Against All Odds

In the past year, I’ve had a lot of new experiences and done a lot of seemingly impossible things.

  • I traveled to Costa Rica
  • I ran a half marathon
  • I jumped out of an airplane
  • I gave up meat  (for awhile) and began eating healthy.
  • I quit my job without another lined up
  • I paid off $10,000 of debt
  • I made new friends
  • I joined the Peace Corps

Most of the time I tell someone (whether old friend or new acquaintance) what I’ve done or what I have planned, that person will typically give me some variation of the following:

“That’s so cool! I wish I could do that, but…” or “Wow, I’ve always wanted to do that, but…”

But what?

In fact, I shouldn’t have been able to do ANY of the things that I mentioned above. And here’s why:

  • Go to Costa Rica? I’m not adventurous. I don’t know Spanish. Central America is dangerous. It’s too expensive. I don’t have vacation time.
  • Run a half marathon? I hate to run. I’m lazy. I don’t have the motivation. I get bored easily. It’s too hot in Texas in the summer.
  • Go skydiving? I’m terrified of heights. People die jumping out of planes. It’s too expensive.
  • Give up meat and eat healthy? I could never give up meat. It’s too difficult to eat healthy. I’m lazy. I hate to cook. I don’t have time to cook or even to go to the grocery store. Fresh food is too expensive.
  • Quit my job? I won’t be able to pay my bills. I won’t have health insurance. I’m a terrible interviewer. I have been applying to jobs for years without anything. The economy is crappy.
  • Pay off my debt? I don’t have time for a second job. I won’t have any fun. It’s too hard. Life is so unfair.
  • Go to a conference for world changers? I’m an introvert. And shy. I don’t like to put myself out there. It’s too expensive. I don’t have the time off.
  • Join the Peace Corps? I could never do that. What skills do I have to offer anyway? I have to live WHERE? I have to learn WHAT?

But you know what? I didn’t let any of that stop me. I did all of the above despite the reasons I couldn’t. I did it anyway.

What could you do if you didn’t let excuses control you?


  1. You are a friggin’ rockstar. Seriously lady. Since we’ve met, you never cease to amaze and inspire me. I’ve always wanted to travel abroad (but I don’t have a passport) and let the cost, fear of language barriers, etc. keep me from doing it. I’m hoping 2013 will be more “Lora Inspired” since I’ll be doing my first half marathon and let’s see what else.


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