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Listen Up Cleveland Episode 10 debuted last week! I was at the beautiful Cleveland Museum of Art for two fantastic events. First I was at the highly popular Friday Monthly MIX event where this time they teamed up with Tri-C Jazz Fest. Then check out one of the best fashion shows in town when United Way of Greater Cleveland hosted their annual Rock The Catwalk in the Museum’s Atrium!
Then of course one of the best experiences of both my life and career was creating the Summer In The City Restaurant Special with my best friend and colleague Patrick Longbrake. The special premiered a few weeks ago, but you can now view it anytime you want on both the TV20 YouTube Channel and my personal one. Seven amazing restaurants you need to check out right here in CLE! Let me know if you get to try any of them (hopefully all of them!)!
After months of planning & hard work, the TV20 Summer In The City Restaurant Special myself and Patrick “Rudy” Longbrake have been working on finally debuts! Tune in this week (starting today!) at 9:30am, 4:30pm and 10:30pm to learn about 7 amazing Cleveland restaurants you must check out! The special will run all throughout the summer so stay tuned each week to the TV20 schedule!
Those with Time Warner Cable in Cleveland can find us on Channel 20. AT&T U-Verse can find us at Channel 99-Cleveland. And of course you can watch right from your computer at this link: http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/MayorsOffice/tv20/watch
*I would like to thank all of the participating restaurants, as well as my family and friends for their love and support. And a huge thank you to our boss, Kathy Allen, for letting us create this special!
Here is a listing of the fantastic restaurants we feature:
STERLE’S SLOVENIAN COUNTRY HOUSE
PJ McINTYRE’S IRISH PUB
*Let us know what you think of the special, and hope you get to try all 7 spots!
February is generally associated with love because of Valentine’s Day, and this month one of the greatest love’s of my life came into the world-my niece Khloe Olivia was born on February 4th! I am over the moon about her and can’t wait to hold her when I get to visit my family soon!
Then to spread the love, I participated in the Cupid’s Undie Run on February 15th. Cupid’s Undie Run is not just getting to run around in your undies lol, it raises money and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. I set a goal to raise $500, and thanks to my amazing family and friends I reached my goal! To top it off, Dan Gilbert (owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers) matched my goal (and any runner that made a goal of $500+ and succeeded!)! I had so much fun not only seeing so many of my friends and covering it for work, but seeing thousands of people willing to come out in their underwear in 18 degree weather to do their part to help children in need. Cupid’s Undie Run takes place all over the U.S. If you would like more information or to get involved visit cupidsundierun.org
A few days before Cupid’s’ Undie I had the pleasure of doing a radio interview on the Russell Reed Show on voiceitradio.com. It was great to talk about Life With Leah, media and to have the opportunity to promote my Cupid’s Undie Run Fundraising page. I have to publicly thank Russell again for the opportunity. It helped me to raise so much money for the kids! He’s a great guy, and I can’t wait to be on the show again. Check him out on voiceitradio.com daily! If you would like to check out my interview with Russell Reed click the link here:
Orchid Mania kicked off at one of my favorite places in Cleveland, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens! I’m always like a giddy little girl when I go to the gardens, and they do such a wonderful job with their seasonal events. Orchid Mania doesn’t just showcase a variety of gorgeous Orchids, but it also features an Interior Designer Showcase. If you’re interested in checking it out-and I highly recommend you do!-it goes until March 9th! http://www.cbgarden.org/
Now to rest up. My next adventure awaits!
Hope you’re having a Fabulous February!!
A fun, more fearless 2013 is a great (though very Cosmo way) of describing this past year. Entering the new decade, I feel more enlightened and proud of what I’ve both succeeded and failed at. One of the absolute biggest highlights of the year was finding out I’m going to be an Aunt! Khloe will be born at the start of 2014 so I already have something big to look forward to!
But before I start getting into the excitement of the new year, here is a look back at my 2013.
There are Goals for the year and general bucket list that I finally accomplished this year (in no particular order):
1. Made it to California!
*It only took 30 years, but I made it out west & loved it! I have a fear of flying, but when I boarded the plane I was beyond excited and ready to get to the other side of the country. And to finally see my best friend in person for the first time in three years! The trip was not only a much-needed vacation and girl time, but being away from it all gave me a chance to focus on myself and reassess my wants and needs in life.
2. Stand Up Paddle Boarding!
*I have visualized getting up on the board for a few years now, but between life happening and Cleveland weather I hadn’t had a chance. Then this year my friend Norm helped get up on a board and accomplish another goal. Being out on Lake Erie, just me on the board, paddling further from the shore…I can’t fully put into words how it feels. I just felt…free. And like Gidget.
3. Became An Anchor!
*After spending a year happily as a reporter and producing and hosting my show Listen Up Cleveland for TV20 I was completely shocked when I returned from California to get the news from my boss that I was being promoted to Anchor! All those years as a kid playing Murphy Brown, Oprah and Today Show has officially paid off.
4. Go to Therapy.
*Entering my 30’s I felt it was time to face any and all baggage and issues I’ve been facing or holding on to. BEST DECISION EVER. You know, we go for yearly physical check-ups, but never the mental and emotional kind. I feel better and stronger for going on a few sessions. If you have been contemplating it, I highly recommend you go. You are not weak for going, you are brave. Anyone that tells you otherwise clearly is someone who needs time in the chair themselves.
5. Ran My First 5k.
*If you happen to have read my blog about my Marathon experience then you know it was something I never thought I would get to do. Not only do I still feel so proud of myself for doing it, I’m already planning more 5k’s (and possibly move on up to 10) in 2014!
