I have not posted in a while since the first half of this year have been a bit much for me, but I am back and ready to share some of my thoughts, experiences, and new direction for my blog. In addition to featuring creative artists on acolorfuldreamer.com, I am also going to feature my amazing life experiences showcasing the things I love to do the most- living my BEST life ever. I hope you enjoy this adventurous journey with me…it will be worth your while.
While on my brief hiatus, I made a commitment to spending more time allowing myself to truly be present in experiences that take place in my life. I created an “Experiences Bucket-list,” which includes a list of restaurants, cities & countries to visit, and events I wish to attend in 2017. One of the events I was very adamant about attending is called the “Vueve Clicquot Polo Classic,” which has taken place every first Saturday in June for the past 10 years. Unbeknownst to me, this year was the 10 year anniversary and one of my favorite artists, Alicia Keys, was performing- so this naturally increased urgency for me to book my tickets!
For the past four years, I have lived vicariously through friends on my social media timelines who attend this very beautiful and classy event. Traditionally, the tickets sell out quickly, so I asked my close friend Courtney (photo on left), an avid member of this elite squad, to inform me when the tickets would go on sale. Courtney made sure to inform me and everything worked out better than I expected! With flawless execution, I invited my friends from NY, NJ, and DC to share this experience with me
. Everyone purchased their tickets on time, and we were well on our way to kicking the summer off right!
The Polo Classic takes place at the gorgeous Liberty State Park in Jersey City; in order to get there from NYC, I had to take the Ferry docked at Bryant Park. Upon arriving to Bryant Park to check in, I was so impressed by all the amazing style that my eyes were witnessing. Women were dressed in bright colors along with floral prints, wearing impressive hats, and the men all looked dapper in their bright colored suits! It looked as though everyone was attending Easter Sunday service. I found a spot on the Ferry overlooking the Statue of Liberty- all of a sudden, I had this liberating feeling come over me. I was reminded, in that moment, that I am keeping my promise to myself & I am checking an experience off of my list; I was so proud of myself!
Once off the Ferry, there was a 10-20 minute walk to the park, I naturally stopped to purchase my first glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé. Afterwards, my friend and I found the perfect spot to set up our picnic. We had the best view of the Statue of Liberty & the polo match that would take place later that afternoon. Our picnic included strawberries, cheese & crackers, and of course, water. Since this an all day event, next year, I now know to pack more food and drinks. Nonetheless, we did well with what we had and what we purchased to eat at the gourmet food trucks.
Once the rest of my friends met up with with us, the day really kicked into high gear. The sky was abnormally clear and blue with the clouds looking fluffier than ever, it made for a beautiful backdrop for our pics; the weather was absolutely perfect. After a while, I began seeing more people I have not seen in a while, which made for an even more memorable experience.
I mixed and mingled so much, I missed the polo match and the Alicia Keys performance. Luckily, the speakers were loud enough for me to still hear what was going on with the match and Alicia Key’s performance. The day was winding down, but the vibes in the atmosphere was so pure, it seemed like it was hard for everyone to leave the park. In order to get back to New York, the Ferry was the best mode of transportation, but I decided to hang out with my friends a bit more in New Jersey since I do not get a chance to spendthat much time with them; it was so hard to say goodbye.
On the way back to the city, I began to reflect on how my year was going so far, and the only word that came to mind was, blessed. I am blessed to have a great job, family and friends that love me, and to have the audacity to live my best life ever. The past two years has been pretty rough for my family and I. I now realize how short life is. While we are here, we must make the most of it. That includes doing any and everything you want to do in your life without regrets. A life filled with regrets and resentment is a horrible one and very pointless. I encourage you to make an “Experiences Bucket-list” to live your best life.
When making this list, think of everything that scares you first, write them down. Think of places you have always wanted to go but thought to yourself, “I cant afford it” write it down. Think of restaurants or food festivals you have always wanted to attend but kept pushing it aside for next year, write it down. Then figure out which ones are realistic in accomplishing per quarter for the year. Make the necessary plans/budgets in order for you to check them off your list. If this does not happen, then it will never happen and you will live how I was.. vicariously through others that have made the commitment to themselves to life their best lives ever.
If your friends can do it, you can do it too, you just have to have the audacity to do so. Remember, we work hard to live, we do not live to work. Take the time to tap into your colorful thoughts, make your bucket list of life and experiences and go ahead and live a life you could not have imagined in your wildest dreams.
Until Our Next Adventure,
Your Colorful Dreamer