Freedom = Security

“Happiness has many roots, but none more important than security”. E.R. Stettinius, Jr.

 Back in the day I used to think that my idea of hell would be a stable job, secure home in the suburbs and sensible rubber boots. I wanted to be free damn it. Now…it seems almost the opposite for I’ve realised that freedom for me must be underpinned by security.

I chopped and changed casual jobs, rental houses and converse sneakers. Often chucking it in and trying something new when I felt restless and uncomfortable. I’ve now realised that instability=anxiety and a nice quiet life ain’t half bad. The years of turbulence (and the money) I could’ve saved if I’d known this earlier.

I’ve been trying casual work, thinking it meant more flexibility and freedom but getting the Job Seeker Allowance and regular work hours has been so much better for my state of mind in these uncertain times.

I really should’ve realised this earlier seeing as I get joy from routine, peace of mind from consistency and my idea of a good night is an episode of “Midsomer Murders” (perfectly predictable) from the couch in my safe cosy flat.

When I got sober, I rediscovered that much of the anxiety I was drinking to avoid was caused by the drinking and the situations it found me in (i.e.: unpredictable ones). I was rebelling against true nature by drinking and therefore punishing myself.

I then discovered the instability was always unhealthy for me so getting my own place and one of those career things was helpful too. Now I’m interested in the freedom that being financially independent would bring. For some, it may look like a whirlwind of travel, for me it may be more like a walk through the woods in my sensible rubber boots! 

Love and light and routines rule! xxx Yvette

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By weavethefuturemagical

Hi guyz! I’m Yvette. I love to write about all things Minimalism, Mindfulness and Melbourne. The woo-woo makes me go woo-hoo! Much love xoxo @ me at


    1. I’ve always thought the best surprise, was a well planned one.

      As Bill, Tim and Graeme would say…..”now it’s time for a walk in The Black Forest”.

      Sensible (rubber) footwear of course.

      Markus 🤓

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  1. Wise words as always Yvette! The routine can offer you freedom, which is I think only something you learn with age.
    Thanks. You the best. Xx

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  2. Good to hear you talking about the past, so much has changed and how well everything is now. Life is so much better now and you worked so hard to get there. Pleased you are enjoying “Midsomer Murders”at night and you enjoy all the books you read. xxx

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