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Location. I mean, we’re talkin’ about location …

Ah yes, nothing would be finer than to sit in a beachside condo, looking out at either the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. Heck, even a condo near a lake would suit me fine, too.

So the task is around location independence and what it means to me. Rather, what’s my definition of location independence. OK, here goes.

Location independence means that I have a “home base” where I call “home,” yet have the freedom to travel across the country and around the globe to do business. Take trips. Meet friends. Make new friends. It means that I can choose (my choice) to either stay in a particular area for a long, long time … or be OK with bouncing around without having a lot of material possessions.

Location independence means that I am abundantly prosperous in whatever I do, give back to the world in a meaningful way, and receive a lot of joy and pleasure out of doing so.

Yes, it does mean having a laser-like mindset and focusing my brain on the track that fits my life.

My definition isn’t going to be like another person’s because we are all different in some way, shape or form. That’s OK.

At least I have some point from which to start … at least. 🙂

(P.S. — I have to tip my hat to Allen Iverson, who recently retired from the NBA after a lengthy career, as I “riffed off” of one of his classic press conference tangents for this blog entry’s title. He was, in his prime, one hell of a basketball player.)


Taking risks and knowing it’s OK to make mistakes …

As a writer at heart, I have choices on how I use my words. Now being human means that I’m not always having my words and my actions match up. That, to me, is called being in integrity with myself. I also know that I am a recovering perfectionist, almost to the point of obsessive-compulsive about writing.

What does that lead me toward? Analysis by paralysis. Not good.

So today’s question in The Suitcase Entrepreneur’s 30-Day Blog Challenge asks me: “What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?”

First, I let go of my preconceived and pre-programmed life messages that “I gotta work hard,” “I gotta push,” “I gotta struggle” and on and on. Second, I allow myself “inner freedom” to lead me into a place of total trust that this direction I’m heading into is a positive one. Third, I allow myself the right to see, touch, smell and feel the beautiful areas of this planet that I’ve been to before or new places to explore. Fourth, while doing all of these things, I never lose sight of what’s taking place in my business. Fifth, in order for me to have freedom in business and adventure in life, then I need structure. If I do not have structured time in my daily routine, then I’m screwed in more ways than one. (That’s just me, though.) Finally, my definition closes with a phrase I’ve heard a lot in the past number of years in my life. Doing a lot of soul work is a great thing … yet it can uncover some “truths” that one never knew about regarding life. The phrase is “Be gentle with yourself.” In my life, I want a healthy dose of gentleness … balanced with a desire to help others create words, phrases and content that make a difference in this online world.

Whew. That’s a lot.

So, we’ll meet again as Online Writing For You continues to manifest itself into a deeper reality.

The freedom question …

Having freedom to run a business and live a life not tethered to one “brick-and-mortar” place looks and feels a lot like how my own work/life mixture has been over the past few years.

One thing, though, has tripped me up … that lack of feeling free.

So in the spirit of honesty, if I woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything I wanted in my life (changing up the wording a bit for me) — what will I do and who will I be?

I am a human being sharing my own life experiences with others as a writer.

I am focusing on building up my business through helping clients that want clear, concise and solid content writing for their own businesses, whether they are a firmly established organization or a start-up.

I am having a “base” point to call home either in Portland, Oregon, somewhere in South Florida, southern California, or in the Texas Hill Country.

I am firmly putting in place my nonprofit organization “Heartfelt Smiles,” supporting the emotional growth and well-being of adults and children born with craniofacial issues.

I am firmly grasping the question (and continually ask myself), “What do I want to do with my life?” When I ask that question, though, it’s not solely from a 100 percent ego-driven place. It’s from an open-hearted, open-minded spot … yet its end goal is to help me discern what works and what doesn’t work in my online writing business.

Whew. That’s a lot, yet there it is.

Why I am doing the 30-day blog challenge …

Honestly, I wanted to do something that could be a “win-win” for the Universe and myself. When I speak of the Universe, I am talking about people in business, not in business, people who are on their own life journeys. Yet the bottom line is that many people want to write online, and many do a great job of it.

Some people probably could use some help. That’s where I look at Online Writing For You having an upside. I am a writer at heart, and have come to fully accept that part of myself. Much like many people, staying “on point” with my writing can become challenging. A-ha! Therefore, the 30-day blog challenge is challenging me to do this for 30 consecutive days. (And yes, I’ve missed some days already, yet there is hope!)

I want to get solid guidance and inspiration out of this blog challenge, take my writing skills (online writing, copywriting, content writing, etc.), and share with “thought agents” or agents of change. We all are agents of change, and can truly make a tremendous difference in life.

“Where do I start? Who do I trust? Will this work? Am I an idiot for doing this?”

Yes, I’m doing this to answer those (and many other) questions and quell the doubting voice of negativity in my cranium.

Well, let’s get busy writing online and make a difference for you and for me and for all the world to see.

Words, businesses and how they work together …

So everyone is online, doing this and that. It takes a strong, strategic, focused vision in order to make online businesses work.

There are some people in business that totally rock out the social media scene, knowing how to craft a message.

One of the most inspiring people and companies to me is Sir Richard Branson and Virgin. Sir Richard is very active on social media, personally writing (at least I hope so) articles and messages about achieving great things in business and life. Those type of businesses and business people encourage me to keep going, doing my best and taking it one step at a time.

Of course, there are Apple and Amazon and a few others who stand out among the masses.

For me, as a writer, I’m looking for companies that connect with me through their words.

While I’ve mentioned Virgin, Apple and Amazon, I know there are large-scale companies that attempt every day to get my eyes (and yours) on their products and services.

When it comes to writing online, making sure a strong message with a tight focal point is important and key. This is about business, OK. The message, and how it is articulated, is important.