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Day 10 – Celebrating Freedom!

Yay! I blogged fairly consistently for 10 days! I combined some of the days but I got it done! My first “yes” challenge has been completed! I’m pretty proud of myself as I’ve never put myself out there so often before.

My favorite blog post to write this week was “Finding My Tribe”. This post really opened my eyes to the tribe I already have and the support I didn’t realize already existed around me. It really brought up a lot of gratitude for those around me and so many thanks to the inspirations I have found.

I’ve really enjoyed opening up my mind and writing almost everyday. I haven’t written in a very long time and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. The realization that I don’t need to be perfect to communicate what I’m experiencing or want to share, is a relief. I’m constantly trying new things and expanding my realm so why not share that with others or even simply express myself.

My next step is to keep the momentum with posting on my little blog. I have a few more ideas about what I would like to share and maybe inspire others. I’m going to keep educating myself and expanding my skill set. I’m very happy Natalie Sisson’s challenge popped up in my email and it has expanded my world.

My life is what I’m willing to make it! Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’m excited for the future and am completely enjoying my present moment. Small actions each day truly change ones life. Just beautiful!

I would recommend doing this 10-Day blogging challenge to anyone! Get inspired!

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10

Day 9 – Location Independence

What I like most about my Freedom Plan is the ability to be location independent. The plan is to be able to work anywhere there is an internet connection. One day, I would love to be living on a piece of land in a remote location. I want to raise my children when I, eventually, have them. I would, also, love to travel around Europe or backpack across Canada. For these trips to happen, I will need to be completely location independent.

This concept is completely fathomable as the time changes and technology is adapted to our circumstances. Not to mention, there are so many examples of successful individuals working location independent that it’s easy enough to adjust your lifestyle… or my lifestyle!

Right now, my ideal day being location independent is outdoors. I would wake up in my camper probably in the woods somewhere near a water source. Go through the action of getting up, my morning run, cold plunge in the river, making myself a cup of coffee and sitting down to begin planning out my day. I would set up my “office” which is my tablet computer, project scribbler, reference books (still in the process of learning my new skill set) and possibly a larger monitor later on. I’m looking into purchasing solar panels for my devices and have found some great options! I would work for a few hours and then possibly go rock climbing, biking, sunbathing. Being able to incorporate more movement into my life is my goal. I would work a longer amount of time with shorter breaks until I’ve completed what I scheduled for the day. Then my evening activities would take place such as wild harvesting, medicine making and so much more.

Or maybe I’m traveling in Scotland and I would wake in a hostel. Go for breakfast at local cafe or equivalent. Find some Wifi and work for a few hours then off to tour a castle, hike or museum! I would then settle in during the afternoon and get some more work done. Waiting for a bus or train would give me the perfect time to work!

I’m excited to incorporate all of my lifestyle changes and well on my way! The future is finally bright and I’m looking forward to it!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9

Day 8 – Choosing My Adventure

Two challenges have been a focus in my life at the moment. The first is this10-Day Blogging Challenge. The second is my say “yes” to new opportunities for at least two weeks.

There was one day earlier this week where I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw an event posted. I knew it was for me! I said “yes” right away. The event was a herbal medicine course out in the country for the weekend!

Early this morning, I drove the hour and a bit to the ranch the course would be held at. The morning was crisp. The leaves painted with fall colours on the rolling landscape. Even the beautiful harvest moon was still glowing bright in the sunrise.

The day was full of herbal knowledge and medicinal creations. Supportive and friendly people expanding their worlds into the local wilderness. Nourishing food, laughter and sunshine for lunch. I couldn’t have been happier! There is one more day and we will be making soap. I’ve been wanting to make soap for ages! Apparently, it’s really easy and I’ll be able to make a batch big enough to share with all the smelly characters in my life! Haha! I’m kidding of course but I would love to give handmade herbal infused soap as Winter Solstice gifts this year.

I’ll be creating a post with some of these recipes just in case anyone would like to try some herbal concoctions! There are easy effective DIY hygiene recipes that I’m excited to experiment with and slightly alter to fit my needs.

The drive back was just as great! I’m feeling full of magic and happiness or content. I’m so grateful for the time to expand and to take my time learning a new skill.

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8

Day 7 – Beating Procrastination and Overwhelm

Oh my dear friends, Procrastination and Overwhelm! I am definitely one of those people that will use another book, method or any other excuse to avoid my life. Overwhelm use to creep in early in my life but I’ve since created tools for myself to cope such as breaking everything down into reasonable chunks.

Procrastination, on the other hand, is the menace. I will engage in so much self-improvement that I avoid actually living in the moment. I use distraction, as I mentioned in a previous post, to keep me from progressing and growing. Procrastination is simple a bad habit!

Not anymore! Well, realistically, I will probably slip up once in awhile until I change my ways. Each day, I have been committing to stepping outside my comfort zone by saying yes to new opportunities. In my next post, I will write about my most recent “yes” activity. It is quite amazing and I know that these positive experiences move me forward. Even the not so positive experiences move me forward!

Another way I have been kicking procrastination’s metaphorical butt, is by working on one thing for myself and my freedom plan each day. My small steps have been this blogging challenge so far. I always thought, “I can’t blog” or “it takes to much time to blog” and I was wrong. It’s a great expression of myself and my experiences. In other words, what other mole hill sized tasks have I been making mountains out of?

One last thing I’ll mention here is awareness. I’m aware that I procrastinate and I know exactly what methods I apply to do so. When awareness is used then a solution can appear. I will not beat myself up if I take a little extra time to complete something. Instead, I will use kindness, wholeheartedness and tools to work through the obstacle.

