Bright Lights, Big City, New Perspective

Brooklyn Bridge New York City | Elsewhere Magazine

It has officially been one week since I've come back from New York City and all I can say is that I feel changed in an irreversible way.

The things people say about New York City are hyperbolic, even unbelievable. However, I can say with certainty that they are all true. For the first time, I returned from a vacation with a feeling that I couldn't shake, a feeling of wanting to go back to where I'd been as soon as possible. I'm already trying to plan when I can book my next ticket.

One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs as much to it in five minutes as in five years. - Tom Wolfe

New York instantly drew me in. Something about the combination of stunning architecture and storied history resulted in a constant feeling of magic. I continuously felt as if I was asking myself if it was actually happening. A walk through Central Park? Check. A stroll through SoHo? Casual. Gazing at the Bergdorf Christmas windows? No big deal. But to me, it was. And with every experience, I fell even more in love with the city. I was realizing that it was possible to love a place, not just the people in it as I have done my entire life. Don't get me wrong, Green Bay and Madison are lovely, but there's just something about New York City.

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

There's a subtle feeling in the air of New York City and the best way I can describe it is passion. People do not come to New York City to be average. They do not come to New York City to settle - they go there to pursue the greater direction of their life. They move to New York City to seek out a dream, a career or a life they could never imagine anywhere else. The air is simply full of electricity.

I felt endlessly inspired in New York. Whether it was because I was a first time tourist, or because the city surpassed every one of my expectations, I found myself constantly thinking creatively in a way that I just don't in Madison. Around every corner there was something to discover, a new group of people to observe, a new building to stare at in awe. New York had a way of pushing me beyond my typical way of thinking and seeing the world. After visiting, I completely understand why people call it the City of Dreams. I have never felt closer to mine than when I was there.

It's been waiting for you.

In true Emma fashion, the Taylor Swift song "Welcome to New York" was on repeat in my mind as I walked down the city streets. For the past few months I have been working on this magazine, pushing myself to create consistent content, to think deeper about the fashion and beauty industries and ultimately to get inspired. As a writer, feeling creatively blocked for months was a scary, scary feeling. I didn't know if I would ever be able to get out of the funk I was feeling, or if I would ever write something again that I was insanely proud of.

New York changed all that. On the plane ride home from my trip, I couldn't stop myself from brainstorming pages of ideas for this magazine, both post ideas and eventual business ideas. I got the feeling that after all this time, New York had been waiting for me to arrive. I am so glad that I did.

Coming back from New York was difficult - it was hard to leave behind such an eye-opening experience, and my friends who had graciously hosted me for the weekend. However, there's something else to be said about New York - it never really leaves you. Even now, back in the frozen tundra that is Madison, WI, I feel more inspired than ever. New York has wiggled its way into my heart, and I am never letting go of this feeling.

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