04 Jul 2013 Finding Freedom

FURNISHING HOPE BECCA BY REBECCA VIRTUEAs July 4 approaches, I have been thinking about liberty. Is war the opposite of freedom? Is love the opposite of hate? I believe that apathy is the opposite of love. I am pondering the opposite of autonomy. I challenge myself to make selections that will make me proud.

Owning a bikini from the 2012 Wounded Warrior collection from Becca Swim has been a good choice for me. The tag says, “Your Becca Swim purchase is making a difference in a warrior’s life.” I have only owned suits from Becca for the last eight years since I first tried one on at Everything but Water. Honestly besides my passport, kindle and laptop, my swimsuit might be the most important object in my backpack.

Becca Swimwear committed to support Furnishing Hope with their 2012 swimwear collection as a way to improve the lives of families and help to provide a healing environment. I chose them because they have the best fitting suits but I also feel impressed by the character of their choices.

 

In the movie Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise’s character has chosen to live outside the lines that many take for granted. He tells us:

Look at the people. You tell me which ones are free. Free from debt. Anxiety. Stress. Fear. Failure. Indignity. Betrayal. How many wish that they were born knowing what they know now? Ask yourself how many would do things the same way over again, and how many would live their lives like me.

Can a character like Jack Reacher show us the way to independence? Is Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin’s character on Hawai-five-0) able to lead you to responsibility? McGarrett (in Season 3 Episode 20 “Olelo Pa’a” which means “The Promise”) returns to North Korea to bring home a fallen soldier. He must step outside the lines to do the right thing for his friend and his family.

What will you fight for? When do you color outside the lines? Share your story about where you find freedom. It may be a place near to your backyard or on another continent. Which of your passions have you had to defend? I hope you are proud of your choices or find the courage to start to stand up for what you believe in. We are waiting for you.

 

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Lisa Niver

Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored 96 countries. Niver has established a following through her written and video content, garnering over one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv and Roku. Niver is the founder of a top 100 travel blog, We Said Go Travel, that reaches more than 200,000 annually and is in the top 1/8 of the top 1% of all sites in the United States. In her tri-annual international travel writing competitions, she has published nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans for a project with American Express and Starwood Hotels. Her recent stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and scuba diving in the Solomon Islands for Smithsonian. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and is verified on Twitter. Niver was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize.

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