Business Location Independence

Business Location Independence

Business Location Independence

Imagine being able to take a month-long holiday and have Business Location Independence ! For me, this would be a dream come true.

Where would I go? What would I like to do there? How would I structure my days and nights?

I would choose somewhere warm, sunny and next to water but with great walks and places to explore.

I would wake as the sun rises, and greet the day with a walk, run or meditation next to the water. This puts me into the attitude of gratitude, and helps me to think clearly about the day ahead. After my breakfast I would plan my 3 most important business tasks for the day, and complete them in the morning, which would leave the rest of the day free to explore…  If I had planned a whole day excursion, I could plan to complete my business tasks the following morning. Perhaps I would write a blog post about my adventure of the day.

Perhaps I would be meeting someone connected to my field of work, to exchange ideas and to collaborate. Perhaps I would spend a few hours sitting next to the water, writing part of my book. Perhaps I had planned to attend a seminar or workshop, and I would then spend time reading and studying the course material and attending the relevant functions.

What if I, myself, had been invited to host or present part or all of a Workshop or Seminar?

What an amazing prospect!

I would make sure I had plenty of time before the event to be well prepared, so that during the event I could meet and mingle with like-minded friends, and enjoy the location and its offerings. After the event, I could take time out to explore, to relax and to reflect on the experiences I had enjoyed. I could start to plan the next adventure, my next workshop, my next online course or webinar.

As I start to think of all these possibilities, my horizon expands, and I feel a sense of Joy and Freedom. Location Independence may seem like a dream for my business now – with concerted effort this could become my new reality!

If you were able to envision this lifestyle for yourself, what would you choose to do?

 

 

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Productive and Efficient Daily Success Plan

Productive and Efficient Daily Success Plan brings Freedom

Productive and Efficient Daily Success Plan brings Freedom

If I utilised a Daily Success Plan for my Freedom Plan Business, my perfect day would be productive and efficient.  Today’s Blog Challenge invites me to describe what I would do, when I would do it and how I would feel once I had completed my daily plan.

Natalie Sisson’s 3 guidelines are a great starting point.

  • Our work space needs to be clear and uncluttered. Ideally, in our own home office area, with no distractions from well-meaning friends or family members who may not realise we are actually working!
  • Then, we need to set the 3 most important actions for the day.
  • We work most efficiently when we have a deadline, so the Pomodoro Method (working in 25 minute intervals) is a very effective method to keep on track and working to the assigned task – no distractions!

My home study is peaceful, and I aim to keep the tiny desk free of clutter. To do so, and to remain productive and efficient, I need to keep papers to a minimum.  One of my daily success plan tasks is to pay bills as they come in, and file the paperwork immediately.  I do admit to having piles of ‘things to do’ that I am working on…. Writing and filing notes from meetings I attend, keeping my Professional Development folder current etc.

I receive a fair amount of correspondence via email, concerning initiatives I am involved in. I don’t always answer each on the day I receive them as some require contemplation before response.

I am pondering how to advance my business, and have been consulting with coaches and participating in online courses / workshops – like this blogging challenge!

I can easily list 3 of my top current important actions for my daily success plan:

  1. Work on revising my website and eBook
  2. Write my blog
  3. Pay any due invoices, correspondence, filing

I would focus on the first one early in the morning, before my ‘other work’, and then complete the rest in the evening ‘after hours’. To hold myself accountable, I could tick off the activities in my diary, or I could go so far as to draw up a planner to keep track of the activities.

I already feel energised and enthusiastic, having used the Pomodoro timing segmsnts

to write this blog. This has been a most productive and efficient use of my Saturday morning,

How do you hold yourself accountable – I would love you to share!

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The Importance of Freedom

 

Why Freedom is Important

All Forms of Freedom are Important

WHY is Freedom important to me? I am so fortunate to live in a country where I have many forms of Freedom which I have come to take for granted. I have the Freedom to live where I like – I choose to live in a house in a beach side suburb, in a medium sized city. This location fills me with joy. I can walk or run along the beach, or along the estuary paths nearby, or through the extensive park lands. My home itself is a sanctuary. I have the Freedom to decorate and furnish it the way I choose, to express my personality and provide me with comfort.

