5 Places to Inspire You in 2016

By: Jocelyn You

The past is the past, and let’s leave it at that. Inspiration for 2016 is in the air, and it’s in the way we choose to live. Through our experiences, decisions, actions, we live- and now, there’s a whole year ahead to do just that.

The places we go and the things we do always contribute to who we are as people. Surround yourself with negativity, you manifest in it. Surround yourself with positivity and love, you become a direct product of it. In order to experience more of the latter of the two, getting out of a normal routine and the Tustin bubble is essential.

Go out, and do more. Don’t know where to start? Let me help you out.


The Broad

221 S. Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles, The Broad is the newest spectacle for art lovers and weirdos alike. The purpose behind The Broad was to showcase modernized styles of art, appealing to those who can appreciate the odd and the questionable. Featuring pieces from artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, and Takashi Murakami, a blend of brilliant minds are presented through oversized balloon animals, pop art, advanced finger painting, and tasteful graffiti.



The main showcase, The Infinity Room- The Souls Of A Million Light Years Away, by Yayoi Kasuma is available until March and takes each visitor into the mind of Kasuma for 45 seconds. While there is much to say about the exhibit, words do little to describe the beauty that is of the Infinity Room.

Admission to The Broad is free, and reserved timed tickets are available online. However, it may be difficult to snatch the available few, so waiting in line for entrance may be the best bet. Admission inside The Infinity Room is also free, but reservations must be made upon entrance into the museum, and the wait can be from half an hour to seven hours. The museum does allow in and out entry, however, so there is plenty to do in Downtown LA while you wait for the Infinity Room.


Topanga Lookout Trail

23300 Saddle Peak Rd.

Calabasas, CA 91302

Overlooking Calabasas (home to the Kardashian and Jenner clan) is the Topanga Lookout Trail. An easy two-mile roundtrip hike, the trail leads to a lookout rock covered in graffiti. Stop and smell the flowers along the way, and don’t forget to look up from your phones to see the breathtaking view around. From the Pacific Ocean coast to mountains covered in green, the walk to the graffiti offers unreal natural scenery- something that Southern California (or the world in general) is increasingly losing.




The Observatory

3503 S. Harbor Blvd.

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Concerts can be life-changing experiences. Something about closing your eyes to the beat of a song, only to open them and see a mass group of people jumping up and down to the same song is connecting and reassuring. The artist sings to you, and everyone sings it back for different reasons.

At The Observatory, concert-goers and performers have the opportunity to connect in an intimate setting. With no reserved seating (except for VIP), fans are put into a tightly-packed environment, allowing a feeling of togetherness and understanding despite any differences.


Popular and “low-key” performers alike make appearances at The Observatory almost daily- sometimes, there are even two shows going on at once. Ticket prices range from $5 to $70 for general admission and $70+ to $200 for VIP or festival tickets, making it rather affordable to step into a few hours of bliss.



Newport Pier

1 McFadden Pl

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Take full advantage of living in Southern California. Sometimes the traffic and pollution suck, yes, but look at the bright side- there’s a beach ten minutes away to watch the sunrise or sunset at. This year, try to take in nature as much as possible. Spend a few moments to recollect your thoughts either in solitude or with a few close friends who you can share in depth conversations with.


Surrounding the pier are some great restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops such as Seaside Bakery (ham & cheese croissants galore!), Newport Coffee Co., and pizza by the slice. Wake up to watch the sunrise or watch the sunset before going home.


5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is an LA favorite and has been inspiring visitors since 1961. Representing history, geography, and Los Angeles’s diverse population, the LACMA is home to art that is appealing to all ages and interest groups. It takes us back to a thriving Native American population to today’s incredible modernization. Dedicated to educating and culturing its visitors, the LACMA still stands as the most popular museum in the county.

Its well-known Urban Lights piece and Rain Room exhibit are the current main attractions of the museum.

Native Knowledge: The Rain Room requires advanced reservations.


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Admission to the museum is free for ages 17 and under. General admission is $10. Also home to the trendy coffee shop, C+M, and multiple food trucks, even eating at the LACMA is an artful experience.

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Inspirations come from everywhere, and there are plenty of places to go and things to do. See what the world has to offer. Don’t wait around for the next good day; go get it!

It’s waiting for you.

Happy 2016.

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