The word ‘Freedom’ is like a magnetic force that attracts a fiercely independent and wildly creative person like myself toward it. ‘Planning’ however has the opposite effect. Although I’m capable, I find the mechanics of organising things excruciatingly painful and about as exciting as watching a washing machine go round!
When I saw the words ‘Freedom Plan’ alongside one another, I was pulled by the juxtaposition of these opposing forces. Add a dose of ‘Challenge’ and the lure of some amazing prize, I was lured into signing up for Natalie’s 10 day blog challenge. The timng was perfect as I had just launched my new ‘imperfect’ website. I instinctively knew I’d gain the momentum and motivation I needed to create the freedom lifestyle I aspire to a reality.
With nothing to loose, I embarked on a journey that was both fun and frustrating.
As I approach the finishing line with this last blog, I’m proud of the commitment I’ve made to seeing it through to the end. I’ve found the whole experience extremely rewarding on many levels – the main one being the deep relationship between myself and my business which evolved after doing the blog about managing the cyclic nature of procrastination and overwhelm. I now treat planning and my time like my bestie – freedom and planning now feel like firm friends.
The daily writing practice has reignited my love of crafting words, and proved (again!) that if you regularly apply yourself to something you’ve got a far better chance of finishing it than you would sitting around thinking about it! I’m even planning my time so I finish my book manuscript.
All in all, the challenge helped reaffirm structure as one of my ‘lesser powers,’ confirming my need to embrace the power of planning. I’ve unearthed the half-baked workbook/journal/planner I’ve designed to go with my book, so I’ll be scheduling time to complete that too. Funny how we end up doing stuff for others that actually serves us first.
The most enjoyable blog of all was on day 9 when I travelled to two distinctly contrasting places and felt how each connected to different aspect of who I am, proving how important it is to be in an environment that feeds all parts of the self so we flourish as happy, whole well beings
I feel blessed for the opportunity to be part of this challenge and appreciate the lessons learned so I achieve my freedom lifestyle.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10