Costa Rica Part 2

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In my previous post, I mention how for my 30th birthday, Paul took me to Costa Rica. Both of us have always wanted to go there so this was obviously a bucket list item that we needed to check off.

In this post, I’m going to talk about the second part of the trip where we drove from Arenal to Tamarindo.

When Paul and I travel we like to see as much as we can, so for this trip we wanted to have the best of both worlds. We wanted to experience the volcano and rain forest side, but we also wanted to see the famous town of Tamarindo known for it’s iconic surfing.

One of the bucket list items on our list once we got there was spear fishing (more so Paul, but I figured why not try it?) Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 9.08.26 AM.png

I had my doubts at first but it was a lot of fun. The above picture is a cool action shot of Paul. The ones of me…not so great.

So the day started where we got on our guide’s boat. Turns out he is an expat from California so it was cool to hear his story and how he decided to move his family here and start his business.

The boat took us a few miles offshore over towards these isolated rocks where tons of fish hang out. The current, he expressed was pretty strong and asked if either one of us wanted a weighted belt.

Being that he just said the current was really strong, a weighted belt sounded like an awful idea, so I declined.

He then proceeded to show us how to work this gun. This thing was intense. When you fire it, there is a hell of a kick back, so I recommend pulling the trigger with one hand and holding the butt of it with the other hand. To constantly fire it against your body will only lead to bruising.

When you do fire it, you have to pull up the spear, place it back in the slit on top of the gun, then wrap the string a certain way so it doesn’t get tangled. Finally there are three thick rubber bands (essentially) that you have to pull back to rack. This was pretty hard for me to do.

Finally, just before we are about to jump in, he sees a water snake float by and tells us they are extremely poisonous and if they bite you then you die, but apparently they usually don’t bite.

So this scared the crap out of me, not to mention what the shark population must be like and here we are in the water spearing fish and surrounding ourselves with fish blood, but I didn’t ask because I didn’t want to know.

Paul did actually have an encounter with this snake running right into his goggles (given they float on the top of the water while you are looking down for fish), but luckily Paul said the snake was more scared of him and swam away very quickly.

I took a deep breath and I jumped in. I was a bit of a brat, because the gun was impossible for me to use and knowing that was never going to fire it because of how much effort it took to re-rack it, I told Paul I would just follow him around while he did it.

An hour later when the guide said he’ll follow me around and rack my gun every time I shot, that was when I finally agreed to do it.  To be fair, I also didn’t want to shoot at something just to shoot it, I wanted to know what I was going to kill. Our hotel’s chef said that  whatever we catch he would cook for us, so I wanted to catch something I was going to eat.

Once he was able to rack and point out the fish for me to hit I had a lot of fun. Paul the whole time had a blast and said he would love to do this as often as possible. For me, as long as someone can do the dirty work for me 🙂

We wound up with three fish in total. One from me and two from Paul. We had a great time but there are a couple things I would do differently if I ever do it again.

For one thing, I would wear a full wetsuit. I burn very easily and even though I had put 50 waterproof sunblock on,  being in clear water for four hours burned up my arms, back and legs to a crisp. I easily had second degree burns.

The other thing I learned is the weighted belt is important. You don’t expect to be as buoyant as you are in that water, which made it hard to dive for fish and also kept me vulnerable to the sun. Paul mentioned that if he had the belt he also could’ve racked the gun against it, which would have cut down on the amount of bruises he had on his chest afterwards.

All in all it was a great experience and I was glad that I did it. If I am ever going to do anymore fishing, this seems more like a sport to me than sitting on a boat waiting for a fish to bite the line.

The next day, due to my massive sunburn, surfing was out of the question for me. Being in the sun in general was pretty much out for me, but Paul still did it and I got to tag along and watch him.

 

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Paul has surfed before, taking lessons over the summer for the first time. As you can see he caught a couple of waves and was very excited. I wished that I had gotten the opportunity as I have never surfed before, but the lesson I learn is that when you see locals wearing zinc, you wear zinc.

This will just have to be something that I do in the future.

