failure and success

Posted: August 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

For some reason this didn't publish earlier and go through to Readers...hopefully it works this time!

It is already Thursday evening?! Yowza! This week seemed to whiz by. I guess because I was way more busy than normal preparing everything to announce my plans for September. Are you in?


I know quite a few of you are and have already grabbed the reigns to spread the word. Another round of special thanks to the following awesome bloggers for putting up the 30 Day button or sharing a special segment in their posts. The fact that they go out of their way to share this on their blogs speaks volumes of their character. Show them some love and say hello! Let me know if I missed you or if you put the button on your site so I can give appropriate thanks to you as well.

Once again, if you are unsure what we’re talking about and getting all worked up about here on Faith, Fitness, Fun then click and check out my new page to learn about the special 30 Days of Self Reflection to promote self-love coming in September! I’m stoked!!!!

Dinners from last night and today included a few failures and successes. They all evened out. And I’m in such a good mood I don’t think anything could have brought me down. Last night, I planned on having a portabella mushroom burger. It certainly looks delicious, huh?


Something was seriously WRONG with that mushroom though. I couldn’t bite through it easily and it tasted off. I couldn’t stomach it, which is odd because I prepared it the exact same way as normal. Dinner FAIL! I had to have a PB+J sandwich instead. 🙁

I made up for it with tonight’s dinner. I made sure it would be a huge success by cooking up my favorites. Sweet potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, and eggs cooked with some blue cheese. Loooovvveee me some stinky cheese! Dinner SUCCESS!


Over the last few weeks, I have been considering failure and success a lot. I almost didn’t follow through with the 30 Days idea and it would have been strictly for fear of failure. I know numerous times the fear of failure has held me back in life. Now, I embrace challenge and doing what I feel passionate about. Life needs failure. It’s how we learn and grow. How boring would it be to never fail? It would be that much harder to appreciate the successes. Taking a step out of our comfort zones helps us to live fully and truly experience the joys of life. I also think it is vital to find new ways of defining success. It doesn’t mean you have to be THE BEST…just that you do YOUR BEST. Succeed or fail – go out and live!

  • Do you like stinky cheeses?
  • How do you feel about failure? Does it affect your decisions?

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22 Comments to “failure and success”
  1. Nichole says:

    Funny that you made it through the stinky cheese but couldn’t do the mushroom. Must be dem hormones:)

    I had a total direction fail here, but I refused to take a cab. Sweaty, but feeling successful, lol.

  2. The stinkier…the better. So sad but true! I try to learn from my “failures”. Sometimes it is hard to see past it, but afterwards I try to see how to make things better in the future.

  3. wow, that’s a great attitude to have! i wish i could be more positive about failure. (that sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it.) great point about stepping out of your comfort zone. if you’re too comfortable, you’re probably not growing,

    hehe….sorry i don’t eat cheese. from what i remember, it was good though! espeically with a nice glass of red….mmmm…

  4. Shannon says:

    I’m not a huge cheese fan and definitely prefer the milder kinds.

    I love you attitude about success and failure….I love you attitude, in general! You reflection idea is wonderful and I will definitely sign up when I make a little more time for blogging. I am only now reading about your great idea! Thanks for always sharing so much optimism 🙂

    • Tina says:

      I hope you can participate as much as possible. I don’t want it to be something stressful. Just positive for all of us. 🙂

  5. I don’t like stinky cheese, but my hubby does. Ick. The stinkiest I want is feta. Yes, fear of failure does hold me back. It’s been a huge barrier for me. I have been realizing it more and more lately too.

    • Tina says:

      You know what’s crazy? I’m not a fan of feta but the other stronger flavored cheeses I love. I’m an oddball. I know. 😉

  6. Man, oh, man, how many times have I *not* done things because I was afraid of failure. It saddens me that I’ve missed out on opportunities because I was either afraid or doubtful of the situation. It definitely affected my decisions but preventing me from going after things I really thought I’d enjoy or be good at doing…

    …however, within the past 3 months I’ve felt this growing spark inside of me that is growing and growing and I feel encouraged and passionate about really going for the things I want and not letting fear get in the way of my dreams and goals! I’m showing fear who’s boss around here! 🙂

  7. Tina I added your button and I posted about your 30 Days this morning 🙂 I can’t wait for Sept!

    I am terrified of failure. At work, in my friendships, in my marriage, with anything. I am scared to fail and it holds me back. I’m working towards a more calm outlook, that I don’t have to “win” in order to “not fail”. I think that is what I am working on the most: I have an all or nothing personality. I’m either eating healthy or unhealthy — moderation is hard for me. I’m either exercising every day or not at all. To me, when I slip up I am a “failure” — when I really need to just pick myself up and start again.

