Where will you be a year from today? An Inspired Read from @Sassyradish

by on February 9, 2012

I remember a tweet from Olga of @Sassyradish about a year ago sharing the news that she had left her career on Wall Street. Olga was a risk taker, a determined dreamer and I very impressed. I love people who take chances.

She plunged head first into what she really loved to do, and that was food and writing. I knew from that moment on that her blog would be breathing a new energy from a woman living a life with intention. I love people who know what they want.

Exactly one year later she writes to share where she’s at and how she’s grown as a person and in her new career. Her journey has been remarkable in just 365 days. Please read her words about this experience. I loved reading her post. I read it 3 times.

Her story is inspiring on so many levels because last year she was determined, passionate and strong enough to make the “plunge into the unknown” with a quiet, fearless strength. Her focus to make her new career path work. The next day, she was busy chopping garlic. Now a year later, she’s working on a book and staying busy with wonderful new opportunities.

Reading her posts reminds me of some scary decisions I’ve made in the past few years too, some of which kept me up and drained me of thought, sleep and energy. But at the end of the day, Todd and I always knew that we would work to make things happen. No matter how scary the endeavor was, we were to stay focused and most importantly, strong for one another.

We told ourselves that we were going to make our lives happen the way we wanted, on our own terms, without fear, doubt or ego.

So I ask you, “Where will you be a year from today?” Set a goal right now, today and  see where your journey lands you in February 9, 2013.

Cheers to you, Olga. I’m excited for you and looking forward to your post next year, two years after your plunge.

have a great weekend everyone,


beauty at the end of the journey 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thanks for the link to Olga’s site. I’ve never been to her blog and I love finding new reads.


2 olga February 10, 2012 at 4:36 am

Diane, thank you for such a kind, moving post. I wrote it barely able to focus, the book weighing heavily in my mind. I think, to be fair, I couldn’t do any of this without this amazing, supportive community. Thank you for your post. I am deeply touched. And next time we’re in the same city, could we all get a drink? Or a snack? xo


3 White on Rice Couple February 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

Olga- I meant every word of this post. And Yes to getting together. But “feasting” sounds more like it to celebrate. oxo


4 Michelle February 10, 2012 at 5:09 am

Wow, there is some inspiration to make life interesting. Be bold by being yourself and finding your true potential.


5 Cookin' Canuck February 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

This is a great reminder to focus on what we really want and how we’re going to make that happen. I’m a believer of the philosophy that says if you put your whole heart and mind into something you’re really passionate about, good things will happen. That is obviously the case with Olga and certainly with you and Todd. Inspirational – all three of you.


6 JulieD February 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

Huge hugs!! I met Olga at BHF last year and she was sweet as sweet could be. Cheers to her and both of you!!


7 Heidi @foodiecrush February 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

These are the kind of posts that give me goosebumps every. single. time. I am always in evolution mode and being reminded that risks need to be taken, even when a paycheck may or may not be tied to them, are those that need to be taken. Thanks for the post and link to Olga’s site, I’m inspired again thanks to all three of you and setting “the date.”


8 Yvette ~ Muy Bueno Cookbook February 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

Thank you for the inspiration! This post is perfect timing — I need to add a new pin-board on Pinterest with my goals for February 2013. WOW!!! I’m so excited for the future. Thank you for this post and introducing me to a very courageous blogger.


9 noëlle {simmer down!} February 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I too read Olga’s post last week- coincidentally, on the last day of my desk job! I’m also doing freelance food writing and recipe development, and at the end of my first week as a full-time freelancer I’m busy as ever but couldn’t be happier. I sometimes find it difficult to write inspirational/ personal things on my blog, but perhaps I need to work on that aspect of it with the knowledge that it might encourage someone else to pursue their goals.


10 Melissa Aronson Bihl via Facebook February 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Love, love, love!


11 Lana February 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I have first “met” Olga when she started guest posting for Kate at Accidental Hedonist, a long time ago. I come from Serbia, she comes from Russia, and I was drawn to her blog following our immigrant roots:) Her story is inspirational and encouraging and I am really happy that she is finding satisfaction in pursuing her passion.
Thanks, Diane, for shout out:)


12 Salt in Suburbia February 11, 2012 at 6:40 am

I recently found “The Sassy Radish” and just happened to read the “one year later” post before you shared this. I agree that it is an amazing leap to take, and the post was inspiring. Thanks for sharing and congrats to you Olga.


13 Zytka Maurion via Facebook February 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Take chance and feel free ;)


14 Jennifer February 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Just wanted to say that I can’t stop thinking about this post. I have no idea where I will be in a year or even where I want want to be, but it sure has given me pause…thank you!


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