May the 4th be with you!

Hey everyone!

How awesome it is that my debut on Medium would be on May the 4th. For Star Wars fans, today is a day of glory. May the 4th be with you!

For those that are not familiar with Star Wars, it’s a pun for a famous Star Wars movie quote: “May the Force be with you”. May the 4th is a special day indeed.

I just love Star Wars. It has to be good luck to start a blog on May the 4th, right? Yes, yes it is good luck. The Force is strong with this blog.

Also Happy early 40th Anniversary to Star Wars (on May 25th).

Anyway, this is my debut blog post. My name is Lauren and today is the day I am launching my Medium blog. My “name” on Medium is LifeLibertyLauren. The reason behind this name is that one of my favorite phrases written in the Declaration of Independence by the American Founders is: “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

If that doesn’t give you chills, then you’re not feeling the words. The Founders understood the power of language and writing. Good writing has words. Excellent writing has life to it, power, emotion, and is timeless.

Back in 1776, these ideas and words were revolutionary. The Founders understood that writing must be rebellious and authentic, otherwise, the words would have been meaningless if they were censoring themselves or watered down. Authentic words are powerful, inspiring, and can change the course of history.

So if you’re looking for a blog that writes and thinks like everyone else… these aren’t the droids you’re looking for…I mean…this isn’t the blog you’re looking for. Asking me to be any other way than myself is like asking the Founding Fathers to have a tax on their tea without representation, or like asking Luke to submit to the dark side in Star Wars. I’ll simply resist.

Life is too short, so always live authentically.

I’m a Rebel. And I’m a Revolutionary.

Life. Liberty. Happiness.

I love this phrase so much that when I previously worked in a jewelry store, in the back of the store there was a box of previously owned rings traded in by customers. As I searched through the box, digging and clinking through the rings, I found my inspiration. In that tiny box was a beautiful sterling silver ring. I had the ring resized and inside the ring, I put a hand stamped engraving that reads: “Life, Liberty, Happiness”. The beauty of a sterling silver ring shined up is absolutely stunning. And with that phrase engraved on the inside, the ring truly shines. And yes, that is the sky perfectly reflected in my silver ring!

My gorgeous sterling silver Life, Liberty & Happiness ring!

So I chose LifeLibertyLauren as as snapshot into my life. Life through my lens. This blog is about life, liberty, and me, Lauren! And of course it’s about happiness!

Life. Liberty. Lauren.

In the world of writing, the pencil/pen/keyboard is my lightsaber.

My first intergalactic journey as a Jedi is to land the writer/editor position at Moment. They are a mobile photography company in Seattle, Washington that makes lenses for smart phone cameras, resulting in stunning pictures. I heard they have many applicants, but just like Han Solo, my adventurous spirit keeps saying to my heart, “Never tell me the odds!”.

C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.
Han Solo: Never tell me the odds!
Reality: Lauren, the possibility of successfully standing out among the other writers and applicants at Moment is approximately 3,720 to 1.
Me: Never tell me the odds!

After all, even Luke Skywalker started off humbly and was one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy ever witnessed.

In the wise words of Obi-Wan, “You cannot escape your destiny.”

To celebrate May the 4th, I ate a piece of this awesome and delicious cake!

I am also launching my new Instagram account today. How exciting!

Join me in my new adventures. It’s going to be fun! Follow me @LifeLibertyLauren on Medium and Instagram.

In the meantime, check out one of my favorite Jimmy Fallon videos to celebrate May the 4th! I’m a big fan of Star Wars, Jimmy Fallon, and yes, I’m a music geek!

May the 4th be with you!

Celebrate May the 4th with this Jimmy Fallon, Roots & Star Wars cast video!
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