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7

Day 6 – Finding My Tribe

Finding my tribe is something I’ve been procrastinating with. Sure, I’ve gone to business seminars and workshops as well as entrepreneur classes but haven’t maintained any of those contacts. Fortunately, I do have some lovely people in my circle that are truly inspiring. They have stepped out and really opened up to freedom. They have started their own businesses and are growing in many aspects of their lives! The completion of their goals and what they are manifesting is remarkable. I’m thrilled to have these great examples so close to me!

Previously, my excuse was that I was too tired, too drained, too everything to go out and network. I would work and go home with the need to be alone. Now, I have my freedom. I’m realizing I can happily extend myself and have been practicing my networking skills by starting three random conversations per day with people I’ve never met before. I’m giving myself time to develop this skill.

Also, I’m finally getting to know my true self. This means I’ll be attracting the people and contacts that are right for me whereas before I was trying to fit into a tribe that I thought was for me but not. My tribe is out there, I just haven’t been open to it until recently!

As for mentors, I find Jessika Lecorre, with her business FeatherEagleSky, very inspiring to my heart and soul. She has combined spirit, health, beauty, self-care, education, family and care for the global community in her business. She is creating a positive influence, change and providing awareness for the dangers of chemical based cosmetics. She promotes movement and a general healthy lifestyle as well.

My other inspirational mentor is Hallee Hirsh-Martin and her business Smoky Holler Sourdough Tortillas. She’s creating a life of balance and self-sufficiency. The tortillas are a simple idea and she’s putting a lot of love into her creations. She supports her community by using local ingredients and sells them in her area too. Her whole lifestyle is so inspiring as she lives in a yurt, wild forages and left her old life to begin a completely different life.

These ladies, and a few more people, inspire me daily for which I’m incredibly grateful. They help me realize that I can create whatever lifestyle I want and have a business that can be a combination of my passions. Many blessings and buckets of gratitude to my fellow warrior and entrepreneurial women!

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”
– Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6

Day 5 – Setting Myself Up for Success

The key to success is applying small steps everyday. Consistency is important! In this post, I’m going to mention some habits that I actively use each day to help myself move towards my Freedom Plan.

I focus on creating a schedule around the time I’m most productive during the day so that I can take advantage of it. The morning is when I get the most done and can stay focused for the longest periods of time.

Also, I find if I set my intention the evening before I can prepare myself mentally for completing goals the next day. Then there is my planner that I use to reverse engineer my bigger projects. If I have a big dream that I want to accomplish, I will write it down in my planner that way I have an end date. I, then, break the goal down into monthly, weekly and daily steps. Usually, I set up my weeks on Sunday evenings.

I’m finding I love to work outside and find the most peace there. My “office” is portable. I will work on my offline projects outdoors and then find a WIFI connection if I need access to anything online. I find working these two categories into my schedule helps with my organization. Currently, I set “work hours” for myself. Right now, this method is helpful because I have spent 11 years working for someone else. It’s been a challenging transition for me to work for myself which is a relatively new concept. Normally, I’m a very self-motivated person but when I work for myself I become unproductive. Setting my work hours, tricks my old brain into working just as hard for myself.

I keep my distractions to a minimum as I don’t look at my social media until after my “work hours” and if I do look at my social media then I’ve planned an update for marketing or personal brand development. I do however enjoy background noise and listening to a podcast, audio book, or music. The thing about the background noise is that I need to have heard it many times before. New audible content grabs my attention too much.

Some new habits that I will be applying are writing down the top three goals or MIA (most important actions) for the day. If I achieve these goals then I would like to celebrate it in little ways at the end of the day. Also, I will use the Pomadoro Technique which breaks down the day into 25 minute tasks. Set a timer and at the end of the period, I can give my attention to something not work related I would like to do for a short time. After the mini-break, I will be set another 25 minutes and so on. These habits are mentioned by Natalie Sisson in her Day 5 blog post.

The most important thing I can do for myself is commit to a task or goal. As soon as I do that, I get things done!

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”
– Brian Tracy

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5

Day 4 – Unlocking My Superpower

What are my superpowers? I have a special place in my heart for superheros and superpowers. I learnt how to read by looking at my brother’s comic books. There are some quality skills that I have acquired but I have found that I don’t enjoy actively using many of them.

When I wrote my list of things I’m good at, I found I could condense the majority of qualities and skills under the category Leadership. I am a leader. This is a natural quality but I have developed complementary skills such as mediation, negotiation, teaching, organizing, continuous learning, detail orientation, delegation, motivating, problem solving, listening, initiating projects, decision making and many more to better myself in this area. I really do enjoy leading. I have years of practice but also so much resentment. There was a period of time where I didn’t want to lead but was placed in those positions. Now, I’m opening back up and realizing all the possibilities that are available to me. I’m almost ready to start doing my part and influence positive change.

Most of the things I enjoy, I’m good at as well. I enjoy offering guidance or sharing tools that I have learnt and applied to my life. Sharing ideas and beliefs about spirituality. I’m really fascinated by dreams and offer dream interpretation. Storytelling is another fun skill. I link dreams and stories together as they tend to have the same archetypes. I find these practices connect us with our ancestors and all other energies.

I enjoy problem solving and experimenting. If I can DIY it, then I will! Connected to this is a passion to live as healthy as possible. I’ve cleaned up my lifestyle to include nourishing foods, chemical free beauty routine and incorporating a much larger range of motion.

There are many things that I like to do as I’m always actively growing as a person and one day very soon, they will all come together!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge