camping in iowa sitting on a dock with my two cattle dogs

The 'Freedom' Part of Western Freedom

I don't think people realize the freedom they have with their life. 

Let me start by telling you why I decided to name my business Western Freedom. I've worked my butt off since I was 12. Bought my own house when I was 20. Managed an entire business by the time I was 19. Although I felt successful, I was burnt out and exhausted. 

Upon moving out west I told myself I wouldn't run myself into the ground like that anymore. I wanted to be my own boss, work at my own pace. 

When Western Freedom was born, I told myself I would enjoy the freedom of a new environment, a new method of making money, and a new adventure. 

I moved out west from the east coast: "Western". Allowing myself to create a new life: "Freedom". 

I want to touch on how it's very easy to feel trapped in your life. It's very easy to think that where you're at right now is all you have and all you ever will be.  I do love my hometown and I LOVED my job (it was heartbreaking to leave). But how will you grow if you stay in the space that you're comfortable? I wanted to leave and explore for years, but I felt that my job and my family and my house held me there. 

And I cried. I came home from work and cried at how much I missed my old job. I miss my family and my friends. But on the plus side, I have done some of the most amazing hikes of my life. I adopted another dog! I've been in over 25 states the last two years. I've met a lot of people who have made a meaningful impact on my life. There were always positives to outweigh negatives.

There was a specific weekend that I vividly remember feeling of freedom. Darren and I were driving back to Nevada from New York. One morning, I wake up on a foggy lake in Iowa. The following morning, I wake up on a mountain in Wyoming. I unzip the tent and all I have to be responsible for is what trail path we are going to take for our morning walk. In my old life, I would NEVER think I'd be able to drive 3,000 miles and camp all across the United States. 

Bottom line is, it will be hard. It will be very hard to leave where you're comfortable and have things to fall back on. If you read this far, I hope it inspires you to take a leap in your life. Life it short, camp in the mountains in Wyoming. :)


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