Pranks

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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!

So I’m not encouraging anything serious, but pranks are a lot of fun. They make for good memories and everyone usually gets victimized at one time or another.

When I hear about the stories my husband shares of all the pranks they used to play on one another, I regret the fact that my friends and I didn’t do more of them.

Our scale of pranking was also wildly different. My friends and I used to put ketchup in the bottle of our friend’s Snapple can and wait to see how much of it she would  drink before she noticed it.

My husband on the other hand, used to play OPUS (other people’s useless sh*t). With Opus, everyone splits up into cars and has an hour to find the most ridiculous useless item they can.

Whoever can’t make it out that night gets all of the useless items dumped on their front lawn.

Obviously the reason for the prank is to get a rise out of the victim, so his friends and him look forward to hearing about the reaction of the parents  when they noticed a plethora of garden gnomes on their lawn.

I even remember one Halloween, my mom was actually mad that we didn’t get teepeed and decided to do it herself, just to see our reactions the next morning.

So probably the most recent prank I was a victim of was my friend last year had an Octoberfest party. I told her we should all wear lederhosen. She agreed and told me that she was going to tell all her guests to and she would as well.

My friend Danielle and I showed up and sure enough, no one else was in Lederhosen. A little peeved at first, we owned it and wound up also owning the beer pong table. In the end, I still think we were the winners of that party.

So one thing to remember when you prank or you are getting pranked.

Everyone just needs to learn to laugh at themselves. We all will be the butt of a joke at some point in time, just remember it’s all out of love.

Really it builds character because there are going to be times where you are going to embarrass yourself and you’ll be a better person if you can just own up to it and not let it ruin your day.

Plus the possibilities are endless when it comes to getting them back.

 

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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Eat New Things

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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!

Up until I started dating Paul, I had a very plain palate. My mother is a picky eater, so we never really had anything adventurous for dinner in our household.

Paul on the other hand, is very adventurous. So needless to say he got a little tired of the fact that all I was ever willing to go to was your standard TGI Fridays.

So he finally told me that it was about time that I started trying things. He refused to have to go to the same places anymore. I can’t say that I blame him. Since he understood what I liked and didn’t like, he would always order something safe that he knew I would like and then he would order something I might like that was a little more adventurous.

Slowly but surely he got me to try knew things. To this day I’m a bit of a pain. I only go to Mexican restaurants that have chicken fajitas or Thai places that have pad thai, but even now, I’m still working on it.

Your palate also changes every seven years, because your body changes in that same time frame. So I also started to try things that I knew I didn’t like in high school. Sure enough, I found out that I love Brussels sprouts.

The picture above is me trying an oyster for the first time. I’ve always had a fear of this because you never know if it’s a bad oyster until you’ve already swallowed it. But thankfully Paul eating his fair share of oysters knew what looked good and what looked questionable.

below is my reaction to that oyster.

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So what have I learned over the years when it comes to trying new things? There are obviously going to be certain foods you don’t like, but more often than not I find that what I tried was really good and I can’t believe I had gone through life that long without it.

It also helps you to be healthier. In college, my idea of a diet was plain iceberg lettuce and a dry piece of chicken. I had no idea what you could do with just a few spices. Now when I’m trying to be healthy it doesn’t feel so torturous.

Paul and I love to cook now, so it’s great to experiment on ways to make things healthier and that only happens when you are willing to try new things.

Maybe I’ll try oysters again in another seven years.

 

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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Karaoke

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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!

Yes, embarrass yourself with karaoke.

I’ve never been a fan of karaoke really. My idea of a good time isn’t going to a bar to hear strangers sing in a pitch that would make dogs start barking.

But Karaoke bars that have private rooms…..

For my birthday one year, Paul surprised me by having my girlfriends capture me and bring me to Lips Lounge, a drag bar in the New York City. It was a lot of fun, until I got pulled up on stage.

After that,  the girls told me we were going to meet the guys at a karaoke bar. I was surprised since Paul knew I wasn’t a fan of karaoke, then again he did just send me to a drag bar.

We had a private room with twenty people, who happened to be my closest friends, so it wasn’t as intimidating.

