Day 3 of the 30 day Blog Challenge.
This is an interesting question for sure. As someone who has run my own business and been self employed for the majority of my career I am relatively clear as to what "Freedom in Business" means to me.
|The first JellyBean catalogue 2003|
|My daughter & I with one of|
the JellyBean Infant Slings
I would quit early in the afternoons to spend time with the kids and then when they were in bed I would go back down to the office and do paperwork, sometimes until the wee hours of the morning. So, yes I had freedom in my day, and could choose when I put my hours in, but I still worked lots of hours.
This worked for me, and continued to work for me over the years, particularly with my career as an advisor for Sun Life. Now that my children are older, they are more independent, but they still need me to drive them places (Taxi Driver Mum) and give them money (Bank Mum), so I still need flexibility in my day. I am very disciplined however, I don't get distracted by laundry that needs doing or other little things that take me away from work. I had (and will have when I go back to work in September) a very organized week that set aside one day a week for paperwork, three days a week for client meetings and one day a week for booking future client meetings. By working hard when I was working I allowed myself the freedom to travel and take days to myself when I felt I needed it.
|A page from the catalogue|
In a nutshell, "freedom in business" to me means, the ability to work when I choose, but to work hard and be successful which in turn allows me the freedom (financial) to take time to travel and enjoy life. This leads to the second part of the question.
What does adventure in life mean to me. Again, a pretty simple question for me as I have spent many hours on this one. Adventure in life is travel, seeing the world, swimming in warm oceans, biking across many landscapes and feeling free as a bird. This is what I love to do, dream
about doing and am working towards being able to do freely (in other words, without having to worry about how I will be able to afford it). So I guess I should win the lottery. Seriously though, I truly believe that to travel the world is an education and I want my children to experience that with me. One day when I am old and grey I would love to say I have been to over 200 countries on this wonderful planet, and still have enough wits about me to remember most of them.
|The kids & I Disney 2007|
|Disney's private island 2007|
Sounds to me like the perfect life and writing this blog is one way to help me define it better and eventually live it. As I sit here in my office writing this post I am imagining myself five years from now sitting on a beach somewhere writing a different post and listening to the sound of my family just waking up for breakfast.
Enjoy the day!