July Fourth .. Live the Life Of Your Choice


Cupcakes july 4 2011 As we take a deep breath, blow out the candles and take the last bite of 235th birthday cake of the United States, I hope you are inspired, and at the same time, just a little humbled. 

Note: Lemon blueberry cupcake with lemon sorbet .. so good, if I do say so myself!

Looking back on my day, I had an ah ha moment. New media, old media, offline and online were integrated seamless in creating the tapestry of inspiration for my July 4th, 2011.

My morning began with a tweet from Max Gladwell which presented an unexpected insight about the men who founded America. They were the brave ones who lived the life of their dreams so others could live theirs. Max Gladwell July 4 2011
The Peachtree Road Race is a much loved tradition in my adopted city of Atlanta. This year 60 thousand people ran down Peachtree Street to Piedmont park to show the world, and themselves, that they could. It's an unusual race that combines competition with companionship. 

Peach tree road race t-shirt 2011
My girlfriends proudly modeled their coveted T-shirts at our, most definitely, offline BBQ!  Not only were Paula, Bobbi and Lynn inspirations but our hostess, Hillary was as well. Hillary's love of family and friends showed as she opened her home for our fun celebration.  Hillary Kirstin July 4th 2011

 Hillary and her niece Kirstin



Checking into Facebook at the end of my day, I was greeted by a status up from Bonnie Simon (bragging rights .. Bonnie is a Gf author on my new community All The Single Girlfriends). 

Bonnie Simon _July 4 2011

I seemed to come full circle from Max's tweet to Bonnie's post. Dreams change .. life throws us curve balls; but the opportunity to travel your own road is yours if you are brave to take the risk.

Then as I was wistfully (how often do you get to use the word wistfully?) watching the (Boston) Pops on the (Charles River) Esplanade, wishing I was back in Boston, Carrie Underwood sang There's A Place For Us . 

 From traditional media (TV) to Shazam (mobile/iPhone app) to online (YouTube) the words from this song were an explanation point! in my Fourth or July travels. 

We can be the kings and queens of anything if we believe.
It’s written in the stars that shine above,
A world where you and I belong, where faith and love will keep us strong,
Exactly who we are is just enough,


To paraphrase Bonnie ..  Let's celebrate the opportunity to live the lives of our own choosing .. for me that includes many ways to connect with friends, colleauges and our community. I find it amazing that with a click I can be Skyping with friends in India or tweeting with cousins in Virgina or Facebook-ing with clients across town. (Notice how social media platforms turn into verbs?)

What about you? What inspires you to live the life of your dreams?


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Lemon blueberry cupcake with lemon sorbet sounds divine. My daughter Christina, at whose house we celebrated our Fourth this year, had a traditional trifle for dessert. I fleetingly thought about the wisdom of such a traditional British 'sweet', but the red, white and blue she had concocted was 100% American!

Posted by: Lya Sorano on Jul 5, 2011 12:35:06 PM

Great post and loved reading it. Social media helps us to connect with friends and also with our clients and doing our business in a better way makes me feel so happy.

Posted by: Virtual Business Assistant on Jul 6, 2011 12:23:20 AM

Nice article. It feels good to share our experience & memories with everyone & others also comes to know something from that person's experience. In this way, we get touch with one another by sharing & discussing our thoughts. Thanks for this.

Posted by: Van Hire Manchester on Jul 6, 2011 3:51:59 AM

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