Fourth of July Weekend: What Do You Choose?

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IMG_5851Snuggling with our loved ones to watch fireworks, stuffing our faces with delicious homemade burgers and roasting marshmallows by the fire pits are just a few of my favorite things to do on the 4th of July!

Another Independence Day has come and gone, and all the fun festivities aside, I’m so extremely proud to be an American. I feel like all my friends and family are even more aware of the importance of freedom this year, probably because of the recent monumental strides our country has made in marriage equality.

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Freedom is something we all live for, and the principle of freedom comes in various categories of our lives. We strive for financial freedom, where we are no longer slaves to money. Imagine how sweet life would be if you never had to worry about money and you work because you want to, not because you have to! We also want religious freedom, where we can choose to worship (or not) without government restriction… and lastly, we chase personal freedom, where we can choose exactly how we want to live our life as long as we’re not harming others.

Freedom is the principle and the way of life that inspired my parents to immigrate to America when I was a kid. My parents were so dedicated to providing a life of choices to me and my sister that they made countless sacrifices and left everything they knew to move to a foreign country and start over. Whether my sister and I turned our American Dream into a reality or not, our parents knew they had to do everything their power to give us the option to start.

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I work hard everyday in my career as a television host and producer because I choose to. I chose to start my own media company, where I can have the freedom to grow my own brand and provide opportunities to others in the field.

Freedom is the opportunity to make choices, and at the end of the day, life is a sum of our choices. Whether we succeed or not, we’ve only got ourselves to hold accountable.

I’ll leave this blog with a powerful quote by T.F. Hodge, “Freedom is realizing that you have a choice.”

If you have the freedom to make anything happen in your life… what would it be?

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