#10 Hand Write 30 Letters

When I started my 30×30 list, I thought this would be the easiest item on the list. Boy was I wrong. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do – ever. Having said that, it was also one of the most freeing and peaceful things I’ve done. I am guilty of assuming. I assume my friends and family know I love them and that I’m grateful for them. I assume those who make a difference know that they do. I assume a lot. This process took me out of my head and brought me into action.

It wasn’t easy, it took all year, and it was worth every second.

And of course, I had a system. Here it is for those of you who may want to do it yourselves:

1. Make a list of 30 people. Friends, family, people who have impacted my life; basically the first 30 people who came to mind.

2. Find the perfect cards. Each card was specifically picked for the person it was written for. They ranged from quotes to pictures to outright crazy.

3.Write from the heart. Part of why this took so long was the gut reaction of  “Oh my God, they are all gonna think I’m stupid”. Once I put that aside and just wrote, they flowed a lot better and were more genuine.

4. Let go. Let go of any resentment, anger, frustrations – basically all negative feelings.

5. Stamp them and mail them. No one really gets any fun snail mail anymore so it makes them more unique and special so forget delivery and stick them in the mailbox.

 

Have fun!

 

#24 Go to a Wine Tasting

 

While I like wine, I’m not a wine connoisseur. I don’t know how to pair wines with food and picking a bottle to bring as a hostess gift to a dinner party still warrant a panicked phone call to my expert. Even places like Total Wine bring on flop sweats and nervous tics. That’s why a wine tasting had to be on my 30×30 list.

I chose the New Vista Wine Walk. I figure have some wine, donate to charity, and do both in the open air atmosphere of Town Square. It was an interesting experience. A lot of fun and a lot of wine. I had a blast hanging out with friends and learning just a little bit more about this thing called wine.

Participating Wineries

1. M&R Prosecco

2. M&R Asti Spumante

3. Korbel Rose

4. Korbel Brut

5. Toasted Head Untamed Red

6. Toasted Head Shiraz

7. Hogue Sauvignon Blanc

8. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc

9. Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay

10. Rosenblum Zinfindel

11. Rosenblum Syrah

12. Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir

13. J Lohr 7 Oaks Cabernet

14. Yago Sant’Gria

15. Murphy Goode Merlot

16. Murphy Goode Pinot Grigio

17. McManis Viognier

18. FRITZ’s Riesling

19. Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay

20. Santa Ema Reserve Merlot

*Tip – eat first.

** The walk was sponsored by SmartWater and we all got special edition SmarWater in glass bottles. Coolest party favor ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#12 Be a Vegas Tourist for the Day

The talking tree in the botanical garden - Bellagio

Who doesn’t want to play tourist in Vegas? I had so much fun. I spent Saturday walking up one side of The Strip and down the other, exploring each Resort along the way. ( I even made $20 at Television City.) My favorite part?

The Lion Habitat at MGM Grand. It was so much fun to watch these big cats play like kittens. In this picture, one of the cats is relaxing away on his back, in a classic Shadow pose.

I had a blast strolling through the Wynn and Encore with their elegant decor, watching the Flamingo’s and getting free show tickets at the Hilton, experiencing frozen hot chocolate at Caesar’s Serendipity, and watching the mini tornadoes in City Center’s Crystals. Of course, per the LVCVA, full details of my day can’t ever be revealed.

Remember, “What happens here, stays here.”

#26 Dance in the Rain

My cool rain boots! (Yes, I know the pants go inside, this way was cuter)

 

This is Las Vegas where the sun shines at least 335 days out of the year. Rain is a unique and note worthy experience here. Natives tend to go insane with excitement over even the smallest drop. I enjoy the rain, but it’s rare for me to actually take the time to stop what I’m doing and go play. (Hence the reason it’s on my list) Well, today it rained and instead of thinking about the 10 pages of stuff on my to do list and the hundreds of emails waiting for something, I decided to take 20 minutes to just play.

I didn’t have to go very far. I live in the middle of town where the streets are a bit older and very good for attracting puddles. I also live in a neighborhood where there are a ton of kids who are home schooled. Put those two things together and it’s the prefect recipe for a fun-filled dance in the rain. We splashed, kicked, and boogied down. It was the absolute best way to recharge my batteries and of course, dance in the rain.

#1 Go Zip Lining in Downtown Las Vegas

Three words  – So. Freaking. Cool.

 
 
 

The view from the line

 
 

This is the final staging area. 4 people ride at a time.

 

 

The finish line

 

(There were pictures of Hannah and I actually flying, but they cost $20 and so not worth the price.)

Zip lining is popular now with companies and locations popping up all over the place. I picked Downtown because I’m a Vegas kid and while the line was the longest, highest, or scariest, it was the idea of flying through the air under the Fremont Street Experience Canopy. The best part? They were playing the tribute to Queen. What more could a girl ask for?

