So apparently this week is when people start to give up on those resolutions. I don't know about you but the cold weather this week almost made me one of those people...I feel like 0 degrees is a solid excuse to skip the gym. But I'm really glad that other part of my brain won out and I forced myself to tie up my tennis shoes. As I mentioned in this post about my work goals for the year, I love setting resolutions/goals/intentions. I really do better when I have a list and can work my way through it, or use it to keep myself in check. I think it's important to write out specific goals, and also attainable goals. I want to start saving this year, but I know it's not realistic to say I will stop spending money on coffee shops (hello? Do you know me?) But there are other steps. So on that note, here are my (hopefully) attainable personal goals for the year.
Personal Goals for 2018
A snow day seems like the best kind of day to snuggle up in bed with a good book. I have to work today (snow days in the news biz? Yeah, that's a no.) I just finished my first book of 2018 and I could not put it down. It was the kind of book that had me thinking about it all day, pulling it out in every free moment. And I have a big stack of books I just bought that I can't wait to dive into. I've mentioned in the past my sister is a voracious reader. She read somewhere near 80 books last year...I know she's crazy. But she always has the BEST recommendations. Here are the books on my reading shelf this month.
All The Ugly and Beautiful Things: This was my first read of the year. It's an unusual (and provocative) love story set in a Midwestern meth lab. It's a book that makes you redefine what's comfortable and challenges your viewpoints. But it's also touchingly beautiful.
Sing, Unburied, Sing: This is my current read and our book club's pick this month. It journeys through the past and present in Mississippi "examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds."
Marlena: I love a coming of age story and the description of this book quickly captured my interest. It takes a look at female friendship in those critical years of adolescence. A younger girl infatuated with her older, cooler and yet troubled neighbor. It's told between the past and the present and that is always a fascinating narrative structure to me.
Sourdough: This one I picked up on a whim because it was on sale, but I've read great reviews so far. A software programmer turned baker explores the underground world in the San Fransisco fusing food and technology. I love a good food book so this is right up my alley.
Manhattan Beach: This has mixed reviews but I was intrigued by the plot. Set in Brooklyn during war time, a women working at the Naval Yard is the first female diver, repairing ships. But the historical novel dives into family dynamic and explores a world "populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers and union men."
2018 Reading Challenge: So I'm never going to match my sisters reading but my friend Elle is doing a challenge of reading 18 books in 2018 and that I think is definitely doable! I'm excited to put my phone down at night, pause Netflix and really enjoy these books. There are so many good ones on the shelves right now. I'd love to know what's one your reading list and if you want to join our challenge!
In typical St. Louis fashion, we're about to experience all four seasons in one day. Starting off with balmy weather, switching to rain and wind and ending with an arctic blast. Woo. Winter is back for the weekend and I am so over the cold. It makes me want to just stay inside and become a hermit. But if you're willing to bundle up and brave the below freezing temps, there's lots to do around town this weekend. I know for sure I am dedicating several hours to organizing our apartment (exciting, I know). But it needs to be done because our hall closet is a nightmare. But that means we can treat ourselves with some beers!
Cabin Fever: This is one of my favorite events, and you're going to need to bundle up! But don't worry, there are fire pits and heaters, plus BEER to keep you warm. Sample 40+ beers at Schlafly's Cabin Fever including some special releases. Saturday 1/13 12pm-4pm. Buy tickets here.
Loop Ice Carnival: Speaking of the cold...head to the Loop this weekend to celebrate all things cold at the annual Ice Carnival. Games, rides, beers and ice! Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Info on events here.
Herbal Tea Blending: New year, new goals, and if one of your goals is to put better things in your body, you can't beat Big Heart Tea. On Saturday learn to make your own herbal tea blend at Bowood Farm. Reserve your spot ahead of time by calling 314-454-6868, 1/13 10am.
Mighty Pines at Off-Broadway: Looking to stay warm inside, well head to Off-Broadway to get warmed up by the sounds of bluegrass. The Mighty Pines always put on a good show and this is their first St. Louis show of the year. Tickets $12. 1/13 8pm.
Cask Festival: Another beer festival to warm you up, 2nd Shift is hosting cask festival featuring more than a dozen other breweries. 1/13 5pm-9pm. Tickets here.
As always, I'd love to hear your plans this weekend and let me know about other fun events I might have missed!
If you follow pretty much anyone in St. Louis on Instagram, you've likely seen the gorgeous floral mural at one of the area's newest cafes. Well let me tell you, it's even more adorable in person. And if you come for the gram-worthy pic, you'll return again and again for the food.
The new fast casual restaurant by the owners of Olive + Oak, is located in the heart of Webster Groves and thankfully very near my mom's house. Usually I don't feel like I need to leave the St. Louis city limits for great food and coffee, but this is worth it. And so is the wait. I've been a few times, and they appear to be still figuring out the best way to serve the growing crowds. You can order at the counter for to-go orders and initially they were doing that for in house orders as well but on our last visit they sat us and then we ordered. Either way, once you get a table, service is quick and friendly, perfect for a busy lunch date or a quick brunch with the girls.
Similar to Olive+Oak, the menu items are familiar favorites but with a creative twist. The biscuits in the biscuits and gravy were like little scones, flaky and perfect for sopping up the gravy. The grits though are hands down my favorite. The perfect consistency topped with a delicious ragu and the perfect egg. For lunch we loved the brussel sprout salad and the pistachio dip is a MUST.
I can't wait for the weather to warm up and sit outside on the patio. According to Sauce Magazine, dinner service is also in the works. But for now, I'm ok settling into the the gorgeous gold chairs with a bottomless cup of coffee and eating those grits for ever and ever.
