Love And Thanks To My On-Line Community

  • This week I posted a blog about the great community where we live in northwestern Montana.  However, living in remote community, working from my home and having a husband that travels every other week, my on-line community is extra important to me.

    It’s my on-line community, usually through Twitter, that I turn to when I have a question, want to share exciting news or just want to chat with a friend. You’re there at 2am when I’m not ready to sleep. You’re there when I’m stuck on my blog and can’t make WordPress work right. You’re there to make me laugh and you’re there when I need a hug. :)

    Earth boy - AfricaConnecting with friends around the globe creates a sense of oneness that didn’t exist even a mere ten years ago. What once seemed half a world away, somehow seems closer now when I’m chatting with Vishaal in Anegada, Dr. Mani in India, Iconic88 in Australia or one of the many other global friends anytime, 24/7.

    Our peeps have become our family. Most of my Twitter followers know more about me than my siblings do- because you’re there every step of the day, following what’s going on. You know when I’m ecstatic because I interviewed Sir Richard Branson, or when I’m uninspired by CitiBank for a 226% increase in my credit card interest rate. You follow the ups and the downs in my life as I follow yours- and you care! To me, that IS faHeartmily!

    Many say that the community online isn’t “real”. They obviously haven’t met mine. I’ve found mentors, protégées and business partners all online, as well as created deep and lasting friendships. I even met the love of my life, my husband @globalpilot, online. ☺

    I think what I love most about our online community is that especially in this mode of connectivity, everyone is equal. I don’t look at the stats of “who you are”, “how many people follow you” or “how much can you help me”, I’m just looking to connect with real people- good people with hearts that they’re willing to open and lives that they’re willing to share. That’s all it takes and I’ll follow you anytime.

    All I ask is that you interact with me. Be real. Be authentically you. For no one can be YOU quite like you can. You have something very special to share and the party just wouldn’t be the same without you.

    Turkey dinnerThis Thanksgiving, I’m setting my virtual table right now, and I’m cordially inviting you to join me for Thanksgiving dinner. As I gaze at your avatars, it’s almost like looking across the table and saying, “Welcome friends, I’m glad you’re here”.

    Know that during this holiday of gratitude, your friendship, support and love mean the world to me. I don’t take you for granted, not even for a moment.

    My sincere thanks to you for allowing me to share a small part of the journey with you. It is with an overflowing heart that I send loving wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my US peeps, and expressions of gratitude to my global family as well.
    With gratitude, love and hugs,

    Gail

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Hebe Taylor
      Hebe Taylor says:

      Thank you Gail – I loved this. I’m so thrilled you got your heart’s desire to interview Sir Richard. A wonderful interview.
      For me, being English, it was especially gratifying that Sir Richard is English. I love all your luminaries – it was just nice for a change to hear an English voice. I learn so much from you and your amazing spirit, as well as the luminaries. Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving dinner with all of us.
      Love and hugs, Hebe.

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