I have the Freedom to think the way I do, and to express myself how I choose to. This could be through spoken words, writing, singing or silent pondering. I can dress according to the seasons, and have the Freedom to buy or make my own clothes in styles that are pleasing to me. I also have the Freedom to express myself through my actions – tending my own garden paradise, spending time with family and friends, interacting with those who make up the communities and networks that I am part of.

I have the Freedom to be Me.

In order to fully embrace my WHY, I realise that I also yearn for the Freedom to generate a means of sustaining myself and my lifestyle so that I can expand my Freedom – to travel to visit friends, family and places of interest; not to worry about having to ask an employer whether I may take leave from work. I want the Freedom to offer my WHY out to the wide world, unfettered by borders and constraints that I feel impose upon my Freedom to do so.

Have you had any thoughts recently on Freedom, and why it is important to you?

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Challenges I am Facing Right Now

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Facing challenges right now

 

Challenges I am facing right now have lead me to participate in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Blog Challenge. I love blogging. I have realised that creative writing is one of my passions. I have been out of sorts recently, and I believe this challenge will help me to find my rhythm and reason again.

Day One Challenge is to name 2-3 of my biggest challenges that I am facing right now, why they are coming up for me, and any possible solutions I could identify.

Immediately I name my ‘Broken Wing’, the fracture I sustained to my left shoulder joint. Physically, every action is taking longer as I am slowly regaining function of my left arm. I tire more easily, and find my length of mental focus is also affected. I don’t feel quite so ‘driven’ as I did before my fall. I am truly grateful for the space the recovery time has given me – time to reflect on the path I was walking, and how I might want to change course. I see this as the perfect time to reassess my priorities and vision regarding my HeartFire Therapy Practice and my spiritual orientation.

To this end, I am focusing on regaining whole body health – eating well, exercising, resting, meditating and loving myself.

My second most pressing challenge is feeling overwhelmed by all the business models and business tools ‘out there’. In the past I have spent thousands of dollars and thousands of hours completing online courses on all sorts of topics that interested me, in the hope of finding the elusive one that would bring me closer to my dream of being self-employed and financially independent. While I have learnt heaps of interesting stuff, I struggle to bring it all together cohesively.

In the course of my research into the solution to my overwhelm, I have learnt that I need to ask for help, that there is no shame in acknowledging that I am floundering. I have consulted with a number of different coaches, and am learning to accept jewels of wisdom where I find them.  So many styles of coaching, so many personality types. I realise that I need to find a Tribe where I am accepted and Celebrated, where I can flourish and share my talents and gifts.  I am unique, I create my own style.

My third most pressing challenge is prioritising my time. I am so easily distracted by the chores and daily habits that I have created. It is true that living alone creates a certain freedom from ‘have-to-do activities’, yet I am the one who is responsible for keeping my home the Sanctuary I love to live in.  I love gardening, pottering at home, writing, reading, craft work……. I lose track of time, and often put grunty things off in favour of doing easier more enjoyable activities.

Why this challenge comes up for me now, is to bring me to a point of focus. How serious am I really about shining my light, about taking my gifts and talents to those who would receive them? How serious am I really about my HeartFire Business? What is truly holding me back? What would it take to create and hold my Focus?

I am working on this one, planning my next steps.

What challenges are you facing now – and would you be prepared to share them?

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The Wounded Healer

 

Challenges and Blessings and time to make some changes

Challenges and Blessings – time to make some changes

 

Yes, I know – it’s been a while since I wrote. Life has brought me challenges and many Blessings too. Rewind to the end of January when I was un-partnered and suddenly single. The Wounded Healer now has the perfect opportunity to take stock of her life, to make some long overdue changes.

