The 4th of July is my favorite day of the year. Every year I trow a two-day party in my hometown (you can get a play-by-play of last year, with recipes, here).

I love the 4th of July because it’s a holiday about having fun, being outside, eating good food, and spending time with friends and family. But I also love the 4th of July for what it represents – declaring freedom from tyranny, oppression, and the “old” way of doing things.

A year ago, celebrating six months since I’d left my job and started my new life, I wrote my own Declaration of Independence to declare to myself all the things I wanted to leave behind from my old life as I continued forging my own path.

my declaration of independence

[You can tweet each line from my Declaration on the original post]

It felt liberating at the time, but honestly I haven’t really looked at it since.

But interestingly, reading it a year later, I can see progress. I may not be 100% free of them yet but I see my defaults changing. The simple act of declaring myself unchained from the limiting beliefs that kept me miserable in my own life has kept me from recreating those shackles in my new one. The power lies in making the statement – and saying it to the world.

The Declaration of Independence didn’t make us free instantaneously. There were years of struggle and war before we were a truly independent nation. But the courage and conviction of declaring ourselves free is what created the change that ultimately led to our freedom and changed the course of history.

It can be the same for you.

Take the time to decide what you want to declare your independence from and share it in the comments below. It has the power to change the course of your life.  By declaring your independence from limiting beliefs they no longer hold you back (tweet it).

Happy 4th of July – I hope you have a fantastic holiday!  Follow me on Instagram to see pics of my small town celebration.