I consider myself an extrovert which means I get my energy from being with people. I enjoy conversations with friends, family and acquaintances. Through theses conversations I gain perspective and advice and ultimately form who I am. I value conversation. But, is conversation becoming obsolete? Have we forgotten how to have genuine, meaningful, respectful conversations? Let's bring it back!
In this time of technology some experts in communication argue that conversation is an art that is disappearing. Face to face time to engage each other is being lost to social media posts and comments. Most friends and family that I have discussed this with agree that they crave and seek out conversation in their daily life. Yet, are we listening to each other? Do we remember how to converse respectfully? In the face of recent political turmoil and ongoing cyber bullying (which is not just for teens), it is my belief that we need kinder, more gentle, face to face communication now more than ever.
So, join the revolution and let's bring conversation back! Here are three tips for inspiring the change that you want to see in the world. Go out there and look people in the eye and engage in the lost are of conversation.
1. Kindness is contagious so just start by looking someone in the eye and smiling. Hold a door open, compliment a stranger. The kindness will pay forward.
2. Be interested, not interesting. Ask questions. Conversation is not a time to compete for air time. Do not interrupt. Listen to show someone that they are valued and understood.
3. Choose not to be offended. Being right does not earn you points. Be open to other perspectives. You don't have to agree but try to understand why they feel the way they do. Find their point of view interesting and move on.
Have your own ideas to add to inspire conversation? Please share!
Before or after you drink wine in Napa there is a ton to do and some of the activities are FREE! I just spent the day in Leadership Napa Valley on Tourism Day. We had an in depth and behind the scenes look at what makes tourism tick in the Napa Valley. Armed with this information I'm ready to share what you can do in Napa besides drink some of the world's best wine.
(Live links to each website are below)
Hess Art Collection FREE http://www.hesscollection.com/art/
My children love to visit this ever changing exhibit and there is wine in their tasting room after for me as well.
Di Rosa Preserve Art Collection http://www.dirosaart.org/
My parents, siblings and our children all enjoyed this outing. It appeal to all ages and is located right across the street from Domaine Carneros ;).
Yountville Art Walk FREE http://www.townofyountville.com/home/showdocument?id=4630
Grab a treat from Bouchon and look for each art piece mentioned on the map/brochure.
Copia- (Coming Soon) FREE Chuck Williams', of Williams and Sonoma, Culinary Art Collection https://enthusiasts.ciachef.edu/cia-at-copia/
It is now free to enter the Copia building and it will soon be bursting with art exhibits not to mention wine and dining. This location is the school's chance to interact more fully with the community. Classes and experiences are already offered.
Hiking at Bothe including the Bale Mill FREE http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=477 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=482
Excellent hiking trails that anyone ability level can enjoy. Bale Mill is a fun discovery while hiking although it is only operating on the weekends. This park even offers in expensive camp grounds and new yurts (reservations recommended). Additional hiking favorites include Alston Park, Westwood Hills and Skyline Park.
Bike on the Vine Trail FREE https://vinetrail.org/
A flat, scenic bike trail separated from traffic which is perfect for family or leisurely bike rides. I recommend parking at the Red Hen Cantina in Napa and then biking to Yountville which is less than a 6 mile bike ride.
Bocce in Yountville FREE http://www.townofyountville.com/departments-services/parks-recreation/parks-and-facilities/park-trail-and-bocce-court-information
You can reserve the courts ahead of time although most of the time my family an friends have no problem just walking up. You can bring a picnic or go across the street to Addendum (behind AdHoc) to purchase some of Thomas Keller's famous fried chicken to go. Bring a volleyball for the sand court in case you have to wait for a bocce court.
Visit one of Napa's 10 golf courses open to the public. Vintner's Golf Club is most centrally located in Yountville. Eagle Vines and Chardonnay are other favorites. If you want to play where the Safeway Open PGA tournament is played every October, then don't miss Silverado Country Club in Napa.
Old Faithful Geyser http://www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com/
Visit this natural phenomenon close to Castello di Amorosa and downtown Calistoga.
Hot Air Balloon Ride http://balloonrides.com/
An exciting, early morning way to see the Napa Valley as it wakes up. Afraid of heights? Watch these graceful, floating works of art take off from Solano Ave. between Napa and Yountville most clear, still mornings and follow them to their landing. Truly picture perfect!
It wouldn't be right not to mention the amazing music festival of which us local are so proud. If you haven't been able to secure tickets for one of these put it on your short list. The food, the wine, the MUSIC is like no other festival you've ever attended.
Looking for more ideas? Check out Visit Napa Valley. https://www.visitnapavalley.com/
Growing up in Napa I learned the value of community. I strive to serve the neighborhoods that I grew up in and the people who desire to make Napa their home. I help people connect to the community of Napa with a focus on continuing to build the unique community of Napa and my belief that home is where your story begins.