The first life changing event was the decision to downsize and to move into a home that better suited my needs. A fresh start with no stagnant energy lingering in any corners. I had previously strongly resisted this idea, as I felt so attached to all my efforts that had created the tranquil space and beautiful garden. This time it was so different. I felt ready to find a space that was uniquely ‘me’, and would provide the perfect space for my Acupuncture Treatment Room / Sanctuary.

That decision turned out to be the easiest first step – the selling part took much longer. My determination to follow through was tested time and again. Months of weekly Open Homes followed and at times I felt so despondent that I was ready to quit. Somehow, I knew deep down that my new Home was waiting, and that I was to trust that all was indeed well.

And so it was. At the end of June my house finally sold, and on a most auspicious day in July I was declared the owner of my new home. It is perfect for me. Smaller yet spacious, with an established garden and a Sanctuary for my work. My happiness knows no bounds!

Then life became even more interesting. Three weeks after moving in, I fell while out running along the beach track. I remember walking home pleading with the Universe that nothing was broken! I had shattered my left shoulder joint, which required a bone graft, pinning and plating. Hmm. I did NOT see that coming.

In the weeks since then I have had time to reflect on so many areas of my life. Isn’t it amazing how such an event can bring us to reflect on what is meaningful, what serves us, and where we wish to focus our energy?

I feel a deep joy sitting here writing at my computer. It has been too long. I have much to share, and I realise that sharing is one of my passions. I am going to follow my passion more often. I hope you will join me.

How will you share your passion with your world? I would love you to share with me!

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Keeping Faith In The Midst Of Chaos

Keeping Faith In The Midst Of Chaos

Keeping Faith In The Midst Of Chaos

 

Will this time of uncertainty ever end? How can I keep Faith in the midst of Chaos?

The onset seemed insidious. Not like the proverbial bolt of lightning from the heavens. Looking back, I can recognise sign posts that all was not as it seemed. I didn’t recognise them as the indicators that life as I knew it was in the process of being realigned.

Not that I believed I was out of alignment. Hmm. Funny how we can be so steadfast, so intent on making what we believe our reality.

All is not lost, and I feel much more has been found, in this process.

My life-long quest has been to serve as a Healer, a Light-Energy Worker. Since being physically reunited with my Spiritual Family, The Emissaries of Divine Light, through contact with Riverdell Spiritual Centre in Gawler SA, I have found my true North. The joy and comfort of homecoming is indescribable. And always, there is more……..

Over the following months events transpired to remove me from a very toxic work environment, and I started to meet and mix with some beautiful and interesting people more in line with my own views and aspirations. I also travelled to Riverdell twice to participate in residential seminars. My world, both Inner and outer, were being shaped and transformed. I welcomed this process with my whole heart and being.

When we become realigned inside, it reflects in all we say and do, and our outer world moves to mirror our inner world. The old must fall away, die, in order for the new to be born, to come fully into being. Much of my ‘old world’ started dying.

My partner un-partnered me. He could not relate to my dedication to my Inner Spirit, my Spiritual Family and my quest to live in my authentic power. While I initially felt bereft, I know now that he has released me in the kindest possible way to further my quest.

I started to review all aspects of my life, with the help of an Intuitive Coach. Yes! I finally realised and accepted that I needed help, and asked for it. I have been so self-sufficient out of necessity and early programming, I had forgotten how to ask for, and receive help.

I have wept tears of joy and relief when I recognised some of the limiting beliefs and patterns that I had embedded into my psyche from a tender age, when I needed those to survive. They no longer serve me. They can ‘die’, to be replaced by the knowledge that I am powerful in my own right, that as a Fragment of Pure Source Energy, I can direct my Life through Love.

I also learned how to release those who have treated me with anything less than Love, or with acts aligned purely to serve their own agendas. Release with Love, with full Blessing, and move forwards with purpose and the knowledge that I am not directed by any other person’s agendas or controls. How liberating!

So, why am I now experiencing my period of chaos?

