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My Big Apple Adventure

NYC Skyline

This weekend Mike (my boyfriend of 3 years) and I went to NYC to visit my cousin Vanessa and her husband Nick. We’ve visited them a dozen times before, but this trip was extra special. Usually when we go down to the City we hit up all of the local bars and just kind of bounce around with no set plans, however this time we decided to do something neither Mike nor myself have done before. We decided to make this an educational trip and go to the American Museum of Natural History and the 9/11 Memorial.

A T-Rex fossil at the American Museum of Natural History
A T-Rex fossil at the American Museum of Natural History

Ever since the Night at the Museum was released back in 2006 with Ben Stiller, I have craved to go. To be completely honest, the museum was packed so it was a little overwhelming at times especially once we made it to the fourth floor, which was where all the dinosaur fossils were (the part I longed to see most). No surprise though since it was a Friday afternoon and we were in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world in one of the most popular museums ever created.  The T-Rex fossil that is depicted in the photo to the left was incredible to see, it honestly left me speechless. To think that this creature once roamed our Earth is remarkable.

Of course after the museum Mike and I did take a pit stop to grab a couple drinks.  We stopped at the Beacon Bar, which was right down the street from my cousins apartment. I recommend this sophisticated cocktail lounge to anyone who is near the Upper West Side or as NYC residents call it, UWS. When you walk in your eyes completely surpass the brilliant lit bar and they go right to the black leather couches in the center of the room. It really is a quaint little place, where you can unwind with friends by drinking a couple of their signature cocktails, while occasionally listening to live Jazz.

Saturday was a day that Mike and I had been looking forward to for a very long time. We were finally going to go to the 9/11 memorial. Back in 2001 when 9/11 occurred I was in 5th grade and Mike was in 7th. For anyone that was alive during this time, it’s something we will never forget. You probably remember everything about that day, like what you did in school or work, the rumors that began to circulate, the horrifying details that came to be known, watching the twin towers crumble to the ground right in front of your eyes, and all of the overwhelming emotions that flooded your body.

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Window of Opportunity: Influencers

WIndow of Oppertunity

What is a window of opportunity? According to Macmillan Dictionary, it is “an opportunity to do something, that will only be available to you for a short time.”

I like to refer to the time we have on Earth as our window of opportunity, because before we know it, we can exist for an entire life time without actually living.

A few of my favorite key influencers, who have taken advantage of this window of opportunity, are Paid To Exist, EarthPix, and The Blonde Abroad.

Paid To Exist is a brilliant blog (partly because we share the same belief that you should get paid to do what you love), not to mention that it’s motivational, gives great advice and is brutally honest with a dry sense of humor. Take the title of popular posts for instance: The Best Way To Solve A Problem: Give Up; How I Stay Productive And Get Massive Amounts of Shit Done; and Kill Your Plans And Start Getting Shit Done. Catchy, interesting, and straight forward. Paid To Exist also does a great job of establishing interactive relationships among its audience. This is done through webinars and workshops that aim to bring people’s passions to fruition. Although an influencer, it’s also competition, and a worthy component indeed.

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