Who Are You? ... 8.4%

You may spend your whole life trying to be the opposite of the very thing you dislike ...

... only to realize that is exactly who you have become.

What do you do when your mistakes have far exceeded those that you once spoke down upon?

What does it mean to discover the very person you wanted to shield him/her from has been a version of yourself the entire time?

What happens when you disparage an 'enemy' or group of people time and time again only to see them when you look in the mirror?

It can be a tough lesson and very humbling to say the least.

Every now and then we are able to muster up enough courage to take responsibility for our past and present faults and/or mistakes ... and if we truly knew ourselves the way we claimed to know half of the time in life, then a change would take place - or even damage control.

Sometimes we spend so much of our precious time trying to prove to others who we are or are not - that all the energy and hard work placed into creating our version of 'picture perfect' has a way of becoming our greatest downfall.

Strive to be your best self at every opportunity presented, but always be mindful of your reason(s).

So, who exactly are you trying to be and why.

Inspire | Motivate | Encourage

MG

Euphoria ... 8.3%

Biking ... probably the best part of the entire trip.

Not filming my ride across the Golden Gate Bridge ... undoubtedly the worst part.

I cannot believe I did not even attempt to mount the GoPro on my bag until after crossing over the bridge, but the feeling I had cruising in that crispy weather was unlike any other - maybe that is why I enjoy it so much.

It's the simple moments like the one below that I will never forget.

ALWAYS make time for what makes you happy and cherish each of those moments every single time. 

Inspire | Motivate | Encourage

MG

Taking a Break! ... 8.2%

[ 10:30pm : now playing : 'Yes, I'm Changing' by Tame Impala ]

We all need a break every now and then - away from everything we are used to - the repetition that follows us daily.

I wanted to travel to a new city for my birthday and I had my mind set on Portland, Maine.  It has always been on the list as long as I can remember.  From hiking to ocean views to the nightlife to an excellent variety of food choices - it seemed like the perfect destination for me.  However, the cost of flights to and from were surprisingly high and after weeks of searching for a deal ... a flight to San Francisco, California popped up for $250 RT ... listen, round-trip!  The first vision board I ever created had San Francisco as an end goal I would eventually call my new home.  I guess you could say things worked out exactly how they were supposed to.

So, I immediately booked my flight and Airbnb.

This trip could not have come at a better time.  I needed to clear my head, regroup, and figure out a plan of action upon my return to Atlanta, Georgia - not just for the blog, but for my life in general.

Changes need to be made.
Some changes are already happening. 

Do whatever is necessary to remove stress and worry from your heart and mind because life is indeed too short.

Regardless of what you may have going on in your life - be kind to your heart, body, and mind.

You owe it to yourself.

Inspire | Motivate | Encourage

MG

Sofar Sounds : Atlanta ... 8.1%

My First Experience

This was a well-kept secret from my ears for far too long, but thank you to one of my fellow interviewees, Julie Hanse, from Project Inspire XVI - I found out what SoFar Sounds was doing for the culture of music.

SoFar created a community of secret gigs and intimate concerts across the world - they are live in 370 cities worldwide! 

On Friday, August 25th, Sofar Sounds: Atlanta showcased these 3 artists:

1.     Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart    2.    Lea Herring (Lea-Lea)    3.    Heartland Nomads

Do yourself a favor and give these musicians a quick listen - all three are truly unique in their own respective way.  I had the opportunity to speak with each of them after the show and get a better sense of their personality outside of the limelight.  I was reminded that music continues to unite us despite our various backgrounds and lifestyles through sorrow and/or grief.    

Check out the video below for a small dose of what Sofar Sounds: Atlanta is all about and be sure to share this video across your social media platform if you enjoy what you see. 

Sofar Sounds Social Links
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Inspire | Motivate | Encourage

MG

SHIFT : Innovation & Inclusion Pitch Contest ... 8.0%

On Thursday, August 24th, I attended the 2017 SHIFT Pitch Contest (organized by Surthrive Labs) that took place at the Atlanta Tech Village.  SHIFT aims to bridge the diversity gap in technology and give Atlanta's rising women and minority led start-ups a chance to win resources to assist with the growth and overall scope of their start-up company - to include a free membership at Atlanta Tech Village, 120k Microsoft service package, and more. 

The pitch contest consisted of these 5 start-up finalists - including my Project Inspire XII interviewee, Marissa Swanson, of TOSS, LLC.

I have provided a link to each start-up participant below for any and all inquiring minds!

Vendorspace      |||||      TOSS      |||||      CLTCH      |||||      SeatCheck      |||||      Qoins

The judges of the event were as follows:

Be sure to check out the amazing entrepreneurs above - true examples of taking risks for success - perservering despite the setbacks faced along their journeys - and also advocates of being assets to society!

Congratulations to the Winner : QOINS (left)

Runner-Up : VENDORSPACE (right)

Great job to all of the start-up participants along with a thank you/shout-out to the organizer and host of the event, Justin McLeod, founder of Surthrive.

Inspire | Motivate | Encourage

MG