I am examining my area of ‘work’, wondering why I have struggled to get any lift-off with my healing practice business, physical and internet based. A wise friend offered me such an Insight Jewel – “what if your plans are not on your Path?”

What if?

Which has brought me to embark on re-defining what my Purpose for my business truly is, and how it aligns with my Spiritual Purpose.

This has also prompted the decision to downsize my home, and relocate to a more compact home. I have found it so challenging believing that I have had no control over the physical events required in the process. Why has it taken so long for this beautiful home to attract a family to shelter within its peaceful walls? Is it something I have yet still to do? Have I paid too much attention to detail each open home, wanting / needing prospective buyers to relieve me of my financial burden? Have I lodged too many ‘requirements’ for the sale – right price, right people, right timing (NOW!), right new home to move into.

Last night, a beautiful insight came to me. All Is Well. Relax into the Love of Source Energy. You will recognise ‘right’ as it unfolds. Just as Life declares itself, so does Love, and my Path is unfolding before me.

Can I step out confidently, powered by Love, to greet each moment as it unfolds? For me, that is the only path that leads out of the Chaos of Creation.

How have you kept your Faith during your own Chaos of creation events?

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Fear of Change

Fear of Change stops Transformation

Fear of Change stops Transformation

Fear: painful emotion caused by impending danger or evil, state of alarm

Change: alteration; substitution of one for another, variety

(The Concise Oxford Dictionary)

During the past week I have seen two very different situations that have brought me to consider the Fear of Change, experienced both by others and myself.

In the first instance, I was visiting a person in the community who had engaged in an exercise program to promote balance and lower limb strength – the aim of which is to improve older peoples’ mobility and confidence so that they can safely live in their own homes independently.

Many of the elderly people I visit still live in the family homes where they raised their children, where they have experienced trials, tribulations, triumphs and great joy. The homes in which they have lived full and rich lives. Some are now alone, their partner having died or separated years ago. Their walls are adorned with family portraits and photos spanning generations, and memorabilia precious to them. Some homes are light and airy, others stuffy with curtains drawn. The homes take on the personalities of their owners and occupants.

Community Health workers may be the only external people to enter some homes, especially if the client does not have family living close by or friends who visit regularly. It is both a responsibility, and a privilege, not to be treated lightly.

This particular person lives alone, has multiple medical conditions and no family living in our city. It was clear to me that she was not managing the considerable upkeep of her large family home and her own health and well being, and I had been wondering how to be of best assistance to her, within the scope of my practice.

Her fear of change intervened.

At my most recent appointment she met me at the door, and told me she would not be inviting me inside, as she believed I had criticized her home – the home that her husband built for her and where she had lived all her married life.

She elaborated that she would live in her home for the rest of her life and that no-one would be able to force her out so long as she was coping.

I had not criticized her home. I had agreed with her when she had mentioned that there were mice in her lounge which she could not be rid of. She took my agreement as criticism, and must have then felt fear that I would set some actions in motion that could force her to accept help, or worse, present her with the notion that she would need to consider more manageable living arrangements.

Her Fear of Change caused her to reject beneficial action: the exercise program to help her stay in her own home!

The other circumstance is that of a friend going through a relationship break up. Raw emotions of grief and disbelief, if-only scenarios, wishing it were different. The shared home lovingly transformed over the years has now been sold. The garden is coming into its full summer glory, almost making a mockery of the hours spent visioning and planting. A new house has been bought, and awaits some loving attention. A new future beckons, with new opportunities for joy, for self-expression. Yet still there is the tug, the pulling backwards into what was. “I am scared of change. I want what is familiar”.

The Fear of Change holds us back, yet again.

“The events that transform us are usually not the things we would choose. As someone said, we never want to go through what we need to go through to become what we want to become.” Andrew Matthews – Follow Your Heart.

Reflecting on these two situations I am left pondering where I am allowing the Fear of Change to influence my own decision making. Only by letting go of the shore will my boat have the freedom to sail!

What Fear is holding you back from Change?

