For a long time, all I cared about was my career; my loved ones obviously always came first, but you guys know what I mean. I was working myself to death – only getting 3-4 hours of sleep per night, skipping meals, passing on workouts, and all that good (and by “good,” I mean bad) stuff.
And the messed up part was that I was proud of it. I was proud of being half-dead because I thought that meant I was hustling hard. My motto was, “suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.” Now, I still live by that because I believe sacrifices ARE necessary, but I’m making it a point to LIVE as well.
I’ve been lucky in the sense that I haven’t lost anyone SUPER close to me, but I recently had a bit of a scare. Someone extremely dear to me tested positive for pre-cancerous cells, and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more afraid. I felt like I was losing my mind – I couldn’t sleep for weeks because I was consumed with worry, and I felt like a zombie during the day.
Luckily, everything turned out to be ok, but the whole situation made me re-evaluate my priorities. It helped me realize how precious my health was, and it made me want to live life to its fullest. I know it sounds cheesy and cliche, but I’m being 200% real with you guys.
There are SO many things I want to see and do, but work always seems to get in the way. I’m determined to change things though. I refuse to believe that I can’t have both. I mean, there’s a reason why “work hard, play hard” is a popular saying, right? So, my mission for Sensible Stylista has now officially changed. In addition to my current lifestyle posts, I’m going to place a HUGE emphasis on fun things to do in the area or on the road. And through my adventures, I hope I can inspire you guys as well.
Anywho, I apologize for the long-winded intro. Without further delay, let’s get to the heart of today’s post: Artechouse’s “Spirit of Autumn.” Located in DC on 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Art + Tech House showcases immersive large scale works. I don’t know if you guys remember, but I covered their XYZT: Abstract Landscapes a while back.
They totally wowed me and my bf back in June so I was beyond pumped to check out their latest. Although I really enjoyed interacting with the art, XYZT was better IMHO. There was more to play with – SOA only really had 4 different areas, but before we talk more, I want to show you guys a video I put together (footage by Sung Shin).
My favorite room was the one pictured in :50. I felt like I was in lava lamp, and I had a lot of fun messing around with the lights! You control them with movement, and as you can see at :57, you can even “write” on the wall. They also had two cool sections with effects triggered by clapping (see :10 and :31). I’m cheesing hardcore because I’m apparently a 10-year-old at heart!
Andddd last but not least, if you look at 1:04, you can see me drawing my bea-YOU-tiful leaf (because all leaves have hearts obvi). Well, after you finish creating your own masterpiece, you put it in one of their mail shoots and a few minutes later, it shows up on their main installation (!!!)
For those of you interested, Spirit of Autumn has two viewings (daytime vs evening). Daytime tickets (from 10-4PM) cost $12 and $8 for kids, students, seniors (65+) & military. Evening admission (from 6-10PM) is $20 per person and is only open to adults 21+. Each ticket is good for one hour, and I recommend purchasing them online. Alright guys, that’s it for today! What did you guys think of the new Artechouse exhibit – would you go? Make sure you let me know by leaving a comment below.