I have a confession to make.
I’m a junkie for Danielle LaPorte. Her wisdom, how she says it, how she shares it, how she is all heart and how she calls BS.
I had the privilege of seeing her speak live this week. So many nuggets to digest. The theme of the evening was “Choose to Shine”. Danielle’s call to action is that she wants us all knowing, speaking and owning our truth.
Sign me up! However, easier said than done in a world that thrives on conformity, sameness and numbness.
I have been guided by Danielle’s Desire Map process for more than five years now. Setting ‘goals with soul’ as she calls it. Being led by how I want to feel versus pursuing an end game or outcome has changed the game for me.
It was this process that led me to my central core desired feeling of Freedom. It was getting clarity on this that nudged us into selling up and hitting the road to live and travel through Europe with our three kids for a year in 2015. We needed to stretch our wings, bust out of our box and try freedom on for size.
So when Danielle asked in her closing comments the other night :
'What are you choosing to be devoted to?’.....Freedom remains my answer.
So what’s the big deal about freedom? Some would argue a rather generic term, maybe even a bit worn out.
My question for you then is, what does freedom mean to you?
Do you know? Have you spent any time contemplating it?
Do you regularly seek out opportunities to do what makes you feel most free and alive? Feeling good is the whole point right? Right!
Constantly questioning what freedom means to me has taught me that freedom shows up on so many levels. Freedom on a practical basis (time & money), freedom on an emotional level and freedom in my well being (that's another blog).
I have recently come to understand that it is in our financial freedom (which facilitates choices) that we gain time freedom and from there we begin to have emotional freedom. As more people tap into emotional freedom, we begin to heal and I believe that it is in our individual healing that the world can then begin to heal.
My chosen path to making a contribution to that healing and being part of the solution right now is to continue to spark conversations about freedom. To keep questioning, probing and asking you if you have clarity about what freedom means to you. If you’re not clear, I want to help you get clear so that you can start living more alive, more awake and more free.
I host a limited number of Clarity Coaching Calls each week to help you with that digging and clarifying work.
Clarity is always first base. Why?
Because clarity :
Connect with me here if you want to learn more about my Clarity Calls.
To your clarity and to your freedom!
I would love to hear what has you all fired up and juiced about? To use Danielle’s question (currently my fave q) – what are you choosing to be devoted to?
Leave a note in the comments. Your contribution may well inspire someone else. Thank you for making this a conversation! LRx
PS - Dive in here if you want to explore the Desire Map process with Danielle LaPorte to get clear on your Core Desired Feelings,
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This is it! The nudge you need to go get 'that thing' done!
If you have been hanging back waiting for the perfect time, the perfect star alignment, the perfect calm week to make a start…can I tell you something? It ain’t happening! There is no perfect time to start on something that feels scary, makes you feel vulnerable or like you haven’t got it perfectly clear in your head.
If you’ve heard the expression ‘get started before you’re ready’ or ‘ready, fire, aim’, I’m here to tell you it’s the honest white hot truth.
I have been sitting in a somewhat pregnant state over the development of my website for months (more than I care to count if I’m honest). I was super clear that I had wanted it wrapped up at the end of 2016 so that I could sail into my summer break with that sucker done and not chewing up any more bandwidth.
It wasn’t done and it did chew up bandwidth as I berated myself (with zero compassion) for how crap I was for not getting it done, how incompetent I was and that I am simply not worthy of even being in business. I felt far from 'summer holiday awesome' for a good few weeks as I worked through this and came to a place of letting it go.
It was only once I was on the other side of my disappointment, teeth gnashing and frankly my striving over this project that I was able to realise it had it’s own timing for readiness.
So it is with a very grateful heart today that I have my website ready for you.
(Insert Happy dance!!) Make tea or pour a vino and check it out. And thank you! I know that you make choices about how you spend your time.
I’m grateful because this process has continued to teach me that in the striving and forcing, I was getting nowhere.
This process has reminded me that there is a greater plan at play and that when I let go, relax, believe and have a little faith, actually everything is already taken care of. I’m the one that gets in the way and funks stuff up!
I am equally grateful for the clarity this process has given me. The time was clearly required for me to marinate in my message and it took every day of that process to nut that out.
“Helping others identify and find their freedom sweet spot has become my personal crusade.
Because I believe that when we truly feel free, we are able to make a bigger difference in this world.”
My mission as a Freedom Coach is to keep sparking those conversations about freedom and keep providing solutions for those looking to tap into more freedom.
If you are keen to keep this conversation alive, subscribe to my email list here. I am truly so excited to meet you and learn what freedom means to you. I want to know if you get enough of it and if not what are you going to do about it?
Question - how devoted to your freedom are you?
What are you sitting on that needs to see the light of day? I can promise you these three things about making a start even before you feel ready:
Let me know in the comments what you’re going to make a move on this week? I would love to cheer you on!
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To your Freedom,
I have been participating in a very timely ‘experiment’ over the last 10 days called the #DoLessExperiment. The premise of this experiment is to test the theory that in consciously doing less, we create room for more of what is truly important to us and that we can in fact get more of the ‘right stuff’ done in our lives. Yes please to more white space, feeling spacious and being intentional about who with and how I spend my time. Thank you Kate Northrup!
The invitation to participate in this experiment showed up mid January when I was already doing as little as possible. In stark contrast to those in the northern hemisphere who have a short break over Christmas and New Year, we down here in the great southern lands get to coincide our Christmas festivities, New Year celebrations and lengthy summer holiday all at once and I love it like that!
I have been marching to the beat of the school year for 10 years this year and have long maintained that ‘Feb is the new Jan’. I relish every minute of January to take my time over feeling my way into the new year. This year was no exception. Days and weeks spent hanging out with our kids, hosting precious family in our home, many lazy hours on the beach, daytime snoozes, long lasting outdoor candle lit meals, reading and our much longed for annual camping trip.
Weeks of very little going on but being with the people I love most.
That’s my kind of freedom right there! 100% committed to doing nothing for the month of January and proud to say I gave it my red hot best go and nailed it! I had no idea how much I needed to do nothing. Like really nothing. I have wholeheartedly checked out and recalibrated.
I have to confess that the early weeks took some adjusting to as I struggled to let go of a couple of key projects that I had thought would be ‘in the bag’ at the end of 2016. I wrestled with my feelings of inadequacy and failing and even lost some sleep over it.
Somewhere though in the course of those early weeks as I kept calling in the guidance to ‘let it go’, I noticed a new calm. As the early days of January unfurled I found myself feeling a new sense of clarity about 2017 and what my work will be about this year.
Clarity. Devoted. Rise.
These words will guide me this year as I continue to spark conversations about Freedom with you. I am excited about those conversations and about continuing to providing solutions for more of us to live life on our own terms.
It was only in the stillness that I was truly able to feel my way. Man do I crave that ‘stillness time’ now and I am committed to making the time for it every day this year. A wee slice of ‘nothing’ everyday….that’s feeling good to me.
So Happy New Year!
I would love to hear how you recharged and what has come up for you for 2017? Is there something new for you? Have you let something go? Is ‘stillness-time’ something you make happen?
To your quiet-ness, your freedom and always with love,
"What I now know to be true is that the key to creating freedom is accessing choice and the way to create more choices is to have more of the resources that allow choice, namely time and money."