First Thoughts, Second Picks

I got a lot off my chest last week, and I thank you for engaging with the content and considering how you too might reflect on those themes.

This weekend was very restful. I spent it gathered around friends, taking in parts of the city as the rain drizzled about outside. 

Now, I'm hopeful. Well, I never truly lost hope; I just spent most of July wondering how to take another step. I was worried that the next one would be the wrong one.

Nevertheless, God reminded me through many people and circumstances just how mighty and perfect His plan is. I'm excited for fall, and I hope you are as well!

To kick things off, I'd like to share a few pictures from recent activities. These are places I've visited and people I've met. I share them with you now because I truly believe that they provide a greater viewfinder into this month's "first thoughts." And they certainly are places I'd visit a second time (or pick again)—enjoy! 

 Yes, I love New York! I feel led to live here longer term than originally expected, but I still try to go day by day. It's hard some times, and then you post little reminders on the sidewalk. 

Yes, I love New York! I feel led to live here longer term than originally expected, but I still try to go day by day. It's hard some times, and then you post little reminders on the sidewalk. 

 Or, you get views of the cityscape like this. (Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park!) 

Or, you get views of the cityscape like this. (Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park!) 

 I love Coney Island. Trust me, it's worth it. I've been two (maybe three) times this summer. 

I love Coney Island. Trust me, it's worth it. I've been two (maybe three) times this summer. 

 It's been an honor to get to shoot some fashion #ootd looks for friends. Coming off of another great Men's Fashion Week last month, I'm excited for future possibilities in the space. (Photo'd here: @ejsamson)

It's been an honor to get to shoot some fashion #ootd looks for friends. Coming off of another great Men's Fashion Week last month, I'm excited for future possibilities in the space. (Photo'd here: @ejsamson)

 I've also been introduced to a few new-ish brands. @wear_kennedy

I've also been introduced to a few new-ish brands. @wear_kennedy

 And Mizzen + Main. 

And Mizzen + Main. 

 It's been really hot and humid this summer, but I'm hopeful recent rains are bringing the first thoughts of fall. 

It's been really hot and humid this summer, but I'm hopeful recent rains are bringing the first thoughts of fall. 

 When it's rainy though, definitely head to The Met for the fashion exhibit. 

When it's rainy though, definitely head to The Met for the fashion exhibit. 

 It's pretty rad. 

It's pretty rad. 

 You could also beat the heat with some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted. (notice that line)

You could also beat the heat with some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted. (notice that line)

 And round it all out w/ some Cha Cha Matcha. (bike ride not required!) 

And round it all out w/ some Cha Cha Matcha. (bike ride not required!)