Thursday, May 11, 2006

How to Relieve Angst from Living in Los Angeles (or whatever urban frustrations you're currently experiencing)

Hey,

So it's been a challenging few months. The pollen count, the smog, the traffic, the rampant expletives @#$%^@!$#^$ I'm suffering from some pretty overwhelming frustrations. So what do I do when this happens? I dream. Certainly it doesn't improve the air quality or make the road that less traveled, but it's a lot better for the body than a regular dose of Advil.

Dreaming of... changing your lifestyle

My sister bought a fabulous house about 15 miles North of Los Angeles (which takes an hour to get to). And really I have to say that I can't stop thinking about it. There's a whole website for this house built by the broker. It has a pool, rolling lawn, it's always sunny (in the mountains), the foyer is two stories, the countertops are granite, there's room for things everywhere. And it cost about 20% less than what that same house would cost here in the city. Her kids can play and go to school without danger of guns and knives. It seems like such a slower lifestyle where you're not always rushing and slamming on the breaks. So I started dreaming on realtor.com.

Try doing a search in Raleigh, NC for a house on more than 1 acre property with at least 4beds. You'll find a gorgeous plantation style horse property with a gorgeous circular driveway and a pool house! Oh yea, for less than $800K. Nice. Or in San Diego, a contemporary dream in downtown with some famous architect's name and a martini bar guaranteed to make the drinks taste better.

Now, dreaming is just the first step to finding a solution and you can't spend your whole life dreaming. I'm just sharing my dreams with you and hopefully it will help you to create your own aspirations.

Dreaming of... Getting away

Two books for a bit of heaven at your desk: 1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. This book offers you a five minute vacation by just randomly opening to a page and letting yourself go there in your mind. Traveling is one of the best ways to learn about yourself and it's no wonder that when we feel like we are stuck in a rut, that we think about leaving the stress behind and adventuring into a new world.

The next book may be harder to find but well worth it. There is a hotel partnership called Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH.com) and they have the most phenomenal boutique hotels throughout the world. My afternoon break today I visited Wharekauhau Country Estate, New Zealand (page 107) and in my mind I strolled by the lake at sunset wearing sandals and a white dress with a glass on New Zealand crisp, steel barrel aged wine. I let the sound of the country side just relax me one muscle at a time. (Or forget the book and just browse the website)

And you know, my angst is a bit lighter, my outlook a bit more energized ... hope you feel the same.

Oops- off topic. I forgot to tell you about an Aussie or NZ deal! Well, if you're looking for a big adventure, check out the Qantas Aussie AirPass. They've bundled your international flights with 3 free flights in Australia starting at $999. How can they make any money on this?

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