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Posted by on January 27, 2012

We’re all living, but we all have different approaches to life, and to living.  There are those that prefer to go out on the town and be surrounded with friends whenever possible.

There are those who start a family, raise their children, and their family is what truly encompasses their lives (which, to me, family is always #1)

Then there are those who are homebodies, who don’t like the night life, as much, but would you consider them to not being living a life?

Life is how you choose to live it.  How you choose to make it in the world.  Life is based on decisions you have made throughout the years.  Although, often times, things happen that you truly have no control over.

I’m curious about you, my readers, in how you choose to live life?

For me, let me share with all of you in how I live mine.

One thing I’ve always loved about life is travelling and exploring new areas.  So, when I moved to LA, it was like I truly hit the jackpot.  As I researched all that was available my list only grew bigger and bigger.  A year and a half later I look back on that list and realize I’ve hit almost everything.  It was quite simple: I wanted to hit the majority of museums, botantical gardens, and anything related to art in this town.  Those were my loves, what I truly enjoyed.

LACMA is still my all time favorite museum in LA, and I’ve been yearning to go back there to see the huge “Metropolis” exhibit.  Where, Chris Burden, designed a racecar course that literally looks like a vast and moving city.  Over 500 cars move at once.  And I promised a dear friend I would check it out in person to see it, on behalf of him.

The other thing is when I first moved to LA, I was literally petrified of driving anywhere in this city because of all the cars around at any time of the day wherever you went, wherever you drove.  I wasn’t use to that in my streets of Minnesota.  But,overtime, and with the help of my job where I was in my car driving throughout the entire city, I learned the streets of LA, and the freeway system, and ironically, know the city better than my SO who’s been living here for over 10 years.

But the other part is that I finally tracked down my passions in life: photography, art, wine, writing and travel.  Since moving down here how have I encompassed all these things into my life?

Well, I joined photography groups that got me out shooting in the city to explore, visit, and see the city in an entirely new way with photographers that are a hell of a lot better than myself.  But, through this, I’ve learned so much, improved on my photos, and began to look at photography differently.  In the beginning, I had no idea how to shoot night photography, or how to do long exposures.  I even refused to own a tripod,but that all changed.

As far as Art goes, the first 2 months I lived down here, I got one of my photos put into an art exhibit then I figured out how to drive downtown to see the exhibit.

It’s the sailboat shot.  It’s still my all time favorite picture, and one of the first sunset pictures I took when I was down here.

As for when I discovered my love of writing: I browsed the writing jobs every day on Craigslist, applied for many, but received an awesome opportunity where I occassionally cover events around the Los Angeles area.  I’ve done play reviews, event reviews, but it’s opened up my way of viewing Los Angeles differently.  I’ve also had a few other opportunities where I get to take a more in depth view of this city, and I’m truly fortunate for those opportunities.  One thing I realized is that you just have to put yourself out there.  It’s not always easy for me, as I’m an introvert, and have social anxiety, but I push myself through it.

My love of wine was found while out here.  And through the help of twitter I’m continuing to learn about new wines, and I’m hoping to visit some wineries this upcoming year within California.

And, of course, travel.  Since moving out to California, my travel bug has been put on hold because there’s just so much to explore in this state alone.  But I’m hoping to branch out into other areas of California this upcoming year.  The first stop: Temecula.

So, tell me again, how are you choosing to live your life?


15 Responses to What MAKES a LIFE?

  1. Sid (@SidMILB)

    I’m not where I want to be right now in my relationship or my career, so I try to focus on being around people who care about me and who make me smile and feel warm. Day by day for now. Things will improve.

    Congratulations on your adventures in L.A.; there is SO much to do here. I just am making sure I see and participate in some things instead of staying in my little bubble.

    • jamiegall1930

      I completely understand on the career thing. Frankly, I’m scared I’m never going to get there. But yes, surrounding yourself with good company is always a good thing. I’m still “looking” for my good company down here

  2. Debra

    I’m past the career thing… I am now a home-executive and think I’m even busier now. Of course, my priorities are different now too. I am happy to say that I LOVE MY LIFE!

  3. Marie Noelle

    I choose to be a mom so the career thing isn’t going to be a big thing for me… I don’t want to be working all the time without seeing my son growing up and this is what would happen if I was trying to get a good job in my field… I had one at some point and was working 70-80 hours a week… (I know it sounds crazy but yes, it was 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, minimum…) So I’m actually really happy to be a mom!!!

    • jamiegall1930

      Being a mom is one of the greatest accomplishments in life, but it is also one of the most challenging. I’m truly happy for you =)

  4. Alexis Grace

    I absolutely agree that everyone has different passions- and that some of those are more active than others.
    But only living vicariously though others (where your greatest adventure is watching tv) is concerning.

    As for my life—-
    You and I have a lot in common! I love Art, History, Travel, Writing, Fashion, and Photography.

    We should get together and visit LACMA some time!

    • jamiegall1930

      I’d definitely be up for that!!!

      Oh, I agree on living vicariously through others when all a person does is watch TV =) I use to be the kind of person that admired others in the lives they lived and what they were accomplishing.

      Then one day I opened my eyes and saw the big picture and realize I could do it too… it starts in believing in your self, knowing yourself, and then taking control of your life from there =)

  5. Fresh Brothers

    Jamie – This is your best post yet!

    I am choosing to live my life surrounded by happy, positive and supportive people. I’ve chosen to oust some family members out of my life because they are awful and mean and just frankly terrible. Friends are the new family. And thankfully there is some family left to love!

    • jamiegall1930

      Thank you so much Debbie!!!

      It really is about surrounding yourself with supportive/loving people. That’s what makes life enjoyable. Thanks for you comment. I really appreciated it.

  6. Bibi

    Wonderful Post, Jamie. I am at the point of my life where I am truly happy. My family is everything to me and together we love to live and have adventure every day. I am married to my soul mate for almost 20 year and despite being married he allows me and helps me to grow as an individual. Few years ago I found my passion which I turned into a career and I love what I do. So to answer your question….I chose to live my life with gratitude and positivity surrounded by my family and close friends doing what I love. To quote Debra: “I LOVE MY LIFE!” and I wake up every morning thinking that it will be the best day of my life.

    I hope you will get to follow your passion of travel very soon.

    • jamiegall1930

      Ahhhhh… it really shows in the person that you are. I’m truly glad you’ve found your happiness with your family. Pretty incredible if you ask me =)

      All things aren’t quite balanced for me yet, but I know I’m on my way there =)

  7. Christina

    This is a really wonderful post.In the last year, I’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness that has drastically changed what was once my idea of “life”. I’m no longer able to do so many things that I used to do. I rarely even get out of the house. But, I refuse to let that depress me. I have my children and my husband and my TV and my internet. I am happy. It’s tough to make so many adjustments, but I just have a new normal now. And I’ve found new things I love, like web design and blogging.

    • jamiegall1930

      It really takes one moment in time to change a path’s direction. But I’m still glad to hear you’ve found your happiness, and it’s being surrounded by your family and love ones. And well, I love your blog too 😉

  8. Lisa D.B. Taylor

    I have a passion for learning. I love to travel, read, write, experience new things through whatever means possible. And of course I’m busy with my family, my kids – homeschooling opens doors to all sorts of learning opportunities 😉

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