Are you living the dream of our forefathers who fought for our freedom? Maybe freedom meant something very different to them but, for all of us, doesn’t it come down to what it states in the Declaration of Independence – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
My work as a motivational speaker and personal life coach is booming because there are so many people who are not happy with their present circumstances and feel trapped. They are afraid to declare their own independence!
In both your personal and professional life, happiness is about having the freedom to live out your dreams.
I learned this professionally many years ago. I was working for a large corporation and, while I loved my job, I didn’t have the freedom to be with my kids as much as I would have liked nor did I have the opportunity to work with clients the way I wanted to. I wasn’t living my passion. After the death of my son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the diagnosis of my second son with Intellectual Disabilities, I realized that life is too short not to live as fulfilled and joyously in the present moment as possible. What I really wanted to do was to create a business where I could share my experiences, help women and their families and, at the same time, be with my kids. And that’s exactly what I did.
This is the secret of successful entrepreneurs – creating a business that provides freedom as well as profits.
On the personal side, it took a little longer. I felt trapped in a marriage and unsure how to get out. I knew that it would financially devastate me but I also knew that it was not a healthy relationship for any of us. I had “lost myself” and the happy, self-confident person I had once been. So I finally took the scary leap and declared my independence. I work with so many women who are scared and unsure what their future would look like. Is it easy? No. In fact, starting over after a divorce was probably the hardest thing I ever had to do with the exception of coping with the death of my son. But as I sit here today, with five years of perspective, I realize that not only was I worth it, but my kids were worth it. Yup – they are happier because the tension and unhappiness are gone.
Today, my life is filled with an abundance of supportive friends, a new husband and two step children whom I adore and a career that I’m passionate about.
Are you ready to declare your Independence and start living a joyous life?