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Judy Garland mused it best in 1939 when she strolled along a haystack and crooned “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  We’ve all been there – wanting to see if the grass really was greener on the other side of the rainbow. Except it’s the middle of summer and there aren’t many rainbows around. Or are there?

This week’s Secret of SoCal is the Micheltorena Stairs.

Sitting upon these colorful stairs, I reflected on my feelings of fulfillment or lack there of regarding how this summer turned out. How do I know if I had a fulfilling summer? Inspiration birthed from my visit to these rainbow stairs and caused me to create my four-step plan for a fulfilling summer.

Step One: Attend a Music Festival

I know what you’re thinking, mostly because I thought it too. “I’m not that kind of person.” Well why not? Attending a music festival was the highlight of my summer. Sure, it was hot and dusty and sticky, but that’s all part of the fun. So pick a festival, gather your squad, and buy your tickets today.

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Step Two: Learn Something New

When I created my website I grew fascinated by the codes and languages used. Through watching hours of Youtube video tutorials and reading dozens of textbooks, I learned basic design languages such as html and css. Find something you’ve always been curious about and learn more about it! You don’t have to become a pro, but who knows where your passion will take you?

Step Three: Spend Time With New Friends

Expanding your friendship circle can definitely be scary. What if they don’t laugh at memes of Taylor Swift’s cat like I do? Will they appreciate my tumblr? What if there’s awkward silence? Odds are, if you’re trying to spend time with this potential bff, you’ll get along with them. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone, you know, but it’s nice to mix things up.

Step Four: Indulge in Your Obsession Openly (if said obsession is healthy) 

As most of you know, I’m somewhat of a huge Taylor Swift fan. It’s not so much of a phase as it is a lifestyle that I fully embrace. Of course I’m going to her 1989 tour this summer… twice. I’ve never dressed up for her tours until this summer. I don’t care that I’m wearing a tutu and tiara to the 1989 tour (twice) because I love the costumes that my friends and I made. Whatever your obsession or passion is, go all out regardless of how silly you think it may seem. It’s important to openly embrace what you love.

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Sometimes we put up walls up and set imaginary, yet powerful, boundaries because we think that it’s safer. I tend to excuse myself by saying that I would know if it were right for me. He just wasn’t the right guy for me. It just wasn’t my type of thing. But here’s the catch- what if the imaginary walls that are intended to keep us safe, are really just stifling our personal growth? How do we know what’s just over the rainbow unless we try to find out? So create a four-step plan or use mine. I promise you wont regret it.

Check back next week for another Secret of SoCal.

And remember- Take Care of This Moment.

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