What Lifts You?

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What happens when you spend your entire life living in one of the world's most dreamed of cities? You spend your days finding any way possible to avoid the massive crowds of people gathered in front of famous landmarks for photo ops. That's how I've been for the majority of my life living in New York City until one of my best friends, Tiffany, moved away, created a bucket list, and pulled me along for the adventure. Turns out, it brought out a side of me that I like very much.

Photo inspired by Shay Mitchell
I don't want to focus on the details and history of NYC's most famous landmarks but rather, I would like to share with you all the result this experience had on me. I spend my days constantly traveling around the city for work, so it's easy to just zone out and bury myself into a book. Knowing that (1) this was a part of Tiffany's bucket list and (2) I paid for it, I had to take advantage of every part of it. Aside from the tour, I planned the rest of the afternoon to be as awesome of a best friend date as possible. I took Tiffany to see the What Lifts you Mural by Kelsey Montague, to try Vietnamese food for the first time, and to eat at Morgernstern's Finest Ice Cream. Check out some photos (and outfit details) below!

Tour details at Circle Line 42
Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream with Condensed Milk

Top: First & I (similar) | Bottoms: H&M (similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar, similar) | Bag: Kate Spade (similar, similar)

Spending the day both sharing my city and exploring new parts of it with someone who plays such an important role in my life brought out such genuine happiness within me. It's not something that comes easily or often to me (hence my self-defined motto and the overall theme of my blog, Small Steps to Happiness) so being able to help one of my best friends complete a part of her steps towards happiness and finding it myself through exploration, good company, and most importantly, food really lifted my spirits.

So readers, what lifts you?


  1. really love that sweater/shoe combo! great post, and thanks for your ifb message.
    - hailey

    1. Hailey, thanks for the compliment! Too bad it was a really hot day for such a warm sweater!

      xo, Linda

  2. I absolutely LOVE this blog post but I LOVE you more :*

    The girl on the pictures.

  3. Hi Linda,

    It was so nice meeting you on IFB. I love your blog and the way you capture the beauty of the visited places. Your smile is contagious as well! I love New York and could never get tired of it! Cheers! Hugs and Kisses,

    1. Thanks for the sweet words Sabina! <3

      xo, Linda


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