Finally the best part of the trip is the place we stayed had the best sunsets and offered cocktails every evening on the beach at sunset. This was my favorite part of the day, one because the sun could no longer hurt me, but also because of how calm it is that time of night. Everything seems to quiet down and the overall feeling is relaxing.

We made some attempts to go out and explore the night life in Tamarindo, but we weren’t exactly party animals after spending all day in the ocean.

This trip was overall a great experience and I would most certainly go back.

Thank you again to my wonderful husband for planning such a memorable trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Costa Rica Part 1

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Who says bucket lists have to stop at 30!

For my 30th celebration, Paul and I decided to check out Costa Rica. Since we both like to be active, this was a great opportunity  for us to do things that we have never done before.

For this post I will talk about our experience in the Arenal rainforest.

The above picture is of me and our guide (Walter) who took us on a rain forest hike. As you can see this was no ordinary hike. This was the part where we were hiking up from crater lake in Arenal. The experience became more of a hike/tough mudder/ American ninja warrior combo when we had to parlay ourselves using branches and ropes and then pull ourselves up with the roots from the trees.

After this 3 1/2 hour hike, Walter took us to a gorgeous waterfall. This would have been more of a hike, but in the last few years this hot spot had become so popular that they decided to build a massive set of steps to it. It still took about ten minutes to climb down to and about twenty minutes to climb up (keep in mind our legs were a bit tight from the previous hike we finished less than an hour before).

 

 

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After checking out this awesome waterfall (too cold for me to swim but Paul loved it), we headed out to the Arenal Volcano where we hiked the 1968 trail. Since the the volcano is still active you can’t exactly hike your way to the top, but we did hike through the lower part of the volcano where the eruption of 1968 left it’s imprint. It was pretty amazing to see the various forms of vegetation that sprung from it.

Needless to say by the time we got back to our hotel, a much needed shower was in order. Thankfully it was followed up the next morning with a yoga class and a full body massage.

After enjoying a rest day, we ended our trip at Arenal with some zip lining, another item Paul and I had never done before.

Although I will admit the first run was awesome, I fear that it was a bit too much of a tourist attraction.

Instead of being able to go from platform to platform with people running each line, you only had two people. One to send you and one to catch you basically. So once you finished your thirty seconds of thrill, you had to stand on the platform and wait for everyone else to go. What started as a group of seven, turned into twenty-five by the time we finished all seven lines and took three hours!

It was worth trying once. It was a gorgeous view and like I said that first run is the most thrilling, but unfortunately there was too much time waiting around for people.

Overall, what I loved about Arenal, was the scenery and culture. You find that the people here are very friendly and very eager to help you without having an ulterior motive like you might find in some other places.

What was great about having a guide as well, was he was able to point us towards the bests spots to check out. My favorite was when he pointed to a pizza place and told us not to go there. “The owner thinks he’s Italian. Calls himself Luigi but his real name is Luis.”

The biggest thing that Paul and I love to do when we travel is to see everything. So rather than stay at a resort for the week, we stayed a few nights in Arenal and then with our rented car headed three hours over to Tamarindo where we then got to discover the beach town of Costa Rica and the cool towns in between.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publish my first novel

Hi Everyone!

 

Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

This has been a life long dream of mine. Ever since I was in second grade I’ve wanted to write books.

The novel is called Thirty Days to Thirty. It’s about a girl who loses everything and has to move back in with her parents a month before her thirtieth birthday. While she is home, she finds a list she made in high school of things she wanted to accomplish by the time she was thirty.

Sadly, she realizes that she was so focused on her career, that she let everything else fall to the wayside and realizes she never really lived her life before. She makes a decision right then to accomplish everything on her list before her birthday.

I had actually wrote this book five years ago, but never had the guts to publish it. I tried to go the traditional route, but even my editor told me that the focus right now are erotica and fantasy genres, so I wouldn’t have much success. She was right, but I still decided to send it out to 140 agents. When you see that many rejections, it gets very hard to want to keep going.

Finally, Paul pushed me and said that it was a good book and if I was ever going to publish I should do so before I turn thirty.

