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A humble personal blog can start a movement. Take Kash Shaikh's blog, for example. When he started it, he was a business executive traveling around the world. He poured his passion for writing into a travel blog that he dubbed #Besomebody. Not only did people read it?they began sharing tales about their own passions on Twitter, under the #Besomebody hashtag.

Today, Shaikh is the CEO of the #Besomebody movement, headquartered in Austin. His team's mission? To encourage people to pursue what they love, whether they're artists, athletes, or adventurers. Shaikh and his associates go about this in numerous ways, sometimes with gorgeous graffiti murals in locales from Dallas to Amsterdam, and sometimes with epic events. Their weekend-long 2014 conference features inspirational speakers such as an Olympic gold medalist and an ultra runner, both of whom followed their dreams without getting lost in the Nether, the land where nightmares are born.

916 Springdale Rd.
Austin,
TX
US

Although the course itself is reason enough to strap on running shoes, at Cooking Light & Health's Fit Foodie 5K, racers are motivated by finish-line prizes that make medals pale in comparison. The race is kicked off by award-winning actress, author, and host Alison Sweeney, who will also sign copies of her new book Scared Scriptless. The route weaves through picturesque Austin, Texas, where sterling views reward stretched muscles as runners charge across 5-kilometer course. Upon reaching the finishing line, racers head to the Finisher's Village. Here, they can indulge in food tastings, a beer sample, and cooking and fitness demonstrations courtesy of the Love TX Chefs Experience.

4550 Mueller Blvd.
Austin,
TX
US

Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.

1504 East 51st Street
Austin,
TX
US