Happy 4th Lovelies!
Someone recently asked me what FREEDOM means to me and what it looks like in my life. I loved this question and thought there is no better day than our own Birthday as a Nation to share my answer in my first ever post! I’d love to hear your answer below!
Simply put, to me Freedom is the ability to LOVE whom I want, live & TRAVEL wherever I want, explore every whim, desire & passion that I have, and of course to EAT whatever I want lol!
To go a bit deeper it also means freedom from self-doubt, self limits, and asking “What If” instead of “Why not?” Too often we censor ourselves from our truest passions and desires. Either dismissing them as impossible, daydreams, unrealistic or irresponsible. But what if instead we asked ourselves what we want to think about in our last days? The time we sold all of our belongings and move to Greece for a year or a decade of working a job to pay bills to live a life that we didn’t love? It might sound drastic or dramatic but when you realize that THIS IS IT, there is no Act 2, no sequel, no follow up, THIS IS THE LIFE we are living, it is precious, magical, impossibly messy, complicated MIRACLE, you can then find true freedom. Freedom from caring what others think, freedom from your own limitations and just GO FOR IT!
For me this shows up in travel. I truly believe the wanderlust gene is genetic, deep seeded somewhere in my DNA (and if you ever met my father you would immediately agree). I yearned to be able to travel more extensively to far away countries but knew that the limits of my budget prevented me from taking some DREAM TRIPS around the world. I also felt the itch to be able to one day relocate to some place fabulous, to live life in every nook and cranny of the world that appealed to me. Yet with a 30 year mortgage on my once “dream house” it felt further and further away.
Last October my wonderful husband and I made the hard decision to go against societal expectations and sold our beach house with most of our possessions, moving into a tiny apartment so that we could start our plan to regroup , invest and conquer those dreams. I quickly realized I’d rather travel the world and drive a car with 200K miles, live in a small apartment , wear the same clothes, than carry a designer bag, drive a shiny car and live in a 3000 sq foot home. The more we purged, the more we let go of , the more free we became.
I’m slowly removing the self limiting thoughts, the stories we tell ourselves of why it can’t work, and with that I’ve shed something i’ve carried with me since my pre-teen years, concern for what others think. This may not look like the life that YOU think I should lead, but I’m having an absolute BLAST! That my lovelies, is what Freedom looks like to me.
Tell me below, what does Freedom look and feel like to you? What are you most excited about in your life right now?