Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. Robin Sharma.
Life has a way of changing and sometimes is hard to keep up. I recently became St. Louis’ Housewife in the City! What an amazing opportunity for me. I realized with this opportunity came challenges, trials and successes. One of those personal successes is the fact that I have to be accountable. Accountable to a whole new, amazing group of people. Accountable to myself. Just accountable. With life’s changes, this concept of accountability can be a reminder of changes that have been needed for a long time.
A little over 2 years ago, I weighed at least 40lbs less than I currently weigh. Wait, what? Yep, I was running, eating healthy…but with life, it is never constant. I was injured training for an event and was told that running was no longer an option. My knees could not bear the pressure, the strain, and the challenge. A knee replacement is one of my only options. This discussion with doctors sent me spiraling down a poor choice path. Poor eating and lifestyle choices. Sad, unmotivated and too easily able to accept defeat, I have given thought back to that accountability.
I owe it to myself, my family, my friends, to be the best me I can be. So, as I write this, I am now going to be accountable for my lifestyle and the changes that need to be made. I am going to find that girl I was over a year ago; that body; that lifestyle; that motivation; and bring her back. She was motivated, energetic and most of all, accountable.
I know there will be stumbles, tears, and frustrations as I find my way back, but with all of that, there will be successes and opportunities. Stay tuned, I am going to need all the help that I can get.
Holy moly! It's almost MAY!! That's such a busy month for everyone, everywhere...okay, so for certain- moms and teachers. May means graduation, semester exams, summer in the air. It's that month where every weekend trapped inside means one less step closer to completing whatever task you wanted to finish. It's long plans, turned into short plans, that change from day to day, with the ultimate goal: surviving this school year!
Welcome to my month. I had to make a decision...teaching, blogging and events, selling a makeup line...I could not find time to manage all three to the best of my ability, so I let one go. Bet you'll never guess which one! ;) I managed to plan out my last month of school and my finals for my kiddos!!
My first grader is prepping to be a second grader; my pre-k'er is going back to pre-k (his birthday is in September). I'd rather he was the oldest in his class, not the youngest. Plus, years down the road, I couldn't imagine sending a 17 year old off to college. Eek! I cannot believe she is going to be in second grade and he is almost done with his first year. At the beginning of the year, the first few days, he was the picture of utter devastation. He did not want to go, he did not want you to leave him, and now he looks forward to school everyday. I cannot believe the changes in my babies as they continue to grow! They are on the move constantly and keep a pretty busy schedule!!
With the monsoon rains we have had this last few days, I am really behind on yard work. It may be a jungle; send help when the weather is dry and we can finally mow! Spring really is a fabulous season, minus the over abundance of rain we have had this last week. I was lucky enough to get some flowers in pots and picked a purple and blue theme this year. Fingers crossed they aren't over watered to the point of no return!!
On April 18, St. Louis and the metro area's first Girl's Night Out event launched!! Bluff City Grill, our wonderful venue for the evening, is located in Downtown Alton, IL on the heart of Broadway just minutes from the Clark Bridge and Alton Amphitheatre. Bluff City has over 14 televisions, a wide open floor plan, a 2 story parking garage and a banquet hall that seats over 400 people. With diverse menu offerings, multiple levels of space, Bluff City is perfect for any type of event, to come have a drink and catch a game with friends, or to bring the family in for dinner. The guacamole bites are a must try--I couldn't pick a clear winner between the sweet chili and cajun ranch dipping sauce. The one thing I do know for certain, I will be back to partake in the excellent food soon!
A wonderful time was had by everyone who came out. If you were unable to make it, you can find vendor information below. You can find out more about their wonderful products and services, or just do some shopping.
Our next scheduled Girls Night Out event on May 18th, at The Loading Dock, in Grafton, IL, located right on the Mississippi River, is quickly approaching. You'll want to grab a friend and meet up at this event, for sure! Lots of fun businesses, vendors, and great times coming your way! Hope to see you there!1
Going total fan girl here, Leon Else has a song I heard on Elvis Duran a few weeks ago that is my work jam right now. "I'm not crazy...I don't think...but I'm on the brink." Man, can I ever identify with that line; it sings to my stressed but blessed mommy souls. "I don't got too many friends...I don't know where they all went...but I know it's a beautiful world..." has resonated so strongly with me because figuring out my life and this whole real world and "adulting" business has been challenging, to say the least this last two years or so. Time and life has turned out so much different than I had dreamed and it was time to make some changes. Changes are super scary. Like, your gas light has been on for 15 miles, a blizzard hits and you're in cannibal country.
What two years of being stuck in the same routine with the same outcomes showed me...taught me...is that I want more out of life. I want to give more to my kids. I had to figure out how that would look and how I would get there, because let's be honest, teaching is never going to make me a literal millionaire, in fact, just the opposite in a beautiful and terrible way. I get paid by every smile and high five, but I wanted more. I wanted to challenge myself to grow, to get out of the rut I was in.
