LIFE Changing Decisions are Scary…Chicken IN with Me

Life Changing Decisions are Scary.  Will You Chicken IN with Me?

Curious…what is Chickening IN?

Let’s start at the beginning.  The moment when the word Chickening IN was created.  Several months back I had been struggling with a VERY BIG, life changing decision that I had attempted to make multiple times.  The kind of decision that gives your stomach butterflies; both excitement and anxiety at the same time.  The kind of decision that requires a leap of faith into unknown territory.  I was sitting at Panera Bread with my six-year-old daughter and her tutor.  Explaining to the tutor that I was afraid of making this LIFE changing decision (we will discuss that decision in future blogs) and with a concerned tone I said, “I chickened out again!”  We both giggled, knowing life decisions are difficult.  From across the table a sudden confident, matter of fact voice came from my daughter and said, “Chicken IN mom, just Chicken IN!”

Chickening IN…A New Idiom

My thoughts came to a screeching halt. I had to take in and process what she just said. Did my daughter just invent a new idiom?  The tutor and I both looked at each other with amazement.  We chuckled because children have no reservation and just say exactly what comes to mind.  I’ve spent years struggling to make this one decision.  I enlisted counsel from two life coaches, a counselor, a best friend, my husband and other adults.  In one moment a wise 6-year-old inspired me to stop chickening out and rather to Chicken IN and have courage to make the decision.

Everyone Knows Chicken Out

To really grasp the meaning of Chickening IN let’s first understand Chickening Out.  Chickening out is a familiar and widely used idiom meaning to back out from fear, lose one’s nerve, cowardly, decide not to do or complete due to fear (   Most likely you have heard or even used these phrases:  you’re a chicken, chickening out, or don’t chicken out. Interesting because chickens are not particularly fearful creatures that retreat.  Rather they tend to squawk and pitch a fit.  However, it is thought that the word chicken got its cowardly meaning due to the size and vulnerability of the chicken.  Nevertheless, being a chicken is not an admirable quality.  Therefore, Chickening IN would be that exact opposite of Chickening Out.

Ok…Just Get to it Already! What is Chickening IN?

Chickening IN means to complete or finish in the face of fear, step-up to the plate of your life, follow your dreams, be courageous and bold, live in faith, travel the unknown and take calculated risks.   It means to be who God created you to be and not live life by chance, happenstance, fear or less than you were made to be.  In the simplest terms Chickening IN means to live courageously and settle for nothing less than God’s best for you.  

An Invitation to Join Me

Please join me on my Chickening IN journey.  Future blogs will reveal my BIG life-changing decision.  You can expect transparency, raw emotion and humility as I take fear by the hand and walk forward toward God’s best life for me.  Also, check out “Hen House Heroes” for stories of courageous women who represent “Chickening IN.”  Lastly, visit the “Creative Nest” page where my daughter and I will share arts and crafts projects that moms and kids can enjoy together.

So, come along and Chicken IN with me!!





  1. Andrea Richards | 17th Dec 16

    This is awesome! Super proud to call you my friend! It took courage to see what you need and even more courage to make those changes. I love your blog and look forward to reading about the rest of your journey!!!

  2. Michelle McCabe | 17th Dec 16

    You have always amazed me, your strength is like no other. GOD has always had his hand on your life , so this is just another glimpse of his greatness. I’ve been thinking lately I’m blessed but something is missing that I’m not living the life God has for me to the fullest, I’m not sure what that is ,but since I saw this yesterday I feel like I’m about to find out 🙂 thank you for Chickening In. You are touching so many people already.

    • JJ | 17th Dec 16

      AWESOME! I am so excited for you! Let’s do this together!!

  3. Gail Robards | 17th Dec 16

    Congratulations, JJ! I can’t wait to see what you’ve “Chickenined” to!! May God richly bless your new endeavor!

    • JJ | 17th Dec 16

      Thank you Gail!

  4. Heather | 2nd Jan 17

    So cool JJ. We only worked together briefly but I’m ready to Chicken IN. Sign me up. I can’t wait to follow along. I made a life long decision 3 years ago and I’ve never looked back. I’m not going that way:).

    • JJ | 3rd Jan 17

      That is soooo awesome! Would love to hear about it someday soon.

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