- 10 things To Do In My Hometown LA
I I live on a landmark. Los Angeles, I love it!
It’s the home of the towering palm trees, the opening scenes to countless movies and the true pioneer of glitz and glam. Anyone who lives somewhere special comes to expect that innocent question: “so, you live in LA – what should I do?”
Lo and behold, my top ten list for friends, families and future LA lovers!:
1. Santa Monica Pier: the smells of coconut oil and the beach will delight the senses. Expect beachfront dining, tight swimmers and yoga overlooking the ocean. Gorgeous.
2. Venice Beach: also known as the “muscle beach” this is an eclectic mix of boisterous beach culture, crazy shops and visual art. It’s a great place for people watching – and while you’re there check out Abbot Kinney, The Venice Canals and their pristine mansions.
3. Hollywood: a trip to LA is never complete without a Hollywood visit. Saunter the Walk of Fame and compare hand sizes with your favorite stars.
4. ‘The Hollywood Sign’: while in Hollywood keep an eye out for the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park. The famous name on the hill is a familiar cultural landmark (but don’t get your hopes up – the sign is smaller than you think!). While you are up there enjoy the view from the Griffith Observatory.
5. Rodeo drive, Beverly Hills: designer store staff have learnt their lesson since Pretty Woman – hit the high end of Beverly Hills and keep an eye out for celebrity folk getting their shopping on!
6. Beverly Hills Mansions: jump in a car and take a spin around Beverly Hills. No property dips here – McMansions don’t drop below the multi- millions – so maybe leave your chequebook at home.
7. Universal Studios: this is where the magic happens. You can literally go behind the scenes of the film studios – the home of Hollywood films for more than 85 years. A must see.
8. Disneyland: you’ll need a day. Maybe two. A place for young and old and Micky-lovers the world over, Disneyland has eight themed ‘lands’ and covers 85 acres. Definitely bring your walking shoes for this attraction!
9. The Grove: historically a farmers market, the Grove has transitioned to an outdoor shopping wonderland which puts sunshine and shopping together in a fantastical way. Topped off with an impressive fountain, this is a great family and retail retreat!
10. The Getty: a trip to California isn’t complete without some culture. The Getty Center is world-class, interactive and packed full of antiquities of past civilisations. At the Getty Villa you can take some time out to stroll the grounds. Absolutely divine!
Let me know if you can add a few more awesome landmarks you enjoyed.
- I Am Enough
In this new social world we live in, we sure are more connected. I can travel all over the world and know what my friends are up to in LA. I know what the weather’s like, what people are eating and how cute their dogs are. I see their smiling faces, big and bright catching up in our usual spots, laughing and enjoying themselves.
And I love it.
But in this digitized and positively-charged world we’ve built and enjoy fervently, I wonder what affect this constant stream of other’s success, achievement and happy days has on our own pursuit of happiness and perfection?
Don’t get me wrong – we’ve been “putting our best foot forward” well before the internet. But now with our mobile devices in hand with grinning faces on standby, it feels like perfection and happiness is not only possible, but expected. Social media is there for you to scream it from the rooftops. And if you’re not, why not?
I am a perfectionist. Well maybe more of a micro-manager. This double-edged personality trait has served me well… at times. I never rest on my laurels, I’m always striving for something better – to reach new heights for myself and for others.
But sometimes you need to smell the roses. Sometimes you need to shut the rest of the world out, acknowledge what you have and exclaim: “What I have is enough… I am enough!”.
To break out of my perfectionist prison, I pray. I meditate. I release my thoughts verbally and partake in positive mantras. I treat myself. And I tell myself that I am enough.
Do you know that you are enough?