What do you do when you can’t sleep? Last night was my first in New York City; I’m here on a two week pleasure/learning trip. Since I love learning, it’ll be all pleasure 🙂
A sleepless first night! I tossed and turned until 2 a.m. Where should I go first: the New York Public Library first, or Central Park, or the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art? I want to find Tiffany’s on Fifth Ave, the Brooklyn Bridge, and good food for readers who want pictures! (as promised in the P.S. of my last newsletter, When You Feel the Fear – Blossom Tip 28).
Later today, Redeemer Presbyterian Church — which was founded by Timothy Keller, my favorite teaching pastor — is having a “Soulful Performing Arts” lunch event. I get to have lunch with local New York artists, actors, and writers! Glory be.
My apartment has a full kitchen, big bathroom with a bathtub, and a crisp clean double bed next to two huge windows facing apartment buildings across the street. Lying in bed last night, I watched my new neighbors watching television, eating dinner, winding down from a stressful day and preparing for tomorrow. What will I see them do tonight?
And, a man I briefly met as we disembarked the train at Penn Station not only gave me directions to Grand Central Station in New York City, he walked me through the BILLIONS of people and intricate subway maze to the correct platform.
“Here, take this – it’ll get your trip started right,” he said. He gave me his subway pass, which I discovered later, has $11 worth of trips on it. Welcome to New York!
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What do you do when you can’t sleep?
Maybe you can’t sleep because your mind is obsessing over your fears, anxieties, and worries. You’re gnawing on the things that could go wrong…instead of the thousands of unexpected blessings you experienced today.
You don’t need to be on the cusp of a travel adventure to be enchanted by life. You need only set your mind on things above.
What little bursts of sunshine, hope and joy have you experienced this week? What has lifted your spirits — even if only for a second? Hold on to it, and it will Blossom into minutes, and hours, and days. Before you know it, you’ll experience long periods of joy and peace.
On She Blossoms This Week
This week’s theme is “travel and loss”, and my plan was to focus on vacations after breakups, divorce, and death. I may have to extend this theme to next week, as I’ll be writing less and living more!
5 Reasons to Take Your “Couples Vacation” After an Unexpected Breakup — You planned a trip as a couple, but your relationship suddenly ended. The breakup not only broke your heart, it ruined your vacation plans! Should you cancel your trip, or take the vacation with a friend or family member?
As always, your big and little comments are welcome. Simply respond below and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you — and don’t worry: I never give advice!
Sending you Jesus’ love, peace and joy from the Big Apple,
P.S. Blossy is catching up later today! I took an earlier flight, to make sure New York City was prepared for her. She can be a handful and I didn’t want the Big Apple to get knocked over 🙂
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.