How do you make decisions?

I’m not talking about choosing between that gooey hot fudge sundae and decadent cherry cheesecake. That’s easy.

 Some of each. Please.

I’m referring to the meaty issues like career, marriage, school or moving to Australia.

While molten fudge ice cream bliss makes me smile, it’s not likely to change my life, but hauling my butt to Australia could. Those gigantic decisions can throw us into a tizzy. Yes, my mom says, tizzy. When it really matters, we can fret away sleep and burn calories pacing a groove in the wood floor.

Does this work?

Not so much.

Take a breath. Calm your mind and ask:
If I were independently wealthy and had no family or friends, what would I do?

Have an answer?

And that’s what pure emotion, ignoring reality and responsibility will get you. It's not good.
I’d be booking my trip for Australia and packing sun block.
While emotion and desire have their place, they aren’t the end of the matter. Bring in more tools.

1.    Reasoning

Make a pro/Con list.
Example: Pro
I get to taste exotic crocodile.

Exotic crocodile may eat me.

You get the idea. No. I wouldn’t eat crocodile.

2.    Knowledge

Gather information including what you know of yourself.
Example: Australia has some wicked bugs.

I hate bugs.

3.    Circumstances

These are basic truths in your life.

Example: I’m married. I like being married and so does my husband.
I won’t be married if I move to Australia.

I’m getting too rickety to sleep on the ground and still move in the morning.

4.    Counsel

Speak with others who have done what you’re looking to do.
Speak to family and friends you trust will be honest.

Example: (Mom) “Are you nuts? The Dingoes will get you!”
(Husband) “Are you out of your mind? How is our marriage supposed to work if you’re in Australia?”

There were some good points to consider. There are Dingoes. Grin.

There you have it, my short list for making important choices in life.


Nope. I’m not moving in with the aborigines.

I can barely get off the floor after a rousing game of “Candy Land” with the grand daughter.
And I’d miss my family.
And being married to my husband.

I’ll plan a vacation to Australia and sleep in a bed and eat normal food. No crocodile or bugs on the menu.
Tonight, I’ll snuggle up to my hubby and watch Crocodile Dundee.
Now that’s a good choice.

Comments always encouraged!



06/16/2013 9:06pm

Love it, Sandy! And for the record, I'm really glad you aren't moving to Australia:-)

06/16/2013 9:21pm

You are too cute! I'm glad too. My hubby needs me.

06/16/2013 9:14pm

I absolutely suggest going to Australia. I went three years ago this month. I loved it. Post your trip when you do it. And don't forget New Zealand. It's well worth it also.

06/16/2013 9:22pm

This is perfect! Just what I needed some good counsel from those who know. Thank you! New Zealand is a must!

06/17/2013 5:34am

Fun post with a good message on how to make a major decision.

06/17/2013 7:25am

Thank you! We all have choices to make and sometimes some order helps.

06/17/2013 5:57am

This is a big decision and yes, they are never easy. It's so easy to keep the status quo but oh what great things happen when you step out of that comfort zone. I hope the move is easy.

06/17/2013 7:26am

Thanks, but I won't be leaving. This was more of an example than reality. I would love to see Australia.

06/17/2013 6:03am

Loved the post, Sandy. Thanks for a good smile on this Monday morning. Great tips!!

06/17/2013 7:27am

I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Smiles are great!

Ann Bracken
06/17/2013 6:14am

Definitely VISIT Australia, and I second the suggestion to see New Zealand. I loved both. Don't miss driving the Great Ocean Road on the southern coast of Australia, it was gorgeous.

06/17/2013 7:28am

Thanks for the counsel. You always surprise me with the things you know and the places you've been.
Another vote for New Zealand!

06/17/2013 6:43am

Thank goodness you're not going! I don't know what I'd do without you! Thanks for the morning jump-start. Great blog post!

06/17/2013 7:29am

Glad you enjoyed it! I'd miss you, too.

06/17/2013 7:43am

That's it Sandy, lets save our pennies now in a going to Australia fund and plan the goal date!

06/17/2013 8:10am

I have a list of places I want to go. I think I need a few more piggy banks. LOL!
Thanks Annie. Let's do it!

06/17/2013 7:47am

Sandy, so glad you're not going to move to Australia - visiting is okay, but to live there is so far away - when would we ever get to see you????

06/17/2013 8:11am

That's what my husband said. When would he ever see me?
Glad that you enjoyed the post.

06/17/2013 8:04am

Radical Pros and Cons. Love it, Sandy. Fun post!

06/17/2013 8:12am

Thank you! Radical choices deserve radical Pros and Cons. Grin.

06/17/2013 9:09am

I'm glad you're not moving too :)
Excellent process by which to make decisions. Some times we forget and a reminder is appreciated.

06/17/2013 12:19pm

Hi Clancy!
Great to hear from you. At times I'm the one needing the reminder. I need to get out of my own way.

06/17/2013 6:59pm

I so agree, Sandy. Big decisions need to be made with the heart and whole lot of common sense.

06/17/2013 9:15pm

Thanks for the support and your wisdom. It's great to hear from you.

06/17/2013 8:37pm

I agree with your current choice, Sandy. Visit and keep everyone happy...and married. :) Nice post to think about.

06/17/2013 9:16pm

Thank you, Calisa. It works for me.
Sending you blessings.

06/18/2013 12:04pm

Great points, Sandy. However, for me it would be Scotland -- at least during the spring, summer and fall. Like my mom used to say - the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. However, I think you need to have a dream. Glad you're not moving far away, though. :)

06/18/2013 5:25pm

Scotland is on the list. I have many dreams. grin.
I hope you are able to make many trips to Scotland.

I'm glad that I'm staying here.

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