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 my Financial Freedom Friday series, 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 fourteen episodes, and they’ve been viewed over 50,000 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.
The thing is, I have a lot of things I want to share with you. I get inspired a million times a day, and the window behind my desk is covered with sticky notes that act as receptacles for this inspiration. 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.
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 freer? No sir.
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 doesn’t really feel like you?
Life isn’t that long. Our time is precious. Decide how you want to feel and stop doing things that don’t make you feel that way.
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Kate Northrup created financial freedom for herself at the age of twenty-eight through building a team of more than 1,000 wellness entrepreneurs in the network marketing industry. Her philosophy is that if you free yourself financially, you can be fully present to your purpose on the planet. She is also the author of Money: A Love Story, Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want (Hay House, 2013). Kate and her work have been featured on The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, The Huffington Post, Refinery29.com, and in Glamour, Red, Prima Magazine, Soul & Spirit, and more. She continues to mentor entrepreneurs in creating financial freedom. Find out more and take her free quiz to find out what your relationship with money says about you at katenorthrup.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.January 30, 2014