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Why Launch Out Is More About Community Than Anything

In my last post, I talked about the 5 Reasons Why You Should go to Conferences and the ways attending can improve your life. Little did I know that the most unconference conference, Launch Out, would be much more about community than a conference. This past weekend we traveled to Atlanta GA to attend our second Launch Out conference. Having attended last year’s Launch Out in Nashville, I thought I knew what to expect. I went into the conference knowing there would be hugs, great stories from some incredible speakers and even possibly some tears. Knowing all that still did not prepare me for the community that awaited. Unlike most conferences, including last year’s, this time, I felt I knew many of the attendees. Rather than hiding wanting to curl up in the fetal position I decided to embrace the crazy. Instead of going as an attendee to absorb everyone else’s dreams. This time, I had applied to be a speaker. Why not join the Dreamers and share my thoughts right? After some discussion with the organizers, they felt a panel would best fit my topic of interest. Initially, I was a bit put off. I applied to speak! Not share the spotlight with others, I thought. Powers greater than me and a message bigger than anything I could prepare was in the works if I would just listen. I don’t care why you go, just meet me on the mountain. Click To Tweet After sharing and hearing from many other great speakers, it was […]

Baltimore Riots: Streets on Fire, We are the Water

Normally I would not write about events like what is happening with the Baltimore riots. Then again nothing is really normal when you see your nation crumble. It has become a common call out to the National Guard. Just this week the request is being made in my own city. I look back and wonder how things have gotten this bad. Since when is looting and violence the answer in a once just world? The media has done it’s best to make this a black on white phenomenon.  Yet when you look close it really never was.  Sure there are black lives that have been lost. Yes those lives do matter. But the enemy is not who it appears. Business and homeowners no longer feel safe. Guns and ammo have flown off the shelves. All in preparation for the New World Order. Curfews imposed, surveillance increased.  America once stood as the home of the brave has been brought to her knees. A country founded on faith and freedom has been silenced. Morals and values have stepped aside for debauchery and sin. Sex, drugs, violence and crime have become so common, they are no longer breaking news. We drive the nails into the cross as well as our own coffins as we turn a blind eye. Instead of standing up for what is right and good. Many would rather hide behind locked doors in their own neighborhoods. Whether it’s the Baltimore riots,  or Ferguson, or your own town. Evil has risen and leveraged itself against us. We cannot […]

The Age of Adaline Movie Review

Lionsgate Entertainment production The Age of Adaline movie hits select theaters on April 24th. The Age of Adaline tells the story of a young woman by the name of Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) who miraculously remained 29 years old for almost eight decades. Until a chance encounter with her past threatens to uncover her secret. She falls for philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman). When visiting his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) one weekend her secret is almost exposed. This leaves Adaline to make a decision that will change her life forever. Many women joke around about being 29 again when their birthday rolls around year after year. Adaline however experiences it over and over again as she stays 29 for several decades. The movie, albeit a little far-fetched in concept remained entertaining if for nothing else but Blake Lively’s performance. There were a couple of scenes that tugged at your emotions (no spoiler alerts here sorry). It does have a PG-13 rating for a couple of suggestive comments and a violent car crash. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. – E.E. Cummings Click To Tweet The movie starts with Adaline Marie Bowman being ‘born at 12:01 a.m. on January 1st, 1908. She led a normal life until the age of twenty-nine, when something highly unusual occurred… Something almost magical.‘ Through a chain of events she at the age of 29, remains that age for years to come. The viewer is then taken on a historical journey through the decades as Adaline. In order to keep her […]