When I got there though, I said I wasn’t going to sing, I would rather just sit and talk with everyone. Truth was I had never been to a karaoke bar before.

Well, based on the picture above, that didn’t last long.

So what I learned from my experience with karaoke.

Don’t worry about having a bad voice, because no matter how good a voice you have, at 4:00 AM everyone sounds bad.

Drag your friends up with you. They are only going to start singing along anyway.

No one can resist “I will survive”

Expect your throat to be sore the next morning

 

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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Girl’s Trip

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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!

Apologies to those who know me, some of these bucket list items are a bit out of order. They are still worth mentioning !

You will have plenty of times to get together with your girlfriends for bachelorette parties and such, but do a REAL girls/guys trip (depending on the reader). This is a trip where everyone agrees where they want to go,  the trip doesn’t have to revolve around one person and it’s just you and your closest friends. No offense to the cousins, sister in laws, coworkers that attend bachelorette parties, but you sometimes need to reaffirm that bond you all have together.

For me the first real girls trip I did, was when our friend Janis moved up to Boston. Five of us all got together and drove up for the weekend to see her.

The four hour car ride alone was a great time to bond. After college it was harder for everyone to get together because we were all in different directions with our new careers.

The car ride was basically a dance party of who could dance the best in a seated position. It was 7:00 am and I was driving, so until I had finished my coffee this wasn’t amusing to me at first.

When we did get up there, Janis took us all over Boston.  Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, traveling anywhere with a local makes the trip so much better. She knew what was worth seeing and what not to waste our time on. To tell you the truth, I think with the exception of going to Cheers and Fenway, none of us needed to see anything special, we just wanted to catch up with one another.

Janis basically showed us all of her favorite drinking spots and the occasional place to eat. We have some real great memories from that trip, most that I think my friends would kill me if I shared.

But what I learned from that trip.

Everyone vote on the alcohol that will be brought and then assign someone responsible for bringing it. I’m sorry but no one likes bubble gum vodka!

Take the time to reminiscence. Memories are best told with those you shared them with. I learned some interesting facts I wasn’t initially aware of that made the stories a lot funnier.

Always make new memories. Like I said, there are a lot of great ones from that trip that I am not at liberty to share.

Be a Yes Man/Woman. Take advantage of the  freedom you might have at that time to get together. Before you know it, there will be legit excuses like you have children that will keep you from having the time. Plus, the best memories I have are when I just said yes to something without even thinking about it.

Finally, one I admit I need to improve upon, is make the effort to get together more often. Life can really get in the way sometimes and now all of us trying to book a dinner together has to be made months in advance. So save your Netflix binge for later and go live life!

 

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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The 50-Mile Hike

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!

So when my husband Paul was turning 30, I asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday. A few of his friends were turning 30 all in the same month, so they all decided they wanted to go to Napa with their wives. Great, I thought.

Paul then comes to me and suggests since we have all these vacation days, do we want to go out to California earlier, spend some time just the two of us before we go.

First it was talks of going to Big Sur for a few days, then San Fransisco before we met everyone in Napa.

Then Paul says to me, what do you think about doing a hike?

I love hiking and camping is good for a few days, but what Paul was suggesting was a 50 mile week long guided hike through Yosemite.

It was his 30th. I couldn’t say no, though I admit at the beginning, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the idea.  We were going late August, so we had time to get in shape and book our trip. Turns out that the week we wanted was one of the hardest hikes offered, go figure. Paul convinces me and himself that we are young enough that we can train for this and be fine.

First I needed real hiking boots. After reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, I had the biggest fear that my boots were going to be the death of me.

We spent the summer breaking them in though, hiking ten miles a day on the weekends. That was the average amount of miles you had to a hike daily. I was terrified. I remember hiking Mount Equinox in Vermont, only five miles but a hell of a vertical gain, and having a breakdown. Oh, did I forget to mention that we would be carrying 40 pounds on our backs!?!

I learned that some weeks if I was active enough, the hike was no issue. However, drinking Friday night, leads to a much harder hike on Saturday. The biggest thing I learned was where my hot spots were. This meaning where my feet would tend to blister. I learned to pre-wrap my feet before the hike and it would eliminate the blisters.

