Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset


You pull me in with your never ceasing brightness

Reach me with each breathless sound

You offer me freedom but you drown me in choices

Left here

Green Light

Dead End 

No Parking 

You are a mystery but I understand you

Because through every bit of chaos you are predictable

Your billboard smile distracts  from your sleepless eyes

Making tomorrow seem brighter and more hopeful than the last

but enough days in the city can wring anyone dry

I loved you New York but

But it was always goodbye







Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset


“There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.”- Benoit Mandelbrot

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset
Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Leave a response »




When my plane to New York began landing, the young lady next to me burst into tears. She frantically looked out every window she could exclaiming “I can’t believe it. New York City. Wow.” I had never seen any one happy cry so hard before, I had to ask. After speaking with her I learned she received an opportunity to walk in fashion week. She had never been to the states before and NYC was a dream she never thought she would obtain. This was such a humbling experience for me. I smiled and looked out the windows with her with new eyes. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in my daily routines and write off blessings as normalcy. I am grateful for the lady in seat 34C for reminding me how special life is. We are blessed my friends.



Leave a response »


Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

I’m singing the songs as you’re strumming the chords

You’re shaking your thoughts as I’m speaking the words

We kneel down to the bed to say prayers from our heads

from our hearts

from our dreams

and you come to my mind as I come to your mind but we’re far

out of reach

out of touch

out of speech

there’s a love that I know that you know is unsaid

but the problem outweighs us, the land line is dead

the static between us is screaming for air

but the truth names us parallel

unable, unfair

Forever in tune, forever aware

But faltered by fate, forever impaired

From the crossing of paths, intersection of truths

That’s just it,

We’re parallel

two souls too obtuse,

for the sharing of lives

for the echoes of  youth

too far to say yes

too close to call truce

our congenial lives will

linger inside until

somewhere within

I shoot down my deep pride

And accept the cold whispers

Of footseps will say

“Out of reach,

Out of touch,

Parallel we must stay.”

Leave a response »


We’ve all been Debbie Downers and Positive Pollys but what got us there?
Maybe it was the lens we chose to look through?

Here are 4 different lenses we’ve all looked through & can (hopefully) learn from: 


You know that scene in 500 Days of Summer where Joseph Gordon-Levitt realizes he is completely in love and strangers sing and dance with him in the street? This is the “I’m In Love Lens”. These are the times you whip out the dance moves you usually reserve for red lights, sing the high notes you practice in the shower, and make friends with the lady ringing you up at Chic-Fil-A.  I think we can all agree that those are the best days… and they aren’t random. It’s a lens you can look through every day if you want. I can’t promise a cartoon bird is going to land on your shoulder BUT there is truth to that goofy 500 Days of Summer scene. He left his house peering through a new lens. He saw happiness, good and love in everything because it was on his mind and he was looking for it. Look for love and joy and you will surely find it.



This lens usually falls into two categories, either “I Know It All” or “I’m Bored”. The “I Know It All”  hits when you scroll through instagram while your mom is giving you heartfelt advice or when you’re working on a group project and you stop listening to everyone else’s ideas because you’ve  already made up your mind. We’ve all done it, and it happens when we think we’re already experienced in that area or have heard all there is to hear. FALSE (read in Dwight from The Office’s voice). Have you ever heard the quote; “Never be the smartest man in the room.”?  Thinking you know all there is to know will trap you in forever only knowing what you already know. THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO LEARN. Approaching life with a ready for more, open mind will take you far (and probably make your mom happy).

Boredom is similar. If you tell yourself there is nothing new to do you are probably going to spend 5 more hours on your couch watching Netflix again. Snap out of it and take on a new perspective. Simply put, there is no such thing as a shortage of things to do or learn. Boredom is self-derived and quite frankly, a byproduct of laziness. The world is way too big and full of way too many interesting people to meet. We’ve just got to suck it up and get on our feet.


Sadly we all know what this looks like. You feel unprepared for something and you tell yourself you can’t do it. You say “when it rains, it pours” and the downpour rolls in. Seriously, if you expect failure, failure will deliver and Hall & Oates will not play “You Make My Dreams” for you. And that’s too good of a song to miss out on. Drop that lens and trade it for the….



You have tasted success before. Think of how you felt before and after. When you’ve gone into something confidently and nailed it, you glowed for hours, maybe days after. It felt GOOD. It gave you the confidence to keep going, to do even bigger and better things. People who look through the lens of success generally find it and if they don’t right away, they don’t give up. They are optimistic and even if they land in a different place than they were aiming for, they can find purpose in it.


I could list lenses forever but I think you get the point. Reality isn’t defined by what’s happening, it’s defined by what you’re looking for.





Leave a response »

I Will See The Light


I have no feeling left inside

I live my life close to blind

But I walk the path I paved myself,

Strangling the devil with his lies


I am no fool for surprise

I count my blessings from the skies

Yet I cry myself to sleep at night,

Waiting for the day you come along


I can fight my own battles but I’d rather not

I have no fear for tomorrow, or at least I thought

I’m not one for wasting time

I’m just trying to live my life right

If I’m patient I will see the light


I light my fires with my hands

I trade my sorrows for “amen”s

I can’t tell the future,

but I know that it is full of plans


I can fight my own battles but I’d rather not

I have no fear for tomorrow, or at least I thought

I’m not one for wasting time

I’m just trying to live my life right

If I’m patient I will see the light


Madeline Becker


1 Comment »
« Page 1, 2, 3 ... 13, »