Want to experience it for yourself? Visit Flightlinez to get started.

#17 Order Oysters…and Eat Them

Yes those are raw oysters – Rappahannock and Chef’s Creek to be exact.

It turns out they are actually quite tasty. They weren’t like eating snot or any of the other gross things I’ve heard them compared to. It was like sushi – just raw fish.

Many thanks to Jamie, Erin, and Mike for sharing my oyster experience.

If you’re in Vegas and you want your very own raw oyster experience, I recommend King’s Fish House. Christina, our waitress, was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable about the oysters – where they came from, what they tasted like – well equipped to handle this neophyte.

#29. Visit a museum in Washington D.C. that I haven’t yet.

National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden

I have the amazing opportunity to visit Washington D.C. in May every year. Each time, I take the time to visit a new museum. This year, having gone through all the typical Smithsonian’s, I decided to do something different. This year I visited two places – The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian Gardens’ Butterfly Garden Habitat. What amazing places. There is some beautiful art in the Sculpture Garden – huge pieces made out of the most unusual things. This tree made out of concrete and metal was one of my favorites. As you can see by the people walking by, it’s gigantic.

The Butterfly Habitat

I really liked the Butterfly Habitat. There were some of the most beautiful plants in there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any butterflies. It was either the wrong season or the wrong day for them to come out to play, however, I did learn some amazing facts about gardens and of course butterflies. I would recommend both these places to anyone wanting a new experience.

“We Gotta Tell ’em That We Love ’em While We Got a Chance to Say.” – Kris Allen

On my 30×30 list, I have that I want to write letters to 30 of most significant people in my life. I thought this would be the easiest one of all to finish. Boy was I wrong. Writing the list was really the only easy part.

I started in November and I still haven’t finished. Some letters I’m on my third draft. I have realized that it’s difficult to have to conversations with people – to say the things I’m unable to or have just forgotten to say out loud.

At first I felt a bit silly. The first drafts made me feel like I was dying and saying goodbye to people. So not my intention. Yet at the same time it made me think. How often do we not say the things we wish to say to people because we’re afraid, too busy, too embarrassed, or we just forget? For me the biggest struggle I’ve had is thinking I can predict people’s reactions. It made the first round of letters very superficial – staying right on the surface and not being real. The next round was a bit better, but it still wasn’t what I really wanted to say too afraid that someone would take it the  wrong way or unwilling to put genuine feelings on paper.

So here goes round 3/4 (depending on the person). This is the last round. It’s time to get real, it’s time to get honest (with myself), and it’s time to just fracking do it.

#13 Read and finish Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”

I know it seems a bit weird for an avid reader such as myself to have a book on her 30×30 list. I agree it is a bit out of character. However, this is the one book I’ve never been able to get through. Oh I’ve owned it for years, in fact I own several copies of the book. I keep finding them at used bookstores, garage sales, and thrift shops. Everywhere I look , there’s a copy. So I took it as a sign that I should actually read the book.

There are a lot of great nuggets of information in the book that I’m sure to talk about in future posts. However, a few quotes stood out enough to share now.

“The man who can follow a leader most efficiently, is usually the man who develops into leadership most rapidly. An intelligent follower has many advantages, among them the opportunity to acquire knowledge from his leader.”

This one spoke to me because it’s very fitting for a few things going on in my life at the moment both in my position as a leader and a follower. I forget sometimes that in doing everything myself, I am taking away the opportunity of others to learn. Instead, I must constantly be searching for my replacement knowing that someone is always looking for me to be theirs.

“No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility if you now fail or refuse to demand riches of life, because the acceptance calls for but on thing – incidentally, the only thing you can control – and that is a state of mind. A state of mind is something that one assumes. It cannot be purchased, it must be created.”

“To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and above all, attain happiness.”

Ironically, when I attended Eagle Quest this idea of a peaceful life wouldn’t leave my head. Since then I have been taking steps to peace – cleaning out my house, returning borrowed items, finding ways to get rid of worry, even making sure my inbox is cleared out before I go to bed at night. I’m not quite there yet, it’s a work in progress, yet I am feeling better in just these few months.

I could go on and on. Pretty much the whole book is highlighted and dog-eared. I do believe I have found tons of material for future blog posts. Goodbye writer’s block.

30X30 #9 Pay for the person behind me at Starbucks

Stolen from Google

“Starbucks represents something beyond a cup of coffee.”
Howard Schultz

 

I had an amazing day yesterday. I was very productive and on purpose which in turn made me feel great. As a result, when I pulled into the Starbucks drive thru, I decided today was the day to brighten someone else’s day. My favorite part was watching the expression of confusion and happiness on the face of the woman behind me as I drove away and  the barista gave her the good news.

 

 

*On another note, the new Cocoa Cappuccino is my new favorite.