So in the spirit of my own book, I decided that I would knock off one of my bucket list items, which was to become a published author before I turned 30.

What I’ve learned is that self publishing is a grueling business. It would be great if I could just write a book and then let someone else edit and market it for me, but now, I’m that person. I’m the editor, the publisher and the marketer.

Since hitting publish, I’ve been working two full time jobs essentially. I’ve been taking courses on marketing, understanding Amazon and how to sell your book on it, how to build an author platform and how to build an audience.

It’s been very overwhelming and extremely intimidating. Hopefully all of my hard work will pay off in the long run, as I do hope to make a career out of it.

As stressful as it is now, I know that I will continue to learn the process as I move forward and it will become much easier once I have more books out and have developed more of a following.

Until then, I just have to keep remembering why I’m here. I love to write and I hope that I can write in a way that connects with other readers.

I appreciate all of you for your support!

 

Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

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Sleep No More

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Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

Ever since I moved to the city, one of the things I really wanted to do was go to see Sleep No More.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a silent interactive play set to the story of Hamlet in a 1930s hotel. All of the audience members have to wear masks so that you have your own personal experience and the entire hotel is the stage.

You can choose to follow a particular actor or just wander around the different sets and see what you come upon.

I went with my husband and a good friend of mine and each of us had very different experiences.

We started the night off having dinner in the hotel. The  establishment has a very Boardwalk Empire feel to it, from the costumes right down the the smokey atmosphere and the jazz band.

Afterwards, we headed over to the play. Each of us were given a playing card and you were called into the play based on your card number. From there, you put your mask on and get into an elevator where it stops multiple times to let different people off at different floors.

I was let off into a wooded area, that to tell you the truth, wandering by myself  was extremely eerie. After a few minutes down there, I headed up the stairwell to another set that resembled a couple’s apartment. Each floor has a completely different look to it and there are constantly scenes happening on every floor.

I wouldn’t want to give away too much, but when I compared notes with my husband he had a way better time than I did.

I knew there was a story line, so I had a made the decision going into it choosing a character to follow. The problem is when you have other people following the same character as well, it can be hard to keep up and I kept losing the character. Then, when I decided I would follow the character with less followers, they would either just do a dance segment or they would just sit there and I was left with a character that wasn’t advancing the plot at all.

My husband on the other hand, really did it right. He decided not to follow anyone. He just wandered each floor by himself. When he did come across a scene, he would get right up in front of the character. He learned quickly that if you held eye contact with them they would engage you. There was one scene where they are at a dance and one woman was standing on the side upset at her boyfriend for dancing with someone else. Paul held his hand out to her and she took it.  Suddenly he was dancing with her as part of the play. He was also given a wedding ring by another character.

When the show was over, we all met back up at the bar area where we got to listen to amazing blues music until 4:00 in the morning.

It was such a wild night and I’m so glad that we were able to that. I can’t wait to go again.

Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

 

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Learning How to Play Golf

Hi Everyone!

 

Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

Disclaimer: This is my husband’s reaction to me playing golf.

Much like Jill, our main character in Thirty Days to Thirty, I had her put on her bucket list to learn golf, because it was on my bucket list. Well, just like Jill, it was more due to the influence of her dad saying that it’s important for the corporate world to know how to play golf.

For some industries it is, for media, I don’t know a single person that does.

When I was a senior in high school, my dad decided to take the whole family out to Scottsdale Arizona to learn how to play golf for a few days.

I’m a pretty athletic person, but this was the most torturous learning experience for me. Let me explain to you what happened, true story.

My first time swinging a wood club, I hit the head off of it and sent it flying about ten yards. No, I did not come into contact with the ground. The instructor thought he must’ve given me a broken club so he handed me another. My very next swing, I did the same thing.

He thought there was no way that I could possibly do that a third time in a row and sure enough, I did.

When I got back from the trip, my boyfriend at the time, now husband, didn’t believe me and personally took me to the driving range to prove it. You can guess what happened.

