Grab your green and get ready for one of St. Louis' best parades! The Dogtown St. Patrick's Day parade is second only to Mardi Gras in my opinion. It's no where near the crazy of Mardi Gras, but it's always fun to see the local Irish families and of course drink some beer. Because St. Patrick's Day falls on Saturday, both the Dogtown Parade and Downtown parade are on the same day, so if you're feeling extra motivated you'll go to both, for me, I'll stick with Dogtown and finish the afternoon at Pat's!
Happy International Women's Day!
One of my favorite things to see is the incredible movement of support on social media and online. Let's be real. The internet can be a mean place. But recently there has been this trend of empowering and supporting one another. And I love it. You'll see women sharing their favorite Instagramers, the idea of collaboration over competition and T-shirts that say 'You CAN sit with us.' On Instagram people are competing for likes and shares just like in the real world we're all competing for jobs and promotions, but I think we can do that without tearing each other down.
I'll be the first to admit I was a bit of a mean girl in high school. Part of it I think stemmed from being bullied myself, but I've found being mean gets you nowhere. But being kind does. I try to take that mindset into the workforce where I still run into my fair share of mean girls. The news business is becoming more and more female (except maybe in management...) which is awesome, but it does mean there is that element of competition and even some cattiness. I am so proud to say that our newsroom at KMOV has so many incredible female journalists (many of which are my dear friends) and I think right now we are all about lifting each other up, helping each other make our stories better and working as a team.
While that hasn't always been the case, I know that I can only control my actions. It's hard when you see others getting the stories you want (or maybe for you the it's project or the promotion) and I think as women we have a tendency to take that personally. It makes us think 'why can't I be like her,' 'what does she have that I don't?' Those feelings are especially exasperated by social media where everyone's lives look so darn perfect. (Remember, Instagram is a highlight reel). But for me I have really try to squash down those feelings, both at work and while scrolling through Instagram. I know I can only work to make myself better, take chances that might get me those stories I want, and remember you can't have something unless you go for it. Instead of feeling down on myself or tearing down the person who has what I want, compliment her, seek her advice, support her. Because we won't get anywhere without supporting and collaborating together.
Usually I am off on Friday's but today I'm working a dayside shift for a co-worker. Feeling very sleepy this morning but happy to help when I can. This week seems like a blur. It went by crazy fast but I got a chance to do a story I loved (Maplewood restaurant boom!), take a hike with a friend and spent time with 8th graders at a career fair talking about why journalism is the best. Plus we saw sunshine and 60 degree days this week! And that in itself gives me smiles for days. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Well hello friends! Sorry I've been MIA. For those outside of the news business, February is the month of sweeps, or ratings. Basically it's when our ratings really matter because it bases what station is in what place. So it's always a crazy month for news people (so is May and November). And if you are in the news biz, well congrats on making it through the book! Normally today is my Friday but I'm working an extra day tomorrow, so that means squeezing all my weekend into one day, don't worry I will make the most of it. We plan to check out some newly opened spots including Brick River Cider and Wellspent Brewery which opens this weekend. Here's a look at some of the fun happenings around the Lou! Tell me what you're excited about this weekend?
Happy Valentine's Day friends! I hope it's filled with lots of love and of course chocolate. That is unless you are giving up chocolate for Lent. Because for the first time since 1945, the two fall on the same day, making this quite the dilemma for some. Now for me, while I was raised Catholic in the loosest sense of the terms, it is not something I practice, but I have always enjoyed participating in Lent. Partly because I think it's a good practice to give up something you love to see that you can. So this year, I'm not giving up my favorite food, but instead something even more important to me. My phone.
So now let's be real. I'm obviously not giving up my phone in totality. I can't even give up social media because of work. But where I can give it up is in the bedroom. If you're like me, you get into bed and instead of going straight to bed you scroll through Instagram or answer a few more work emails. In the middle of the night if I wake up and can't sleep, I always reach for my phone. And basically every study ever says the worst thing to do. Then come morning, my phone is alarm so the first thing I do is scroll through Twitter to see what's up, check my notifications and before I know it, I've wasted a solid 30 minutes. So for 40 days I am saying goodnight to my phone, allowing my bedroom to be a peaceful and phone free space.
I set up a little charging station in the kitchen a while back and already kept my work phone out there. (It would take something like the St. Louis Arch falling down for me to get called into work in the middle of the night and if that happened, well they'd be calling all my phones.) So I will put my ringer up on the phone in the case there is an emergency. I'm a pretty light sleeper so I think I will hear it in the kitchen (just ringer, notifications are muted at night).
I'm excited to take that time before bed and focus more on reading my book, snuggle with Ellie or simply going to be a little earlier. I do think it's going to be a challenge. I will be the first to admit that I am addicted to my phone. When I try to shut it off for an hour to get some work done, I get antsy and find myself constantly reaching for it. So I am hopeful this will help with that addiction and provide a little more balance in my life. Have you banished your phone from the bedroom? What are you giving up for Lent? Let me know!
