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


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

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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


30 ?'s for Self Discovery ... 7.9%

This exercise wast sent to me via Pinterest by a great friend of mine.  

I encourage everyone to complete it in full as it will provide you with clarity - a more refined view of who you are as an individual and also pinpoint what it is that you need to improve on personally.  Upon completion, immediately start writing down your goals based on your answers - list at least 5 to 10 things you would like to accomplish by the end of this year.

1. How do I feel at the moment?

2. What do I need more of in my life?  

3. What would make me happy right now?

4. What is going right in my life?

5. What am I grateful for? - List at least 10 things.

6. When did I experience joy this week?

7. List all of my small victories and successes.

8. What's bothering me? - Why?

9. What are my priorities at the moment?

10. What do I love about myself?

11. Who means the world to me and why?

12. If I could share one message with the world, what would it be?

13. What advice would I give to my younger self? (Do I follow this advice now?)

14. What lesson did I learn this week?

15. If I had all the time in the world, what would I want to do first?

16. What's draining my energy? - How can I reduce or cut it out?

17. What does my ideal morning look like?

18. What does my ideal day look like?

19. What makes me come alive? - When was the last time I felt truly alive?

20. What/who inspires me the most? - Why am I drawn to those inspirations?

21. Where does my pain originate? - What would need to happen for me to heal?

22. What are my strengths? - What am I really good at?

23. What is something I've always wanted to do, but was too scared?

24. What is something I would love to learn?

25. What hobbies would I like to try?

26. Where would I want to live in my ideal life?

27. Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years?

28. What can I do to take better care of myself?

29. When have I done something that I thought I couldn't do?

30. At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?

Inspire | Motivate | Encourage


Value ... 7.8%

You don't have to convince anyone to give you a chance.

You don't have to beg for an apology.

You don't have to try to show people what they cannot seem to see.

You don't have to prove that you are worth it all and so much more.

It goes unsaid.

It will speak for itself.

It can be recognized, BUT if it is not appreciated, then it is NOT deserved.

Inspire | Motivate | Encourage


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