Participating in Natalie Sisson - The Suitcase Entrepreneur’s 15 Day blog challenge, yesterday’s challenge, Day 14 was: What ONE thing are you going to do in the location you are in right now that is going to make you feel alive and feel like a tourist?
When I first saw the challenge I remembered back to living in London and towards the end of my five year stint thinking, what if I don’t ever come back. So I set myself a challenge, bought the Rough Guide to London and made three lists: A - the must do’s before I leave ; B - self explanatory, it’s the B list; and C - if I have time. And with a deadline in mind, the outstanding A’s (most I had done early on in my OE) got done quickly, crossed off all on the B list and a few of the C’s. And now what I love about returning to London is that I simply get to visit my favourite haunts, catch up with friends and enjoy the city for what it is.
But in Auckland, there’s one thing I do pretty much every day and that’s head out along Tamaki Drive. It might be a walk along the beachfront that meanders from St Heliers to the Ports of Auckland - the route of the infamous Round The Bays Fun Day (Sunday 8 March). Pilates in St Heliers - we have the most amazing views from the Peak Pilates studio, and it makes the spinalates class go so much faster too! Or driving to a meeting in the city. And regardless of the traffic snarls and delays - peak hour traffic, waterfront events, hot sunny days and half of Auckland trying to get to the beach for a swim, I never fail to enjoy that view.
There is always something happening out on the water: paddleboarders; kite surfers and kayakers; the huge luxury cruise liners that majestically appear in the habour over summer; the ferries that make you want to take a day off and escape to Waiheke; the midweek yacht racing on summer evenings and let’s not forget the people watching.
It’s very easy to get immersed in the day to day stuff - making time to enjoy where you live should be fun. So think about why you live where you do; set yourself a challenge to play tourist this weekend and enjoy your fabulous home town. I love where I live but I’m excited to be off to the Hawkes Bay this weekend and will definitely be in tourist mode!
Have a fantastic weekend.