Catching up via Instagram: 1/24/16

Hello from WINTER! It took weeks longer than expected, but for the past few weeks it’s been downright cold here in New York City. We were told to expect 6 to 8 inches of snow this weekend – and instead were walloped with twenty-six, making it the second-biggest winter storm in NYC’s history. Needless to say, I didn’t leave the house.

Until yesterday, though, I had been going a million miles a minute all winter. It’s been a busy one. Here’s a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to!

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Reading the Genesis plan from She Reads Truth

Sipping ginger tea on a cold winter day

When I am at home, I’m typically buried under ALL OF THE BLANKETS. All but one of these were made by my wonderful mother. I can usually be found reading, writing and sipping ginger tea.

Union Square as seen from DSW

One of my favorite NYC secrets: You can get killer views from the shops south of Union Square. This was taken from DSW! Shoes and views.

An Eiffel Tower lamp from World Market

I recently popped into World Market “just to look around” and left with this gorgeous Eiffel Tower lamp (you know, because I’m obsessed with Paris).

The Flatiron Building, New York City

I’ve started taking long walks on my lunch breaks: I get some exercise, it keeps me warm, and it’s free! Last week I found myself near the Flatiron Building, which blows my mind every time.

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This is as close as I got to going outside yesterday! While my friends were at the park hurling snowballs at eachother, I was curled up with those blankets, reading and finishing Veep.Snowstorm Jonas aftermath in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Today, however, is a different story! I trekked to the market for breakfast supplies, and I have to admit – now that it’s warmer and the snow is no longer falling, it is kind of beautiful. And since everything (even church!) was cancelled today, I’m looking forward to a Sunday of reading, cleaning and watching football. Go Cardinals!

P.S. Did you notice the new City Guides page? Now you can access all of them on the left side of the homepage.


Catching up via Instagram: 12/13/15

The theme of my life lately has been Christmas in New York City – one of my favorite themes, as this place is pretty magical this time of year. The weather has been warmer than usual – even breaking some records – which, depending on who you ask, is either a miracle or a travesty. I’m firmly on Team Miracle, and have spent the (all-too-short) warm days outside as much as possible. Here’s a little peek (with more Christmas-themed photos to come this week!)

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As I said, the days are all too short lately, but that does mean there are more sunrises in my life – sometimes from the office on busy mornings, sometimes from my bed on lazy ones.

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Downtown Manhattan can be way too crowded with buildings and shadows for good views – but then sometimes a landmark peeks out from the concrete jungle and reminds you just where you are.

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I’m already knee-deep in planning 2016, and actually bought this beautiful Joyce Meyer planner while I was in South Africa and had some rand to burn at the airport! It matches my journal and complements all of the other bright colors in my life, and I can’t wait to use it to organize my life next year. It’s also got daily scripture and other little reminders to keep God first.

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I went for a lunchtime stroll with my friend Angela in Washington Square Park and was attacked by a flock of birds. Don’t let that grin fool you: I was scared for my life.

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She Reads Truth always has the  best devotionals, and their advent study is no exception.


As usual, brunch is the name of my weekend game, and last weekend my friend Miranda hosted us, cooked all of our food, and served up mimosas. So much fun to visit with friends in a more casual environment, and to save a little money!

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Because there’s no better view that the Washington Square arch, a Christmas tree and the Empire State Building. If only this post-sunset photo wasn’t taken at 4:45 p.m.

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Catching up via Instagram: 11/22/2015

Over the past few weeks my Instagram has slowly become less of a log of my day-to-day activities and more a mixture of current sights, throwbacks and blog promotion. I may start to reconsider this blog feature and make it more of a regular update rather than a strict Instagram feature, but in the meantime, here are some little glimpses into NYC life lately!

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This one’s poor quality, but important for a number of reasons: Christmas lights! America! And the Empire State Building: Although it was lit for a different cause, orange is the color of CRPS Awareness, and November is its month. I snapped this shot to honor my sister.

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Another morning, another stroll through my favorite park. I know Washington Square pops up in a lot of these posts, but it just goes to show how beautiful and varying it really is.

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On a hard-earned day off last week, I had planned to stay in bed binge-watching Master of None. But the sunlight was streaming in the window and I thought: How much longer will it really be warm enough outside to sit by the waterfront with a good book? The answer, of course, is not long at all. So off I went.

