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Acknowledging Freedom

We are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday this coming weekend. There is something about Fourth of July that has a nostalgic feel for me. I think back to playing night games like kick the can and steal the bacon in our neighborhood. Eating fresh cut watermelon, corn on the cob, baked beans and sitting on the trunk of a car as a child to watch fireworks together. It brings back images of waving flags, sparklers, and red-white-and blue colored banners hanging from street lamp posts. 

The Fourth of July, though, is about more than nostalgia or even patriotic fervor. It is the day we celebrate the sacred concept of freedom (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), for which people have bravely fought and died. We have written books, poems and songs dedicated to freedom. It is a time-honored ideal that gives America its identity. 

So, I find myself pondering this Fourth of July weekend and the concept of freedom that we celebrate and have built our national identity upon. Further, I am asking what it means for us to have our own personal identity and freedom? 

How do we know who we are and learn how to step into that power? 


Pretty much 100% of the people I talk with and the people who become my clients feel like they are bigger than the life they’re living. If you’ve felt that way, just know you’re not alone.


“I’m bigger than my current life!”


That’s the ache. 

What can you do? One of the key questions I used to teach yoga, and it carries over to business and to our daily life is: What’s available to me now…? And now? And now? 


Recognizing that each moment is different, your freedom – your personal freedom – is based in your understanding that no matter how difficult the situation is … YOU have choice. You may not have ALL of the choices, yet you do have choice!


When you become aware of the choices you have and can make in the world, your menu of choices actually expands. Understanding that you have choice is the step that opens the door to seeking additional opportunities.

Take this as a gentle nudge to be bigger, to play bigger, to show up bigger because of the choices you actually DO have in your life. What if you stopped waiting for permission and actually took that step?


What if you decided that YOU were in charge of your life?


Yes! We need other people. 

And people need guidance – that’s where coaching comes in because perspective counts. Take a look at the growth that those whom you admire are engaged in. There is abundance out there waiting for you too. 


Look at the choices and opportunities available to you and believe that there is personal freedom and a path to a bigger life just waiting for you to step into. 

Have a safe holiday and take a moment to honor what this holiday truly means to you and those you love. 

Much love,


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