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Roman Holiday: Kansas City

Roman Holiday.

As a child I grew up on black and white films. Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Steward, Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, and Doris Day were all my favorites movie stars. I absolutely loved the comedy, the romance, and the stories. Out of all the stars of that era though, my absolute favorite was of course Audrey Hepburn. I suppose one could say she is a role model.

Summer Twenty Ten I was spending a couple weeks at the Shenandoah Estate (my home in San Diego) and of course made sure I had time to catch up on some of my Audrey films. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was watching “Roman Holiday” and was completely inspired by Audrey’s role. In the film Audrey plays a princess whose time is managed by every but her. One night she comes to the conclusion that she will not allow for this to happen any longer. In the middle of the night Audrey sneaks out of the palace and wanders around a new city. Over the course of the next 24 hours Audrey goes on an adventure of a lifetime as she meets a stranger and tries things she’s done before. She throws caution to the wind and leaves the responsibilities of the day behind.

Naturally, I decided that I too ought to have Roman Holidays. So, every year I take random trips and adventure in a new city.

This April to celebrate my twenty-fifth birthday I took off on my Roman Holiday and went to the beautiful Kansas City.

Here’s a peek of my Holiday.

We arrived in the city at the perfect time. Like Audrey, my girls and I adventured into the heart of the city. We found the Power and Lights district with the most amazing Piano Bars. Of course, being a lover of all things music I was in LOVE.

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The next morning we dined at McCoy’s a lovely little restaurant right outside of the Plaza.

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We were told by the locals to try the best coffee in town from the Broadway Cafe. After strolling around for awhile we finally found it. The locals told no lies when they said it was the best coffee.

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And of course we stopped for a mini photoshoot…

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It’s impossible to take a road trip to Kansas City with out taking a drive down the Plaza and stopping at some of the best shops! Hello Hello H&M, Anthro, and Urban!!

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So there it is. My Roman Holiday. My challenge to you– is to take a break from the day to day. Go on an adventure, try something new, take time to be inspired. We have our wholes lives to work and let our time be managed by other people… so make sure to take some time for yourself and ENJOY your life.

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Resolve to Risk

Airports.

They always get to me. Some type of “deep” revelation always comes when I’m sitting in airports. I suppose it’s all the free time I have to just think, people watch, read, and be alone.

Yesterday as I was flying back to my humble abode in the middle of somewhere [aka Tulsa, Oklahoma] I realized something: I’m a dreamer, I’m a fighter, I chase after life and adventure. Yet lately, I’ve been rolling with proverbial punches. I’ve allowed the ┬áhustle and bustle of life to overwhelm me.

I wake up before dawn to get to work in the morning, grab a quick coffee somewhere around 2:08 pm, at the point, I’ll find a quaint little place to work for the non-profit [Go International.tv for those of you who were wondering!]. Usually around 6:30 or so I decide that it’s time to get some actual substance in my body, so I order take out, and then go back to working away.

I feel as if this the American way. We work and we work hard.

We get in a routine and somewhere along the line, we start rolling with the punches. We start letting circumstances take precedence over our hopes and dreams.

As I was flying home, I realized that I had gotten stuck in a routine and I wasn’t take anymore risks. I wasn’t dreaming and wasn’t fighting for what I wanted anymore. I was letting circumstances determine my life instead of CREATING the life that I’ve dreamt of. I got caught up in the “American way” that I stopped chasing adventure and life. Somewhere in the mix of all this, I became somewhat unsatisfied with life.

The root of my problem: I stopped daring to take risks.

I’m sure if I did some nation-wide study, I’d find that the majority of Americans haven’t been going after life and taking risks. And with that said, I’m sure that we’d find that most people were not enjoying their life to the fullest potential.

So here’s my proposal.
Twenty- Twelve: Let it be the year of taking risks.
Let’s stop going through a routine and walking through life mundanely.
Let’s stop waiting for life to find us- but let’s chase after life & adventure.
Let’s not be held back by fear, our current circumstance, or what society tells us is possible.
Let us be propelled to dream bigger and take chances by the fact that God is faithful to do all that he has promised. The dreams that you have; the ones that you go to bed dreaming about and the ones you just can’t seem to shake no matter what- I believe that those have been woven into us by our Creator. He wants those dreams to come to pass even more than we do. Why? Because people’s destinies are attached to those dreams.

So Twenty-Twelve:
Let it be the year we throw ourselves headlong into the arms of God (Ps. 13) adorning ourselves by putting our hope in God (1 Peter 3.5) and not ourselves or current circumstances.
Let it be the year the we learn to keep calm, not be afraid or loose heart (Is. 7.4).
Let it be the year that we believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that our God can conquer the impossible; standing firm in believing that what He says He will do that He will bring about (Is. 46.11/ Ez. 12.28/ Romans 4.16-24).
Let it be the year that we take a few risks, go on adventures, and stop waiting for life to come, but chase after it.
And lastly, let it be the year we begin to speak LIFE into our heart’s desires.

I leave you with this:
“The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead” (Romans 8.18-21).

Cheers to Twenty- Twelve. The year we all resolve to take a few risks and watch our dreams become reality.

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Take A Risk.

Today: Live with courage- take a risk.

One Republic wrote, “Oh this has got to be the good life, This could really be a good life.” This is the good life. Life is what you make of it. So today, step out, live with courage, and take a risk. Life ought to be an adventure. Our lives are stories waiting to be written, and YOU have the ability to write and shape your story. So what will you do today to write a story of adventure?

No one great ever accomplished anything by being “comfortable”. All the great men and women that we hear about all had something in common: they took a risk. You see, comfortability is poison. Don’t let the fear of being “uncomfortable” paralyze you from living the life you always imagined. We all have dreams and desires inside of us that are a little… intimidating and maybe even nerve wracking to think about stepping towards. Maybe your dream is to move across the world and do international projects, start a business, write a book, or impact the world through music (obviously the list could continue but you get the picture). We think to ourselves “But what if I fail?”. Here’s a proposal- If you fail. Okay. So you failed. You learned a thing or two- and so you pick yourself back up and try again. But here’s a question- What if you don’t fail? What if you succeed?

The world is waiting for people to take risks. To show them how to really live life to the fullest. To inspire them. Will you be the risk taker that they look to?

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