A Big End to a Short Life

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This week I wanted to do someone very close to me. Adriana Stickles. She is a Junior at Santa Barbara High School and is also in the MAD academy. We dance together, meaning we spend almost every single day together. By spending so much time together we have gotten to know each other very well. I have learned that she is one if the sweetest, caring and funny people I know. We always laugh when we are together and usually it is about the weirdest things! I love her so much and I hope you enjoy reading!!

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At first I would want to sleep in until noon but I’d remember it was my last day and I could sleep when i’m dead. Once I managed to wake myself up at 6 am, I would grab my closest friends and we would drive to Big Sur. As we drove we would blast my favorite childhood songs and sing at the top of our lungs. Just as the sun was rising we would have a morning picnic on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and just talk and enjoy each other’s presence. I would then take my dog for a walk along Santa Barbara’s beaches with my mom, dad, and brother.  We would laugh a lot.  After, I would go to the closest animal shelter and buy a bunny. I would take my bunny and my friends and my family and we would fly a helicopter to a few key places.  I’m not sure where we found this helicopter but it happened to be there so we just hopped on. Also not sure who is flying it but hey if we crash i was going to die anyways. While it was still late morning we would fly to Lake Luise in Banff Canada. We wouldn’t spend a long time there but probably paddle out on the lake for a little while.  We would then stop in Paris, France and eat lunch at a small cafe. Then I would go try on french designer gowns and spend some time painting or sketching Paris. Following we would fly to Phuket, Thailand and spend the afternoon on the beach in the warm tropical water. We would would eat a second lunch, and then head to South America. I would find a small village in need and spend the remainder of my day volunteering and donating my time to them, as I would want to leave this world with a lasting impact on the people in it. Since I’m dying at 16, I will not need my college funds and I would donate all of my money to the local people. I would find the sweetest kid in the village and give them my bunny I bought that morning to keep and take care of. Finally, I would fly back to San Francisco where I was born, and spend the night with everyone on a hill overlooking the golden gate bridge. We would talk until it was pitch black and just watch the stars. Last, I would hand out long letters I wrote personally to everyone expressing how much I love them and the impact they had on my life and me as a person. I’m not sure how to end this, so peace out and enjoy life while you still have it.”

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Family Beach Day

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This week I decided to interview my neighbor Travis. I wanted to interview him because he is always such a happy and positive person. Him and his family have lived across the street from me for 10 years. Travis and his wife Tara have three kids Emma, who is my age, Jack who is 15 and Kate who is 13. They can always make me laugh and always make my day a little brighter. I hope you enjoy!

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You got me thinking and this is tougher than I thought.  I am going to make several assumptions which are pretty basic like I am healthy, active and pretty much feel the same as I do today and for the most part knew ahead of time that this was my last day.  With that I know I would not want to be traveling, in traffic or some other place.  All of the other things I wanted to get done before my last day I would have done so, like taking Emma skydiving and some travel as a family.

 
For my last day:
 
