Thank you!

  145. Andrew Koscielecky permalink
    23/09/2018 11:10 pm

    I’m big fan of motivation Mondays. I’m also member of groups above. I highly recommend to join us!

  146. Alexander Rivera permalink
    24/09/2018 5:35 pm

    In life one must take chances. Sometimes you have to have faith that things will work out. i don’t believe in going backwards. Glad that you fought through life and kept the promise to your dad. Loved the poem. Your post had the intended effect of motivation. Thanks!

  147. Mommy Sigrid permalink
    24/09/2018 8:25 pm

    I will. Right now, I am doing some things that hopefully will improve my blogging career.

  148. Nicole permalink
    25/09/2018 2:22 pm

    This is a great motivational post! I agree that any chance you get in life you should take it, you never know when it may come around again! Thanks for sharing!

  149. Emily Fata permalink
    26/09/2018 7:03 pm

    it can be scary to convince yourself to LEAP and just take a risk, but I’ve found that ultimately, I’d rather take a risk than fail than be plagued by “what ifs” after having chosen not to try something.

  150. Karla permalink
    03/10/2018 9:06 pm

    Yes, always take a chance! This is a great tip for everyone. You had a good thoughts on this. 🙂

  151. l dove permalink
    08/10/2018 1:08 pm

    I think taking a chance is so important and we should all try to veer away from playing it safe at times. I think taking chances pays off!

  152. angel permalink
    10/10/2018 5:15 pm

    can’t help singing the song from abba while reading your post. sometimes it just takes a leap of faith and hope that something wonderful is in store for you. i took a chance in love one time and never regretted that decision and now happily married 🙂

  153. genaadventure permalink
    08/12/2018 3:34 pm

    What a great post! I agree with you – we have to push purselves to take chances in life, otherwise we may regret

  154. Stephanie permalink
    16/12/2018 7:46 am

    My husband and I took a chance a few years ago and moved from Florida to Texas. While it isn’t a different country, it was still a big change for us. There are days I regret the move personally since my entire family is still in Florida. But it’s been great for us. My boys are in amazing schools and thriving here, more than I think they would in the schools we would have been at in Florida. I’m glad you haven’t given up, either!

  155. Kate Kreates permalink
    16/12/2018 7:50 am

    I took many chances in my life when I was younger, but now I have others to think about I guess I find it a little harder… But life is definitely about taking chances – that’s what helps you to move forward.

  156. marjiemare permalink
    16/12/2018 8:08 am

    I always love reading your inspiring posts. Sometimes, we have to be opened to the opportunities that life offers and take chance. Learn from the experiences that don’t turn out as we plan and grow

  157. Neely Moldovan (@Neelykins) permalink
    16/12/2018 4:30 pm

    I love this reminder to take more chances. Something I am not great at doing!

  158. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    16/12/2018 6:16 pm

    Emily Dickinson is my favorite poet! ♡ I really needed to read this today. It is so hard to take a chance but I should! Thanks for the inspiration!

  159. helenevlacho permalink
    17/12/2018 10:18 am

    That’s a wonderful reading and a great, motivated story. I have never afraid of taking any chances came my way and although some of these weren’t the best ones, I haven’t regretted any of them. Life should be lived fearless.

  160. Flossie permalink
    17/12/2018 11:34 am

    It sounds as if you had the same “in shock” kind of experience of many who go away to study in another country, far from home – made worse by the betrayal of the boy you followed. I’m so glad for your sake (and mine) that you (and I) stuck it out, though! 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/12/2018 7:38 pm

      We did… we are warriors! 🙂

  161. Nati permalink
    17/12/2018 12:33 pm

    I think you are right, because life itself, in the end, is about taking chances. Some people get only one chance, some people get many chances, those are the luckiest.


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