We eventually found ourselves getting strong and each time the hike and distance was easier to manage.

When we finally did get out there, the hardest part was what we couldn’t prepare for. Elevation. That first day was the worst. I was light headed, I felt like I had a lot more than 40 pounds on back and I fell down once and literally couldn’t get up.  I took a ton of breaks and I didn’t have an appetite to eat anything. Setting up our tent took forever and I was so cold that Paul had to give me his jacket on top of mine so I would stop shaking and trust me, we did come prepared.

By day two we had finally acclimated and we found ourselves leading the front of the pack. I had gotten my appetite back, I didn’t need as many breaks and my tent was easier to set up.

By day three, the ten of us were all talking about the hikes we had been on and everyone was surprised to learn this our first.

The picture at the top of this blog was day five at 10K. Yes, that is a beach at 10,000 feet! When  the guide told us about it we thought she was kidding. Paul is lounging leisurely reading a book and I am passed out face down. That was the first time on the whole trip that we only hiked six miles and got to spend the afternoon laying by the beach or fishing.

It was probably the most bonding time we all had. Before that we would spend the entire day hiking so by the time we got to our destination we had just enough time to pitch our tent, eat dinner, pump our water and would be asleep by 9:00 so we could get up again at 6:00.

After a particularly grueling day, Paul asked me if this trip was a mistake and I remember telling him to ask me that question again next week. We learned this was what people call type II fun. The type of fun that sucks at the time, but when you look back you realize how amazing it really was.

So I really learned a lot from this trip.

First, it’s amazing what your body is capable of. The way we adjusted between acclimation, weight on our backs and just pure determination, makes you realize just how tolerant your body really is. The one thing that pissed me off. Paul lost seven pounds after that trip and I lost two. Damn men!

Secondly, the views we saw were spectacular. You really couldn’t see what we saw anywhere else in the world. I had never seen a shooting star before and I saw a huge one fly across the entire sky!  It puts things in perspective for you and makes you realize just how small you are in this world, in a humbling way.

Thirdly, this trip was just a great accomplishment. It was something we were determined to do, we worked hard and we did it! Would I do it again? Yes, but maybe not a full week. I think 4-5 days is a limit for me. I like my showers to be a little more frequent. Plus side to Yosemite though, you are so high up, you really don’t sweat which means you don’t smell THAT bad. 🙂

One piece of advice if you do something like this, book a full body massage when you get out. That was probably the best massage I had ever had in my life!

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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Paris

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!

So I had seen Paris when I studied abroad, but Paris with my husband was a big deal. It’s the city of romance! I didn’t want my only experience of Paris be of staying in a hostel in the red light district.

What was special about this trip, is that we had a friend of ours that was living there for two years and we wanted to make a point of seeing him before he moved back to the US.

Paul had business meetings in Scotland, so I took the red-eye out to Paris Thursday night, arriving Friday morning. I got myself settled and wandered the streets for a bit before our friend Nassim got off of work.

What was great about going a second time around, was I didn’t have any desire to do the touristy stuff.

Nassim suggested a hotel in a local area which was great. I walked out of our boutique hotel and I was immediately on a cobblestone street. There were no super markets, this street had a butcher shop, next to a cheese shop, across the street from a bakery that was next to a wine store. It was amazing! I sat at a cafe for two hours drinking coffee and eating french onion soup while reading Hemingway’s  A Moveable Feast. For those that don’t know, that is the story he wrote about his time living in Paris.

Nassim then picked me up on his vespa and in true snoopy fashion, I was riding through traffic in Paris on the back of his vespa in a leather jacket and my scarf whipping in the wind. I never had so much fun weaving in and out of traffic!

We caught up with one another at a local tea shop with an amazing view of the Eiffel tower. He invited Paul and I to his apartment that night, where he was having a tapas party with a bunch of expats.

Thankfully, being in the location I was, I picked up fresh bread from the bakery, some chocolates from the chocolate shop and some wine to bring over. We had such a blast that night! After Paul was able to meet up with us,  he brought us to a club where we partied until 4:00 AM.

