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Be Unreasonable.

by jenny sansouci on January 15, 2014

This morning I woke up to these texts from 2 friends:

1: “If something means enough to you, you will be unreasonable about it.”
(a really smart aussie)

2: “The only thing that is true and real is following the cry in your heart.”
(my revolutionary roomdog)

People who say this kind of thing make my heart race.

Yesterday, I read this from Joel Runyon (one of my new favorite blogs) and it got me so pumped up that I actually printed it out (who prints things?!)

My favorite part of it:

“Go military on your goal. Be ruthless. Go a little bit crazy. Get a maniacal look in your eye that tells people a mixture of your addiction and insanity. Make it an obsession. You have to be a little nuts to do this.

You’ll probably get some weird looks from your friends, but what are they doing anyways? Exactly.”

Bah! After reading it I took an ice cold shower and screamed. 

One of my favorite quotes for years has been this (no idea who said it):

“She refused to let common sense cloud her judgment.”

Seriously though. If you really want something, if you feel it so deeply, how can you possibly just follow reason and common sense? Where will that get you?  “Being reasonable” usually means playing it safe, staying in your comfort zone, and possibly falling into a state of quiet desperation. I hate when people tell me to be more realistic. My blood actually starts to boil when I hear that phrase.


: fair and sensible

: fairly or moderately good

: not extreme or excessive

(Fairly or moderately good? I think just threw up in my mouth).

Later in life, are you gonna look back and say “I wish I didn’t take that risk. I wish I didn’t follow my heart. I wish I was more reserved. I wish I played it safer. I wish I didn’t articulate how I really felt. I wish I didn’t try to make my dreams come true. I wish I wasn’t so audacious.”

NO!!!!!! So freaking go for it. WHY NOT? What if you only had a year to live? You really have no idea.

This mentality doesn’t always make life feel easy, but it definitely feels more alive. Plus, I would rather be crazy than bored. You?

“The extreme always seems to make an impression.” –Heathers 

“Often, it is audacity and not talent that moves an artist to center stage.” -Julia Cameron

Love ya.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Meredith January 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I feel wild just thinking about how to be unreasonable today. My hands are shaking a bit as I type. Seriously. What now? What next? How can I make myself come alive? Thank you.


jenny sansouci January 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Meredith! You rock my world. Let’s be totally unreasonable together soon.


Kelsey January 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Amazing. Brilliant. Reassuring in a very un-reasonable way. Love it. Here’s to courage, stepping out of comfort zones, and being unreasonable.


jenny sansouci January 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

Cheers to that!!!!


Maria January 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Jenny I love your blog! I can totally relate to you. People give me that “Can you be more realistic” look. I guess we are the rebels who don’t care and are going after our dreams :).


jenny sansouci January 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

Thanks Maria! #rebels


Megan January 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Jenny!! I just freaked out reading this. For the past week I have been using the word RUTHLESS like a mad woman as a reminder of how I want to attack my goals. So, in this spirit, I have been applying it everywhere. I mean, I even told my husband my cleaning madness, closet purge this weekend was “ruthless”. I LOVE this…thank you. And thank you Universe for people who are riding the same ruthless wave. 🙂


jenny sansouci January 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

YES…love that! Ruthless closet cleaning, that’s hilarious. My roommate and I keep saying the word “audacious” and I’m obsessed with it. Thanks for being such a warrior. 🙂


Kathleen January 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

being unreasonable is sometimes scary for me (2014 resolution to not give a f***) thank you for giving me permission today. I will come back to this when I am having doubts xo


jenny sansouci January 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

It’s scary for all of us, but also can make things realllyyy fun. 🙂


heather January 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Thanks Jenny! This post really inspired me to move forward with my CDF identification with my #desiremap work. I’ve always felt wild and spontaneous…people always think you’re just a little crazy. I feel I’ve tamed myself the last few years and it hasn’t served me well to say the least. It is comforting to find a community of women who thrive with many of the personality traits that our culture tends to shun. Thank you again!


Allison July 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

AMG! I’d write more but I’m screaming and jumping up and down in my mind and heart right now!! THIS POST IS EVERYTHING.

Keep rocking, Jenny, you are a wild and beautiful inspo!!

Peace and vigor, always and always ~ Allison


jenny sansouci July 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm

best comment ever!! thank you!! keep jumping!!!


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