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I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and although at times it feels like I’ve seen every nook and cranny of this city I know there’s so much more to be explored. As soon as I feel the travel itch coming on I start to look up flights from here to Timbuktu (FYI they’re not cheap). If I booked every cheap flight I found, yes I would have seen the whole world by now, but I’d probably also be swimming in a pool of debt. So, I’ve found ways to embrace the world around me and see my own city through new eyes.
1. Photograph New Places in My City
One of my favorite things to do is to put aside a couple hours to go photograph. I find that going behind the lens gives me a new perspective. I notice unique architecture, people interacting, and scenes that I would otherwise pass by. You don’t need a fancy camera to do this, even your phone camera is good enough. This morning on my walk to get coffee I told myself I’d find patterns. Suddenly my whole view on the street (that I’ve walked down about over 1,000 times now) changed. I could see patterns popping up everywhere. It was inspiring to say the least.
2. Try New Activities
Another way to gain a new perspective of your city is to try something totally new. I mentioned how I’m going to try out the sensory deprivation tank — I’m still so nervous! Even an activity like enjoying dinner at a new restaurant works. Whenever I feel like I’ve done it all here I go online and see what I might have missed. Exploring a new farmer’s market is a favorite activity my family and I like to do together on the weekends. Stepping out from the norm can really pay off.
3. Take my Daughter to My Favorite Spots
The best way for me to get a fresh, new look at my city is seeing it through my daughter’s eyes. I have quite a few favorite spots around LA that I love to take her to, and each time we go I find that we both come back with something new. Yes, there are times that I take her to my absolute favorite shop and find myself a little stunned that she’s not quite as amused. I like to take these opportunities to talk to her about why this place is so special to me, and she tells me about places she finds so special to her, too. It’s these moments that make these places even more special for the both of us.
Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family. Follow Jaime on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.