Renewed Vision

Today I am delighted to introduce my daughter Stefanie as a regular contributor to Communicating Across Boundaries. I think you’ll love her photography and perspective on life. As I write this she is heading back to New York City where she goes to college.


Stef - Empire State buildingFour years ago I visited New York City for the first time. Even though I lived in the Northeast for the majority of my life, I had somehow missed visiting New York City. After a college visit outside the city, my dad surprised me by driving us into Manhattan where we spent the rest of our day. I remember being in awe of the skyscrapers, big lights, and hundreds of people. I remember thinking that it was the greatest city I’d ever been to.

In the evening, we ventured up to the top of the Empire State Building and gazed at the tiny buildings below with their twinkling lights shining in the darkness. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the Empire State Building as we drove out of the city. It brought some sort of magic into my life that I couldn’t quite shake off.

A few years later, I moved to New York City for college and the glamour of it all ran out quickly.

At the end of the year, I was tired and ready to return to my stomping grounds at home. But before school ended, I returned to the top of the Empire State Building and the city once again pulled on my heart-strings. The same magic that had entranced me years before came rushing back and I once again remembered why I loved this crazy city.

Often I need to remove myself from my daily routine and experience a breathtaking moment to remain sane. It’s important to remember why I am where I am because it is incredibly easy to forget the beauty of it all.

How about you? When have you had to remove yourself from daily routine to renew your vision and passion?

Stef  - through the window Stef - 50 cents for a million dollar view Stef  Bigger vision Stef - My world Stef - New perspective Stef - Seeing farther Stef  view  from Empire State building

9 thoughts on “Renewed Vision

  1. “Often I need to remove myself from my daily routine and experience a breathtaking moment to remain sane….”

    A brilliant piece of wisdom, and SO true! It’s not only necessary for sanity’s sake, it’s needed to allow for inspiration to take hold. This post is a fine example of that. Nice job, Stefanie….and welcome! :-)


    1. Thank you so much, Isabella! Yes I think this is a universal wisdom and changes so much about our daily lives if we experience beauty. Thanks for welcoming me, I am excited to post here!


  2. WELCOME STEFANIE! I am an occasional responder to your,Mom…

    We lived in the Northeast for over 30 years. Near four years ago, after retirement, we decided to move to Florida, where our youngest grandchildren live. We love it and it truly is our home.

    Last January, I met our daughter and granddaughter from Colorado, in NYC. Abby had some contacts there and thought she might like to live there. It was a delightful time. The City had its one and only snowfall while we were there…we were prepared with boots, gloves and scarves. The slush under my boots was wet and refreshing. The view from the windows in our hotel held the beauty of the Empire State Building…and oh, during the night snowfall, it was magic. I believe I enjoyed it because I knew It was only an airplane ride away to 75-80 degree weather.

    This Christmas I yearned for the slush under my boots. My friends here thought I was a bit crazy…but that is okay…it was not the first time they thought that.

    Enjoy…enjoy…enjoy…the biggest apple in the world…Chris


    1. Thank you for your warm welcome! I love hearing about people’s experiences in the city because I think we all have such unique interactions with this crazy place. It is often wonderful to yearn for these weird, little memories. I have those yearnings for the places I have travelled to as well!


  3. We’ve enjoyed New York since our daughter and her family lived there a couple of years back.

    I’m glad you introduced Stefanie because her writing style is so similar I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t Mom – and that’s intended to be a compliment!


  4. I am reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and am working on my vision. It’s hard as a parent to both lead with vision and manage the chaos in a loving way. Thanks Stefanie :-) It’s hard not to think of you as 3 years old.


  5. Nature walks while observing God’s majesty have always been my preference. We visited New York once — interesting yet overwhelming place. It is best captured in the story, I read this morning:

    I discovered this nest not long ago. I had walked by this particular spot many times in the past few months and had never noticed it. Just a short time ago the leaves of the tree surrounded it and it was hidden. As the seasons began to change, the leaves fell away and it was revealed.

    I was surprised when I saw it there and started to think. Through all these months, through all the wind and storms… here it is. The nest remained. Nestled there in the right spot, in the support of those branches, it survived. It was sheltered. It was protected. It was safe.

    It made me think about how important it is to know where we find our support. Much like those branches that came together to hold that nest up and offer protection… so He is our support, our strength, our refuge. He upholds us. He is our place of safety.

    The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2



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