it's been tumultuous in my life recently. i sat down in my studio at my computer today for the first time in what feels like a month. it could actually have been a month. instead of dwelling on the details- we all have those roller coaster moments of life, terrible and excellent - let's spend some time appreciating the beauty of the everyday.
these images happen to be from 'spectacular' places, but they are simple subjects... sunrises and flowers. nature's splendor. it just happens that when you are in a vacation and relaxation mindset- you will most likely have your camera out and are ready to capture and to see the little beautiful moments of life.
i've been striving to bring some of that mentality to my everyday. i've been setting goals for how i'd like to spend my time off -- let me add, this is my new found free time! since i have decided to step away from running lai grai as a business, and instead let it be an inspiring force for the pursuit of dreams - whatever they may be!
recently those goals have been EXPLORATION. and treating this big little city of mine as a venue for journeys and treasures and simple pleasures.
i have been frequenting local vintage and eclectic home shops. i have been sipping lattes all over town and tasting many a scone (i'm sure to my waistline's dismay- but hey! that is not the point of exploration.) i have been taking pictures (and sharing on instagram, after the fact usually, since i'm caught up in the moment) and 'touring' my own city.
new york felt insurmountable. chicago feels more manageable - like i could really eat at all the best restaurants, and sit in every park, and see all the vintage stores, and then curate a list of my absolute favorites, and be able to see them all again. now it's not so small that i could check that list off in a month or two, it will take time (which is good!) and yet still small enough that even though i've been solidly exploring for a few months now, i can still remember my favorites names and how to get back to those spots! this is why i lovingly call it my big, little city. it's like the entirety of chicago feels like brooklyn, brownstones and all (they call them greystones here!).
would you guys be interested in a list of some of my favorites? laila's city guide? i could also put one together for my favorite haunts from parts of brooklyn too!
let me know in the comments!