The Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
To laugh more and to explore where I live are the 2 resolutions I made for 2014.
In the first half of this year I took 2 acting classes at The Point Loma Actors Theatre: “The 8 Week Acting Intensive Workshop and Showcase” and “The 6 Week Advance Acting Intensive Workshop and Showcase”. My only expectation for myself was to feel less self conscious when on stage in front of an audience. I got more than that. I learned improvisation skills mixed with acting techniques that brought me out of my comfort zone; developed friendships; acted in 2 plays (well…the final class of each workshop was acting in a play or a showcase); had lots of fun and most importantly, lots of laughs!
The latter part of this year I found myself being mindful of exploring where I live. ‘Loving where I live’ developed from the Summer of 2013. That summer I flew to Worcester, MA with my daughter Mackenzie and moved her into Clark University. After she was settled, I took The Amtrak Railways into New York City. I was able to spend time with my older son Geoffrey who resides in Brooklyn and also met my other daughter Caitlyn who had flown in from California.
Caitlyn and I spent 5 adventurous days immersing ourselves as tourists in this frenzied city. Home base was a rented room in East Village found on http://www.Airbnb.com. We navigated the subways from Williamsburg to Times Square. We weaved crazily thru traffic in taxis. We watched the Broadway play “All That Jazz”; shopped in Soho; ate in Chelsea; toured The Empire State Building and The 9/11 Memorial and Museum; ate The Grimaldi’s famous pizza under the Brooklyn Bridge and experienced the Smorgasburg Brooklyn Bridge Park.
On our sightseeing tours we met people from the surrounding boroughs who shared with us how they make time during the month to see their neighborhoods through the eyes of a tourist. What an “Ah Ha” moment that was!! I had always loved to travel and had dreams of visiting different countries with my children, but since my divorce money has been….budgeted creatively! This was such an inspiration to stay local, play local, and love where you live. I couldn’t wait to return home to share this with my 2 youngest children, 2 teenage boys, living with me.
Upon my return I booked a guided electric bike tour, “The SO CAL RIVIERA Tour of La Jolla and Mt. Soledad’ with San Diego FlyRides http://www.sandiegoflyrides.com. At the time they were rated #2 of the Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego in TripAdvisor. As of this writing they are #1! I will expand on that in a future post. This tour gave us an appreciation of a neighborhood we knew nothing about. Our minds were filled with many interesting facts and our bodies more fit from the physical conditioning. So thankful to see this as the flagship adventure to “loving where you live”.
This year is drawing to a close. There are about 8 weeks remaining to unearth charming niches where I live. Let the exploration continue!