Valentine's Day is a week away, and that means reservations are booking up for the romantic spots around the city. There's a lot to be said about Valentine's Day (yes it's a corporate made up holiday), but I've always been a fan of celebrating love. Whether it's with a significant other or a best friend, a sister or your puppy, why not spread a little love? Last month a friend asked for recommendations for a romantic night out for his girlfriend's birthday and I turned to my trusty friends on Twitter and got so many great responses, so I figured this would be a great time to share the list!
Happy First Day of February friends! In St. Louis that means one thing...the start of Mardi Gras festivities! If you didn't know, St. Louis has the second largest Mardi Gras (second of course to New Orleans). It's been a tradition in our family since we were kids (parts are very family friendly!). And given St. Louis crazy weather, you never know if it's going to be a snow storm or a balmy 50 degrees. I'm of course hoping for the later. But this weekend kicks of the Taste of Soulard and Pet Parade. It'll be cold so bundle up. For me, it's also Matt's birthday and my best friend's going away party, so it will be packed with lots of fun and probably a tear or two. But here's a look at what's going on around town!
Today is Matt and my two year anniversary. It's crazy how fast it flew by. We sort of celebrate two anniversaries, our first date and the day we made things "official." Anyone else do that? So while Matt and I went to the same high school and actually grew up a few blocks from each other, we met on Tinder. Yes, I'm not ashamed of it! I think it's the way most people meet their significant others now a days and we should normalize it. I work crazy hours and meeting people at a bar when I get off work at 11pm was not ideal... I'll never forget reading this article in Vanity Fair about Tinder hook-up culture. For me it was never like that and I never met any of those kinds of guys on it (thank god). But I was often so surprised to hear horror stories from friends.
I think like anything -- meeting dates through Tinder, a bar or the grocery store aisle, it's all about taking risks. You never know who you're going to fall for. With Matt it was pretty instant and I was surprised how fast he convinced me to be his girlfriend. But two years and counting, things seem to be working out. I'll never forget just a month or so after our first date it was his birthday. His dad was throwing a surprise party for him and invited me to come. I hadn't met any of his friends and definitely not his family. I panicked when I saw the email from his dad, but I knew it would mean a lot to Matt that I be there. So I put aside those feelings of apprehension and went! I think that says a lot about making a relationship work, doing things that you might not initially love but you do it for your partner and taking that leap of faith past your comfort zone. Because stepping outside of that comfort zone is what's going to make things change.
I keep thinking back to what my trainer said at the gym last week. She said if you really want to change this year, why would you keep doing the same things you did last year and expect anything to be different. Now she was talking about upping my weights and adding some miles to the treadmill but it's crazy how many other parts of my life I've been applying it to. I think about that with Matt and our relationship. I had dated a lot of guys in the year before we met, most were really nice, but it just felt like we were going through the motions of dating. While it was scary to jump into that relationship with Matt just a month or so after meeting, I realize it was what made us really grow as a couple and turn it from just another Tinder date to a real relationship. So if you're thinking of taking that jump, whether putting yourself out there on Tinder or committing to the person your dating, I say go for it! What do you have to lose?
Happy Friday friends! It's my first Daily Delights post of the year and it's been a good week filled with great moments. The whole idea of this series is to share the little things that make me smile during the week. This week that included sneaking in some reading in the mornings, a Blues game and the perfect pumpkin bread (besides my mom's). I also got my first facial in a year this morning and it was such a wonderful treat. My skin has been acting crazy lately and I am really trying to take better care of it. So I scheduled another facial in the hopes of making it a more regular part of my beauty routine.
I also want to start including a few of my favorite articles I saved during the week in this series. So scroll on down for a little link love. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Now for a few of my favorite things on the internet this week:
Did this week feel extremely long to anyone else? I kept thinking it was the day after it actually was. I am SOO excited for this weekend. My mom and I are finally going to Privado (check out what Food & Wine wrote about it last month). We're also heading to the Fox for School of Rock which is always a treat. I was hoping to get some relaxation time in this weekend after a busy week but it doesn't seem like that will be happening. Good news is it's another spring like weekend here in St. Louis. As always, let me know what fun activities you're getting into this weekend and what I need to add to the list!
RFT United We Brunch: Who doesn't love brunch? (If you don't, well...we can't be friends) And who doesn't love brunch at a St. Louis landmark? This weekend is RFT's United We Brunch event. Bottomless drinks and bottomless brunch treats at Union Station. We went last year and had a blast. Tickets at $40 in advance. Saturday 11am-2:30. Tickets here.
Succulent Planting Class: My girl Macy at COMA is hosting a succulent planting class with LoKey Designs. It would be the perfect to make a little Galentine's Day gift, or just make something for yourself. Tickets are $35. Saturday 1pm. Details and tickets here.
School of Rock at The Fox: Ok, I have to admit something...I've never actually seen the movie School of Rock...I mean, I'm just not a very big Jack Black fan. But everyone says the musical is amazing and I we're going to a matinee which for me is always like a little treat during the day.
Beer Brunch at Center Ice: Speaking of brunch. I'm so excited for this collaboration between COMA, Center Ice and Alex from Sidney Street. It's a four-course brunch paired with beer. But hurry tickets are going fast! Sunday 10am. Tickets here.
Madagascar Release: And to finish off the weekend with more beer, the much anticipated release of 4 Hands Madagascar is this Sunday. Release begins at noon, but there will likely be a long line.
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