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I realize I haven’t been back from Africa for even a month yet, but I’m already knee-deep in planning my first few trips of 2016: a long weekend in DC, a week in Phoenix and several days in San Francisco with my best friend Jordan! San Fran has long been on my list to visit (and I even almost moved there in 2014 instead of NYC!) and I’m so excited to finally check it off.

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Rounding out this post with a little throwback celebration: Jordan and I are proud 2011 alumni of Arizona State University, and yesterday the football team absolutely crushed the University of Arizona. It’s the oldest, fiercest college rivalry in America and I couldn’t be prouder to be on the winning side. Sun Devils Forever!

You can follow me on Instagram here. And if you’re looking for other accounts to follow, I suggest Travel Mail – they featured some of my work recently!


Catching up via Instagram: 9/13/15

If this post had a subtitle it would be: Well, that was a weird week. I spent the Monday holiday working in a mostly-empty office, Tuesday sleeping off a sinus infection, Thursday at jury duty, and Wednesday and Friday working like normal. Now my parents are coming on Wednesday, my best friend gets here in two weeks and I leave for Africa in a little over a month. WHEW.

In the meantime, some little glimpses into this wild and crazy life:


Sundays are my FAVORITE day of the week, and last week I splurged on some fresh flowers and an iced coffee on my way home from running errands. Sometimes the little indulgences are my favorites!

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I had to get vaccinated for my upcoming trip to Swaziland, but is there anything worse than getting poked and prodded? I finally promised myself I could have sweet potato fries for dinner after going to urgent care, and it worked like a charm – plus now I probably won’t get typhoid!


My pastors recently moved into a beautiful new apartment in the financial district, and Jessi invited some of the girls over for a barbecue on their rooftop. The views were to die for!

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My friend Jess and I are leading a community group together this fall, and we couldn’t resist a planning meeting over fro-yo.


I’m a tiny bit Mindy Kaling-obsessed, so when I heard she was the latest celebrity to design a burger for Umami, I knew I had to have it! I dragged the girls out for burgers, fries and drinks at the end of the week. The burger is delicious, but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Ms. Kaling!

So that’s it – scenes from the whirlwind. I’m so excited for the weeks to come!

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Lately on Instagram: 8/30/15

These posts were getting a little tedious to write every week, especially those weeks I don’t post as much on Instagram. Instead of scrambling every Sunday, I’m going to be posting whenever there’s enough content – probably closer to every two weeks – and supplementing with more Currently and Day in the Life posts. Sound good? That’s a real question – let me know what you think!

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Last week I was invited to an event in midtown where I didn’t know anyone. I’m a big advocate for saying yes to things, and it’s rare for me to be outside my comfort zone since I developed a close group of friends here in NYC. So I went, stayed about 30 minutes, and ducked out fashionably early (that’s a thing, right?) Luckily I was just a few blocks from my favorite part of the city – Rockefeller Plaza – so I wandered over to see it all lit up, read a book, and laugh at the fact that someone at the event called me brave. Would you ever have thought?!

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After over a year, I still can’t get over Bryant Park. It’s the most random park filled with suits and squeezed between skyscrapers just a few blocks from Times Square – yet it always feels like the most peaceful oasis.

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My church hosts quarterly gatherings for the whole team, and they’re always catered. Usually it’s mediocre Italian food but last week we had a taco truck! If you’ve read anything on this site at all, you probably know that tacos are one of my love languages. I made sure Emmie, Kelli and I got there 30 minutes early and didn’t even complain about sitting on the sidewalk. Because tacos!

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Brunch is forever my favorite meal, and one I indulged in twice this week – at Petite Abeille in Flatiron and at Colina Cuervo in Crown Heights. I’m partial to sweet, high-carb treats, as you can probably tell!

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Yesterday was a quintessential New York summer day, and it bums me out to think that summer is coming to a close. There was a rooftop barbecue in Hell’s Kitchen, followed by a spontaneous trip uptown (181st Street!) to see my friend Kelli’s place in Washington Heights. A solid hour away from my neighborhood in Brooklyn, it was like going on vacation – without even leaving New York City!

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