I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think to stay sane, you have to find the little moments of beauty. I come from a very typically beautiful place of rolling green hills and beautiful horse country. It's so photogenic and so easy to find wonderful moments where you realize how gorgeous it is. It's Kentucky, y'all.
But New York City isn't one of those places people love because it's just so beautiful. Busy and exciting- yes, but people don't go here for the peaceful and simple photos, and I think that finding those moments are crucial to staying sane. People here are moving and looking down at their phones and being efficient, but to not sound cheesy and cliche, you have to take a few moments to appreciate what's beautiful. And New York City is.
These two photos are in Brooklyn! I really loved Brooklyn because it felt so much more residential and homey than Manhattan does. There are families and schools and little shops and it's so much more friendly feeling.
When I took this photo, my friend turned to me and said, "A photo simply can't capture this city." And he's so right.
These are the views from the top of an apartment on the Upper West Side.
And I think Manhattan sunsets can be just as beautiful.
Even in the hustle and bustle of somewhere as crazy as Grand Central Station, you have to take a minute to admire the beauty of a building like this.
Columbus Circle? Gorgeous.
Slightly embarrassing story-- I had no clue I was walking past the Empire State Building literally every day on my way to work until I saw people stopping to take photos and others handing out tickets.
And the parks are wonderful. These were views from near Union Square and Bryant Park.
And at night? It stays just as stunning.
It's about seeking out those times where you can appreciate the city even if it's crazy. And I love it.
What's your favorite way of feeling peaceful in the midst of craziness?