We didn’t get up until noon, and after breakfast we wandered up and down the streets of Paris until we were meeting Nassim for dinner. After another great local dinner spot, we listened to Vivaldi Four Seasons quartet at a local church that sounded unbelievable! It was the only touristy thing I wanted to do and luckily Nassim had never done it either and enjoyed it. We ended the night at a cafe where we stayed hanging out with all of Nassim’s friends until sunrise. This time we didn’t wake up until 2:00 in the afternoon.  We spent the rest of the afternoon, once again, just wandering around Paris.

It may not seem like much, but this was one of the best trips I’ve been on. One thing I learned is the best experience you can have in another country is to experience it like a local. I had done this in Germany with a friend from London and it was another memorable experience.

So things to keep in mind when you decide to visit another country. Minimize the amount of tourist attractions you want to go to. When I lived in London and was traveling every weekend, come April  I was so burned out that I couldn’t look at another church or museum.

Secondly, do some research and see what you can find to do that is just as exciting but not a tourist trap.

Living in New York, I always look for things to do on Time Out New York. The Vivaldi Quartet that I found, wasn’t on a tourist site, but on Time Out Paris.

Just a thought. Till next time…

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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Trapeze

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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!

So I’ll admit, this was a random thing to have on my bucket list.  I guess it always intrigued me when I was driving on the West Side highway and I would see this structure on top of Chelsea Piers.

Not only does it look fun, but I figured it’s a cool quirky thing that you can say you did once.

I’m fortunate enough  at my job to  have summer Fridays. So every other Friday in the summer I would take advantage to learn and discover more about the city I love.

I had hoped a few of my teacher friends, who were off for the summer, would have been able to join me, but when schedules didn’t work out, I figured better to have done it alone than not at all.

Living only two blocks from the South Street Seaport, I realized they offered trapeze as well, so I decided to sign up for that one.

The other people I met where a group of girls from Cosmopolitan Magazine (oddly enough) and the other girls were from Zappos. Both were marketing teams doing an offsite.

They offered to take pictures and videos of me that I could share with everyone.

Video below:

I learned a couple things from this experience.

  1. This was one hell of a workout. As someone who works out (hiit, lifting weights, etc) five days a week, this kicked my ass and I only went up about five times in the hour long class.
  2. I bruise like a damn peach. You should’ve seen the back of my knees after this. It looked like someone came up from behind with a baseball bat!
  3. Like I mentioned earlier, better to do alone than not at all. I had a lot of fun and I wouldn’t take that experience back at all.

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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Heli-Skiing

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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!

Heli-Skiing has to be one of my top bucket list items.

I’ve been skiing since I could walk. One thing  I remember growing up, is watching ski videos in the lodge with my boots still on and thinking to myself I can’t wait until I can do that.

Paul and I actually met skiing in Vermont. I was with a friend of mine who knew about of bunch of guys from our high school that were up for the weekend. He and I were the first ones down the mountain and while waiting for everyone else, got to talking and hit it off.

Since then, our competitiveness with one another has really pushed us to be even better skiers. We both skied the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc and he even proposed to me on a guided trip through the back country in Whistler.

When we went back to Whistler on our ten year (dating) anniversary, Paul surprised me with Heli-skiing.

The  best part was our guide turned out to be the same one that took us out when Paul proposed, so she not only remembered us but upgraded us!

There’s something about taking a helicopter to the top of an untouched mountain and skiing forty-five minutes through fresh powder that just makes me completely giddy. The day couldn’t’ have been any more perfect. The conditions were great and visibility wasn’t too bad. We got at least 7 runs in, while other groups lost visibility and either didn’t get to go out or only were able to do 2-3 runs.

For lunch, we were provide warm butternut squash soup while we sat in this remote part of the mountain, so quiet you could hear a pine cone fall from a tree one hundred yards away.

This trip taught me that if there is something you really want to do, don’t put it off.

I was always hesitant because of the price, but I have to say I’m so glad that I did it. I will always have that memory and how much joy I derived from that experience.

So many people spend money on tangible things, but I would much rather invest in experiences. In the end that makes you richer as a person.

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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New York, New York

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!

