love & beauty.
what makes you feel wonderful? My son , My friends , meeting new people , having new experiences
if you are having a sub-par day, what do you do &/or say to make yourself feel good again? It doesn’t take much, maybe just look up at the sky or out at the city and realize how little control we have, and how much more there is to do.
where do you think love hides? In plain sight
when do you feel most loved? When I wake up
what inspires most of your writing? My desire to make people happy
what is your favourite rainy day activity? It doesn’t rain in Los Angeles. That’s why I live here.
what do you think is the most beautiful thing about people? The ability to try, fail, then try again
when you hear the word “beautiful” what image immediately pops up in your mind? My son.
when you hear the word “love” what sound resonates in your ears? Children’s laughter.
what is your favourite thing about being a dad? The hugs.
what is your favourite thing about being an artist? No alarm clock.
why did you write AN AWESOME BOOK & did you expect it to be such a smash hit? I wrote it because it seemed like it would be really fun and I wanted something to read to my son. Something I hadn’t seen anywhere else. I didn’t think it would be such a smash hit, but I’m glad it is. Very happy indeed.
anything else you’d like to share? I’m setting up a foundation which will allow me to visit schools, children’s hospitals, shelters, and camps all over the world give away books to children, read to them and talk to them about their hopes and dreams. The foundation will be called Awesome World. I should have everything finalized in the coming month. I’m very excited!
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what makes you feel wonderful? Liz Adventure: The small things that we all get to see and be a part of every day. Things like getting mail, or changing the station and finding Queen or David Bowie on the radio and getting to belt your heart out, freeway romances, 40’s and 50’s fashion (particularly the dresses) and white blouses… I really love white blouses. Brian Adventure: Creating things! If I don’t practice an instrument or write a piece or make something every single day, I don’t feel right. ABC Adventures in general has been a great source of feeling wonderful too. Not only do I get to go out and do fun, strange things with my friends, but we get to share it to a world that has open ears! Knowing that someone else might even get a few minutes of fun out of our blog feels incredible.
what makes you feel beautiful? Liz Adventure: My confidence, my brain, my sense of humor, my friends, and my family. I think the combination of these things working together are the foundation for how I see myself. Brian Adventure: Smiling and waving to complete strangers. There’s that moment where they just look kinda cockeyed and smile/wave back and wonder, “Do I know him?” It’s an easy way to make someone smile, and you might just meet a new friend too.
if you are having a sub-par day, what do you do or say to make yourself feel good again again? Liz Adventure: It varies from occasion to occasion, and similarly, it varies from the silly to serious. Sometimes the fix is to don a false moustache, but sometimes a nap will help, or merely talking myself out my sub-par mood because there is too damn much in this world that is good to dwell on the things that would make you think otherwise. Brian Adventure: Lately, I listen to Johnny Cash. His music feels incredibly sincere and I feel like there’s a song for every situation you could possibly be in. After an hour of his music I almost always feel 10x better.
where does love hide? Liz Adventure: Love hides in the loveliest places, of course! Love hides just around door frames, and in the bottoms of seemingly empty bottles, in flower patches, down long, twisting roads, and most importantly, in every single one of us. Brian Adventure: Everywhere you aren’t looking! And by the time you’ve thought of looking there, it has moved on to somewhere new. I firmly believe that you can’t look for it, that it just drops in your lap one day and looks up at you with a smile on its face and says “TA-DA!”
when do you feel most loved? Liz Adventure: When I am pursuing my goals and dreams. I feel love from the universe and it flows through me in the form of a huge smile, twinkles in my eyes, and mischief abounding. Brian Adventure: When I’m around my good friends, or when I hear from old friends who I thought had forgotten about me.
what is your favourite part about being in TEAM ADVENTURE? Liz Adventure: My favorite part about being an Adventure is the diversity of activities that this project has brought my way. I feel that far too often, we (everyone) will make plans to hang out with a friend. So you meet up and then one of you says: “So, what do you wanna do?” And the other says “Mmm, I dunno… do you maybe wanna go get food or something?” “Yeah, OK.” And so it goes. Now when we (Team Adventure) hang out, we instantly pull out the list and say, “What can we do today?” This project has become self-prophesizing, because it’s never the same old thing when we hang out… it’s always something new Brian Adventure: I sorta mentioned this up there already, but it’s definitely the combination of always having something awesome/fun to do with my friends and the fact that we can share that fun with other people in all parts of the world.
what was your favourite ABC adventure? Liz Adventure: While we post every three days, we often knock out multiple adventures in one day. If we didn’t do it this way, we would never be able to update as often as we do. At the beginning of our magical journey of adventures, we spent one beautiful day taking care of a bunch. We played on swings, had a picnic, blew bubbles with little kids, pretended we were ninjas, donned moustaches, climbed trees, let go of hopes and dreams and secrets on balloons, and left the YOU ARE AMAZING note over the freeway overpass. That was such a spectacular day, so all of those adventures are very dear to me. Also, as I remember, this was the first day on which our idea had become a reality and we were giddy with happiness by the end of it. The squirt gun duel was a lot of fun as well, actually. It was another adventure that made us feel giddy. The kind of giddy that wears you out and makes you want to fall asleep in a pile of friends — just like puppies do!
