"The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
Years ago in a sociology class we were given an assignment; go somewhere we were familiar with, by ourselves, but write about the place as if you had never been there. Instead of writing it in a essay form, write a letter to a friend or a family member about this place. Look for new things in this familiar place, stretch yourself to include details you never noticed before. If you are at a beach go so far as to pretend you have never been to a beach in your life. Explain in your letter what sand looks like, what it feels like, what the ocean sounds like. Assume that the person you're writing the letter to has never been to this place. Feel wonder and amazement and feel free to exaggerate about this exotic new location. Now get back to work!
This is not in Colorado Springs yet, but it may be in your city. Have you heard of Groupon?
I read an article on it this morning. How it works is there is a daily group coupon that features a local business or service at a much discounted price (50-90% off). If enough people sign up for
it you get to buy the coupon at a group rate with considerable savings. Past deals in Denver
included spa treatments,dinners, lift tickets, walking tours, wine classes, salon services and
more. You can choose to have the deal of the day emailed to you or just check the website