I’m a professional freedom seeker. It says so right in my bio. I gave myself that title because that’s the most accurate way to describe the motivation behind almost everything I do in life.
The first time I put out an episode of Financial Freedom Friday I got nervous.
Oh no. Now I have to do this thing every single Friday. What if I don’t want to? What if I get bored? What if I want to take a break? What if I’m not inspired one week?
I heard myself say all those things and put up the first episode, anyway.
I’m glad I did. So far we’ve put out 12 episodes and they’ve been viewed over 37,000 times. Not too shabby.
I’ve gotten numerous emails from people about how much Financial Freedom Fridays have helped them. The episodes have been shared. They’ve supported people in creating freedom.
But here’s the thing: I’ve felt a little trapped by Financial Freedom Friday since the beginning.
It’s the same reason I stopped teaching yoga despite being hired by Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, NY. (They pretty much never hire people to teach after doing only one teacher training. But they hired me. I was honored, to say the least.)
But no matter how much people liked my class or how much I respected the praise I received from Rodney and Colleen, having to show up every Thursday night whether I felt like it or not (which I pretty much never did) was the opposite of freedom.
Is it possible to find freedom in commitment? Absolutely.
Is it possible to find expansion in the regular, daily tasks that we simply have to show up for? You bet your bippy.
But my nature is to seek freedom. And doing the same thing at the same time on the same day every week does not feel like freedom to me.
Which is why there was no Financial Freedom Friday in your inbox at 7am EST today.
It’s not that we didn’t shoot an episode for this week. We did. (And I’m sending it next week.)
It’s that this week, while hanging out with girlfriends in Phoenix and Vancouver, something shifted in me so profoundly that I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.
Suffice it to say, I gave myself permission to seek and find freedom in a way I’ve never done before. (More on this in future posts. Oh, I’ll also be writing a lot more in general, because I miss it. And it makes me feel free.)
It’s not surprising to me that this week I didn’t get Financial Freedom Friday out.
I could make the excuse that I was traveling and I didn’t have time. And I considered just writing a quick note to you to let you know that my schedule didn’t allow for a new episode this week, with links to previous episodes for your viewing pleasure. (Well, what the heck! You can still click HERE to enjoy the 12 previous Financial Freedom Friday episodes.)
But that wouldn’t have been the whole truth. Only part of it.
I was indeed on a bus, a helicopter, and two planes yesterday, traveling from Victoria, BC to Portland, ME. And there was no internet on my flights. It would have been really hard to get the episode up. But I could have done it.
The real truth is that I “forgot” to do this thing I needed to do in order for my editor to be able to complete the Financial Freedom Friday episode — until it was too late. I forgot, and then I was reminded again, for eight days in a row. And I still didn’t do it.
Sometimes procrastination and forgetfulness are simply a lack of inspiration in disguise. (Tweet it!)
I awoke with a start at 1:30am last night, realizing I hadn’t yet cued up Financial Freedom Friday.
“I’ll wake up in the morning first thing and do it tomorrow,” I thought to myself, and drifted off to sleep.
When I woke up this morning I didn’t remember to do it.
I didn’t remember until lunchtime, and then when I finally watched the episode I realized that there was something else I needed to do in order to publish it that simply cannot be done today.
So today there’s no Financial Freedom Friday episode. Instead, there’s this here post about freedom.
Here’s the good news:
- The episode is really good and you’re going to get a lot out of it next Friday.
- This week’s lack of motivation and profound forgetfulness around Financial Freedom Friday have been incredibly instructive for me.
I have no lack of creative spark. It’s just that it’s pulling me in a new direction.
And as much as I love talking about money and will continue to do so, my soul is calling out for freedom. I want to write about it, think about it, talk about it, create it, and feel it.
And my soul is also making me “forget” to do things that don’t make me feel free.
Would it be a great marketing move to keep doing Financial Freedom Fridays? Yep.
Would it sell more books? Absolutely.
Would it be “on brand”? For sure.
Would it feel authentic to who I am and my desire to feel more free? No sir.
So, I’ve got a three more Financial Freedom Friday episodes for you. They’re super valuable and full of actionable content that you can apply to your financial life right away. You’ll begin receiving them again next Friday, and I’ll let you know when you’re receiving the last one. Beyond that, stay tuned for new developments and directions!
I’ve got a new and improved version of The Money Love Course coming your way in mid-November that I’m PUMPED to share with you.
(The 200 people who went through it in the spring blew me away with their incredible results. Thousands of extra dollars earned, thousands saved, and self-value increasing up the wazoo!) You can ensure you’re one of the first to hear about it HERE.
Over the next several months you’ll get more musings like this from me (because I miss writing and sharing them). And you’ll get more Glimpse TV too! (I’ve got episodes in the can with Dr. Lissa Rankin, Josh Pais, and Daphne Oz to name a few!)
And here’s a promise:
I won’t ever continue putting anything out there when it no longer feels fun, energizing, authentic, and/or in alignment, no matter how good of an idea it is for marketing or revenue purposes.
I draw that line in the sand today.
And I invite you to draw your own line in your own sand with me today.
What are you doing that you’re not inspired by anymore?
What are you regularly “forgetting” or procrastinating on?
What or who do you resent showing up for?
What are you doing because you think you should but that doesn’t really feel like you?
Life isn’t that long. Our time is precious. Decide how you want to feel and stop doing the things that don’t make you feel that way.
(Looking for a little more guidance to identify how you want to feel? Grab my friend Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map to help you feel your way.)