Get out of the house. I don’t know how the weather is treating you in other parts of the world, but it’s a typical dreary winter here in Seattle (with the exception of Friday; It was sunny and warm enough to leave the house without my Northface jacket). However, don’t let that deter you from enjoying the great outdoors. Though I don’t miss the snow I used to experience back in Cincinnati, I surely don’t mind browsing through other’s photo albums of wintery wonderlands. Make it a goal this week to spend as much time out of your living space as possible.
- Plan a one-on-one date with your camera. Regardless of the weather. When I first moved to Seattle, I left the house several times a week, taking a bus to a new part of the city, exploring a new park. I have many beautiful images to show for it, and it’s a therapeutic way to get some alone time and explore your artistic side.
- Create a custom care package to friends across the country. I’ve probably mentioned this tip before, but it’s worth doing again. My parents live on the opposite site of the map (over three thousand miles away, if you can believe it). I adore giving my parents a “taste of Seattle” by sending gifts such as coffee or chocolates. They tell me the Vivace beans I send them are some of the best they’ve ever had. Grab a flat rate mailing box from the post and fill it with treasures you discover throughout the week.
- Take a bus ride to nowhere. Hop on the nearest bus and get dropped off on some unchartered territory. Visit a new cafe, park or shopping boutique. Use caution, of course. If you are a minor, I wouldn’t suggest taking off on a bus to no where at night in an unsafe part of town. Use your noggin.
- Make a new friend. In the days of Tumblr and other social networking platforms, meeting new people “organically” is becoming a thing of the past. Get chatty with your favorite barista or find your new best friend at your local library. Catch: You’ve got to leave the house.
- Go to the museum. Remember class field trips? You probably remember big dinosaur skeletons and goofing off with your friends. Plan a day where you (and maybe a couple of your friends) spend a day at the museum, admiring old artifacts and (hopefully) learning something new. Seattle participates in “Free Museum Day” on the first Thursday of every month. Find out if you city has a similar program. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay Area offer free first Thursdays.
- Peruse antique shops. What I love most about antique shops is they each hold an entirely different set of vintage treasures. Browse through old family photos, admire old furniture, and support local businesses.
- Visit tourist attractions in your own city. Sometimes when you live in a city, you don’t much see the appeal of tourist attractions. I don’t know many people who live in Seattle dreaming of visiting the top of the Space Needle or riding the ducks, but anything with the right company is always a joy. You may also uncover some fun facts about your hometown (or current place of dwelling, anyway).
Here’s to an adventurous week (and many more).
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