  • I am sure I would wake up early as always and start the day with my normal routine of feeding dogs, coffee and then start thinking how I could cheat death and not die in 24.  That would be my first thing I would do, probably Google it and such but lets assume it is what it is and I have accepted the fact that I have 24 hours and can’t change that.
  • With that my day would be doing what I love to do with those I love, so my family and friends.  Specifically my friends that will support my family once I am gone and provide the friendship, love and support that we need in life.  So I am sure I would start thinking over coffee to make sure the day is planned, everyone I want invited and probably do a mental check of making sure everything is in order for my family the next day regarding my will, finances, etc.. so they are taken care of (a little bit late but I am sure I will have those thoughts on my last day even though).  Probably do some stupid stuff like make sure my subscriptions cancel or whatever, try not trip over the petty stuff is what I am really thinking and get on with enjoying the time I have left.
  • Next I would make a big breakfast for everyone as I really enjoy cooking breakfast and make them all the things they love and not worry one bit about how many strips of bacon I had and probably not worry about doing the dishes so much as let’s be serious that is never the fun part of cooking. I am sure Tara, Emma, Jack and Kate would help out and that is fun part of eating at home and being in our own place.
  • I would want to spend the first part of the day with just my family so ease into it with them, focus on the quality time and conversations of what next but at the same point do all of things we normally do at home like volleyball in the back yard, basketball on the court and just being together.  One on one time with everyone would be very important to explain that the future is going to change but still be bright.  I am assuming they know that I have one day and it is no secret.
  • Next I would have my family start to join us so we can all hang out and from there the rest of the family which includes nieces, nephews, in-laws and everyone.  More or less a family reunion and party but focus on the positive and not the negative, it should be fun time not a sad time.  The next part of the day I would want to basically turn it into a private beach party. Select and important friends who I consider life long friends that will still be in the picture to support my family after I am gone. Ideally it would be a warm day with some waves, volleyball, surfing and a lot of quality active beach time. Strangely I would still wear sunscreen and probably re-apply a bunch like I do out of habit. My goal for this part of the day would be have great beach day with all of these people that are really important to my life today and the day after I am gone and would want to do all of things we enjoy together. Not a sit around and get tan beach day but the kind I enjoy being active playing volleyball, surfing and some very special beach walks with my family and one on one’s. Throw some good beach toys in there as well so everyone is having fun, that could include all kinds of cool toys that we can think of.  It’s my last day so I would want it to be fun, happy, active day. We would have plenty of food and drink and probably throw it as a Luau but the more I think about it I am not really interested in Hulu Shrimp on my last day so it would have to be more of a Mexican theme with some serious tacos, chips, guacamole and the rest that comes with it. I would really want to make sure I got one really good wave and I got the feeling Jack would be extra nice and let me have it.
  • This would take us through sunset which would really important and fun to watch together as group.  From that it would be goodbyes to all but my immediate family and I would want to go home and hangout.  Cards, chill time, lots of good conversations and hanging with the people I love the most. Nothing really exciting and it may even sound boring but to me being home with family is how I would want to spend my last evening.  Sure there would be great food and we wouldn’t have to cook and clean but it really is the environment I would want to be in and around. To me it’s more important who I am with than where I am.  For that reason home with the people I care about the most is how I would spend my last evening after a really great day. I would definitely not sleep as I would want to make the most out of the 24 hours awake…”

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Taking a Step Back

For this weeks blog I decided to look back on all of my posts so far and realize what I have learned from this experience as a “blogger”. Going into this process I didn’t really have any ideas of what I wanted this to be I kind of just wanted my blog to evolve naturally. I knew I wanted to interview my friends, family and people who inspire me to learn a little bit more about them.

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Something that I was most surprised about was people’s initial reaction to the question, “If you had one day to live what would you do?”. Personally I thought this question sparked a thought that most people have never thought of before, because it is kind of a sad thing to think about. Almost every single person I interviewed was very taken back by this question, more than I was initially expecting. All of the responses I got seemed to have an underlying theme, stick to the ordinary days yet focusing on the things that make the person especially happy. That could either be doing their passion all day long or spending extra time with their friends and family going places they have never been before.

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Throughout this experience personally I have learned many things about myself and my closest friends. It was a great way to connect many different people in my life through a single question. One of the most difficult parts about this blogging process is actually finding people to interview believe it or not. Mostly due to the lack of time in my week. During lunch is always a hard time because that is people’s time to relax and not really have to think and after school i go straight to dance. I could always have people email me but I like to talk to the person I am interviewing in person so I can really understand what they are saying and look at how they view their life.

Let me know down below in the comments how you are liking my blog so far if I should make any changes or you like where this is going so far!

