Too. Much. Adventure.
At the end of 2013, I felt like my life was lacking in the Big A-word. That’s why I had the idea for Project Adventure, so I could commit myself to trying new things, living outside of my comfort zone and taking risks. The spirit of this project has so thoroughly infused my life and my work, that some weeks it’s hard to pick which event should count as my adventure.
It’s also hard to find the time to sit down and write about all of my adventures. So you know how sitcoms have those recap shows, where the characters reminisce about their favorite memories and then they show a whole montage of scenes? Yeah, well this is the blog equivalent….
Week 33: Salsa dancing
On a sultry mid-summer night, Tom and I rode our bikes to The South End and checked out the free salsa dancing lessons put on by Metamovements. We then stood on the sidelines watching all the expert dancers shake their things, and felt very, very uncoordinated. I don’t think Tom has ever seemed more white and English, but he was a good sport in coming along on this adventure with me, even though he usually needs 4-5 beers before feeling brave enough to cut loose.
Week 34: FYF
I vowed that I would make it to a music festival this year, but I ended up having to work the weekends of Coachella, Bonaroo, OutsideLands and even Boston Calling. But by some miracle, I wasn’t working the weekend of FYF… AND some of my favorite hipster electro indie bands were playing including Phoenix, Tanlines, Blood Orange, Flying Lotus and Little Dragon. Plus, I’m kind of obsessed with LA and take any excuse to fly there, even for a whirlwind weekend.
I had an amazing time, partied a little too hard but didn’t fulfill my secret adventure goal of crowd surfing, so that’s still on the bucket list.
Week 35: Hot air balloon over Boulder, Colorado
Yeah, this one was about as amazing as it sounds. It was hard to decide what my favorite part of the whole experience was. There was the thrill of watching the balloon being prepped in front of a beautiful Boulder sunrise. There was taking off, up and away into the air, and soaring thousands of feet above the ground. There was the incredible view, with the whole world below looking like it was in miniature.
But I think I’d have to go with the landing, which was the most adventurous part of the whole experience. Basically, the guy steering the balloon picks a place and kind of hopes the wind takes us there. We aimed for the middle of a field, but ended up coming down with a big bump in the tall grass to the side of it, before the basket tipped over and we all ended up sideways. It was terrifying and awesome.
Week 36: Paint Nite
I am so, so bad at painting, drawing, sketching. Like, other people say they’re bad but I’m just awful. So going to something like Paint Nite can be hard for me, because I have a perfectionist streak. The thing about adventure is that it’s messy, uncontrolled and not always perfect (see hot air balloon landing, above). The same could be said for Paint Nite, and the piece of “art” I created.
For some reason, I expected this was going to be an upmarket, elegant affair with wine, cheese and maybe a few people wearing berets. Instead, the whole event was kind of like a frat party, hosted by a painter who had a Boston accent thicker than the oil paints we were using and a tendency to interrupt the lesson to make us chant.
When I say Paint, you say Nite!
Attending Paint Nite with my GBF and drinking a lot of beer made for a truly great adventure. My painting? Mmmmm. I might stick to my day job, unless anyone is in the market for an artist who can make any building look like a phallic symbol.
Week 37: 3 AM shoot
I’ve made an effort not to make many of my adventures work-related, because the whole point of this year-long project was to create some space for myself outside of running a business. Yet, one of the biggest impacts of Project Adventure has been on the spirit with which I approach my work. I want to try new things, take risks and not go for the easy option. Which is why we decided to set the alarm for 2:30 AM so we could capture the last mile of Kritika and Josh’s drive from Ohio to Boston a few days before their intimate ceremony in The Public Garden. Stay tuned for the video….
Week 38- Orchard pit stop
I went from filming an elopement in Boston to a good friend’s wedding in Brooklyn and had one day to get back to Boston and get ready to fly to LA for a shoot. But thanks to #ProjectAdventure, I still made time to stop for cider donuts, pumpkins and some harvest-themed photography while on the road.
Week 39- Bollywood dreams
We’ve filmed a number of Indian weddings, and every times I am SO JEALOUS of the beautiful saris, bindis and henna. I have been not so secretly wishing for a chance to experience it all for myself, and I have the lovely Kritia & Josh to thank. Kritika brought me a sari all the way from India and before we filmed her Indian reception, one of her aunts helped me make my way into it through a complex series of folding, pinning and tucking. Not only that, I got a bindi and at the end of the night, managed to sneak in some henna on my hands. Dream. Come. True.
What will week 40 bring, people? I’m exhausted just thinking about it….