Creating a Meaningful Life- Life's Simple Pleasures

In the last 10 months I have taken classes and done research on activities that have created meaning in my life. What I haven’t touched on are the activities and traditions that I have taken part in for longer than 10 months that bring joy and meaning to my life. Lately I’ve been thinking about my own Halloween traditions. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays because of the candy, the costumes, and the fact that it is in fall. To celebrate this year, we carved pumpkins, indulged my sweet tooth and bought $25 worth of candy from a Scandinavian candy store in the West Village Sockerbit, and we will be dressing up for a party at my sister’s house in San Francisco this weekend. Those first two traditions have made me very happy the last few weeks and I know dressing up as characters from a TV show I have recently fallen in love with again (Gilmore Girls) will really make me happy. I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Luke and Lorelai

Creating a Meaningful Life: Taking Art Classes

CAML- ArtI’ve been a bit slack with my meditation since returning from our various trips and vacations but I am excited to get back into a routine with that. It was really fun to share all the different places I meditated in during the last month, but I also want to try something new. My next journey on the path to Creating a Meaningful Life is going to be taking art classes! I was never patient enough for anything art or craft related (except drawing floor plans for my dream homes) and I don’t have a natural talent for it so it was never something I pursued when I was younger. In the last couple of years though I have participated in the popular BYOB paint nights that are popping up all over the country. These events have been fun, and I have been pleasantly surprised that my finished products haven’t been too hideous. I realized that I enjoy painting and creating something that I can put on my wall when I am done. Since I have never had any formal training in it, I thought it would be fun to take a class and learn the basics like color mixing, and working with different mediums. That way I can confidently start making things for myself and others outside of the paint night atmosphere. So, I will be taking a Foundation Art in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture at the Creatively WILD Art Studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn for six weeks.

The classes don’t start for another couple of weeks, so until then I am going to take a little break from this series. I will begin posting about this journey on September 10 and will continue sharing what I have learned and my progress for the six weeks following then. I can’t wait to see what taking an art class is like!

Are you doing anything new this fall to create your own meaningful life?

Creating a Meaningful Life: Creative Writing Classes

CreatingAMeaningfulLifeImmediately upon entering the classroom one day, we were given a prompt. We wrote for ten minutes about a getaway. Some people in class got very creative with the prompt. Stories of dogs getting away after eating a cake, or of leaving the apartment of a one night stand in the early morning hours.  The first thing that popped into my head though was a criminal getaway. He soared over a flight of stairs. He bounced and swerved, barely righting himself again before peddling as fast as his lanky legs would allow on his kid neighbor’s prized Christmas present. He stole a quick glance behind and was startled to see the two men had managed to catch up with him again. It was especially surprising to see that the shorter one with legs as thick as 1000-year-old oak trunks had kept up.

He took a hard left sending a group of pigeons scurrying and darting out of his way. As they did the bike’s chain popped and threw him off with a jerk. He saw the glint of their badges first. He tripped to his feet as they drew closer and prayed he’d have better luck losing them without the hinderance of his poor choice of getaway vehicle.