One of my absolute favorite things to do is have people come visit me here in St. Louis.
I try my hardest to convince friends from out of town to take a weekend trip down here so that I can treat them to a cross-section of my favorite events, attractions, watering holes and fine dining establishments.
No two visits are the same but every single one is so, so sweet. Sharing this great town is one of my favorite ways to deepen my relationships with the people in my life that are important to me.
Soooo since I love my blog readers, I thought for my collaboration on the 66 Reasons to Love St. Louis campaign sponsored by Phillips 66, I’d put together a fun weekend of activities that we would enjoy together if you were to make a hypothetical trip to the Lou for a weekend of exploring.
If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you know that I’ve becoming a fierce advocate for spreading the good word about my adopted home of a city, St. Louis, Missouri.
While I still hold tight to my “transplant” status, there’s definitely something about this Midwestern city that I just can’t quit. The chances that I’ll be here for at least the next few years are pretty good.
I like to tell everyone I know in other cities that it’s the perfect weekend getaway city.
The St. Louis I know and love is vibrant with culture, filled to the brim with opportunity and positively overflowing with entertainment options… without the kind of price tag you might see in other large cities.
Attempting to get my blogging mojo back by pounding out simple, carefree posts that are FUN!
Watching a ridiculous amount of HGTV shows (okay, maybe just a lot of episodes of Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper) and Bachelor in Paradise. Summer TV leaves slim-pickings, people.
Interested in politics, somewhat. After getting cable back, I’ve been watching the news at night and in the morning about twice as often as I used to (which means a few times a week – I used to never). I’m interested. And also having a million opinions I need to think through more thoroughly and then possibly actually share them.
Concealing a lot of stuff I’d like to write about online, but just can’t. Either for personal, professional or legal reasons. It kind of sucks though because it’s juicy stuff that I find fascinating.
Quick update for those of you that may not follow me on Twitter (or didn’t see my tweets): my blog’s security was compromised a bit in the past week.
Basically, hackers are jerks and installed some junk on my server that was not cool.
Therefore, things are looking a bit different around here for awhile. Prior to the attack I had started working with my friend Jenna on a new logo, colors, etc. so we’re taking this as an opportunity to really get to work on a redesign!
Isn’t that new logo and background pretty?! Get pumped to see the rest of it!
Posts may be spotty for a bit here while I try to figure out setting everything up again. And functionality that used to exist might… not.
Reinvention is good, right? Right.
At the end of the day, it’s just a blog. But almost losing everything I’ve created over the past three years definitely reaffirmed that I like doing this. And that I’m not going to stop any time soon.
I’m back. Back in action. Back from an unplanned little blogging hiatus during which a few fun things happened. And a few not-so-fun-but-necessary things happened (AKA a bunch of boring adult stuff that I don’t even want to start talking about because I’d probably never stop).
In the time that I’ve been AWOL on the blog, “Summer” supposedly arrived in St. Louis.
I’d like a refund on this season because my excitement for it going in was quickly drowned out by rain and hot, humid days that have been nothing like last year’s mild, enjoyable climate. #rude
We’re 2 days away from August and it still feels like April to me.
So here’a post where I level with you guys:
This summer has been kind of a bust so far from a social and fun standpoint.
It’s been pretty much just a bunch of adulting – from the whole housing debacle (which I know, has gone on forever and ever but just started feeling taken care of this week) to stress at work to a stressful blog hacking that I still haven’t recovered from, to jury duty (new thing I’m doing this week, YAY. :-|), this just hasn’t been the summer I was expecting.
The summer I was expecting was much more fun and exciting. Vacation-like, if you will.
I’ve been in a weird mood about sharing lately. Particularly online.
While I used to be super open and feel good telling pretty much everyone my thoughts on any given day, that openness seems to be coming to an end.
I’m not particularly sure what caused this shift, but at some point this year, I stopped wanting to dig deep and really share my heart on my blog.
I still love blogging and don’t plan on quitting, but it seems my sharing mindset has changed just a bit.
My blogging attitude has shifted to include an acceptance of slightly fewer posts (though if we’re being honest, I would LOVE to be a daily blogger, it’s just not in the cards right now… or probably ever), a willingness to post more sponsored content (because, ahem, getting paid to do something I love sure is nice), and a whole lot less time spent blabbering about my every thought on Twitter(let’s be real, nobody actually cared about most of it).