Today we will be celebrating Independence Day here in the United States. The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays because it truly commemorates the idea of freedom and pride in an incredible accomplishment. It is a happy holiday and it warms my heart to think of spending time with my family at the festival, swimming, grilling a delicious meal, and then topping it all off with a beautiful display of fireworks.

What if we all were to have our own “independence day” to celebrate – as in independence from  living someone else’s ideas and expectations for your life?

I vividly remember some of the turning points in my life when I experienced my own independence:  establishing my first home on my own as a young adult, graduating from college, moving to new states, buying my first house, and quitting my j-o-b to become a full-time entrepreneur, to name a few.

Gaining independence is not separating yourself from your loved ones or catching “superwoman/superman syndrome” and thinking you can do it all by yourself. In fact, the meaning of independence is:

  1. The state or quality of being independent;  freedom from dependence;  exemption from reliance on, or control by others;  self-subsistence or maintenance;  direction of one’s own affairs without interference.
  2. Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

Gaining independence requires knowledge, experience, and ability, ingenuity, assertiveness, and a firm understanding that independence is not selfishness, isolation, or arrogance.

What a beautiful feeling it is when you realize that you can decide to design your life and step into your purpose!

When will you celebrate your independence day?