At some point (probably many) while I’m leading a tour with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta (now launching in a bigger way as Amazing Atlanta Tours), you may see me smiling broadly while rambling down the Beltline, through eclectic neighborhoods, or past the ever-growing bounty of murals I love so much. That’s because two words keep ringing in my ears— dream job.
As a Happiness Officer with this local, woman-owned company, I get to ride bikes, rave and inform about Atlanta past and present, and learn from wonderful people from all over the world, such as this weekend’s guests (pictured). Now living in the USA, they are from China and shared provocative insights into what we experienced together, from the ability to paint art freely and the availability of public fruit, to the surprising link between life and death in Oakland Cemetery. What could be a better way to spend an afternoon?
Well, there’s this — I even get to use my core competency of writing to aid this growing enterprise in its communications efforts and tour development. Lately, I’ve been interviewing the astounding artists for the stunning Off the Wall series of new public murals that is the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee’s legacy project. The walking tour of these murals kicks off this weekend with a private event related to the Big Game, and the bike tours are not far behind (plus there are additional ways to kick back in comfort while taking it all in). We’re also in development on a tour that will showcase the wide range of innovative sustainability accomplishments underscoring the City of Atlanta’s global leadership position as a member of 100 Resilient Cities. Stay tuned for more on that. We’re thinking an Earth Day launch!
In the quiet of Monday morning now as I sip my coffee and write this post, there are actually three words that I hear over and over again, and if you read my book, you know them.
And so I do.