From the Mountain to the Beach

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For my blog this week I decided to do Megan Tighe. I have known Megan for only two years but since we have two classes together this year we have gotten a lot closer. She is so funny, beautiful and not to mention an amazing artist. She is apart of the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) at Santa Barbara High School. She always makes me laugh and brightens my day. I wanted to add her to my blog because I knew that she would have a last day worth sharing. So this is what Megan Tighe would do if she only had one day to live:

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If eye had one day to live I would first wake up in the morning and hang out with my family. It would be a nice sunny morning, not too hot, and eat some breakfast outside and play with my dogs. After breakfast I would have all of my good friends come over and we would just hang out in my room. We would then get in a car and drive somewhere like up to the mountains and sit there for a little while. After some time spent up there we would drive back down and we would go on a huge boat. We would jump off the boat and go swimming. On the boat I would want a really good band, like my brothers and his friends, playing some music and all of us in the back just relaxing and listening to the music. Maybe we would go the islands and run around. Then we would come on home and if I had a pool we would jump in that. We would then eat some dinner, something fresh and everyone’s favorite meal. After dinner we would go outside to this jumper that has a waterslide. Play on that and then we would go into my room where there is a whole bunch of big pillows and we would just get on the pillows under some blankets and fall asleep with my dogs.”

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Luckily living in beautiful Santa Barbara we have both the mountains and the beaches, let me know down below if you live near with the beach, mountains, or both!

Moisha’s Last Hurrah

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For this week I decided to do one of my best friends Maddy Rotman. I have known Maddy for only two years, but before that I only knew who she was from a far at our dance studio. She was so intimidating to me before I knew her because of the way she carries herself and how everybody loves her so much. But once I really got to know Maddy I understood why everyone loved her. She is one of the most caring, funny, talented, intelligent, beautiful (inside and out) people I know. She is so easy to talk to and is willing to give her help and opinion on anything. She is one of my mentors not only in life but in dance. I thought that she would be a good person to be apart of my blog because I want to share some of her humor and intelligence with all of you.

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disclaimer: this plan is assuming travel time is dismissive

If eye had one day to live ideally, it would be Sunday. I would wake up and watch the sunrise on this lone boulder in the middle of the Mountain Drive meadow. Then, I would go to Torah Study with Rabbi Cohen and my dad. Next, I would spend the entirety of my savings to purchase every gown from Valentino’s S/S 2007 collection so I could switch outfits throughout the day. Next stop – brunch at the Palace of Versailles (close homiez only!!)

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The majority of the afternoon would be spent tracking down and kissing the following people goodbye (not necessarily in this order:) Jemima Kirke, Kelby Pintard, Leonard Cohen, Rihanna, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Woody Allen, Josh Enobakhare, Cassandra Hughes, my dog, *outfit change* Brian Wilson, Lucia Dallett, my English teacher, Bjork, Josh Kass, Bella Hadid, Bill Murray, Josh Tillman, Josh Tillman’s wife, Cameron Crowe, Bernie Sanders, Claire Boucher, *outfit change* and Bella Hadid and Jemima Kirke again.

At sunset, I would dance for at least 2 hours because nothing makes me happier, then I would try my first ever taste of alcohol, shave my head just to see what it looks like, *outfit change* reread my favorite passage from The Brothers Karamazov, recite the sonnet, Remember, by Christina Rossetti to my closest friends and family, and blissfully peace out the world.”

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog post and let me know down below what people you would want to meet for the first time if you only had one day to live?

Dancing Queen

This week I decided to someone who inspires me everyday. Her name is Francesca Harman, but she goes by Frankie. She is an 8th grader at Providence and not to mention one of the best dancers I have ever seen. She is full of so much beauty and grace. She treats everyone with so much respect. I am so lucky and honored to have Frankie apart of my everyday life because if you get to meet Frankie you are one lucky person. Not only is she one of my very close friends I also get to share the stage with her. I thought she would be a great addition to my blog because she is such a positive person and inspiration at such a young age.

