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?