After my experience in London, I came to love living in urban areas. So as soon as I graduated, I knew that I wanted to live in New York City. Not only did it harbor the greatest publishing companies, but I loved everything New York had to offer. You could go to a different restaurant every night for ten years and you would still not hit them all. You want to go to a comedy club? Jazz bar? Burlesque show? Anything you want is at your finger tips. Since I have moved out I’ve realized how much I miss that.

When that time finally came, I had no other friends that shared that same dream with me. They were teachers and nurses, so none of them wanted a job in the city. Paul was in Hoboken at the time, but I still wanted the city. So with no one to go with me, I moved there on my own. Needless to say my parents encouraged Paul to stay with me as much as possible.

One of my favorite things to do in London I started doing in New York as well. I would put my headphones in and just try to get myself lost. I would wander from neighborhood to neighborhood, loving the transition between them.

At this point I was going for my masters, so I had a flexible schedule for a little before I was starting an internship at Self magazine.

Within New York, I had made my own bucket list, that I’m currently still working on.

I walked the Brooklyn Bridge, that was easy because I lived downtown. I saw countless Broadway plays, I would go to movies in the park. I got to see my favorite movie Roman Holiday, in Bryant park. I reserved a spot and Paul met me with a picnic. I got to see a play in Lincoln center, hang out in Central Park and even do trapeze! More about that in a later post.

Overall, New York taught me a lot of things. Some good, some bad. I’m an extremely impatient walker, I walk with purpose. Since I’ve worked in Time Square for five years, I don’t have the patience for tourist who stop in the middle of the sidewalk to look up. I have a hard time switching this off when I’m outside of New York. When I went to see my parents in Florida and I barreled though a crowd on the street  and I overheard my mom say to them, “she’s from New York.” So that probably wasn’t the best habit to pick up.

I’m also, thanks to London as well, very aware of my surroundings. It’s kinda crazy when you sit down with a bunch of New York women and you can spend hours sharing multiple stories about being followed by men. But because of it, I can asses situations and know where to go and what to do.  Thankfully, I’ve never had an traumatizing experiences. I went to jury duty once and when they ask the question “have you ever been the victim of a crime” you wouldn’t believe the stories people told.

But let’s get past the negative. New York taught me culture. It taught me to appreciate, even love some things I never thought I would. Paul and I joke, because what he hated about New York was that you could go to the same coffee shop everyday and the workers would still treat you like they’ve never seen you before. Me, I LOVED that! I grew up with my mom telling everyone her life story, so going to the store to pick up milk was a twenty minute ordeal because the check out woman was showing my mom pictures of her grand-kids and telling her about her husband’s recent surgery.

I loved that no matter what time of day or night, there was always something to do. You could never say you were bored living in New York. There was always a new experience available at your fingertips.

I just recently saw an advertisement for this zombie experience. Apparently you and your friends get locked in a room with a zombie chained to the floor and you have to figure out how to get out. Very Saw like, but hey why not?

Even though I’m living on the other side of the Hudson, I still work in the city, so there are still plenty of opportunities to gain more experiences. My one bucket list item still left is a ballet or Opera at Lincoln Center.

Till next time…

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!

 

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Getting Married

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!

So I’m not sure you consider this a bucket list item, but when I was eighteen thinking about where I would be at Thirty, the first thing I think I put was married.

I was fortunate enough to meet my husband when we were still in high school. Most people wondered why it took us eight years of dating before we finally got married.

The reason, that I mentioned earlier in my study abroad post, was because we wanted to make sure that we could grow together.

Think about it, you go from high school where you are living at home, to college where you are completely independent and have to adjust to that for the first time. Then we both studied abroad where we learned a little more about ourselves. I didn’t have a desire to move to the city, until I had lived in London.

Then you go from college, to the real world. Now you’re an adult and you have to make a living.

We honestly felt that we needed to make sure that after all that we both still wanted the same things.

The biggest key was communication. We went from being long distance for a few years, to suddenly being on top of each other. We agreed, if one of us gets sick of seeing too much of the other we had to let each other know.

The same goes for living together. You have to make sure you can deal with each others’ living habits. There are some things I do that I know drive him crazy and vice versa, but overall we work well together.

That’s what I’ve learned from my marriage and I’m constantly learning new things everyday.

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/