i made this yesterday for thanksgiving with my friends and it was a huge hit. i highly recommend making it as soon as you can. don’t wait for christmas.
it hit me like a ton of bricks this afternoon: nothing i do is special. why do i feel the need to share my life here? i hate the way my blog looks, but i don’t know how to fix it. i hate that i seem to only ever use iphone photos for my blog posts but i don’t have the skill level to take the kinds of photos i want. i hate that i have no focus. i want to “rebrand” myself/my blog/my internet persona, but i don’t know if it makes sense or if anyone cares.
i do believe this quote - that comparison is the thief of joy. but what if i’m not comparing myself to others? i’m comparing myself to what i want to be, and i just don’t stack up.
i haven’t felt this kind of creative frustration since like, drawing classes in college and i haven’t missed it. i feel like i have an elephant sitting on my chest and i can feel the tears welling up and i just want to scream.
what happens at the magic castle? magic. i mean, duh, right? there’s really no other way to describe it though.
before i was even to officially add going to the magic castle to this life list, i had written it down on my preliminary list. apparently that was enough for the universe! a few days later, my friend sunny was over helping me with some business research, and she casually mentioned she was heading to the magic castle with her boyfriend and some friends that saturday. GASP! that’s on my life list! turns out, not only were they going, but they had an extra ticket! i was worried that i wouldn’t be able to afford all the fun, but her boyfriend was so generous about making this happen for me, so i had no reason to worry.
so the night of, we got all dolled up and journeyed to this magical place. once inside, you immediately feel like you’re in another world. there are magicians wandering around and in every nook and cranny. there are mazes of hallways and rooms of wonder. sit close enough and you get to be a part of the act! charm the pants off of your magician (figuratively, of course) and you may even get special treatment! it’s astounding. i’m dumbfounded by the things i saw, but i don’t want any explanation. that would ruin the magic.
i started off with an easy one. when beginning my list and uploading all the goals, i realized i didn’t have photos to go with everything and i hated that blank grey square. i also am crazy about consistency and didn’t want to just find random photos on the internet to go along with my goals. after all, they’re MY goals, they should be MY pictures, right? so doodles it is. i know it’s not a HUGE life goal, but it’s a small step in the right direction to productivity.
you can see my full life list here: http://gomighty.com/user/missamylovesla/goal/#goals
clearly i have no idea how many days are in a month. oops. at least i haven’t given up, right?!
chego used to be in my neighborhood. i knew it existed and i knew it would be amazing, but i never went. then one day i decided to go and it was gone! WUT. luckily, it wasn’t gone-gone, just gone from my hood. it moved downtown. so i finally made my way down there, and it did not disappoint. in fact, just the opposite. it blew me away. i have dreams of kimchi rice bowls and ooey gooey fries. i need to go back like, now.
so, i’ve started a life list. some may call it a bucket list, but i set mine up on go mighty, and they call it a life list. so there you go. these are all things i want to do in my life. some are longterm goals and some are quick, easy wins. no judging - it feels good to cross things off a list! it motivates you to keep going. the premise is, if you want it, put it out in the universe. don’t think about the how, just put it out there. like the secret, if you will. the universe has a way of making things happen. for example, the day that i added that i wanted to meet tina roth eisenberg (of tattly/creative mornings fame), she tweeted that it was the last day to enter a contest to be flown to new york to meet her! WHAT. i entered, obviously, and don’t know if i won yet or not, but come on now. if that’s not the universe saying something, i don’t know what is.
i apologize in advance for the length of this post. i had SUCH a hard time cutting anything out! these photos are from over a year ago. i finally got the film developed and i couldn’t be happier. the photo above is my absolute favorite, and the double exposure was a complete accident. i love the billboard in the bottom left that says “culture is great”! so what you’ve got here is an adventure downtown, a couple shots from the poppy fields in antelope valley (which i’m particularly pleased with!), and a ride from hollywood to venice. enjoy!
i came across a post a couple weeks ago about a girl who decided to calligraphy all of her text messages for a week and was immediately jealous of the project. so of course, i decided to do my own version. luckily i had this perfectly pocket-sized notebook so i jumped on the #moderndaysnailmail train right away. i think my friends like it (kinda), but regardless, i’ve got three more of these notebooks, so it looks like it’s gonna be here for awhile, suckas!
a couple weeks ago i had dinner at salt air on abbot kinney in venice and it was pretty amazeballs. looking up the menu online before i went, i knew i would have a hard time deciding what i wanted - everything looked so good! i figured i’d not get my heart set on anything and wait and see what my date was in the mood for, and what the waitress would suggest.
since everything looked so amazing, we decided to split a couple of small plates and one entree to not miss out on any must-haves. we started out with the fish skin chips and i could have eaten buckets of them. salty, fishy goodness. my favorite! then we split the lobster roll - tiny, but delicious - and the grilled octopus. i’m no stranger to squid and calamari, but i think this was my first foray into octopus and it was different - better! - than i expected. it was nice and meaty, not chewy or gummy at all. the main entree we split was the olive oil poached salmon which just melted in your mouth, and was perfectly contrasted by the beans and peppers underneath. and for dessert? monkey bread and coffee! yes, please. more, please.
a few weeks ago i finally made it out to the la county fair after five years of living here! it was pretty much everything i expected and hoped for. fried food galore (i tried my first deep fried oreo!), carnival games and the carneys that run them, a magical carousel, and a (kind of creepy) family of blonde acrobat sisters. i can’t say that i would want to drive out to pomona to do it again next year, but definitely glad i finally did.