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Vegas, Baby!

25 Aug

Confession…I’d never been to Vegas.

I know, I know. I’ve lived in LA for 3 years and still hadn’t ventured over to Vegas.

So color me delighted when my family decided to make our first annual mini reunion a Vegas vaca. Woot!

My parents and siblings and I all live spread throughout the country, so we typically only all get together at Christmas.

Enter Vegas.

I drove, obviously. Road trip. Woot! And it meant I got to stop at Seven Magic Mountains- the cool art sculpture in the middle of the dessert.

Having parents and littles there, plus the bro and sis meant we got to have wholesome days, and scandalous nights 😉

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We also took a road trip within a road trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Yosemite still has my heart, but it was magnificent.

FullSizeRender2IMG_0501You know I also had to sneak away and explore the art district.

Honestly though, after a couple of stressful weeks, just being with the family is precisely what my soul needed.

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Palos Verdes Shipwreck Hike

3 Jul

One of the fun things about living in L.A. is that there are ton of new little random bits of history sprinkled into it to explore.

This week’s exploration was of the SS Dominator shipwreck ruins in Palos Verdes. The ship was marooned back in the 60s, and is now mostly underwater. But there are a few rusted pieces that remain on shore.palos verdes shipwreck Hike 3.jpg

This was not the easiest hike, as the trek is basically entirely across the rocky shoreline. But Palos Verdes is so beautiful, and the weather was spectacular, which alone made this trip worthwhile.

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There were tons of cool little tide pools, little crabs, and other typical beach side finds.

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The wreckage itself is not going to blow you away if you’re expecting a big pirate ship, treasure, etc. But there are still some big pieces that were cool to see and explore.

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That includes this big piece that looked like a giant fish head.

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And this one. I’m still trying to figure out what it was.

The whole hike itself only took about 2 hours round trip. There were only a few other people on the trail, so it was mostly peaceful. Of course, I did get hustled out of my water bottle by a random guy and his kid. What can I say? I’m a big ol’ softy.

The kid inside me is satisfied. What kid doesn’t want to go searching for sunken ships?

 

The Little Paper Terrorist

16 Mar

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So, for the past several weeks, I’ve been writing my next project. I’ve never worked on one like this before, and its not easy. I think I hate it. Well, actually I love it, but the line between the two is really thin, right? I hate the way it makes me think about it all the time. I hate that friends call me, and instead of calling them back, I sit at my computer and work on this thing. I hate that even in auditions, callbacks, and shoots, its at the back of my mind- nagging at me to finish it.

When I found myself in a major writing slump,  I asked friends for advice. Fellow writers, actors, 9 to 5ers. Ultimately, it was a kid that provided the  simple advice that got me out of my slump and back into a good flow: “Write until its not fun anymore. Anyway, if its not fun, no one will want to read it anyway.” Funny where ideas and inspiration come from.

So I put it away for a couple weeks, focused on the rest of my life,  and am pleased to say I’m more happy with it now than ever before. Stay tuned 🙂

Top 10 Reasons Kids are doing it Right

2 Oct

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Ever hear that saying “Everything I ever needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten”?  It basically talks about sharing, being a good friend, and how to take care of yourself. Really good, solid life lessons. But, have you ever thought about what would happen if we as adults could still get away with some of things that kids can? How much better the world would be? Think about it. Kids can:

1. Walk up to a strange kid in  the park and ask “wanna be best friends?” Imagine walking up to a complete stranger in the mall and saying “Hey! You’re wearing jeans and I’m wearing jeans too! We have so much in common! Wanna be my new best friend?!

2. Have a huge fight with a friend, then instantly forgive them. Remember this: your friend won’t share with you. So you say “I’m not your friend anymore!” Then two seconds later, the shiny stickers are gone, you’ve therefore forgotten the offense, and you’re playing together again. When’s the last time you’ve instantly forgiven someone for what you’d deemed a major crime?

4. Assume only the best of everyone. Once I worked at summer camp with very young kids. They were all preparing to go to various kindergartens in the fall. I asked them to draw a picture of what their new teacher and friends at their new schools would be like. Ten students, every single one of them drew their new classmates and teachers with happy, smiling faces. None could even imagine anything different.

5. Laugh. Library, church, funeral.. No one would look twice at the kid rolling around on the floor in side-splitting hysterics. Admit it- you’re in a meeting with your boss, and he’s being all serious.. You kinda want to laugh.

6. Live everyday like its an adventure. Things have been bleak. There’s not much food. Little water. The last hope for the masses (or, at least, for the family) is for you and mom to cross the dreary terrain. If you could just make it from aisle one to aisle seventeen, there might (just might) be hope for mankind.

Remember that? Just going to the grocery store with your mom was epic.

7. Imagine limitlessly. Suppose someone presented you with a problem. How can I get to [blank] in time to [blank], for example. And your response was allowed to include unicorns, magic bubbles, fairy dust, and chocolate chip cookies. Granted, it may not be entirely helpful at the moment, but limitless innovation is always beneficial in the long run.

8. Love unashamedly. You’re never left guessing how a kid feels about those around them. Kids aren’t afraid to hug their family and friends. And they can just as easily dish out a “you’re mean and I don’t like you”.  

9. Share their cookies with a stranger they just met. How freaked would you be if a grownup on a train offered your kid a cookie from an open container? A kid does it, and its automatically cute and sweet that they’re sharing

10. Skip everywhere. I’m not sure this technically would make the world better, but it’d definitely make it more fun. And make for better people-watching. Adults of all ages skipping through the aisles of their local Target? That’s gold.

My Subconscious Can Beat up your Subconscious

28 Sep

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Had a dream last night I was mountain climbing. I was with people I didn’t know-but higher and higher we climbed. The higher we got, the more scarce the footholds became. They were getting smaller too. I remember in the dream, I was getting nervous because I was becoming aware of the likelihood that I was going to fall. One more step across an opening and we were going to be at our destination. Everybody else made it, and then it was my turn.

I saw the fall before it even happened. I began to plummet further and further. For some reason, the dream slowed down and I was falling in slow motion and very aware of my thoughts. I was thinking to myself “I can’t believe they did this to me. They set me up”. I knew someone wanted me to fall. And I wasn’t referencing the group of people-I was talking about one specific person. I was completely calm; I wasn’t afraid; I wasn’t bitter; I was just aware.

I closed my eyes and allowed my senses to take over: The cool air rushing past.. The faint screams of the people I was with calling after me… Usually in a dream, this is when people wake up- that moment when you know you’re about to hit the ground. But I didn’t wake up. I wasn’t worried. I just awaited that hit. And then it came- I splashed into a pool of water and swam to the surface.

My interpretation- My subconscious reminding me to have faith and to stop holding myself back from success. Yup- dream Nikita is mega deep.

Marvelous Monday

27 Aug

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Don’t judge me, but I totally love Mondays-I could barely sleep last night. Monday is like the week’s blank slate. Who knows what wonderful opportunities lie ahead for the week. I love that. Another week to get work done. Another week to continue to follow my dreams. It’s a brand new start, make the most of it. Happy Monday, everyone.