Open 7:30-3:30 Daily. For menu and address: https://www.thecloverandthebee.com/
Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a planner. I am obsessed with to-do lists and absolutly love having a physical planner (This is the one I have). There's something so cathartic about actually crossing off an item in pen. That's why I am always a big fan of New Year's resolutions. As I mentioned in my last post (looking back on last year's resolutions) , it's a great way to set your intentions for the new year.
One of the things I've learned over the years is to set specific, attainable goals. That doesn't mean don't dream big, but it means take a hard look at those dreams and figure out what steps you can take to achieve them. I'm breaking down my goals into work and personal.
First up, work. One of the biggest priorities over all this year is to really take the time to be thankful for what I have. I have a job that I love, but I still find myself complaining on the regular. Doesn't everyone? So here are the things I'm going to do to make this my best work year.
My sister has been playing this game all holiday long, asking everyone their high and low of 2017. I think it's a great way to start conversation with family over the holidays instead of just "hey how have you been?". I'm a big fan of reflecting on the past as a way to look ahead to the future. 2017 has been a year of highs for me. I know there have been lows, but they've been so insignificant and I am so fortunate for that. It's so easy to complain, we all find ourselves doing it (especially at work in my case) but as I sit back and look at the year (and life) as a whole, I couldn't be happier.
Just like last year, I'm reflecting on the goals I set for myself, and how I can continue growing in the new year. Here is how I did on some of those 2017 resolutions and goals.
But I'd love to know, what were your accomplishments this year? What were your highs and lows? And head over to my Instagram stories to see my top moments of 2017.
Happy New Year!
It really is the most magical time of the year. I LOVE the holidays in St. Louis. There are so many festive touches around the city and so many ways to celebrate the holiday season. So for this week's #ToDoInTheLou, I'm making a growing list of holiday events and pop-ups for your enjoyment! Tis the season!
On my way to work today, the windows were half way down, the sun was shining, and my current favorite song (Greatest Love Story by Lanco) was on the radio. I was overcome by such a feeling of happiness. And on this Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for this life.
I am so thankful for my dysfunctional but perfect in their own way family. I miss my sisters so much, but love that we have a relationship that crosses states and oceans. I love that I can have dinner and lunch with my parents, or stop by for a quick hello.
Matt has made life so full of happiness. I love our little life we've built, from our apartment to our Sunday routine. I can't wait to see how we continue to grow together.
I have been so happy at work this year. I've had the chance to tell some really great stories, stories that make me happy to tell but also that make a difference.
Of course I can complain about how overbooked I am, and that I've taken on too many things but I know I wouldn't have it any other way. I am so thankful for the opportunities I've been given this year, from playing a larger role in different organizations to the exciting events, but more importantly, the people I've met.
I am so very thankful that work brought me back to St. Louis. This community makes me so happy to get up each day and explore what it has to offer. Thank you to all the incredible and supportive people who help us all thrive. I am in such awe of the people working to make this city a better place for everyone.
Thank you all for following along this crazy journey of life and for giving me this platform and space to share a little bit of me with the world.
I love cooking on Thanksgiving. While it stresses me out that I might dry out the turkey, (or serve it a bit raw like this past weekend), cooking for me is one of the best parts about the holiday. But I know not everyone enjoys cooking, or has the time. I also know some people have to work on the holiday! As someone who's spend the last several years working and therefore eating where ever is open (hello Hooters), I thought I'd put together a little list on where to find an easy turkey day meal.
A few weeks ago I was invited to try out Cielo's Thanksgiving feast. They are offering two easy ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. First up, if you want to spend the day at home, they are offering a Thanksgiving to-go offer. For $295 you can feed 10 people some very tasty turkey and sides. And pie. Can't forget the pie. But don't wait, orders need to be in by Nov. 22.
Or if you don't feel like cleaning up the house and want to go out, they are offering a turkey day buffet. Now I'm pretty obsessed with Cielo's brunch buffet and this offers much of the same, plus TURKEY and risotto with pumpkin. The buffet is $89 per person.
But the Four Seasons isn't the only spot open on Thanksgiving. And no, you don't have to resort to Hooters (unless that's your thing!).
Here's a list of places open on the holiday:
Tell me, are you cooking at home or going out for Thanksgiving? And even more important, will there be pie?
When I woke up yesterday, I saw the alerts for a one alarm warehouse fire. At 10:00am that's not something I'm really thinking will affect my evening shift. So I continued making calls and planning on other story ideas. But as the day went on, the alarms went up, and the smoke rising above the city make me realize, this was big, and would probably be my story for the night.
That's probably the number one question I get asked, do I know what I'm going to be reporting on. And the answer is no. Sometimes I have an idea. Sometimes I have something set up, but breaking news can happen at any moment and throw that whole plan out the window. This was one of those days. And this was a story that affected so many people. Not only the businesses who lost everything inside. But also the fire fighters who've battled the fire for more than 24 hours. The people who live anywhere near this fire have been breathing in this smoke and wondering when it will go away. It's a huge story. One that needed multiple reporters to cover multiple angles.
And even within the day, the plan changes. I was covering the angle of the authors who's books went up in flames. The publisher, Reedy Press, stored books in the warehouse. It's a St. Louis based press with mostly local authors. Authors who were planning on selling those books during the busy holiday season. It's a huge loss. But at 8:00 we learned that the toys for the Shriner's Hospital Christmas party were also inside the warehouse. So at 8:00 we had to switch gears again. We shortened my author story, and got in the car to drive out to Creve Coeur to get an interview. We put it together in the car and made it to the warehouse for our 10:00 live shot. During breaking news, you just have to go with the flow, because often times your plan is going to go up in smoke.
The other big question we've had since yesterday, is how can we help?
Right now we are still learning so much about this fire, but here are a few ways you can help.
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