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Lessons from Live Love Laugh

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Dayle Hunt is a Life Mechanic and he aims to tune your internal Ferrari to reach peak performance. I attended his inaugural one-man show Live Love Laugh, where he combines personal stories of life lessons with humour and humility.

He maintains that we have six basic Human Needs which need to be fulfilled for us to live a meaningful life. He combined stories and anecdotes to illustrate how we go about meeting our individual needs to have certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, growth and contribution in our lives.

It seemed that one hour was way too short a time to settle in and fully engage with his three personas who occupied the stage in their turn.

Interestingly, for me I guess, my own enjoyment of the evening was marred by the disruptive presence of the young person who sat in the seat behind me. She repeatedly kicked the back of my chair violently, causing the whole row of seats to reverberate, and the man seated in front of me to cast annoyed looks in my direction. Then she explosively crushed her empty plastic cup in my ear. Then she sat with her feet dangling over the back of the empty seat next to me, and proceeded to kick that too.

I had accepted an invitation to Live Love Laugh, and I found myself then pondering whether this young person was actually displaying the effects of NOT having her basic needs met.

  • Certainty. Had her parents explained that they were attending a public performance where she would be required to sit peacefully for an hour during the performance. Had they outlined the expected format of the evening and told her more or less what she could expect to happen? Were there boundaries in place, should she not behave in an acceptable manner? Are her parents consistent with their discipline? How was her need for Certainty met?
  • Variety. If the young person in question was attending a live theatre event, no doubt she has attended many other social outings. School, friends’ parties, family gatherings. Perhaps she was just not enamoured with her current set of circumstances – perhaps she had wanted to be somewhere else, doing something of her own choosing.
  • Significance. Her presence behind me became significant, for all the wrong reasons! I was annoyed, distracted and then heart sore – because I did not want to be frustrated by a child. Her disruptive behaviour made her significant to others that were distracted, and perhaps also to her parents who may have felt annoyed or embarrassed that they needed to ask her to desist. How did her behaviour make her feel significant?
  • Love and Connection. If she had been my own child or grandchild, how could I have strengthened her feeling of being loved and connected? Perhaps I could have invited her to sit in my lap.
  • Growth. Perhaps this was a first ever attendance of a live event for our young person. I am hoping there would be many other opportunities for her to have wonderful experiences – and that she will grow into a sociable and friendly young woman.
  • Contribution. By just being herself, she has contributed to my learning, to my experience. It is up to me to determine the value of the contribution.

I am left pondering the evening. Dayle Hunt and Live Love Laugh will take you to many places. The familiar, the funny, the unexpected, the unexplored corners in your heart. Which brings me to ask:

How have you dealt with the disruptive seat-kicker? Please share your comments with me, so that I can keep learning!

 

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Wanting to Live – Wanting to Die

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Wanting to Live

Quality of Life is often taken for granted.

In the past few weeks I have had cause to stop and reflect on what it means to live, and die, well. Three separate recent instances have given me ample opportunity to ponder both wanting to live and wanting to die.

A younger friend triumphed at her third attempt to take her own life. I had not known her for very long, but in the short while that I did, she touched my life deeply and beautifully. We shared exchanges and experiences during a Spiritual Seminar and I remember looking deeply into her eyes and seeing her pure and beautiful essence looking back at me. I can’t imagine the inner turmoil that took her to the edges of her endurance, such that she could not see any other way out of her personal anguish – leaving her wanting to die.

How sad for those left behind: her husband, her family, her friends and work colleagues. Do they blame themselves for not being able to save her from herself? I hope not. They need love and support to celebrate and remember her beautiful soul and the love she brought during the time she was here with us. She was living life, yet choosing the peace of death for herself.

While working in a rest home, I had the real pleasure of meeting a middle aged man who was terminally ill. He told me of his recent exploits, his ‘bucket list’. He had admitted himself into the facility for palliative care, not in the city where he had lived for many years, as he did not want to burden his friends and acquaintances when he died. His estranged family lived overseas and he was matter of fact that they would not be visiting him. He told me about his spiritual beliefs, and that he was not afraid to die. He set about wanting to live his last days with the same enthusiasm that had brought him a very full and interesting life.

