Another piece from the always inspiring Sally Hope.


No Bang. No Bullet. No Fun.

In life, it’s so easy to put off living our dreams. We say, “it’s not the right time,” “I don’t have enough money,” “I’ll start living my

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dreams after x, or before y.” The problem with this is that in reality, it’s NEVER going to feel like the right time to live our dreams.
Why? Because once we start living our dreams, everything changes. Our comfort zone is nowhere to be found. We have to face all of our fears. We have to somehow figure out where to find the courage to follow through. And no human easily jumps into these
situations on purpose. Except, of course, if you’re the type of human that values amazing life experiences more than you value staying in your comfort zone.

All of you, reading this blog, and on this site, I assume are these type of people. The kind that would rather do the exciting (albeit scary) thing, than stay in the safety zone.

And this got me thinking about shooting. And how this all relates.

Any first time shooter knows that it can be scary. We don’t know how to hold the gun. Where to aim. When to pull the trigger. How to avoid embarrassment or injury. We don’t know what we’re doing and we feel uncomfortable.

And there are only two ways to handle this….jump right in and learn as we go. Or turn around and go home. Back to safety zone.

Same thing with dreams. We may know that we want something more in life, but we might not know what we’re aiming for, really. We know something needs to change, but we might not know when to pull the trigger because it never feels like the right time. We
know we want to do something great, but we are afraid to put ourselves out there because we might fail or be embarrassed or be judged.

And the reason these things are all so scary is because we don’t know how to do them yet. We expect ourselves to be perfect at it. We want to hit the “bullseye” of our life the first time out, and when we don’t, we get discouraged. And because of this, it’s so easy
to quit. To feel bad about ourselves and move on to something else.

But that’s not the solution. The solution is to keep going. Keep learning. Keep trying. And keep making the decision that you want it. Bad. And that nothing or no one is going to stop you.

No shooter gets good at shooting by thinking about shooting. I mean, if you never pull the trigger…nothing happens. No bang. No bullet. No fun.

Same with dreams. In order to have the life we want, we have to practice LIVING the life we want. We have to go for it.

Nothing exciting ever happens in our lives from doing the same thing we’ve always done. So switch it up. The time is now.

So my dears, if you’re wondering how to have the life you want, here is my answer: Aim for the farthest and most exciting dream you can think of. Shoot for the absolute best and most fulfilling life. And when in doubt, just pull the trigger. There is no other way for you to hit your target.

Does any of this sound familiar? What in your life do you need to “pull the trigger” on? What was it like the first time you pulled the trigger at the range or towards your dreams? Leave a comment below and share your story.

Sally Hope, The Unconventional Traditionalist, is a Blogger/Love and Life Coach who loves hot-pink lipstick, guns, puns, crosswords and cowboys. A former Rockstar ( she has taken her show from the stage to the road by traveling around the US in an RV while coaching her clients and inspiring people to live their own Rockstar
Lifestyles. Her latest obsessions include traveling, country swing dancing, motorcycles, LOVE, chips and salsa, and adventuring. Whatever it is you are wanting in your life, she will help you get there fasterYou can find her at her website (hyperlink: or her Facebook page ( Twitter ( or getting ridiculous on her YouTube channel (