Everyone was convinced I was cursed and needless to say my dad wasn’t going to let me use his golf clubs to practice.

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You’ll notice that the thickest part of a field hockey stick is right where it curves. So that is where we are trained to hit the ball so it will be the most effective.

For a golf club, this is the most sensitive spot of a club, and newer versions of  the club at that time didn’t have a hosel  to protect them. Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 9.06.00 AM.png

So now that I have retired from field hockey and find myself playing more golf with family and friends, I can probably never be able to go back to being as good a field hockey player as I once was.

Even though it was a trying experience, I’m still glad that I learned it.

Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

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Supporting Your Friends

Hi Everyone!

 

Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

Running the New York City Marathon is a bucket list item for many. You spend hours training and then you get to run 26.2 miles to either raise money for a charity, or just to do it for yourself.

While I myself will most likely never be one of these people, I was more than happy to go and cheer on a good friend of ours who was doing it.

If anyone can be considered a professional marathon runner, he’s that guy. His biggest accomplishment was running the Marathon De Sables, which they call the toughest footrace on earth. This is where you run 5 1/2 marathons in six days for a total of 156 miles through the Sahara Desert!

Needless to say the NYC Marathon was a cake walk compared to that. His overall goal is to run 50 marathons in his lifetime, which is amazing.

So even though this wasn’t my bucket list item, going out to support his was truly inspiring.

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What I realized, is it’s just as important to support others in their goals. There will be times in your life when you’ll want to do something that you might need some help with. That could be physically or just moral support. But the overall message is the never stop supporting one another. Just that little effort could mean more than you realize and will give them the ability to dream big and achieve it.

 

Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

 

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Giving Back

Hi Everyone!

 

Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

When I was in high school, I remember a friend’s mom working as a CCD teacher. For those who don’t know what CCD means, it’s basically like a Sunday school teacher. Every week, children whose families are members of the church go to religion classes to learn about God.

For Catholics, you go to a series of classes that will prepare you for Reconciliation, Communion and finally Confirmation, which is where you are considered an adult and a full member of the church.

I remember my friend’s mom saying there were some concerns with the church because there wasn’t a CCD class for children with disabilities.

Parents of these children were upset their child couldn’t participate and rightfully so. The problem was, there wasn’t anyone willing to step up and volunteer to teach it.

I’m not what you would call a truly religious person, but my friends and I felt that they shouldn’t be prevented from becoming a member of the church if they wanted to.

Five of us, who were all juniors in high school, signed up to teach the class once a week. We would team up individually with the students and we would help them with the requirements they needed.

That experience really changed my outlook on life. These students needed religion more than anyone I ever went to CCD with. Half the time my friends and I didn’t pay attention and we would goof off for the hour. But these children were going through a very tough time. They wanted to know why they weren’t blessed to be like everyone else? They wanted to know why they were getting made fun of. They needed guidance and someone to reassure them.

There were times I would come home crying because I felt so helpless.  They didn’t deserve the cards they were dealt and they were looking to us to help them learn to live with their situation.

I started to do a lot of research with how I could best help these children in not only the teaching of the religion, but more about the concept of life in general.

I tried to relate to one girl who was upset with being made fun of. I told her that it was a part of growing up and that everyone including myself has been made fun of at some point. I told her an embarrassing story of mine and I said the only thing you can do is let it roll off of your back.

She asks why God allowed us to get made fun of in the first place and I decided to use a metaphor with her new bike she had told me she had just gotten. I ask her how when her dad was helping her to ride the bike without training wheels if he had let go of the bike at any point. She told me yes and I asked her if she fell. She told me she had. I told her to think about that for a second. Did her dad want her to get hurt? Of course not, but the only way we grow in life is if we get hurt sometimes.

It wasn’t much and I’m no expert, but it seemed to make her feel better. My friends and I continued to teach the class until we had left for college. I will still never forget how much an an impact that experience was for me. I have so much respect for the children, parents and teachers of those working with disabilities. My sister-in-law currently teaches several special needs children and it’s amazing to me what she does on a daily basis.

