Sunday Ponderings

Lauren DahlhauserComment

What a lovely weekend it has been so far. It's my last weekend in Brooklyn and I cannot believe it, but I couldn't be happier with how my time has been spent over the course of the last couple days. To sit here at this mom and pop coffee shop, realizing how amazingly blessed I am to have had such a wonderful summer experience in New York, makes my heart smile.

At the start of this past week I made a list of a few things I really wanted to knock out on the weekend before my flight. I was surprised to see that none of the things on my list were particularly extravagant. But it made me realize something about myself: I truly find joy in the little things.

Some of the things that made it on the list were:

• Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. (I've already done it, but can this be done back in Indiana? Nope.)
• Take the subway to Prospect Park and spend an afternoon reading and/or listening to music in the grass. (Why had I not done this once before this point?)
• Go back to Williamsburg and walk around aimlessly, taking in the beauty and art that line the streets. (I've only been to Williamsburg once since I've lived in New York, but it was too hipster-tastic and artsy not to go back. I was overwhelmed on my walk through the town last weekend. Plus, the Brooklyn Art Library is there. It's a library with shelves lined with thousands of sketchbooks created by ordinary people around the world. I wasn't leaving Brooklyn without spending some time in such a neat little place. Talk about inspiration.)
• As much as possible, avoid homesick thoughts and the strong desire to be back with my family and friends. (It's not that I don't love them, but sometimes my longings to be with my family and friends back home takes away from the appreciation of being in NEW YORK. I fall into reminiscent moods way too frequently. They're great on occasion, but not to the point they distract you from enjoying the present.)

This was the list I made before the weekend began. So far, I'd say I've done a pretty good job at accomplishing it.

I haven't walked the Brooklyn Bridge again yet, but I might save this for the night before my flight. It's within walking distance of where I live. I can't think of a better way to spend my last night in the city.

I spent yesterday afternoon in Williamsburg taking photos for a friend's fashion blog. We walked around and stopped whenever a little shop or picture-perfect area caught our eye. It was so relaxing and adventurous and great. 

I stayed in Williamsburg after the shoot and met up with another friend to try out some local bars. We talked and laughed and ate fancy food. It was relaxing and fantastic (and expensive, but we won't consider that part ;D).

And now it's Sunday. It's only mid afternoon and so far, I've enjoyed a gorgeous walk through Park Slope to church, soaked up a beautiful, thought-provoking sermon at Grace Trinity, and enjoyed some time at a cute little mom and pop coffee shop editing photos and sipping down a refreshing iced latte.

I feel refreshed and thankful. 

I'm excited to be back in Indiana. Excited beyond what words could express. But I have one more week as an intern in New York City and I'm going to make the most of it. See you soon, Indiana. :)