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Creative Connection San Diego at The Pearl Hotel

Friday, July 13, 2012


I’m going to start by loosely quoting Easy A here and pretend to go around the group of people I just met and say ” Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome… now let’s change lives today.”
Creative Connection was a great experience. I showed up and immediately people were friendly, everyone was talking to each other about their individual creativities. I didn’t know exactly what to say about myself, but I remembered a think Danielle Laporte says in The Fire Starter Sessions about being enthusiastic and positive about whatever you are and are doing so I went with that. Basically my creativity right now is learning what my creativity is. 
I had my camera so people assumed it was photography which is actually true. I talked about this blog and the plans I have for it and where I’ve been and where I’m going. I talked a lot… 
I met awesome people and am so stoked. I drove home excited to blog and to look at my pictures and to keep trying new things. I was also excited to get back to The Fire Starter Sessions. I need to find (or start) one of those groups around here.
Anywho, the event was great, and The Pearl Hotel… fantastic. It reminded me of The Jupiter Hotel in Portland mixed with The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. There was a pool and a succulent wall and Tiffany blue towels and an outdoor shower and plastic globes in the water…
There was a drink called the Marie Antoinette which I had hopes of liking because there was champagne in it but alas it was too sweet for me so I reverted back to my tried and true, trusty dusty Diet Coke. 
Back to going on about The Pearl… There was a white backdrop/screen type thing attached to the balcony that you could see from any of the courtyard seats which I guess they play movies on sometimes. I should have asked to see one of the rooms, I wonder how they are decorated. 
The lounge where we were moved to after a couple of hours of chatting was covered in shag carpet and there were games galore… I saw a rock ’em sock ’em as well as an etch a sketch and Apples to Apples… I could imagine myself sitting there with a friend playing a game or two and just having a relaxing time. 
If I ever need a staycation and can’t go to Palm Springs (such a short drive really) then The Pearl would be a great choice. The servers, the bartender and everybody else was so nice and friendly and helpful. Good stuff.
Now I’m sitting at home invigorated and excited for all of the things I’m going to learn and I’m so stoked I went tonight. 
A big thank you to Jessica and Marissa for organizing and putting this thing together. So wonderful!
To everyone I met and somehow directed back here… you are lovely and fantastic and I’m so pumped to have met and had a chance to talk to you all. Please, please leave your information, blog links, twitter, pinterest, instagram etc links. I found myself with only two cards and I talked to way more lovely ladies than that. Still have to get a hang of the networking/sharing information thing!
With that all said, I think it’s time to get back to work on a project or two.

Memory Lane: Old Town

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

As mentioned in a previous post, I started a Meet Up group a couple of months ago. For our second walk around I chose Old Town. At first I couldn’t think of a specific place to meet but then I decided to search for a random landmark in the middle and go from there. So Johnson House it was. I never even went in the Johnson House but we did walk around the circle of the old style store fronts. 

Once we did a tour of that area and found all that we wanted to take pictures of I led the group to where I thought one of my childhood houses was. I was so right on the dot! I had NO IDEA when I was little that I had lived right in the middle of Old Town. How crazy is that? I mean, I was 5-7 years old at the time we lived there so I guess I can’t get too mad at myself for not paying too much attention, but it’s pretty rad.
So many little things had changed but the parking lot of the restaurant we lived right by was the same. I remembered learning to ride my bike in that parking lot. As I looked at the gate and the awning in front of the house I thought how odd it was that I didn’t remembered it even though it looked like it had been there for a while. Then I realized it’s been about 20 years since I’ve lived there. Twenty. years. Holy shoot!

After my little walk down memory lane we went back into the craziness (it was a Sunday after all) and found more things to take pictures of.

At one point we walked by the Whaley House but we didn’t want to pay to go in so we just kept walking to a small cemetery.

At one point we went into the Church of Immaculate Conception. Part of me felt odd taking pictures in there, but I just found the things so beautiful. Even if I don’t believe in what they preach (there wasn’t a service going on) can I still appreciate the beauty of it?
Honestly, if I were to get into a specific religion I could see Catholicism calling to me, mostly for the beautiful art that is created in it’s name.

Brian and I ended up getting really, really hungry so we ended the walk after about two or so hours, but it was another great time and I’m so stoked about how it’s turning out.
I’m just trying to figure out how to get other people to come out to the events. It doesn’t matter if I plan it a good two weeks in advance… so I’ve been emailing the people that have joined and seeing what they are hoping from the group.
If you’re in San Diego join up and we’ll have some photo adventures!

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