    • Tina says:

      I still fall into the all or nothing sometimes too. Then I have to remind myself it’s about making each day or moment the best I can with where I’m at. Every day and situation won’t call for perfection…or even greatness. Hard to do though!

  8. Sometimes failure affects my decisions, but I try not to let it do that too much. You live and learn, right?

  9. Julie says:

    I LIVE for stinky cheese!

    I’m really working on my fear of failure. What’s funny is that if you actually go through with something that’s fearful, it really does always seems to turn out ok (or much better than ok)! I read somewhere recently – probably on another blog – that you often just need to just ask and most often the answer will be yes. People are much more willing to give you what you want than not. And what’s the worst that can happen by asking? You get a no. That’s where the fear comes in, but why? Is “no” SUCH a big deal? Then we can move on knowing we gave it our best shot and figure out something different.

  10. I think I sometimes let the fear of failure guide my decisions. There are a few things that I really want to do in the next year but I am holding back. I think I should reassess, make sure its what I want and then go for it right????

  11. Fear of failure has held me back before, but I’ve learned that taking chances always teaches me something even when it doesn’t fully pan out.

    I’m off to read your article right now!

  12. I will usually push towards something even if I am afraid I am going to fail. Do I have a horrible knot in my stomach the whole time? Absolutely, but I try to not let it stop me! I’m working towards a career change right now and I think I might just need to bite the bullet and quit my current job so I can focus on finding my “dream job”. I think the fear of unemployment is pretty darn scary though!

  13. I let fear of failure rule my life, and I know it. What is it stopping me from right now?

    1) Committing to run the marathon for Parkinson’s research
    2) Quitting my job and finding one I love
    3) “Hitting on” random girls in my new town to try and make new friends

    Ok, there’s top 3. I’m really a confident person, but need to look past the possible crash and burn!

  14. I stay away from the stink. If it’s stinky, I just can’t make myself eat it.

    Honestly, failure has never been something to deter me. I guess I’ve never looked at failure as a bad thing. If you fail, so what, you learn and you try again.

    Maybe it goes back to my days in gymnastics–Id fail on a daily basis trying to learn a new skill…but eventually, I’d always get it.

  15. Sarah says:

    You know, sometimes the idea of “failure,” slows me down, too, but lately I’m wondering what failure is, really. Maybe failure is just the absence of trying.

  16. Holly says:

    I just put your button up on my blog! I’m so excited for you, Tina! 🙂

    Stinky cheese is one thing I cannot do…howEVER, I’m not ruling it out forever. My tastes have changed so much in the past few years! Maybe it’s time to give it another go?

    I will be honest – failure deters me from a LOT of things. I guess I should say, the possibility of failure. I’m terrified of it, so sometimes I just don’t try. I am getting better as I get older, though, which I think just comes from confidence and experience. I wish I could tell my 16 year old self that!

  17. andi says:

    sorry darlin’, I am probably one of the few who doesn’t like fungus. :p glad your next dinner turned out better. I looove stinky cheese – the stinkier, the better, I think!

    as for failure – it’s definitely a motivating factor for me, although usually negative. it’s one of the main reasons I waited almost 10 years to apply to the nursing program. all my life I’ve wanted a career in the medical field, but I was terrified of screwing up and disappointing my parents (both nurses). I’m so glad I finally did it, but now I’m faced with a new set of challenges: failure IN school (I start in a few weeks). I hope that’s something I get out of 30 Days; a way to quell my inner voice constantly saying ‘you can’t do it, what if you screw up?’

    I always seem to reply to you in novel form. sorry! <3

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