Feed Your Gypsy Soul!
HIGHLIGHTS: Motivational speech from a NOT granola girl
by Donna M. Brown
A gypsy soul.
Okay, lest you get the wrong impression, I am NOT a granola girl (although I have always longed to be). I do not have perfectly tanned, supple skin, I don’t walk around with a designer water bottle, I don’t look adorable in a pony tail, and I do NOT wear Spandex biking shorts with hiking boots and rolled down socks. Dude, if you see me in Spandex biking wake up, you are having a freaking nightmare.
I am a middle-aged grandma with four really neat children, children-in-law and five adorable grandchildren. I want to be able to show my family the beauty in life. Sometimes in order to find that beauty you really have to look. I find it by traveling to different locations and by consciously looking for what is absolutely amazing everywhere I go. I long to see new things, meet new people and be enlightened by the sites, scents, smells, sounds and feelings of new places. I’m pretty sure that’s because I have a gypsy soul.
I most often find healing magnificence in nature. Let’s face it, there is no better artist than our Creator; but, if you know where to look you will find expressions of love and appreciation everywhere you look. One of my favorite places to explore is downtown Salt Lake City. There is a vibrancy to the city that I can’t really explain. I understand that part of the attraction for me is the fact that I lived there as a child. I lived in what is now dubbed the “Marmalade District.” It isn’t far from the Utah State Capitol and in fact I spent many days playing on the capitol steps surrounded by all that is the Utah’s power center.
Isn’t it Time You Left Home?
Whether you are hiking in the back country, or roaming the city streets, there is nothing like a breath of fresh air to renew your senses and get your heart beating again. While leaving home might seem a relatively easy thing to do, it is sometimes those first steps that keep people from a world of inspiring beauty.
Get up. Put your shoes on. Go. It really is that simple. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. If you start by exploring your immediate world, it doesn’t have to cost any money, really. All you need is a love of or a desire for:
Downtown Salt Lake City, UT is one of the most beautiful city’s to me. It is near and dear to my heart because I have brilliant memories of the years I spent with my mother and father there. My father was a sports editor for the Salt Lake Tribune for 25 years. He was literally starving for adventure and excitement and that hunger was instilled in his children. My mother shared his love of all things beautiful and spent years packing her four children and the neighbor children to museums, parks, churches, plays — anything that would give our little minds a clear understanding of the importance of taking an interest in our surroundings.
In this day an age of “electronic bliss,” it is more important than ever to encourage our youth to look for signs of life.
Whatever your city is, wherever your city is, take a little time to wander. If you happen to visit Salt Lake City, be sure to stroll through the Avenues District where you will find wonderful Victorian homes – large and small – full of character and alive with history. Make it a goal to spend two hours exploring without spending one dime!
Take it all in and take it with you. Memories like these will last a lifetime. There are so many truly mind-boggling places to see. Maybe it’s time to break up with your TV?
Go places with My Gypsy Sole and travel until your shoes fall off.