I’ve known of Beth Kempton online for a number of years now. Initially through doing Marie Forleo’s B-School and then following Beth’s blog, Do What You Love. I love that ethos of doing what you love every day and living your best life, so when Beth announced she had written a book about it, I couldn’t wait to buy it. I took advantage of her book launch offer and bought five books, one for myself and the others to gift to friends and family. I also bought the audio version of the book as I’ve recently found that I love listening to books while I’m working.
“Freedom Seeker” isn’t just another self-help book. It truly is a blueprint for living your best life. You won’t be putting this book back on your book shelf once you’ve read it. You will be diving in time and again as continue to work on creating your own personal freedom. We all want to be free and to be truly happy. It’s rarely that easy and often we’re not entirely sure what it is that holds us back. From the burdens of every day modern living, financial worries, life changing events to being trapped by our own fears, beliefs and insecurities. All can be mind numbing and emotionally paralysing when it comes to figuring out how to change any of it. Where do you even start?
Beth’s book is filled with thought provoking powerful challenges and exercises to help you explore what personal freedom means to you and how to achieve it. The book is peppered with inspirational stories of people that have been trapped and found their own personal freedom. It’s a book of courage, bravery and boldness. With moments of profound insight and words of great wisdom around how we can learn to make better choices in order to gain truly happy lives.
For me personally, reading this book has been challenging. I’m hugely blessed in my life and grateful every single day for my husband, family, my work and the community I live in. However, I keep facing the same issues that hold me back. Day after day. I make a little bit of progress and then the same fears and issues come up and hit me again. Working through “Freedom Seeker” has helped me to gain a greater insight into what is holding me back and how to change it. How to be bold and brave in my next steps.
Beth has created a whole community around her book that is both supportive, encouraging and engaging. There’s a website, private Facebook Group as well as in person workshops, as mention.
It was particularly helpful attending Beth’s “Freedom Seeker” in person workshop. Suddenly, I’m not alone in my fears and lack of confidence. Funnily enough, as much as I was glad to be in a good safe environment, with like minded souls and able to share, I was sad that so many of us women had such similar fears holding us back from achieving our goals and living our best lives. Another thing that struck me when I was there, was that I wasn’t the only “older” woman. Often I feel like I’m too old to be feeling so lousy. Too old to have no self-confidence. “For goodness sake Di, get over yourself and figure it out!” Ha! In fact, a good number of women there were my age group. Again, comforting and sad all at the same time.
Clearly this is a common problem and Beth’s book is obviously much needed and will stand the test of time. Her workshop didn’t disappoint. More wisdom. More profound exercises and challenges. More insight into what it truly means to have personal freedom. Attending her workshop awakened in me a long forgotten dream. It also showed me that my desire to help other women, coach and inspire was still another passion I want to pursue. I connected with many of the women there and came home feeling more alive and excited about my life than I have done for a very long time.
On a personal level, it was truly wonderful to meet Beth having “known” her and been in her community for so many years. I loved her kindness, warmth and authenticity. There was nothing pretentious. You sensed her genuine passion to help others achieve their true happiness, to do what they love. Oh and I loved her humility. Her focus to do what she’s clearly been called to do. Hers is, without doubt, a heart and soul business.
I love that Beth is true to her passion. It was refreshing.
As a result of attending that workshop, Steve and I have completely re-branded our business and decided to re-launch to run the business together which was always our original goal and plan over 10yrs ago. Somehow we got lost within our own freelance work and personal brands. It’s made me feel unhappy and unsure about my work for a long time but I’ve been scared about saying anything as, on the face of it, I’m so very grateful and happy to be doing the work I do. It would seem selfish to say otherwise. Anyway, I have now said it and as a result, we have worked on a new 12 month plan for both our personal and business goals.
In conclusion, I cannot say enough about the importance of this book. As Beth says, it may not seem much when someone is denying themselves personal freedom, but collectively, look at what we’re all missing out on. I truly believe we all have unique gifts to share with the world. I believe we all have a calling and part of gaining personal freedom and doing what you love is answering to that calling. And as such, you get to share what you have the world. The world needs that now, more than ever.