HAHA Ok, as I wrote this title I wanted to convey that in this post I’m going to talk about trying new and different things, AND that I’m also sharing some fun pictures from our anniversary getaway, (and date ideas for Salt Lake City) but when you talk about anniversaries and doing things differently it can start to sound kind of kinky…HAHA and I swear this post is not about anything THAT different and or sexual. At least not this year.
But because of the How to Be Awesome series, I’ve been trying to do things differently and here’s why:
The definition of insanity (according to Einstein I think) is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I’ve been wanting different results for a while now, in my day-to-day life, and especially in my business life, but I keep doing the same things over and over again and expecting things to change. So essentially I’ve been acting insane. (What else is new?)
I was telling myself the same sob stories in my head about why I can’t do this or that, and at the same time expecting “this or that” to happen. Like, magically? I don’t know, it made sense at the time.
So what does this have to do with our anniversary? Well ever since we’ve become fully self-employed I’ve felt like we can’t spend money on ANYTHING. *We still don’t have health insurance…working on it! And also keep in mind I don’t count business expensives and thankfully my nails and parties are business expenses…
But! It was my year to plan our anniversary and I decided I wanted to make it special. DAMN SPECIAL. So I went out of my comfort zone and reached out to The Grand America. They are a BEAUTIFUL 5 star hotel in Salt Lake City, and I knew Eric would LOVE a romantic gettaway there, especially if his wife scored a deal! I felt a little uncomfortable approaching The Grand with my media kit, and essentially saying, “You guys, I rock, let me promote you!” But then I thought:
What good is working 50+ hours a week to build a personal brand if you hardly get paid or cash in on all that hard work? And then I’m sure I added like, “Mama should go for what mama wants!”
So the first thing I did differently?
1. ASK FOR WHAT I WANT!
And holy crap. THEY SAID YES!
And not only yes, but they offered a few spa services for us to review and a night at the Utah Symphony.
I know people might think, “Oh bloggers getting free crap,” but you guys, I work really, really, really hard, and make almost no money. This is my own fault and I’m working on the money part, but I am SO careful about what products and services I agree to promote, that by the time I accept something for “free” which means in exchange for promotion, I usually end up putting in much much more work and promotion than the value of the item. But still, I was nervous that my readers or IG friends might think I was annoying by flaunting my fancy weekend, but I was on a roll so I decided to do another thing differently and:
2. STOP WORRYING ABOUT PEOPLE MISINTERPRETING MY ACTIONS.
I had good intentions, and worked hard for that fancy weekend, so I needed to just GET OVER IT and enjoy myself for Heaven’s sake. Hopefully people would be happy for me! (And on IG I totally felt like they were!)
Now, I’m gonna sound like an idiot, but I go to SO many concerts (remember my husband is a musician) so at first, the symphony was kind of the last thing I wanted to do. But I looked at the schedule and saw that it was “A Roger’s and Hammerstein Celebration” and I thought, “Well, I do like musicals…” So I accepted the tickets and the whole Music is Grand package.
And then you know what happened? The FREAKING Utah Symphony asked if we’d like to go backstage and meet the conductor and guest vocalist! HAHAHAHA! Like I’m important or something! HYSTERICAL! Again, I was going to say no. It would be awkward, I thought. “I’m not important, why on earth would they want to meet me?! It will be a waste of their time!”
But like I said! I was trying SO HARD to employ this radical new “Alison” response, and that’s when I did number 3:
3. SAID YES WHEN I WOULD HAVE SAID NO.
I decided that Eric (who really wanted to go backstage, again, he’s a musician) and I would go backstage, and instead of trying to prove why I was back there, I would do my best to be as uplifting and enthusiastic about their performance as humanly possible. This was super easy to do as the whole thing ended up being SO MUCH FUN! Eric and I had an amazing time doing something we would have normally never done.
The conductor, Jerry Steichen and vocalists: Lisa Vroman: Soprano, Gary Mauer: Tenor and William Michals: Baritone (more like sexitone) were gracious and sweet. I insisted on hugging Jerry, and he loved my shoes. I mean we practically became best friends and I said, “Jerry I will yell praises to your name from the rooftops!” And so, this is me, doing that.
Anyway, it was so cool to see the backstage of the Utah Symphony: and such a different night that we will always remember.
I read or heard about a study one time where they said, that people have the LEAST amount of regret about spending money on experiences. So like, buying a trip leads to less buyers remorse than a car. I’m trying to keep that in mind!
So as we excited the concert we saw a bike taxi thing, and because I was in the best mood ever I said, “Hey baby, let your sugar mama take you on a ride” to my husband, not the cyclist.
The cyclist sped us around downtown SLC as snuggled under a blanket and we listened to, “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” and before we knew it we were riding through Temple Square, which just happened to be where Eric and I had our first date.
COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!
The universe was telling us, YES! YES! You’re doing it! You’re doing everything right. And it was amazing.
So, here’s what I hope this post can maybe help you think about:
1. Ask for what you want. You’re not a bad or greedy person if you do.
2. Stop worrying about what people are going to THINK you mean, do or say, worry more about what you mean, do or say, and that those are good, then let go.
3. Say yes when you would have said no.
And now that you’ve suffered through all of that…I give you PICTURES!!!
Ok, if you are in Salt Lake City, and you like Vietnamese, you MUST MUST go to OH MAI. The bahn mi is SO GOOD and the Pho is pho-tastic. Trust me. Mmmmm. I want it now.
This is the entrance of The Grand, it is, totally grand.
And I love the fresh flowers they always have. My pose is so hysterically touristy (not intentionally haha). Just take it in. All I’m missing is a peace sign.
We were greeted in our room by this! Perhaps you saw my dance that featured it?
And the SPA. OH THE SPA! I got a blow-out and Eric got a beard trim! But if you’re staying there you get to access it for like $10 or something. And I can’t believe I haven’t done that before. There is this room (pictured) that’s all plush and cozy with treats. Also there was a cute girl with an ankle tracker there, enjoying the services. She was probably a reality TV star that I have no clue about. Or just a privileged youth, but it was so Bling Ring and I LOVED it.
Ok so for dinner before the Symphony we hit Eva’s in SLC. Which is my FAVORITE restaurant in Salt Lake. It’s not too fancy or anything, I just love it. GO forth and eat.
Then we hit the symphony!
And then we had the bike taxi ride, but it was too dark and blurry for pictures.
This was my pre-sunday brunch breakfast…
And then we hit the Sunday Brunch. And OK if you’re not gonna throw down for a weekend, though I would say it would be worth EVERY penny, and I don’t have a lot of money, I just think experiences are good things to spend money on, but yes, the brunch? Throw down for the brunch.
Oh! And if you mention “The Alison Show” when you call for Sunday Brunch at the Grand America you can get 15% off for May 4th! Please call 801-258-6708 and mention “TheAlisonShow” when making your reservation.
Ok! So fun! Right? I hope you enjoyed this incredibly long and hopefully informational post, if it wasn’t helpful about the power of doing something different than I hope you at least got some fun ideas for what to do when you’re in SLC next time! Haha.
Love you all!