Your kids are playing sports, learning to play the piano & taking an art class (or two). But what about YOU? I’ve always taken the words of Henry Ford to heart… “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” So, in the pursuit of the fountain of youth, I try to learn something new everyday. As you will soon learn, Aimee feels the same way. Today, she is sharing with us some of her “favorite lessons” in Orange County…
I think almost every parent would agree that it’s important to encourage our kids to try new things, to learn, to step out of their comfort zones. But, do we offer ourselves that same encouragement? I personally think growing and learning shouldn’t stop just because we get older, in fact, getting older is an even bigger reason to embrace a new skill or hobby. I mean let’s face it, time is ticking and our true passions may still be out there just waiting to be unlocked. So, when my dear friend called and said, “I know what I want to do for my 36th birthday, I want to take surf lessons!” I didn’t hesitate for a second. Surfing is something I’ve always wanted to learn, and I truly believe that if I’m lucky enough to live this close to the ocean and to enjoy beautiful weather 98% of the time, the least I can do is learn to surf!
Completely excited about our pending adventure my girlfriend and I decided to call Mary at Girl in the Curl surf school in Laguna Beach. Girl in the Curl has been providing quality surfing lessons to youth and adults in California and Hawaii for more than 21 years. First time lessons usually take place at Doheny State Beach, but due to conditions, Mary took us to San Onofre Beach instead. We spent the first 20 minutes on the sand, just sitting on our boards learning the fundamentals.
Mary was patient and informative, explaining crucial things like how to protect yourself from other surfers and how important it is to become “one with your board”, which means, don’t let the board go or it will come back and whack you in the head!
After our lesson on the sand, we grabbed our boards and hit the ocean. Mary was there to help us navigate the waves and to time them so that we pushed off to stand up at just the right moment. My friend and I both got up (yay!), my friend much more often than I did, but I was thrilled that I got my two feet on the board and my body upright, if even for a brief moment.
More important than learning how to get up on a surfboard, I learned a bigger lesson, I learned that getting out and trying something new is exhilarating and makes you feel younger and stronger than ever. So grab a friend, your spouse, or venture off by yourself and learn something new this month. You’ll be happy you did.
Here is a list of my favorite lessons in Orange County:
* Cooking at Laguna Culinary Arts
* Dancing at Arthur Murray Studios
* Surfing at Girl in the Curl
* All Things Art at Laguna College of Art
* Ceramics & Pottery at Muddy’s Studio
I was born and raised in Connecticut and lived in Philadelphia, London and Boston prior to moving to Orange County. So, I consider myself an East Coaster who is embracing the West Coast lifestyle. My amazing husband and two children (a two year old daughter and a four year old son) make my world go round. I believe balance is the key to life and strive to achieve it every day. My background is in marketing, and through the years I’ve been lucky enough to promote things I truly love; children’s fashion, natural and organic food and yoga! I also love exploring, learning and sharing and that’s just what I hope to do here.