A colleague and I were the first two people to enter his room after he had ‘left’ his body. He was lying head propped on one hand, looking up to the ceiling with the clearest blue eyes. While my colleague went to report his ‘passing’ I had the opportunity to Bless him, thank him for allowing me to share some part of his Journey, and to wish him well on his continued Journey.

He had lived life at full tilt, and if he had any regrets he was philosophical that what had been was laid to rest. He died alone, yet touched the lives of each person who had a part in his final days. He lived fully in his body that was dying.

The third person is still living, yet wanting to die. He is elderly, had been a very fit and healthy husband and father – then suffered a severe stroke which left his body ‘half useless’. He says if the results of the stroke can’t be cured, he wants to die. He sees no way forwards if he can’t do all the things he used to do and has to rely on his wife and son to help him with the most basic life skills.

He is living death. He wakes every morning, hating the fact that he has woken. He goes to sleep at night wishing he would not wake. His family are at a loss – what to do? Why won’t he help himself?

In the end, quality of life seems to be the common thread. No matter what our circumstances are, when we feel nurtured and fulfilled we believe that life is truly worth living.

Do you agree? Please share and comment – I value your thoughts about wanting to live and wanting to die.

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New Thinking – New Experience

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New Thinking brings New Experience

 

Have you recently changed your thinking about something, and noticed how your world opened up? New Thinking results in New Experience.

Last weekend I was one of the many people promoting a service and health based product at our local Mind Body Spirit Festival, which is held every six months at a multi-storied venue in the city. Stalls or cubicles are set up on the first two floors, with talks and workshops taking place on the third floor.

Regulars to the Festival feel a sense of familiarity with the layout and recognise many of the stall holders as they return each time, often to their same ‘space’. For a newcomer, the experience can be totally overwhelming! Imagine how much new thinking is stimulated, which results in new experience.

First, there is the sense of excitement, the hub-bub of sounds – conversation, music, general activity. The visual stimulation is intense. Posters, wall hangings, tables laden with enticing objects, the vibrant clothing and jewellery people are wearing. Your sense of smell is awakened, by the aroma of foods in the food area, fragrances of massage oils, soaps and other products.

So much to see, so many services and products on offer, so many people searching for who knows what? If you came with a particular purpose in mind, it is easy to fulfill your mission and leave feeling satisfied. But what if you had no idea what you were ultimately looking for? A vague sense of wanting something, hoping you would know what it was once it was in front of you.

I met people for whom all of these situations were true.

On the first day I was stationed at our stall, waiting for people to pass by, hoping to interest them in what we had to offer. Many times, these people had a dazed look about them, not wanting to be ‘accosted again’ by a zealous stall holder determined to bend their ear about the “next best thing”. They looked harried, overstimulated, tired, in need of a reassuring hug and a still quiet place to recover their equilibrium. Perhaps new thinking was too active resulting in too many new experiences.

I did not particularly enjoy the hours ‘attached’ to the stall. I did not feel that I created enough opportunities to serve, to offer anything of value to these people who were obviously searching for ‘something’, yet trying to escape from feeling cornered.

Overnight, I realised that my experience would change when my attitude and actions changed. I welcomed new thinking and new experiences. I decided to ‘be the change’, and spent the morning as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. I set out to meet each stall holder, to find out who they were, where they came from, what they were offering, and how I could meet any of their needs with what I was offering.

Guess what? I met so many interesting and lovely people! I handed out small samples as an energy exchange. I practiced the art of receiving too, accepting compliments and any snippets of advice or information. The experience was priceless.

Someone suggested to me that I could host my own stall next time – as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. It is a thought! Meanwhile, I shall keep practicing the technique: New Thinking leads to New Experiences.

If you enjoyed reading this post, and if you have had similar experiences, please share and re-post, especially if re-posting is a new experience for you!

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