The Goal Is Freedom

TGIF…. When I first started writing for Ruth Ann’s blog, I do so under the tagline TGIF, Think, Grow, Inspire Fridays. Ruth Ann’s encouragement that there was something in the conversations that we were having that should be shared with others. From the feedback she showed me, it seemed she was right. It was a great gig, all I had to do was put words down on paper, email it with a couple of pictures attached and Ruth Ann would do the rest.  I wrote TGIF for about 6 months before I started my own blog, and the stories still live at Everything Unscripted.

When I started my blog, I didn’t have a purpose or a goal other than keep sharing stories with people.

I have been inspired and challenged to define who and what I am, and what direction I want to head in from here with my blog. It’s not an easy task. I am a visionary who sees the big picture but misses the little steps. I have a world of ideas in my head and lack the discipline to sit and write them out. And as for acting on those ideas? Don’t get me started!

In fact, discipline is a challenge for me in many areas of my life, and then I wonder why I don’t get the results I want. Really, I don’t wonder, I know.

I have many wonderful people in my life who encourage and support me, but ultimately the work is mine alone. Whether it is writing, or going to the gym, or eating the food that will keep me healthy, it is my choices that make the difference.

Which leads me to the real reason for this blog post today.  My word for 2019 is “Freedom”.

I have freedom in how I spend my time, what I eat or drink, the workouts I do or do not complete, the words I write, the clothes I wear, how I spend my money, and so much more. I am blessed, and grateful.

It has also been an eye-opening lesson in how much value I have and continue to put in the validity of other people’s opinions. I look for answers outside of myself, in books, and conversations with others. I haven’t trusted myself to know myself. Maybe this is something that some of you can understand.


So, I am reclaiming TGIF, in a way, by changing the words to mean The Goal Is Freedom. It will be a weekly post about how I am making my way through this maze we call life. Sometimes I might share someone else’s story as well.

I feel freer already!


Author: Michelle

I have filled many roles over my life: daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and Grand Master Bikini Competitor. All of these life experiences have provided me with a wealth of stories to share. Words are my refuge and my strength.

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