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!

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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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?

Good Food and Family Beach Days

For the next blog post I decided to do my family, the people in my life that constantly support, love and inspire me. As I have mentioned before, I will be asking everyone the same question, “If you only had one day to live, what would you do?” so these are the responses from my family.
If eye only had one day to live I would have my wife, all my children and their spouses, their children (my grandchildren), my brother my in-laws and a few close friends all gather at a beautiful beach in Santa Barbara for a wonderful day consisting of surfing, swimming, playing ball and taking walks. During the day I would slide off and call some people that had a positive impact on my life and thank them for taking the time to help make me a better person. That evening we would enjoy a wonderful BBQ and then we would sit around a fire, tell stories of our youth and the impactful moments of our lives. Then I would tell everyone how much I loved each and every one of them and how THEY made my life so fulfilled and WONDERFUL!”- Bill Pintard (my dad)
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my dad, Bill
If eye only had one day left to live I would want to spend it with my family trying to do as many things as possible. We would travel west to New Zealand to be greeted by a helicopter and taken to a bridge. At that bridge we would go bungee jumping into a river to be greeted by a river raft. That river raft would take us down the river to get back on the plane and fly to Switzerland to go to the Alps for a delicious lunch with Swiss chocolate for dessert and a cappuccino. Then we would travel to Provence France and smell the lavender on a walk through the quaint town and have a quick pastry snack. Then we would travel to the Bahamas for lobster dinner at a restaurant and a spectacular sunset.”- Kris Pintard (my mom)
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my mom, Kris
If eye only had one day to live I would try to do as much as I can in one day! I would eat all my favorite foods at my favorite restaurants and I would spend as much time with my parents, sister, Ryan and Brooklyn as
I could. We would go to the beach or lake to go wake boarding or surfing. I would watch the sunset at the beach or lake.” -Brittney Pintard (my sister)
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my sister, Brittney
 As you can tell my family loves food, what food would you eat if you only had one day to live? let me know down below!!