Why did I start this blog called FreedomPowerJoy? Do you want more Freedom? Do you want more Power? Do you want more Joy? Who doesn’t, you might ask?
Well, based on their actions, many people are more interested in security and stability–even when it comes at the expense of their freedom, their power, and their joy.
Is that too high of a price to pay for security and stability? It is for me, especially when it seems to me that what pass for security and stability are really neither of these.
From 1998 to 2002 I had a great run as a freelance writer. My kids were very young and I wanted to establish a meaningful career. I leveraged my skills, talents and the opportunities I could find and I built a small business for myself.
I had never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I considered being a writer an artistic endeavor, so I viewed myself more in that light, especially since what I love to write most is poetry.
But in order to make money writing I had to approach it with some business savvy. It helped me immensely that one of the publications I wrote for early on was a regional business newspaper, the now defunct Finger Lakes Business Almanac.
The publisher and editor became a great mentor of mine. He gave me sage advise, plenty of encouragement, and lots of opportunity to write bigger and better articles for him. He also helped me figure out how to sell more of my work elsewhere.
In 2002 my husband died, The Almanac closed its doors, and one of my other major markets for my writing changed their focus and their editor. I was in no position to rally and move forward in spite of this. It was too much loss and my resources were already spread too thin. I had to regroup.
My choice to go into financial services seemed logical, and was working out fairly well until the fall of 2007 when the world economy collapsed. Everyone around me was reeling, I was among the hordes of displaced workers. My children were teenagers and I had to focus on helping them through their hurdles. I hunkered down into whatever job I could find and scrambled to work through some overwhelming issues within my family.
In that process, I developed a different mindset. I started looking at what made me tick and how to work with myself on a more real basis. I came across a remarkable opportunity that took me to China, and then that job ended. After being unemployed for a year looking for the “right” job, I realized, there wasn’t one out there for me. I have to make my own “right” experience.
I realized it is not what I do, but how I do it. I realized I am more free than I know, more powerful than I realize and I can claim joy any and every minute of the day that I choose to do so.
Would you care to join me?