Living the freedom lifestyle means being able to do what I want in life. It means not having to conform to society’s standards for making money. It means I can live the life I choose to live.
How many people can say that? How many people actually have the guts to try?
We get so caught up and trapped in our lives that we forget to breathe. We forget to stop and “smell the roses.” But not me. I do stop. My husband laughs at me because I always stop to smell the roses, literally.
It’s a practice I began about nine to ten years ago when I realized I was rushing through life and missing out on so much. I was too busy to even stop for a second to smell a beautiful rose. I made a vow to myself that day, to do better, to slow down and enjoy life. And it’s a practice I’ve lived by since.
The last part of my practice is being free to make a living from anywhere in the world. It’s the key for releasing me and hubby from the jail of the corporate world or location dependent work.
I hate being stuck behind a desk, awaiting orders from someone else. I hate working a set amount of hours. I’m the type of person who when given a task, works out the best and most efficient solution for completing it and then gets it done. Because of this I generally can get a “regular” job’s eight to ten-hour workday done in around five hours. Then I’m left sitting there trying to look busy. I get bored.
I hate seeing a beautiful day outside and not being able to go out and enjoy it. I hate giving up my freedom to benefit someone else but get left feeling used because I’ve lost my freedom and I’m under appreciated.
While I’ve spent plenty of time giving up my freedom to someone one else, most of my work life, I’ve been mostly self-employed. It’s a great feeling to set your own hours and determine your own course in life. It’s not always easy but it’s what works for me. I love the freedom. It’s still a lot of work and dedication but it’s so worth it.
But the one thing missing over those years of self-employment and slave work was the freedom to work from anywhere. I’ve always had location dependent companies, such as landscaping. I love plants. I love working with them but I felt trapped. I could never go anywhere because the business demanded all my time.
It’s always been my dream to work from anywhere in the world. I’ve always envisioned sitting on the beach, sipping a drink while working on my laptop. And after the last year of traveling in Europe, I want it even more. And while freelance writing comes with its own set of challenges, the location independent desire will be so worth the effort.
I love food. I love talking about food. And I love writing about food. Food is the core of our world. We need it to survive. We need it to thrive. We need it to live. Everyone gets so caught up in their lives, they forget to stop and enjoy the food. They act like zombies chomping their way through a meal while staring at a computer screen.
But food is so much more. Food is freedom. It’s the right to choose. It’s the right to love yourself. Food is a social experience. It draws people together and makes them smile. Food makes people happy.
I need to share that message. I want people to stop treating food as something they must do and turn it into something they want to do. I want to help people experience the freedom of food. I’m going to translate my passion for food into my freelance writing career and cook my way into unlocking my own personal freedom lifestyle.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2