Independence Day 2013

american-flagI normally don’t give much thought to the 4th of July in terms of its significance beyond a passing remembrance. This year, something’s different and I’ve been wondering just what that is.

First, I have proclaimed my independence in a truly significant way. I’ve moved 3000 miles from family to live my life where I will be happiest. And what a difference! I wake every day completely in control of my life, look out the window at the mountains, the water, and the eagles flying above and am grateful I had the strength to make this dream come true.

Thanks to the young people that I’m surrounded by with this move, I’m seeing life in a new way, through the fresh, innocent and wise eyes of children. It’s refreshing and invigorating. They think about our nation’s independence, they revel in fireworks and decorations and watermelon. Things I’d lost the magic of.

This year, as we watch the fireworks, eat far too much food and spend the whole day in the sun, I know I’ll see the day in a new light. I’ll be grateful for those men and women who fought to make this country that now allows me to proclaim my independence and live my life, my way!


About Andrea Cole

Four years ago, I followed my dreams and my heart by quitting my job, selling my home, and moving myself back to Seattle from Washington, DC. I didn't know how things would turn out, but I knew whatever life held in store for me, it was going to be in Seattle. And what a ride it has been! I now help others live their lives through rewarding career and meaningful retirement coaching. My website is
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