One of the reasons I joined the 30 Day Blog Challenge was to allow myself to write, every single day, for 30 days. They say practice makes perfect and since writing is an art, it’s something I’d like to be much better at. After all, my dream to become a best selling author is not dead yet!
It’s Day 4 and today’s prompt is:
What is your definition of location independence?
I think many of us spend our lives tied to things, whether it is rent, mortgage, a car payment, student loans, etc. they tend to keep us rooted to the spot. Staying in one place is not a bad thing at all, as a matter of fact I find myself quite comfortable living in downtown Nashville. However I do believe that if those financial boundaries were removed I would feel freer in life and not as hesitant to travel.
Last year my New Year’s Resolution was to travel more, a goal I successfully achieved spending time on both the west and east coasts of the United States enjoying the drastic climates and the beautiful of nature. Below is a picture of the coast of San Diego (taken with my iPhone!):
Being location independent means I’ll be able to set up office close to these majestic waves and watch the sunset as I write a project proposal.
Being location independent means I won’t have to worry about affording a roof over my head, but I will enjoy the challenge of finding a place to stay every night. (Again check out Airbnb.com)
Being location independent means I’ll get to stray even further from the typical lifestyle and define my own American dream.
Being location independent means I’ll probably have enough adventures to write a whole novel which I’m sure you’d like to read!
How do you define independence?
Hello Bloggers, Readers, Entrepreneurs and Inspiration Searchers! Today’s topic is business and travel:
What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?
When I was traveling the coast of Ireland I wanted to do nothing more than set up a desk on the side of the road, pull out my laptop and write for days on end. The beauty of nature inspires me to write, create and bring new ideas into action. It can be hard being creative with the same old day in, day out schedule, and traveling certainly forces me to be more creative, think outside the box and provide solutions for unique problems.
I think we were all born with a desire to acquire knowledge and learn new things. Each and every one of us is up for a challenge whether it means getting active in your immediate community or exploring foreign countries for months at a time. I think the more we learn the more we will be able to define freedom in business. For me freedom in business means not having to worry about losing income because I decided to spend a month in Italy or take a random trip to the mountains to work with a different view. Adventure in life means I’ll finally be able to stay in a treehouse in a volcano (no seriously, check it out!) and tackle other places on my Airbnb wish list.
When I think of taking business on the road I know I have to plan, prepare and stay organized. Sometimes it’s just too easy to play all day and let productivity go out the window. It takes disciple, independence and determination, something I’m still working on. The comfort of working for 8-5 if the consistent income and awards for stepping it up every year. When I went from working for a large corporation to small business many naysayers told me “It’s a huge risk working in a small business.” Well, I must admit, I’m a bit of a risk taker and it generally pays off.
What risks will you take to find freedom in business and adventure in life?
Have you ever had that euphoric moment in life when you complete something huge and monumental? Moments like college graduation, running a half-marathon (or the whole thing), planning a successful surprise birthday party or completing a complex project? I love that feeling and it can become addictive.
I once heard a story about a group of kids who set off to run a race, it could have been a school event or a sponsorship, but the crowd was there, friends, family, and teachers. The excitement of racing was in the air, and when the gun went off those kids raced off as fast as their legs would carry them, determined to be number one. All except for one who was quickly left behind in the dust. He kept falling down, gaining cuts and bruises, yet every time he would pick himself back up and keep going. When the last kid had crossed the finish line, he wasn’t even half-way through the race. You see, he had cerebral palsy, and racing against himself was the hardest thing he had done. He wasn’t challenging the other kids to be number one, his goal was to finish. In fact, the other kids recognized this and after they crossed the finish line came back to run with him.
Sometimes the goal isn’t to win, it’s just to beat yourself, to beat your past and not let circumstances overcome your will to continue to move forward.
It is time to take on a Challenge, whether it means training for a triathlon, taking on bigger work related projects or moving forward in a relationship, you’ll be glad you went for it. Never stay comfortable. Always keep pushing forward.
A couple of months ago my career transition as I went from a moderately busy marketing and production coordinator to an incredibly busy account manager. How can you not jump at an exciting opportunity and huge responsibility? I threw myself into my work and learned that, long hours, project management and short breaks for yet another cup of coffee might not be the best way to handle stress. Which is why I was thrilled to discover headspace only this afternoon. (Get some).
Headspace is an app for those of us who are stressed and need to find the time to practice mindfulness and meditation. I must admit, those first 10 minutes of meditation were…well…stressful. I can’t handle sitting still and doing nothing, even 2 minutes seems like forever! However 10 minutes later I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for another round.
While my career is in health and wellness sometimes I forget its more than just eating right and staying fit, there is the wellness component which touches mind, body and soul.
What do you do to reduce stress?