WAYS TO KEEP THE PEACE IN A BIG CITY (NYC) 

I’ve lived in (or directly next to) a metropolitan for most of my life, but Minneapolis is no N.Y.C. *obviously*

While I am used to a few skyscrapers surrounding me, I am also used to an abundance of nature and fresh air very near by, as well as a little goddamn peace and quiet. 

NYC is its own creature, and sometimes that creature needs to take a freakin’ nap and give you a little time for some R&R ~ but it won’t, so… how does one find some goddamn peace in the middle of all this noise and chaos? 

Here are my tips: 

  1. Bring a novel with you everywhere you go. Read while on the subway, or at a park for your lunch break. Focusing on a beautifully written story will allow you to forget about everything and immerse yourself in an alternate reality, even if only for 5 minutes. Plus, reading puts your brain to work, and that’s a very good thing. 
    1. Currently reading Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre - a philosophical novel by the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, published in 1938.  The eloquently written faux-diary of a French Historian is the perfect reading piece for picking-up and putting-down constantly, but never losing the story. 
  2. Download a peaceful / chill playlist to your Spotify Offline. Getting a signal on the subway can be tricky, and you DO NOT want to use up all of your data even if you can find it. By taking the playlist offline you can put it on anywhere you go, and drown out the noise for a bit. (Benefits of relaxing music).
    1. Check out my favorite chill playlist here. I prefer a mix of electric, dreamscape music paired with acoustic, folksy tunes to mellow out while at the same time changing the mood every so often ~ because sometimes chill music can be so sad… 
  3. Take advantage of bad weather. Rainy/snowy days are the BEST for chilling out in a dim and cozy space, watching a movie, and taking a breath. While stimulating your brain with a good book is always a good thing, sometimes we need to let ourselves veg out. Also, make a to-do list and take the time that this bad weather has given you to pick-up your room, do the dishes and laundry, etc. All of those household things you'd rather not be doing on a beautiful day, do them today. 
    1. My recommendation: Harry Potter marathon, taking breaks throughout to get those annoying chores done. Its perfect for groggy days and there are enough of them to fill the whole day! 
  4. Listen to non-fiction audiobooks. I recommend “self-help” and memoir-type non-ficion because they kind of feel like podcasts, and listening to these types of books is an easy way to distill some education into your hustle and bustle type of days, when you just don’t have the time to sit down and read.
    1. Big Magic or The Art of Not Giving a Fuck are a couple of great options. The former is great for getting the creative juices flowing, or simply just for understanding your own creativity. The latter, well its in the title, is it not? 
  5. Find time to spend with friends and family. This is vital. The busier we get, the harder and harder it becomes to find a time where everyone is free. But a lack of socialization can drive anyone crazy. Schedule in quick coffee and lunch dates, and look at local event calendars to find out when there are chill-out events going on that you can both/all make it to. 
    1. In NYC this summer, HBO has a Movies in the Park series at Bryant Park, I recommend grabbing a bottle of wine and some snacks, throwing down a blanket, and enjoying the city from a rare grassy knoll with friends. 

I’ve only lived in the Big Apple for two months, but I think that these tips are pretty solid and well rounded! Please tag me in any implementations! :) 

 

"The Month of Love"

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    These days love can be hard to muster, hard to find, hard to believe in. With a country founded on the idea that people should have the chance to make their dreams come true by coming to a land of opportunity, one that was founded on the right to free speech , the right to freely protest and to question the government, it is hard to watch what is happening in the United States and feel love and to feel loved. 

    But as we’ve seen in the past two weeks, LOVE REALLY CAN TRUMP HATE. Millions of people have taken it to the streets to show just how much love there really is in the world, and to show the disenfranchised that they are not alone. 

    This month, that is what I will be focusing on. Spreading Love & Positivity, Fighting for Love & Acceptance & Inclusion & Understanding. 

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

Anyway, here's cute photos of me at said Get-Together

If you live in Minnesota, you know. If you're not, and you don't, you're missing out. The Minnesota State Fair - a.k.a. "the great Minnesota get-together"  - is the biggest event in the state. Located in the Twin Cities, the state fair grounds are home to oodles of deep fried foods from every culture, shopping areas from local craftsmen, a convention-like building full of the "latest gadgets and gismos," carnival rides and games, a SkyRide, and a outdoor concert venue. This list is most likely lacking, but you get the idea: there's a lot of things to do. But, we mostly go to eat :) How Midwestern, but who cares?! Deep-fried Reese's Peanut Buttercups are LIFE. So if you're ever in Minnie during the two-week stretch before Labor Day (and BTS), GO TO THE STATE FAIR. 

MINNEAPOLIS FOOD GUIDE: Breakfast, etc. (pt.1)

You could say I'm what they call a "foodie" -- meaning I LUV FOOD and taking pictures of delicious presentations of it. I love trying new places, or going to the same places a million times because I know it'll be good! So, I decided to make a series of Minneapolis Food Guides to share with you some of my favorite places around the city to wine + dine... first up: coffee, and breakfast, and sweets (oh my!)

... & Then Breakfast

But First, Coffee...

Spyhouse Coffee is one of the best places to grab a coffee or some tea, a pastry, and is an aesthetically pleasing study/work space.

If you're in need of a little more sustenance than a pastry, Black Coffee + Waffle is the perfect place to grab a delicious breakfast.

If you're hoping to find some awesome brunch in an unexpected place, head to Pizza Lucé to grab some of this delicious french toast! 

Last, but not least, for an after dinner treat head over to Patisserie 46. They have such a variety of sweets you won't be able to leave with just one! 


Glam Doll Donuts is perfect if you're yearning for a retro experience and a tasty treat.

- End pt. 1 of my Minneapolis Food Guide series: Breakfast, etc. -