the cost of adventure 2

‘Have an adventure’, we say. ‘It’ll be fun’ we say.

And it is.

It grows you, it stretches you, you learn, you have fun.

Yet what about the cost of the adventure?

This month I went to Cambodia for 10 days to work with Transform Cambodia. It was 10 days without seeing my family. 10 days of missing my girls and them missing me. 10 days of processing the hard stuff over the phone with Mr instead of side by side.

There was a cost to this journey. There was the monetary cost of the hotel and airfares, of course. But also a cost in time, Mr took leave so I could go on this journey. And there was a cost in emotions with a few days of tears from my girls even before I left on the trip.

Adventures cost and it is important to know that and examine that as you embark on the adventure.


Mr and I looked at the cost of this adventure in our time, money, relationships and emotions, and we decided it was worth it for me and for the family. We examined the costs and we decided to choose the adventure anyway.

And then the adventure gives unbelievable benefits. Benefits we could not see until the adventure started. Such as relationships with people I had never met before. Such as a greater understanding of the way other countries live. Such as an expanded heart that encompasses Cambodia as well as home.

These benefits are less tangible, less obvious when you start but they have changed me intrinsically.

What is the adventure you want to embark on this year? Is it going back to study? Is it starting a new business? Is it launching that blog you have been thinking about? Is it a new country or city? Is it a call to mission?

Make sure you count the cost, and then go on the adventure anyway, and reap the rewards.


About Jodie McCarthy

Jodie is a writer, speaker, poet and mother. An unashamed words girl who writes to process the myriad of experiences of life. In her writing and on her blog she investigates the journey of life: the beautiful; the painful; the everyday; and the mundane. She has a heart for encouraging women on their life journey, particularly when that journey traverses the harder places of grief and pain. On the days when she is not writing you will find her in her kitchen, usually licking the beaters from a chocolate cake. You can find her books and follow her journey at

2 thoughts on “the cost of adventure

  • Fiona Barnard

    Hi Jodie,
    My name is Fiona, and I’m a fairly new listener to Kinwomen on 98.5fm. I hear the ad again today, and decided to google kinwomen. Been reading thru everybody’s introductions and some of the past blogs.

    I particularly liked your one on ‘the cost of adventure’. I’m planning to head off on a road trip from Perth WA, SA, NSW (my youngest moved there last year from Perth), Vic, SA and back to Perth. It’s a solo trip, unless God decides He wants something else. I’m giving my family a general direction that I will take, but wanting to be flexible to what God wants. As time is no limit, 2 months has been set aside. Some of the trip is for Ancestry stuff, seeing towns where family used to live, knowing there have been big changes of the centuries/years. Hoping to meet some new family. Meeting up with my youngest and, my eldest, her husband and two sons are flying over to NSW at the end of March 2017. But also as a challenge for myself.

    The ad for kinwomen, today, was to do with other peoples words spoken over another. Let’s just say, it was undermining most of the time. God has taught me,I’m better than that, He loves me for me, and that I’m precious in His image. (The wall of tears that have been following me around for sometime now, has just burst).

    I want my girls and Grandkids to know that whatever it is that their hearts are showing them, whatever it is, it’s achieve able, to trust God and He’ll make a way for it to be done. And all the naysayers have NO POWER over our decisions and choices. God’s view of us is the only one that matters.

    Thank you for this blog, it was good to read it. And the saying that was with it too.

    I was thinking of perhaps doing a blog of the trip, but have no idea how to start one, all ideas will be appreciated.

    God bless,


    • Jodie McCarthy

      Wow Fiona, what an adventure for you. Praying that it is a journey towards more peace for you and yours.

      As for blogging, the easiest thing is to sign yourself up for a wordpress site. One of the free ones to start with, and start writing. Then you can choose to publicise or not as you wish. Or just keep it as a private blog for your family to access.

      Happy blogging and may your journey be an amazing one,

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