As you know, I am pretty active in the online community as it relates to Social Media. For the most part it has been a way to keep in touch with folks I’ve met at various conferences/camps. We share what we’re doing via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and belong to podcasting/videoblogging/new media groups to inform, educate and enlighten one another. The ability to communicate with folks who share my passion for the New Media and understand where I’m coming from has been priceless. Being able to be with folks who ‘get me’ regardless if it’s online or in person for me has been an invaluable part of the New Media journey.
Not only that, but the folks who are on this journey with me happen to be some of the most generous folks you’ll ever meet. Case in point, recently I made a Twitter post in regards to Tropical Storm Erin making it’s way to the Rio Grand Valley and my concern about a property needing care. I was pleasantly surprised to received two offers of help from folks who live in that region. Now mind you these folks aren’t family and one of them I’ve never even met. This reinforced my belief in the kindness and generosity of the online community.
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In my continued quest for time freedom and the fact that I love learning new stuff, I came across the 30 Day Challenge (30DC). Someone mentioned the challenge on the Entrepreneurs At Home group to which I am subscribed. (If you’ve ever had the chance to meet Rhea Perry you’ll know why) Naturally I clicked to see what all the excitement was about.
The whole point of the 30DC (which started on 8/1/07) is to teach folks how to take many of the Web 2.0 tools that are freely available on the web to earn $10. While that may not seem like a lot of dough, it’s the concepts and strategies that you will learn in the 30 day time frame that is the real value.
So what does this have to do with Time Freedom? Well, the way I see it, the strategies and techniques learned should enhance many of the projects I already have in place. Making me more efficient and those projects run more smoothly. Thus more Time Freedom.
Of course only the next
30 days 27 days will tell if that is the case.
While we all have a mental image of what that is for each one of us, for me it’s more about freedom.
Your probably asking yourself, ” Freedom….what does she mean?”
As someone living in America in the 21st century I probably have more freedom than a lot of folks around the world. Yes it’s true I am fortunate to be able to work, live, eat, vacation, drive, shop, etc… whenever and wherever I choose. And it’s great! But that is not what I mean. No, to me “Living the Dream” is more about Time Freedom.
The time to do the things I’m passionate and interested in. The time to pursue new interests while still living fairly well. I’m not drinking my coffee with my pinkie sticking up nor do I drive the latest and greatest car, but what I do have is a relatively easy going lifestyle. Sure, I’d like to get a new car every two years, but the car I have now works great. It’s a trooper and still going strong. Now why would I get rid of something that has given me faithful service all these years? As a matter of fact I’m about to hand over the keys to my son.
But, I digress. To me living the dream involves several things.