Finding freedom in my life is a relatively new discovery for me and something I’ve become very passionate about. Ever since getting sick, I’ve somehow managed to continue pursuing my passions and I’ve found unexpected freedom as a result.
So to mark the end of a very different year for me workwise and lifestyle wise, I thought I would share the 3 big things I’ve done that have led me to finding freedom in my life.
Overhaul your finances
Dull as can be this topic but unfortunately a necessary evil that must be managed if you are to get yourself to a better place.
Due to my health issues, our income became severely impacted.
We had to make some drastic decisions to take the financial pressure off. The stress of those changes was incredibly difficult.
We downsized, released some equity and cut expenditure in every place possible.
It wasn’t easy. I cried buckets when we made a swift decision to move our youngest from his school to a state school nearby. I felt terrible pulling him away from a school and friends he loved. A year down the track, he’s moved again to a different school and is now happier.You do what you have to do to make things work. Be realistic. Take the financial pressure off. Click To Tweet
Those changes are now done and there’s no looking back.
Don’t continue to define yourself by who you were if that no longer fits. Don’t focus on what you can no longer do (or no longer want to do).
Instead, spend time thinking about what you like and what you can do. Dream a little!Spend time thinking about what you like and what you can do. Dream a little! Click To Tweet
This isn’t a quick process. Experimentation is vital and so is finding out what you get enjoyment from.
This year, the balance of my work changed to become largely based from home so I can still work whilst managing my health requirements.
I still run my own change consulting business but I’m now doing it differently. I still ‘do’ a bit of client work but, in many cases, I now bring others in to do it on my behalf.
I am now focusing more of my time on how I can reinvent what I do to suit my body better.
I know I have a strong purpose around helping others so I am honing that need and redesigning my offering into more of an online coaching and development business. I also help a friend of mine on a part-time basis manage her consulting business (again, from home!).
The process is slow due to my capacity issues but I love the freedom I have found in shaping my new future. It was an unexpected benefit. After having delivered to ‘someone else’s’ agenda for 25 years of my career, it’s nice to finally be in control of where I spend my time!
My vision ultimately is to work from home from anywhere and I am making steps to do that. Life feels exciting again. I want the same for you.
Take your first, big, brave step
My first brave step was moving house. Our financial situation necessitated it. I didn’t know where I would end up or what I would be doing.
I followed my instincts and the need to reduce the financial pressure and we just made the best of it. We had to. Our survival depended on it.
The stress of that first step was huge and, for a time, impacted my health badly. However, slowly but surely, things have settled and, interestingly, have oiled the wheels for thinking about my life differently.
Moving away helped me let go of the old definition of me and allowed space for the new me to appear.
So, be brave, do what you have to do to remedy things that are not helping your situation.
Find ways to free yourself to develop this next phase of your life.
Let the light in.
“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in” Leonard Cohen
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