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If I only had one day to live eye would first start off the day and go take a dance class. I would want to take a class that is really about enjoying dance rather than it be about the training and really appreciating dance for what it is. I think I would go to all the people I know and inspire me, like my mom, my teachers, my family and anyone specific. I would want to go to them and tell them how much the blessed me and tell them to continue what their doing. And maybe if there is someone that I want to bless or I wanna help I would go talk to them. I just wanna leave my last mark on the world. I think I would go to my church and talk to my pastor about where I am going and how wonderful it is going to be and be excited for it. I would want to be with all of my friends and go over all of our memories. I would want to end the day happy and I don’t know how but end it with all of my family when I would go. Since I talked to my pastor and got all of my questions answered I would spend the night talking with god and talking with my family as well, going over everything that happened, dancing and being with my loved ones. I would go about my day pretty normally and have it be a special day not be overly packed and really enjoy the day. Maybe eat some great food too.”

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Comment down below who inspires you and why?

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Animals

For this week I decided to do one of my good friends Wilson Sherman. He is someone that I can talk to about almost anything and everything. We met this year and instantly became friends and just from knowing him for this short amount of time I know that Wilson is a very compassionate person. Another thing that I learned, and what you will soon find out from his response, is that he loves animals. He owns a total of 36 animals. He volunteers at a zoo, parrot rescue, aquarium and wildlife rehab center. He also has a blog but his is entirely about animals. I thought that Wilson would be a very interesting person to interview for my blog because of his strong views and love for animals.

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If eye only had one day to live I would pet as many animals as possible. To do this I would just go to the Zoo, the Sea Center and pet like everyone’s dog. I would also probably go and pick up a bunch of trash and tell everyone to not eat meat. After that I would go pick up more plastic. I would also want to light Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on fire. I would want to give a lot of hugs. Lastly I would go outside swim in the ocean try to fight a shark.”

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I really love how Wilson is incorporating animals into his entire day. That displays clearly  his love and compassion for animals. I also think that it is amazing that Wilson wants to try to save the earth even though he is only living for the rest of that day. You can tell that Wilson wants really wants to make an impact on the people around him, the world and for the future lives of animals. Everyone should learn from Wilson to make a difference on the world and everyone around you even if you only have one day to live.

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Let me know down below how many pets you have or what your favorite kind of animal is? Also everyone go check out Wilson’s Blog!!!

 

 

 

Happiness

This week I decided that it is time to do my best friend. Cassandra Hughes. Although we have known each other for only 4 years, it seems like we have known each other our entire lives. We have been through so much together, from going to a Justin Bieber concert to starting high school together. I do not know what I would do without her because she is always there for me when I need her.

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She had trouble answering this question so I first asked her, “what do you want to achieve in your lifetime?” and her answer was simple. “Happiness and I want to make other people happy”. Once she figured this out she started to describe her last day.

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I’m gonna take you through my day. Morning time comes around I want to wake up at a good normal time like not too tired and not too over-rested, I would make a big cup of coffee, like really good cup of coffee, like the perfect amount of milk and coffee. I would sit down with my mom drink my coffee in pajamas in our living room, and it’s kind of weird because I’m describing a somewhat normal day. I guess I would just do the stuff that I usually enjoy. I guess I would tell every single person my true feelings for them, get everything off of my chest and make sure nothing is left unsaid. I would eat all my favorite food. Let someone know how I want my ashes to be spread. I know everyone else is saying be with their family but that is not the first thing that comes to my mind. I don’t know what’s wrong with me or if everyone else is lying. I would want to contact all of the people I have been afraid to contact. I’m actually super afraid of death. I don’t want to die. Ending my day sunset comes around and I would like go to eat dinner and have cheese and crackers for an appetizer. I like watching movies so I would watch a movie and then I would probably just like go to bed. I wanna feel like i’m not choosing to end it i just want to be content with what I did.”

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Let me know down below what makes you happy?