For my next bucket list, when I’m settled back in the suburbs, I am going to return to doing this. Connecting with these children is an experience that you really can’t compare to anything else. I’d advise anyone to volunteer like this if they can.

 

Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

 

Buy Thirty Days to Thirty Here

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Read Classic Novels

Hi Everyone!

 

Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

Growing up I loved to read and it definitely fueled my writing. I remember though, as much as I loved to read, I absolutely hated the books that I read in high school and in college.

I always thought teachers were  trying to make something out of what wasn’t necessarily there. I’d love to find out if Hemingway was really focused on symbolism in his writing and what it represented. In reality, I think Hemingway just wanted to write a story.

So this bucket list item came more from my husband. He was working crazy hours and when he would get home at 2:00 in the morning he would have a hard time sleeping because he couldn’t turn work off. When watching TV before going to bed was still too stimulating, he decided to read.

Not only did this help calm his mind down before going to bed, but he realized that now as an adult, some of the books we read in high school weren’t too bad.

I started to do the same. I began with Great Gatsby, followed by This Side of Paradise and then Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms. I realized that I had a greater appreciation for them now, because as an adult and had enough life experiences to understand what the characters were going through.

The problem with reading these books in high school, is you are still in your little bubble surrounded by everything you have ever known. Although teachers can tell you about history and the world around us, until we can experience it for ourselves we can’t really relate. The most important part of reading is being able to relate to the characters.

Now that I have that knowledge, my goal is to read as many classic books as I can.

Currently, I’m reading David Copperfield. However, thanks to having a kindle, I go back and forth between that book and  more modern books.

So far I think my favorite classics  are Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Ocsar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray.

Going back to these books have really enlightened me and I highly recommend anyone to do the same.

Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

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Learning Stick Shift

Hi Everyone!

 

Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

This started as a bucket list item when I was first learning to drive.

A friend of mine who grew up and started his own business Curl Films, decided to video my first experience back when I was sixteen. I’m going to let the video tell you how that went.

Needless to say, to this day, I do not know how to drive stick shift.

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Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

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High Tea

Hi Everyone!

 

Welcome again to Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. Based off of my book Thirty Days to Thirty, a fiction novel that is a fun light hearted or vacation/beach read about a girl accomplishing her bucket list before her 30th birthday.

 

Although it’s a chick lit, it’s also about self discovery and personal development that is meant to inspire people like me who are almost 30 and want to accomplish those bucket list items that they have been meaning to get to, but tend to let fall to the wayside.

 

This blog is about my bucket list items that I am accomplishing before I turn 30. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

I mention in my earlier post how I went to Northern Ireland. We were visiting a friend who lived there, so while Paul was on a business trip in London and not coming in until that night, Andrew and his girlfriend took me out around Belfast.

I was happily surprised when I found out they were going to take me to  high tea.

We went to a very nice hotel where they served us different types of tea, champagne, mini sandwiches and of course tons of sweet desserts.

High Tea is one of those unique experiences that you have to go at least once. It’s a fancy tradition that the UK still has and it’s fun to look around at the types of people who go. You will see a certain amount of tourists, some are girlfriends catching up, some are women who clearly have been doing this tradition for over forty years.

With the variety of teas and food offered, it’s also a great way to try new things. I discovered that I like Lapsang tea, which is a smoky Indian tea. For the fall/winter season this will be a great tea to drink in front of a fireplace.

For the most part, what I like best about high tea is the pace. It’s an afternoon tea that takes it’s time. There is a good pace in between each serving of sandwiches, teas and desserts. It allows you to relax and enjoy the company you are with.

It’s certainly a tradition I wouldn’t mind picking up with my girlfriends every once in awhile.

Thank you for reading this entry of Courtney Psak’s 30 days to 30 blog. I hope this inspires you with your own bucket list to accomplish as much as you can before your 30th or even before your next birthday!

 

Remember be sure to check out Thirty Days to Thirty if you are looking for a fiction chick lit novel that is a fun, light, vacation or beach read.

Buy Thirty Days to Thirty Here

http://www.courtneypsak.com/