I want to show my kids that passion and determination can lead to success. You see, in order to find success in life, I have had to step outside of my comfort zone...and well, here I am, not successful yet, but persevering ever onward to make life better for me and mine. I am completely and totally in the RED zone. Making phone calls, a world of awkward. Emailing and emailing and emailing. Having real life meetings. Talking to ALL the people, live, on the phone, via text, via email...ya'll- the only people I have really talked to in the last 12 years...my husband, my kids, my family, and my students. Imagine my surprise when I connected with the cities and area I call home.
This past week (my spring break), I hit the pavement in St. Louis and the metro area and was blown away by the changes happening. I peeked in at the Loading Dock in Grafton (our May venue) and fell back in love with the whole scene! I love that it's on the water, during the day it's kid friendly, the food is good and the dock lemonade is what just what I imagine summer tastes like.
I went to the Budweiser Brewhouse and checked out our June venue...speechless how cool the whole place was!! 2 stories of awesome, with a view of Busch, almost as good as being on the field. Egg rolls that I would have gorged myself on had I known just how amazing they were. Got some birthday presents for the hubs and some "bunny" gifts that were found before easter...totally not something I would have done a year ago.
The most amazing things can happen if you let them and I have chosen to let them happen. My city and my people are awesome. This adventure is bringing me face to face with them, one connection at a time.
The Loading Dock in Grafton, IL.
Wow, what an amazing Monday. Wait, what? Monday...amazing? Yep, you heard that right. Today, along with my best friend and soon to be actual personal assistant, we went exploring in Maplewood. What a rocking little vibe that town has going on. We stopped for coffee at Foundation Coffee House. What a great, quaint little coffee shop with a fantastic menu and delicious drinks! Yay! Coffee!!
We proceeded to go on to Maplewood Beauty Bar to meet with Amanda the owner who invited me down to talk about our Girls Night Out events and talk hair! Yes please to both!! Let me tell you, this lady know her stuff. She is rocking out fusion extensions (yep, I need to get those), airbrushed makeup, and wicked cool spray tans! Her shop vibe is comfortable, private and catered to just you. I don't know about you ladies, but when I go into a new salon, I get kind of freaked because my hair is personal, it's mine, I need and want it done a certain way. I will be going back to Amanda for my needs. She's got a tool called a Beachwaver and it's the bees knees. She's the only salon in the area allowed to directly sell. YOU WANT THIS!! How do I know? It's so easy and does all the work! I cannot rave about it enough. I cannot wait to work more with Amanda and Maplewood Beauty Bar and Salon.
Meandering down the sidewalk it was time to meet me favorite bunny, whom I have named Buster. Yep, Buster, the KaKao bunny. She's a solid chocolate bunny and she is delicious! The entire store has a wide variety of chocolate that you can watch them make right in front of you! It was so hard to pick treats...but I settled on wine infused gummies, 2 easter bunny chocolate pops for the kids and a marshmallow chocolate treat that looks to die for. I cannot wait to go back!!
Finally, we jumped back into the car to check out Clementines Naught or Nice Creamery. Did someone say booze cream? Yep, I sampled a divine chocolate ice cream that faded to wine in my mouth. I may have died and gone to heaven for a minute. I settled on the Salted Cracked Caramel and Midnight Chocolate in a cone...I didn't want to leave. It was just that delicious and cozy of a spot.
What a fun filled Monday. If you're local, check these places out and tell them St. Louis Housewives sent you! You will not be disappointed!!
Opening day! Go Birds! The St. Louis Cardinals are launching the 2017 season against the The Chicago Cubs. This epic baseball rivalry started in 1892 and is arguably one of the best rivalries in baseball history.
Having been lucky enough to live near St. Louis and see the Cardinals in action the past 10 years, I can tell you, it's my personal belief that there really are no better fans in baseball than Cardinals fans! The Busch stadium environment on game day is unlike any other experience in the world. Drowning in a sea of red and white, Cardinals fans stick by their team through triumph, loss, and tragedy. Former players make up coaching staff and training staff; Busch stadium workers enjoy their job; the players interact with their fans and community on a personal level. Cardinal fans feel as if they know the players personally and therefore are personally involved in the team, stadium and happenings.
I cannot say with certainty that I watch every game; I can say that I am married to a die-hard fan that can quote Cardinal history with ease. I will be a baseball widow after today and I am okay with that! He loves the Birds; he loves baseball!
There's nothing like sitting at Busch drinking a cold beer, eating nachos and hotdogs, watching one of the greatest teams in history playing a sport that never gets old!
Let's go Birds! Also, let's go Yadi, who is a personal favorite player of mine! Watching him behind home plate is like watching an intricate ballet where you hold your breath every time he comes out of a crouch, wondering what play he's got up his sleeve.
This season promises to be a great one and I cannot wait!!!
Hey, girl, hey!