Thanks Liz Strauss for Being Inspiring

Morning Walk Isla Verde

A Tribute to Liz

For quite some time I have been reading and following Liz Straus on twitter and other platforms. Although I have never met Liz in person I consider her an inspiring woman who always brings joy by sharing her experiences online via her many talents.

I first heard of Liz Strauss through Jacqueline Carly and what attracted my attention to Liz where the daily sunrise pictures she shared of the Chicago harbor.

Good morning from the harborhood !!#chicago #sunrise #lizharbor5 ~ Liz Straus

In my case I have been in and out of Chicago airport and driven through Chicago multiple times but never made the time to stop for a day in the windy city. Liz Strauss has been able to make Chicago harbor one of my favorite views of the morning and a place I want to visit.

Like my friend Diane Brogan mentioned in her blog post, Liz captivates us in a way where in every image and message she shares in the mornings get transported to that beautiful sunrise.


I was inspired by Liz to start sharing my view of the Atlantic from the small island of Puerto Rico.

My direct interactions with Liz have been very minimal (since I always consume her content but rarely write back or interact on it).

Reading Diane’s post was a reminder that sometimes we forget to thank people for inspiring us and giving us more reasons to enjoy our lives. As I read Diane’s post and found the news on Liz battling Cancer I could not wait any longer to thank her for sharing and influencing something I enjoy doing on a daily basis.

Reading Diane’s post also made me visit a specific blog post that demonstrates the talent Liz has as a writer. Please take a few minutes and read over this unique piece The Genius that Is You.

To Liz I wish her the best and I can only think of how in the future we might be able to read that Liz is free of cancer and that I will be seeing those images of the Chicago Harbor for decades to come.

P.S. Diane asked if we could share a morning picture or an image of our morning view and tag Liz Strauss on Twitter, Instagram, or Google+.

Since I have been doing this for quite some time I decided to write this post thanking Liz for the inspiration.  Here I share the gallery of some pictures I have taken, edited, and published since the end of summer 2012.


  1. dianebrogan on January 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you Raul for sharing your thoughts and the beauty. I am sure Liz will enjoy this tribute.

    • Raul Colon on January 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      My goal is to thank her for being so inspiring… Thanks again for the reminder!

    • Berni Xiong (shUNG) on January 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Diane! xoxo

  2. Berni Xiong (shUNG) on January 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Gorgeous slide show and beautiful post, Raul. Liz is amazing. I met her in person last year around this time and she was captivating to watch in action and super personable one-on-one. Hopefully you can get to SOBCon this year. I’m trying to go too since it’s in Chicago this year.