Brian Adventure: Either playing in a fountain or squirt gun duel. They were both just so ridiculous and wet, and neither of us expected to have the immense amount of fun that we did on each of them.
what are the future plans for team adventure? Liz Adventure: Well, at the moment the plan is just to keep adventuring. I am going off to Europe for a year soon, so we’re trying to get lots done before my departure. However, this is by no means the end of things. I would love to meet up with fans in Europe and have adventures/make new friends over there. Brian will of course continue to update from Arizona, I will update when I can, and once reunited we will continue to adventure together. Some people have said that we should make a book, which I would love to do, especially seeing as ABC Adventures began as an idea to have a sort of adventure scrapbook. I think the blog needs to gain some more loyal readers before this would be reasonable, but given time, who knows!! If we were able to publish a book, it’d be an absolute dream come true. Brian Adventure: Now that summer has arrived, Liz and I are going to be out adventuring as much as possible in the next month. She is (very very sadly) leaving to Europe for a year in June. At this point, we’re not positive how the blog will work out given the amount of distance between us, but we’re going to try as hard as we can to keep it going.
what makes you feel wonderful? Writing, creating, plotting & planning, loud music!
what makes you feel beautiful? A strategically-dropped compliment from someone I have a crush on.
if you are having a sub-par day, what do you do or say to make yourself feel good again again? I turn up good music & either dance or hoop around my living room; I do a nice, long ashtanga yoga session; I write; I sing; I talk to my friends or I use EFT (a self-healing technique). Sometimes I do a combination of these things. & when I’m home in New York City, I throw on shoes & sunglasses & go for a long walk. Walking around the city is an amazing antidote to a day that’s dragging.
where do you think love hides? In the pockets of strangers.
when do you feel most loved? When I share a real connection with someone.
what do you think is the most beautiful thing about being a girl? Everything. Really, everything.
what is your favourite rainy day activity? Sitting really close to someone I really like & doing anything. Talking, dreaming, laughing.
if you had to make your friend a cheer-up box what are 5 items you would put in it? 1. A fortune — maybe from a cookie, maybe from a mechanical fortune-teller, maybe one I made myself. 2. A letter telling them exactly why I love them. 3. A copy of one of my favourite books.4. Snacks. 5. Cute knickers.
Everything would be colour-coordinated, of course.
when you hear the word “beautiful” what image immediately pops up in your mind? The light that shines out of people.
when you hear the word “love” what sound resonates in your ears? A delicious menagerie of all my favourite musicians, spun together.
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what makes you feel wonderful? I think the world and being is itself wondrous. It’s easy to forget that. But there is a moment when you wake up before you fully enter “reality” when your mind is still dreaming, and conceptualizing life and death is such an absurdity and everything is weighted down in a kind of wonder. That feeling should be sustained at all waking hours.
if you are having a sub-par day, what do you do &/or say to make yourself feel good again? I try to accept all things as things that exist, and that I should not deny or reject anything. Like, if I’m feeling sad, I don’t try to deny it. I just accept it as a way of viewing and interacting with the world. However, if it is stress, or if I am really hectic in my head, I feel that is something I generate myself, and then I try to clear my head and ease things.
where do you think love hides? It hides under rocks and behind clouds, and on the back sides of islands that you can only see from airplanes or boats. And also on the top of people’s heads, inside a bowl of rice that’s been in the refrigerator for a few weeks, and on the tail of dogs. And sometimes on trains when you are lost, or in the sun when it sneaks into your eyes.
when do you feel most loved? When someone yawns and puts their head on your arm.
what do you think is the most beautiful thing about the city? Millions of lives living at once.
what is your favourite rainy day activity? The rain.
what do you think is the most beautiful thing about people? They are alive.
when you hear the word “beautiful” what image immediately pops up in your mind? I will close my eyes. Now I will ask who is across from me (Ooxe) to say the word beautiful out loud and I will write exactly what I see. Here it goes: It depends on who is saying it. I hear a song with the word beautiful in it. What comes to mind is in the context of the song. It is the context that beautiful is used. So it is always different.
when you hear the word “love” what sound resonates in your ears? The voice of who said it.
anything else you’d like to share? A cup of tea to slow down the world while you are going as fast as you can.
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what makes you feel wonderful? Writing music makes me feel wonderful.
what makes you feel beautiful? I’m not certain I really know what it is to feel beautiful. Or maybe it’s impossible to recognize the feeling when it’s upon me. Maybe I feel beautiful when I sleep.
if you are having a sub-par day, what do you do or say to make yourself feel good again again? Sometimes, I harass myself into getting my shit together. Mumbling humbling swears under my breath like a ghostly gym teacher living in the back of my mind. Curling my way back to a positive position. Reading can help, too. Reading ‘Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut’ somehow knocks the brain back into whack.
where do you think love hides? That is the question. Because if we knew that — then we’d all be running off into the middle of the marsh, digging up the hidden love. The view of our horizon would eventually be overtaken. All those prospectors out for love. Honestly, I don’t think anyone knows where it is. And that’s what keeps us alive. Looking for love until the end…Which is hardly pessimistic. Because there are two sides to the game for a reason: hide AND seek.
when do you feel most loved? Pardon me, but I fear the absolute honestly of these questions. I don’t think I’ve ever been asked or expressed the answers to anyone. And you know… The triteness of the truth may be too much for some to bear. But. It’s about loving yourself. Or at least letting go of all the negative gnawing. And THAT’S when it happens. THAT’S when it hits. There’s really no other way. Not for me.