Why would anyone take on a challenge to blog for ten days in a row in response to someone else’s blog? Especially when one is on vacation. Isn’t blogging work? Canadian and North American culture have an ingrained belief that work and vacation don’t mix, and that belief has set us all up for a crazy unbalanced lifestyle. I started Teneo Consulting Inc. five years ago with the idea of integrating my work and life so I could stop worrying about work-life balance.
I found freedom in understanding and adopting an integrative approach to work and life. This blog post is in response to Natalie's 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2. She talks about why she started the Freedom Plan and asks why I would want to live the freedom lifestyle. Well I am not about the location independence, I like having a home. My freedom is about integration. When I integrate my work and life in a healthy way, I am more available for those I love. I have more emotional resources to support others and I have energy to share through volunteering my skills and expertise. I can happily blog from my friends’ countertop while on ‘vacation’.
Freedom allows me to be present in all I do and it fuels me. My spirit is resilient and my creativity hangs around like an old friend. My work is not a millstone around my neck that I can’t wait to retire from. The freedom to integrate my work with my life, gives me energy and an outlet for all the skills and expertise that I have acquired through my career. Freedom is in living fully everyday. How would you define freedom?