Calm Amongst the Chaos

April 26, 2018


Time Square, either you love it or you hate it and New Yorkers avoid it like the plague. I, on the other hand, am so in love with it. It’s my calm sea amongst all the chaos. It’s been three years since moving here and I still can’t get enough of the constant hustle and bustle and bright lights. Times Square is such a small part of New York, yet it encompasses what this city is all about. While I love the little nooks that I’ve come to discover after living here, I find myself coming back to Time Square to remind myself that anything is truly possible here.



I am a huge people-watcher so you can imagine how much I love it when I am in Times Square. From the natives to the tourists, I get so intrigued by the people who gather in one place. It’s always been so interesting to think of the reasons the people are here. Why choose to come to NYC out of all the places in the world? Why Time Square right now at this specific time? Are you a tourist or native? Do you like it? I always have so many questions running through my head and sometimes get carried away day-dreaming about people’s stories.



Time Square is always so busy, yet I find myself slowing down just a bit when I walk through to soak everything in. I can spend my whole day there just watching everything change in an instant. While it may seem so chaotic, which I admit is when you’re trying to get somewhere fast, it is calming at times. Before you think I am crazy, the next time you go, I challenge you to just sit in one of the chairs and let everything in. Look at the billboards that are constantly changing, the lights that make nights seem like daytime, the combination of people that reminds you of why NYC is called a melting pot. And let it remind you how lucky you are to be able to stand in one of the most visited cities in the world.



Personally, I like to go there to unwind at times. Because so many things are going on, you get a chance to get outside of your mind and let your worries go for the time being. In a city that moves so fast, it’s so necessary to find time and a place to let everything go. And Time Square might be the wrong place, but it’s great to stop all the thinking. Thank goodness I only live a few streets away to go whenever I need some external chaos in my life to calm the internal pressures.

A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!

xx Jen

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  • Reply Freja April 27, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I am going to New York this summer and I can’t wait to visit Times square! I would love to hear if you got any suggestions on what to see when I visit New York

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 29, 2018 at 1:39 am

      Hi Freja! I would love to give you more suggestions! I will curate a list and email it to you–how long will you be staying? I def recommend going to Times Square!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Josipa April 27, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I am in love with that outfit! You look amazing!
    Xoxo, Josipa.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 29, 2018 at 1:40 am

      Thanks so much Josipa!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Chloe April 28, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Times Square sounds amazing – I’d love to visit New York one day!

    Chloe x

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 29, 2018 at 1:40 am

      It’s so amazing!! I def recommend (even against all the stigma haha)
      xx Jen

  • Reply Flo la vita April 28, 2018 at 6:09 am

    I’d absolutely love to visit New York, it looks like such a fun place to be xx

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 29, 2018 at 1:41 am

      It is so amazing! Hope you get the chance one day!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Kasie Chelanne April 28, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    It’s so interesting that you love Times Square. I sometimes feel that way when I walk down Hollywood Boulevard and am surrounded my tourists. Amidst the chaos there’s a strange sense of calm!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 29, 2018 at 1:41 am

      I totally agree with you!! I want to go to Hollywood Boulevard sooo bad!
      xx Jen

  • Reply bonjourchiara April 29, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Great photo!! Love the contrast between a relaxed yourself and the chaotic background! xx

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen May 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      thanks so much girl!
      xx Jen

  • Reply N April 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve been to NYC so many time but only to Times Square about 3 or 4 times. I do love the chaos over there and weirdly enough if gives me a sense of calm. 🙂

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen May 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      I feel the same way girl–so happy you were able to enjoy it!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Jessica April 29, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Love you photos dear! Cute and cozy outfit too, perfect for cold New York weather this from. I’m from NY by the way. XO

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen May 3, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you! and yess it’s so perfect for walking everywhere in the city!
      xx Jen

  • Reply zoe May 10, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve only been there once and am so anxious to go back again. Times square is one of those places they say is a tourist trap and to stay away from but I think everyone should go at least once. I went there on my first evening and there was so many people and it was so magical! I went again early in the morning and it was a nice change from all the people, cool to see it both nighttime and daytime!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen May 13, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      yea it can be a bit overwhelming but i love it once in a while!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Layla June 17, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Oooh I absolutely love this post and love how you feel! It’s amazing what a part of a city can do for your whole mood and mindset – I need to get to New York, it looks like an incredible place to visit! 🙂

    Layla x

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen June 17, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      yesss it is definitely an amazing place to be! Let me know if you ever make it in town 🙂
      xx jen

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