NYC #7 – Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, as well one of the most touristy places in New York.
No caption needed, I just hope you like the photographs of this architectural masterpiece. Additionally, you will be happy to hear that my New York City Photography series comes to an end and there is only one post left.

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Stay tuned and have a great week!

xx, Sophie

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NYC #6 – Almost touching the sky

We bought our group ticket from a local tourist guide and decided to climb the Empire State Building on the spur-of-the-moment. It was 10pm and we were very excited.
Having arrived at the building, a woman guided us to a huge elevator. I was wondering how long it would take to get up onto the platform on the 86th floor.
The answer was, just a few seconds. My ears were aching, my heart sank into my boots – I was afraid.
As soon as we arrived at the 86th floor I became excited. My friend and I stood in front of the glass door which separated us from the terrace.
„Ready?“ she asked, „Break!“ I answered. (It’s an American Football thing, we used to play Ladies Football)
We opened the door, a strong breeze was blowing through our hair. We stepped out on the terrace and walked to the fence. What we saw was beyond words.

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NYC #5 – The City at Night

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Just noticed the Strand Bookstore which I already mentioned in my last NYC post

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This one is my personal favourite!
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Oh and I also messed up my logo/copyright whatever…Photoshop confusion 😀

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I just wanted to share with you my „New York City at Night“ pictures, there’s not much to say. I hope you enjoy this post even though I don’t have another NYC guide for you at the moment.

Much love,
Sophie

 

 

Reconsidering – How to survive the 21st century

Every morning you wake up at the same time, moaning into your pillow, wishing you could just stay in bed forever. You crawl out of your bed, exhausted. Your body is aching from all the stress you had the past few weeks. Walking into the bathroom, your eyes are still in pain because of the bright lights you just turned on. Looking into the mirror, your eyes move across the wrinkles on your forehead and the dark circles around your tired eyes. Your cheeks look sunken and the emptiness in your gaze reflects the inner turmoil you are fighting every day.

Can you relate to this description? Then you should probably read on.

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Today many people suffer from this „fatigue“. In the course of globalization and the increasing competition on the labour market, we have to work a lot in order to make a living.
Twenty years ago, it was common to do the same job for decades.
But in the 21st century, the world is moving forward at a tearing pace. And we have to keep up with it. Globalization and technology demands us to accelerate our working, to be perfectionist about everything we do and to give 100% everyday and every time.
Some people collapse while trying to fit in the image of the perfect man/woman of the 21st century, with good cause.

However, life should not only consist of working, worrying, stressing and failing.
The #YOLO hype is (Thank God!) over, however, the idea is important and we should refer to it once in a while.
Since I often think about how to destress and how to (sometimes) give a ****,
I would like to share my personal „Stress-Survival-Kit“ with you, although these tips are very basic I guess.

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You will never be perfect

Doing a perfect job always depends on the view and the mindset of the person who is judging you. Everyone has his own priorities and ideas and you cannot please them all.
There are people in the world who will love to see you stumbling and tumbling and these people will do everything to make you fall. You should be aware of this and try to understand their way of thinking.
What matters at the end of the day, is that you are at least content with what you have already achieved. You will never be perfectly happy with your work.
If you give 80% and people are satisfied with your work, everything is fine. Why should you give 100% if nobody will ever appreciate the effort you put in your work?
What I want to say with this is, that you should not put too much effort into something, when you already know that nobody will acknowledge it.

Learn to manipulate

No, this does not mean that you should hatch plots. What I actually mean is that you should learn how other people think. If there is someone who wants to detain you from being successful, you need to manipulate him in a way that he is thinking that you adapt to his will, although you are not. You need to learn how to act correctly while secretly achieving your goals.

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Know your purpose

Before being successful, you need to know what your goals are. Nobody ever became successful through wandering around without knowing his purpose.
Know your weaknesses and your strengths and elaborate on them.
Admitting that you are not very good at something and doing something about it, will actually make you stronger and admirable.

Learn to say NO

Learning to say no is something which makes you powerful and will give you the strength to manage the important tasks at work and in your life.
Doing everything at once will exhaust you and because of the upcoming stress you will have to deal with, your projects will lack quality.
Hence, you should prioritize and focus on the tasks that really matter and the ones which will enrich your (work-)life.

Down shifting

Lacking energy and motivation is human. If your motivation is gone, you will need to fuel yourself with positive energy.
Find your work-life balance and know your limitations.
Do something that sparks joy, play an instrument or do charity.
Doing charity work will help you to understand that your problems are (usually) temporary and that there are people who truly need YOUR help.
Helping other people will probably get you back on track because it refreshes your mind and you will bear a helping hand.

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What is your „Stress-Survival-Kit“? What do you think about mine? Please share your thoughts in the comments, albeit you may have a completely different opinion on this topic.

 

And always remember: „Every cloud has a silver lining!“

 

Love, Sophie

 

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NYC #4 – The (partly) Alternative New York City Travel Guide

Maybe you have already read my first New York City post and know that I travelled to NYC for four days in 2015. Although I had a great time and saw great places and sights, I was (of course) not able to explore many alternative and non-touristy places.

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As you know from my second NYC post, I love to explore cities by foot. This is why I would try to not use the subway and walk through Manhattan next time.
If I go back to this wonderful city in a couple of years, I would like to focus on the alternative things to do.

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Rockefeller Center Ice Skating

This is still very touristy but a few steps from Times Square you will find the Rockefeller Center with its Ice Skating area. The last time I went to New York I desperately wanted to go ice skating, since it was very warm and I thought it would be quite refreshing.

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Visiting a Street Art Gallery

I love arts in general but I am also very interested in Street Art. Graffiti is not only about spraying walls anymore, many artists publish their graffiti in alternative art galleries.
Visiting a Street Art Gallery would be extremely interesting, especially if I could talk to New Yorker artists.

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Thrifting

Since I like to read blogposts about thrifting, especially by Kali Borovic, I would love to go to different Thrift Stores in New York. It is amazing how many great clothes you can find if you just be patient and spend a little more time in Thrift Shops.
Kali’s tips for thrifting and her thrift hauls are awesome and we should all try to live a more sustainable life and buy second hand clothing.

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Going to the gym in SoHo

This may sound weird to many of you but I am obsessed with sports and I love going to the gym. It is not that I always have to have a gym around me but I heard that especially SoHo has many alternative basement gyms to offer. So why not meeting some wannabe celebs in a nice hipster gym?

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Spending my afternoon in Strand Bookstore

Not long ago I found out about this bookstore on the website Goop.com. They describe themselves as a „modern lifestyle brand“ but I still do not know what kind of business they actually are. Anyway, they published something about NYC and mentioned this huge and beloved bookstore. I visited the official website (I linked the website in the heading) and became obsessed with the store without even having visited it before.
I really love to read and although I started using an  e-reader (because it is more comfortable and water resistant), I still enjoy conventional books. If I go to the library or to our local bookstore, I will spend at least two hours reading the caption of minimum thirty books, reading some chapters of books I think I would enjoy and then buying at least three books. Not very minimalistic I guess…

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Exploring China town and Little Italy

When I was in NYC, we just ran through these two municipalities because we obviously did not have much time. But it was really interesting to see all these people on the streets, selling delicious food and Lucky Cats (??)!
However, if I come back, I will spend much more time in these two districts.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please comment down below if you have any ideas or advice on what to do in NYC.

Have a nice weekend and see you soon!
Sophie