30 by 30: Part 6

30 Things I’m Glad I Know Before I Turn 30: Part 6

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26. Being nice.

It’s the trick to getting through anything, whether it’s international travel, getting caught in a bad spot or calling customer service. I am happy to say that I am really freaking nice and I know how to not be an asshole. Hooray!

27. How to form a habit.

If I want to do something different, I know now how to adopt a change to a behavior. That used to be really hard for me. I used to just say, “Nope, I could never do that.” But it’s all in the baby steps.

28. The definition of marriage.

Life thus far with my husband has been awesome, and it’s because at some point in our relationship, we decided that we just weren’t going to listen to anyone about how to do things. Just because other people are married doesn’t mean that it’s the same in every other couple. I’ve learned how and when to break the rules, and in what cases to say, “That’s awesome you think that, but we’re doing this our way.”

29. How to get the most out of a bad situation.

Smile. Laugh. Take notes. Put the story out there asap.

30. Where adventure is.

Everywhere. Every day. If you’re willing to look for it.

Here’s to another amazing 30+ years!

Choo choo!

So last night I got back from a whirlwind, magical journey to New York City (where everyone’s your friend, according to They Might Be Giants). As I compile photos and narrative from this wonderful time – which I cannot wait to share with you – I wanted to tell you about a first for me: this trip marked the first time I took a train from one city to another in the United States (I took a bullet train from Osaka to Hiroshima when visiting Japan in 2002). Amtrak was amazing and business class was worth every penny.

To document this awesomeness, I took hourly notes, which was very fun and kept me ‘in the moment’ throughout my trip. Enjoy!

Hour by Hour on the Pennsylvanian

(I saw this photo and was all, “Or what? The devil is going to get me?” Because that’s what I saw first…)

Hour 1: Breakfast! Bye, Pittsburgh!
Hour 2: iPod, you make me sad. Don’t lie about your age (battery life) when I forgot my charger.
Hour 3: Took a break from working to see the infamous historical Horseshoe Curve. Did you know it was targeted by the Nazis?
Hour 4: Mario 3, you are still just as fun 20 years later!
Hour 5: I think it’s nap time. Talk to me, Jenny Lawson. Ooo, cows!
Hour 6: Holy crap, giant eagle. Not the store. Like a big-ass bird. Freaking sweet.
Hour 7: There really is something to this whole work-on-trains thing.
Hour 8: I looked up and was all, “Man, this area looks crappy.” Realized we were coming into Philadelphia. Wah-waaaah.
Hour 9: We are now going in the opposite direction. I feel like I’m backing up really fast.