Feeling bored with the typical weekend routine of trying to rally your friends into going to some random bar? Feel like you are too short on money and time to host a party? No problem! Remember how much fun you used to have as a kid playing with your friends? Embrace your inner child and have a GAME NIGHT! I love hosting parties but have a full time job and have a tight budget. Here are some ways I have found to stretch my pennies, conserve my time, and make a BIG impact.
Spring is in full swing and this is the time for rejuvenation. The first thing that comes to most people’s mind is cleaning out their closet. I (having an unhealthy attachment to my clothes) take a very different approach. Redecorating. Being on a budget, I have to start with things that give me the biggest change fast. The number one thing that can completely change the feel of a room is paint. My apartment was originally ALL white and I felt like I should be in a straight jacket! That is definitely not how you want to feel in your home. Once you figure out what you want the feeling to be, check out colors that reflect that. There is power in hues and HGTV has a great guide to the psychology of color.
- Red: Dramatic and Energizing
- Yellow: Uplifting
- Cool Blue: Serene
- Purple: Playful and Creative
- Green: Growth and Renewal
- Silver Gray: Romantic Neutral
So it officially happened. I hit the dreaded 3.0. and I must say, it wasn’t as terrible as I anticipated. I only cried twice. One of which was because I was so overwhelmed by love and gratitude; so I am calling that a win. I have been writing about trying to keep myself healthy in mind, body and spirit and I filled my day with things that could help with that. I went on a hike in the morning with my friends, got a mani/pedi (mandatory for birthdays and special occasions), finally went to the LACMA (see I am getting cultural), and then got taken to a beautiful dinner at a Top Chef restaurant. This one day would have been great enough, but in true Suzanne fashion, I had a packed weekend as well!
That is something I realized about myself. I don’t do grey very well (you don’t have to worry about my 50 shades any time soon). I got from zero to 100 in a matter of moments then don’t slow down. In a few short days, I finished the first section of my real estate school, had the first meetings for a reality show I am creating, shot a short film, zip lined, had two more birthday celebrations, went to a volunteer orientation for a new charity I want to work with, hit the gym, cleaned, grocery shopped, and celebrated another friend who turned thirty as well. Now, I want a nap.
Now that I’m thirty – wow that’s still hard to say, I want to learn how to balance my life. I love being busy, it’s good for me, but when I pack so much in I get a little overwhelmed and want to take a huge break and do nothing for awhile. Unfortunately, this is life and you don’t get any timeouts. I think that is what 30 will be for me, finding grey. The all or nothing approach isn’t sustainable for a happy and balanced life. And that’s really the goal isn’t it?
Love: a simple word with astronomical effects on the human spirit. The number of Valentine’s Day posts about how it was “Single Awareness Day” aka S.A.D., was staggering. I feel like people have been missing the whole point of the holiday – to celebrate love. Yes, I know it traditionally celebrates romantic love, but let’s break with tradition shall we? I got the customary gifts of flowers and chocolates, and not from my mister.
I’ve been in an on again/off again relationship for the past three and a half years, and not ONCE has Valentine’s Day gone as planned. This year we decided to take the pressure off of it since he had to work and I decided to go out with my girlfriends. GALentine’s Day was in full effect. These ladies love musicals, theater and art so we found an interactive cabaret experience (booze included) with songs from Les Miserables. Historically this is a very sad story. I thought it was fitting since our men were at work, but this show was HILARIOUS! From drunken Inn keepers to a policeman with a ball gag, we were laughing the whole time. (Check out #notLesMis – for info).
The show really made me think: you can truly change your feelings about history based on your point of view. So let’s choose happy. Grab a glass of champagne and toast those that are nearest and dearest to you – whether that’s a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, family member or best friend that you know will answer the phone at 2AM when you’re in a fight with said spouse/boy/girlfriend. Let’s not miss out on the opportunity to tell them they are loved, because they may really need to hear it.
This past week I spent cruising the California Coast with my parents. My dad had training in San Diego and they were departing for a cruise from San Francisco, so I became their PCH chauffeur. This excursion lead us to many places I would not have thought of to go myself, including the USS Midway, Ronald Reagan Library & Museum, and Hearst Castle.
This trip made me realize how much California has to offer that I have not taken advantage of. I have lived in Los Angeles for almost eight years and have been to exactly one museum of note. I have said many times how important travel is to experience art, culture and other ways of life, but I am not even immersing myself in my own. LA has more museums than any city in America and I have only been to ONE!
I am on a mission to change that. After pouring through “must see” lists, I made my own first small list to accomplish. For you deal seekers like me, I also found when they are free:
- LACMA – general admission is free to LA County residents with proof of residency after 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
- Abbot Kinney First Fridays – Free
- Natural History Museum – Free on the first Tuesday of the month, except in July and August
- La Brea Tarpits – Free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month, except in July and August.
- Huntington Library and Gardens – Free the first Thursday of every month, but tickets are required in advance
Let’s get cultural!