There were 10 of us, all sitting in my living room. Talking about what keeps us up at night..admitting out loud that we are scared shitless of the things that we want the most. When it was my turn to share, I got that uncomfortable knot in the back of my throat and couldn't help but let it take over my entire body and break down. "I want to inspire people" were the 5 words that got me so choked up. And the first place that I went to was that ugly space of self-doubt in a room full of love and genuine support.. "who the hell am I to give people hope".
It was in that moment when I realized that I haven't been using my outlet, this space, the way that comes natural to me. When I say I want to inspire people.. what I really mean is, I want to inspire myself & others through actions.
I want to wake up every morning with a purpose.
And talk about the things that make me who I am
And be authentic enough to admit that I'm the most imperfect person who is often disappointed because I'm striving for perfection all of the time.
I want to live for this very moment, because right now is the only time that actually counts.
And with that, comes so many things that I haven't even dreamt up yet...
I walked away that night knowing that all that I have to do is be true to myself--and if you can actually take something away from that, then I'll be beyond happy.
I've had so many pep talks with myself lately.. "You can manifest everything that you want to create. Don't over complicate the present. The future will work itself out, if you let it. You just have to DO//GO//EXPLORE & do it often."
Point is: We are all on a personal journey.. and with that journey comes different adventures of all different shapes and sizes. One day, the adventure might be to grab a book and sit on your couch and read until you can't keep your eyes open anymore. The next day, you might actually pack up your bags and get out of town without telling a soul ((something that I dream about)). I almost think of it as a game. Life: Choose Your Next Adventure. You want to play, right??
8 months ago when I got on that one way plane ride to LA, I started making a list of all of the things that I wanted to experience in this city. That same list has been sitting in my "drafts" for those same 8 months.
Some of the things on my list, I have experienced. And a lot of those things, I haven't gotten to yet because "life" has just gotten in the way-- best excuse ever, right? I can have all of the best intentions in this world, but if I don't have these things staring me in the face.. and my friends aware of what I want to do to hold me accountable- it will be my year mark and I will be lucky if I can cross off 50% of those things.
Since it's officially the beginning of the summer, there is no better time to get into action and do. Life happens when you're searching, connecting & meeting others. The dots will connect. And that's what these next three months are going to be about for me.
With that, here it is ladies and gents: My Bucket "Why Wait" List for my summer:
Try 5 new local/organic restaurants
Indulge in some of LA's famous eateries: Roscoes Chicken & Waffles, Pinks Hot Dogs, Randy's Doughnuts, The Polo Lounge
Santa Monica Food Truck Lot
Boozy brunch at Edendale
Eat Mexican food on Olvera Street
Grand Performances- downtown
Concert Under the Stars in Santa Monica
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Explore The Art's District
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Spend a day reading at The Last Bookstore
Attend Cafe Project on Tuesday night (watch my friend recite a poem)
NBA game @ Staples Center
Watch a movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Walk the Venice Canals
Ride merry-go round that inspired Walt Disney at Griffith Park
Electric dusk drive-in movies
Ride ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier at sunset
Lakeside picnic at Lake Balboa
Visit Venice Mosaic Tile House
Visit Orchid Fever in Culver City
Beverly Gardens Park
Angels Flight Railway--> Angels Knoll
Visit The Gentle Barn
Ride a tandem at Santa Monica beach
Culver City Architecture Walk
Spend a day at Anneberg Community Beach House
Afternoon at Echo Park
Eat/Drink/Shop my way through Abbot Kinney
Sweat it out at Korean Spa
Bonfire at Dockwiler Beach
Malibu (Malibu wines, Picnic at Mailibu Bluff's Park, Topanga Lookout, El Matador State Beach sunset)
Wine tasting in Temecula
The Channel Islands
Sweat It Out
Hikes (Hollywood Sign, Temescal, Topanga, Sturtevant Falls Hike)
Trapeze on Santa Monica Boardwalk
Paddle board in Marina Del Rey
Culver City Stairs
Take dance class in Silverlake
Yoga class on the beach
Host a housewarming party with Christina
Host a Sunday brunch
Complete my watercolor typography prints
Make a summertime body scrub from scratch
My challenge to you is to create yours: list exactly what is is that you want to do/see/experience/create this summer and then see it through. Share that with others. Get your people on board, have them create one and you can "do" together. Let's make more memories.
This is the journey that I want to share with you. We can track ours together via instagram: @ajklein22 #livehonestlysimple #whywaitlist #summerstory
Here's to less talk & more action,