Green Lights.

When we made the choice to move to Manhattan,
I knew that I was saying "yes" to a lot of opportunities and challenges.
I said "yes" to the hour that I spend commuting - an hour alone with my thoughts, or a book, or a newspaper, or a playlist on my iPod turned up just loud enough to drown the world out.
I said "yes" to salad buffets on every corner and the produce man who sells us our vegetables with the sweetest smile you've ever seen.
I said "yes" to finding our own (albeit, ridiculously overpriced) apartment.
I said "yes" to parks, long walks and $104 MetroCards.
I said "yes" to rooftops and cars honking and windows lit up with dinner specials and grocery stores spilling flower sales out into the street and brief moments of silence that make you wonder at how amazing and complicated this world is.

But when we say "yes" to any one thing, we're also saying "no" to a dozen others.
A dozen other paths that I could have taken, but I preferred the one with streetlights changing from green to yellow on Park Avenue at midnight.


  1. It sounds idyllic, to be honest. :) Love that photo!

  2. Awww I like that. And gahhh I would looove to move to Manhattan, guess I'll have to follow your adventures for now instead :o)
    Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comment!!!!

  3. Way to focus on the yes's, focusing on the no's can get you down. x

  4. so glad you followed your dream and said YES!

  5. I must say that I think you said yes to the right city :) I would love to move to Manhatten for a couple of years!


  6. wow!!! great blog! amazing photos! ;)


  7. I know the feeling exactly! I said "no" to continuing to live a comfortable, but boring life in Indiana.

  8. I'm a first time visitor but now I'm going to read all the other posts trying to figure out why you moved to Manhattan! You've hooked me! - Alyssa

  9. What a great post! Lovingly written ... Manhattan would surely be an adventure :)

    I often day dream about different paths I could have taken and imagine how my life might be different today ... but at the end of the day, I chose the paths I chose and love the life I have :)

    ❤ Cat brideblu

  10. oh what a great post! love it and totally love the picture :)

  11. I think you decided on the right "yes." Wishing you all the best!


  12. Such a well-written post, as usual. You make me actually want to visit New York (and believe me, I didn't think ANYONE could do that).

    I sometimes find myself thinking about this...what am I saying 'no' to? The yes's outweight the no's but still.

  13. oh how i wish i could say yes to manhattan too. (: perhaps one day.

  14. i feel like i should also tell you that i'm loving the music you have here. i've been listening and loving it for quite some time now. and each time it stops... i'm crossing my fingers it keeps going (:


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