Ahhh Day 3 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur 30 Blog Challenge!
The topic to write on today is a carry on from yesterday. The question asks:
What's your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?
This one feels more daunting than yesterday! But here goes!
As I sit in my comfy warm office, I look over my diary for the week. The majority of the time slots remain unfilled. These make me smile. They are my blank space to be creative, free, dream and be. The ones that are filled, form chunks of 2 - 4 hours, spread out over a few days a week. Each week is never exactly the same. Sometimes the time chunks are consecutive, others have a few free days between. Some appear in the morning, some appear late in the evening. I schedule appointments and work commitments around my life - NOT my life around my job.
Not that my job is a struggle. It actually brings me great joy. But the type of work I do is people-centred and being flexible in my availability works not only for me, but those I work with as well.
Some appointments are face to face in my home office, some are in other locations that suit the client. Sometimes working on the telephone or via Skype or FaceTime is preferable. Each client's needs differ and can change. Everything about the work is fluid and flexible.
This week looks somewhat busy with extra time chunks set aside for work. I flip the page and the week, and the week following that, are totally blank except for a solitary hour penciled in as a "just in case" appointment. I will be on holiday for the next 2 weeks, but "IF" something comes up, this timeslot is free for me to speak to a client or deal with some work related stuff "IF" I need to. My work is a passion so forgetting about it entirely on my holiday is not an option. I like being available.
Not knowing what will happen in the blank space of my schedule is the adventure. A lazy day reading in bed with hot chocolate and my love is just as miraculous and fun as packing up the car and going for a weekend away looking at landmarks, significant historical sites and enjoying local cuisine, or spending a day chasing rainbows on a mountaintop! The beauty of not knowing what's next is the adventure.
This really is an interesting exercise, exploring your desired life and what it would look like...
Thank you for reading!!! :-)