Sunday, August 5, 2012

And Where Do You “Where To?”: Guest Writer Brook Turner, Creator of “Thankful For a Million”

I’m not quite sure how or when I first connected with writer Brook Turner.

Perhaps it was when she asked to interview me for her site, Thankful for a Million…or after I asked her to do a guest post for #WilsonsGuide or that one time we planned to meet up for dinner…but before we both started writing with Made Woman magazine…and before it turned out she knows some of my friends…and how could I forget to mention – maybe it was all because we’re part of a fantastic e-networking group, We Are the Industry…

Regardless of precisely when we officially met, I’m elated that we did meet! You see, Brook runs a website called Thankful for a Million – a “purely positive space” where she shares her own inspirational stories and other movers-and-shakers’ journeys to success. As a pretty ambitious young lady myself, I’ve found her site to be a godsend that I’ve relied on when I’ve needed just a tad bit of encouragement to keep pushing forward to focusing on my dreams.

While she mostly covers people and not places on her site, I’m excited – – and thankful – – that she was willing to share where she “where to’s” is thankful for around the city. I’m going to have to check them all out soon, before the summer is over.

So read on, and then make sure you stop by Thankful for a Million after. See you at one of these places soon!

By Brook Turner:

The City of Angeles is full of people getting their hustle on. But even with all the hustle and bustle, it’s important to maintain a sense of balance. So, in the spirit of Wilson’s ‘Where To’s,’ I’ve compiled a list of three locations, across the LA area, which inspire calm, health & fitness, and creativity.
We can’t forget to rejuvenate ourselves every once in a while.

Calm: The Korean Friendship Bell
Sometimes, you just need to chill out. Simply commuting in LA traffic can get anyone wound up. The Korean Friendship Bell provides just the environment to inspire calm. Located in Angels Gate Park, the bell was cast in Korea and shipped to the United States, as a symbol of friendship between the two countries, in 1976. Its ornate designs are a sight to behold. On top of the Bell’s beauty and history, it overlooks the Catalina Channel. The sun, waves, and ocean breeze will immediately calm you down. Royal Palms State Beach is less than two miles away. On a good day, you can spot dolphins.

For more information:
The Korean Friendship Bell
3601 S Gaffey St
Angels Gate Park
San Pedro, CA 90731

Health & Fitness: The Santa Monica Stairs
You know that feeling. You need to work out, but it’s just not easy to get your butt in gear. Well, it may be time to hit the stairs. Whatever your aversion (or excuse) for not working out: you’ve had a long work day; you’ve just left the salon; or you’re afraid you’ll pass out from exhaustion, the vibe at the Santa Monica Stairs is just enough to get you going. At any given moment, you’ll spot personal trainers, professional athletes or fitness lovers of all ages getting their workouts in. Everyone’s really welcoming and willing to provide advice for a regimen. And, even if you’d like to be left alone while you work out, that fit 80 year-old running up and down the stairs will provide motivation.

For more information:
The Santa Monica Stairs
4th St & Adelaide Dr
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Neighborhood: Santa Monica

Creativity: Downtown LA Galleries
I know what you’re thinking: “Art Walk only happens once a month.” Well, you’re right. However, a number of these galleries hold regular hours and will open up if you make an appointment. My favorites include: drkrm and Robert Reynolds Gallery. drkrm has more traditional prints and Robert Reynolds Gallery has a number of installations. The work displayed in both is bound to get your creative juices flowing.

For more information:

A native of Ohio, I’m thankful to live in a city where the ocean and mountain tops are only separated by a few miles, it’s almost always warm enough to venture outside, and where people of all creative disciplines come to live, work and learn. Enjoy the city and get inspired!

For more information:, Facebook, @Thankful_Fam

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