Financial independence and financial freedom are actually two separate things. You need to be financially independent before you achieve financial freedom.
Financial independence is understanding that your money moves with you throughout your life. It mimics your habits and can give you a step up to your dreams. Its’ power is in the movement you yourself give it. There is always room for serendipity and spontaneity but being mindful of who you are and what you need helps you decide which opportunities to jump at and which to let float by.
Financial freedom is my term for “retirement”. Traditional “retirement” is what you do after many years of slogging away in a job you dislike with the sole goal of getting to a point in time you see yourself as “arriving”. Financial freedom is something to strive for as soon as you realize it’s a thing and then throughout the rest of your life. It is living in a way that brings you happiness, choice and is in tune with the greater good of humanity and the earth.
Every day we wake up, we have arrived. Financial independence reflects our own independence and it is the tool we can use for freedom of choice.
artwork provided by the courtesy of Sahara Whittaker