Ordinary Days

For this week’s blog post I decided to do two people that are always inspiring me, two of my dance teachers, Kyleigh Carlson and Morgan Marsoobian. They are not only pushing me to be a better dancer but most of all constantly pushing me to be a better person. They are some of my biggest mentors not only in dance but in life and luckily I get to see them almost everyday. I have created relationships with both of them where I feel like I can talk to them about anything. I chose them to be apart of my blog because I wanted to know how they would spend their last day.

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If eye had one day left to live, I wouldn’t do anything outrageous but instead would do all of my favorite ordinary activities to create an extraordinary day.  I love children, I love dance, I love God, I love my family and friends and I’ll say it, I love coffee, so my day would be filled with all of these things. I know I don’t get to choose what day it is BUT if I could, it would be a Sunday. I would start my day by going to church and worshiping with a body of believers. Then, because I would want to feel inspired on this day,  I would go to the dance studio and TEACH a class that really allowed my students to move and explore the space around them. Overflowing with inspiration, I would then want to TAKE a class where I had the opportunity to express myself to the fullest potential in a room surrounded by friends, love and free of judgement. The rest of my day would be spent with family and friends in conversation. All of my family would come together along with my childhood friends, high school friends and college friends we would all come together for a huge gathering. Laughter would fill the room, memories would be shared and love would be felt by all. I would want to spend a great amount of time reminding everyone around me what I appreciated and loved about them specifically and would make sure to share the beauty of God’s amazing grace and unconditional love with everyone around me. My last day would be an ordinary day filled with all the simple things that I think makes life extraordinary.”- Morgan Marsoobian

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To be honest, my initial reaction was “well that’s morbid.” And then my next reaction was to chase time, and go to different parts of the world so the day would never end, but the more I think about it the more I realize how ridiculous that sounds and that I actually wouldn’t want to do that. If eye only had one day to live I don’t think that I would do anything drastic. I would probably first go into a dance studio and just be. As silly as it sounds, dance is and always has been my therapy. After the studio I would write letters to my loved ones with my hopes and wishes for them and memories that I am sure I would never forget. For the rest of the day, I would really just want to be around family. That is the scary part- knowing that you would never be able to touch them, hold them, hug them and kiss them again. If I only had one day to live, I would ask my three very best friends to be by my side in the dance studio, I would ask my dad to tell me stories of when he was my age, I would ask my mom to sing me You Are My Sunshine, I would ask my sister to go on a drive and get frozen yogurt, I would ask my sisters’ boyfriend to be his silly self because he never fails to have me in tears from laughter, and I would ask my boyfriend to hold me until it was time because in his arms is where I feel the safest.”- Kyleigh Carlson

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Thank you for reading this week’s blog post! Comment down below what your “ordinary day” is?

Surfing the day away

For this weeks blog post I decided to do two surfers, Adam Hogue and Jace Kennedy. I figured that they would both have similar answers due to the fact that they are both surfers. They both had very simple answers but their answers mostly involved their passion, surfing. You can tell that both of them really love this sport because they want to do it all day everyday even if they only had one day left to live!!

If eye only had one day to live I would wake up really early and go surf uncrowded waves with my friends. I would then go eat a big breakfast and hang out with my buddies. In the afternoon I would paddle back out and surf until there is no light. I would then eat another large meal and go to a last day to live party with all of my friends and family.”- Adam Hogue

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If eye only had one day to live I would probably wake up and go surfing first. I would then go spend all of my money and buy a new car. After that I would want to spend time with people I care about. To end my last day I would want to go surfing again one last time with my friends and then I would go buy some more stuff with some of the extra money that I did not spend earlier!!”- Jace Kennedy

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Personally my family is very involved in surfing. My dad and brothers both had a passion for surfing as well creating a love for the beach within my family. Although I have only been surfing a very few times I admire the sport of surfing. It has so many variables that you can’t control. For example although you can go surfing a lot you can’t control the waves or the weather. It demands so much body strength and balance. Being a dancer you also need body strength and balance but you utilize those abilities in a very different way.

As you can tell from this post surfing is these boys passions, comment down below what your passion is and why you love it!!!