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Trout and Dry Pants… (Contest)
Monday, February 8th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Ann Ivey!

“You can’t catch trout with dry breeches.”
~ Anonymous


I know. I love obscure quotes. I collect books of them. This one, to me, is funny. Not sure why. Maybe because I’m not a fisherperson. Still, it does make a point. You can’t catch this fish without wading into the water, getting your boots and pants soaked. An inconvenience, sure. However, those wet pants are also a badge to be worn with pride. You went “all in.”

So, why am I posting this? Because we all have moments when we can go all in or chicken out. We can choose the comfy sofa or do something to prove we’re part of life. I chose to be in the Army. When war broke out, I contacted everyone I knew to get a posting somewhere in the war zone. Why? Because I’d spent twelve years preparing for it and didn’t want to sit on the sidelines. I wanted to see it firsthand, with my own eyes. I got my wish. Fast forward eight years… When I decided I’d had enough of working in a cubicle and attending boring meeting after boring meeting, I decided I’d give writing a go. It worked for me. That choice could just as easily have led to failure, but I succeeded. Of course, I didn’t quit the day job until I was sure I had a fighting chance.

So, my question to you is what dive into the deep end of the pool did you take? Share for a chance to win your choice of a download of one of my backlisted books. I’ll choose three winners! When did you get your breeches wet?

14 comments to “Trout and Dry Pants… (Contest)”

  1. Ruth Smithson
    · February 8th, 2021 at 10:24 am · Link

    I married a man I only had been dating for a couple of weeks. It was not that man I had been dating for about 2 years and was suppose to marry later that year. We flew to Vegas got married came home and told my parents. That was almost 23 years ago.

  2. Delilah
    · February 8th, 2021 at 10:31 am · Link

    Lovely example, Ruth!!! Congratulations!

  3. Ann Ivey
    · February 8th, 2021 at 11:08 am · Link

    LOL…not a big risk taker. I usually just go with the flow. Sometimes to my detriment. My biggest risk was leaving a steady, well-paying job where I worked all hours and days, to take a job with better pay and a Monday-Friday work week. It was great….for about 5 years and then the company was sold. Sigh!

  4. Colleen C.
    · February 8th, 2021 at 12:29 pm · Link

    Moving across country was the biggest thing I did…

  5. Laura
    · February 8th, 2021 at 3:02 pm · Link

    That sounds like one of Delilah’s books.

  6. Laura
    · February 8th, 2021 at 3:09 pm · Link

    I have a tendency to jump before looking to hard. My latest was buying my 30 acre property after my Aunt and Dad passed away.

    Once I saw the property I could foresee turning the farmed acreage into conservation to help bees and butterflies and other wildlife as well as building a new house further from the road on the property.

    I’m also hoping to raise bees to harvest honey to sell.

  7. Debbie Caswell
    · February 8th, 2021 at 3:13 pm · Link

    It wasn’t my jump but it affected me when my parents decided to emigrate to the other side of the world(from England to Australia) a hard decision to leave all their family behind but the best thing that they ever did for us as a family

  8. ButtonsMom2003
    · February 8th, 2021 at 6:40 pm · Link

    I’m not a risk taker and I’m an introvert for the most part.
    Probably the most out of character thing I did in the last several years was to reach out to someone I met on Facebook. She lives in Hawaii and we agreed to meet for lunch when I was there in 2016. We didn’t have long to visit but I enjoyed it a lot and it’s one of the most memorable things I did on that trip.

  9. bn100
    · February 8th, 2021 at 7:03 pm · Link

    travel alone

  10. Jennifer Beyer
    · February 8th, 2021 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Generally I don’t make big moves. I love to learn new things so my biggest leaps tend to be learning something new. Right now I’m learning Portuguese. Oh boy!

  11. Debra Guyette
    · February 9th, 2021 at 7:30 am · Link

    I tried white water rafting and loved it.

  12. Michelle
    · February 9th, 2021 at 10:47 am · Link

    I went all in to become a parent, all in to start a daily yoga practice (3 years and going strong), to go gluten free and vegetarian, and also went all in to a daily art practice. Not nearly as brave and bold, but small steps and daily commitment to live a richer life 🙂

  13. Margi
    · February 9th, 2021 at 11:01 pm · Link

    Divorced for 22 years. Never going to marry again. They get serious I was out the door. So i dated a man off n on for 4 years. Better friends than lovers. Then I met a man on a job site I was running on east coast when he came to work for me. I’m Texas he’s Tenn. Told me 2 weeks after he met me, when job was done, he was going to marry me. You know when it’s put up or shut up. Closed my eyes, said yes! Scariest thing I have ever done. But it was the Best 19 Years of my life till his death 8 years ago.

  14. AnnaMarie
    · February 22nd, 2021 at 9:01 am · Link

    My jump into the deep end was literally jumping into the deep water. My husband and I travelled to the islands quite a few times with family and friends. I was always the one sitting on the beach watching everyone else snorkeling. Then after about 10 years of watching I decided it was now or never. I put on my big girl pants (and my scuba gear) and jumped in. It was so freeing to swim with nothing holding you back. . Now as soon as I hit the beach, I’m the first one in.

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