Then there were the fabulous, random life experiences that happened. (Again, in no particular order)
1. I turned 30! (ok, so that’s not random, but it is fabulous!)
2. Andy Cohen read my tweet on air during his show Watch What Happens!
3. As if that wasn’t nerdy enough for you: Michael Bolton, Cindi Leive, Kristen Dos Santos all tweeted me this year. I still am over the moon about Bolton. And he did it to me twice ;)
4. Finally met Cleveland legend Michael Stanley!
5. I made it in All About Beer Magazine with the pics my friend Michael Krokey took from the World of Beer event I covered. And they loved my news piece so much they want to use it for promotional purposes. Double Score!
6. When in California I took Cardio Barre with Minnie Driver and never knew it. Shows that A) celebs really do just blend in out in Cali and B) I really am oblivious half the time cause I live in my own world.
7. I got to be an extra in the new Katie Holmes movie and filmed my scene with Designing Woman herself-Jean Smart! Look for my possible cameo in Miss Meadows in 2014!
8. I dressed up as Lisa Loeb in the ‘Stay’ video for Halloween and tagged her in my pic and she totally Instagrammed it to her followers.
9. Made it on the side of RTA buses with my TV20 family!
10. When I was at the Burning River Fest Tower City Lights turned purple just for me :)
11. Finally saw KEM perform and met him!
12. Plunged into the frozen waters of Lake Erie for the Polar Bear Plunge
But the most important are the life & love lessons I’ve learned:
1. Look at things from other angles.
*I have been guilty as charged at only looking at my own perspective. Not at all things, I am a very compassionate person, but when it comes to my issues or personal dilemmas I only see it from my perspective. My hurt or angry feelings. Someone can say something and it can mean a few different things, it’s all in how you look at it. I was only ever looking at one side and not the other angles. This lesson has changed my perspective in a big way.
2. If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.
*When I’ve wanted to accomplish something, see someone, be at an event…When Ive really wanted it I found a way. When I didn’t care all that much (or let fear take hold) I’d find an excuse. And though I already knew that about myself, it was this year I started seeing it with others. Eyes wide open from this quote and applying it to relationships- not just business and goals.
3. Others problems are not your own.
*If you read my blog piece last year about getting rid of energy vampires then you know this has been a struggle for me. I feel others emotions. Their vibes good or bad radiate to me and it can start to affect my mood. Its part of the reason I always try to be a happy, optimistic person. I want to radiate that and make people want to be that way too. But I have to finally come to terms that just really isn’t always the case. And one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced this year is I can’t solve everyone’s problems or make everyone happy.
4. The power of letting go.
*Letting go of people and dreams are both so scary, but I’ve learned how freeing it can be to let go and let God. I haven’t fully accomplished this yet. It’s definitely a process when you’re a bit of a control freak that wants to save the world, but I’m getting there.
I’m sure there are other big accomplishments, fun adventures and things I’ve learned that I’m forgetting (or choosing to keep to myself), but here is at least a taste of 2013 in the Life of Leah*. Thank you so much for reading and following (and if you don’t already follow, please do cause there will be a lot more to come in 2014!). I wish you a new year filled with Love, Adventure, Peace, Prosperity and most of all….Happiness. God Bless. XOXO, Leah*
I’ll never forget my first sports-induced asthma attack. I was in the 7th grade running the mile run for the Presidential Physical Fitness Testing. In case you’re not familiar with this, it was something held at the end of the school year where you competed in various activities (sit-up, pull-ups, Mile run…) and could win awards for it. (It’s still around, check out more info here: https://www.presidentschallenge.org/celebrate/physical-fitness.shtml). I was always an active child, and could run pretty fast (even if I looked like an Ostrich…thanks Dad), but half-way through my run I was suddenly light-headed and could feel my chest tightening. I couldn’t catch my breath and had to stop. I walked the rest of the way, scared and pissed off I couldn’t finish the race. Within a week from that moment my mother took me to the doctor and I was diagnosed with sports induced asthma. Had to get an inhaler and watch my intensity during sports. So, from that moment I gave up on the idea of running.
This year with turning 30 I decided to add ‘Do a Marathon’ on my list of yearly goals. I did not want asthma to stop me, once and for all. Over the summer I covered the National Senior Games, and one of the participants was a woman over the age of 80 with severe asthma who was competing in Track & Field. As soon as I saw that I knew I had to find a race to participate in. Then lo and behold the Rock n’ Roll Marathon announced it was coming to Cleveland, and it was including a 5k (perfect for a beginner like me!). There really could not have been a better first marathon for me to attempt.
So, already an avid power walker, I decide to slowly incorporate running and jogging to my workout. Just enough so I wouldn’t become light-headed and completely winded. As I trained myself I found that I was going longer and longer in between my jogging and running before feeling too winded. I also had it in my head that as God as my witness I was going to do this.
Yesterday was race day, and I was stoked to finally do this! I wasn’t the least bit nervous. I had it in my head that I was not only going to do this without dying, but that I was going to make it to the finish line by my goal time of 45 min. I did intervals just like when training, but every time I passed cheerleaders, friends and family members of the racers or bands I got that extra push to run more and run faster! Before I knew it the finish line was in sight. It felt so incredible to cross the finish line! For the last 17 years I was convinced I would never get to run another race because I had asthma. That excuse is gone. I have proven to myself I can do it (and at 30!), and accomplished another goal for the year! Now im thinking about doing the Cleveland 10k in the Spring. Suck it asthma!
As I had mentioned in my blog Spiritually Fed, I recently covered the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heartthrob Ball for TV20. It was a fabulous ball that may have been so much fun to attend (KC & the Sunshine band played!), but the sole purpose was to recognize the brave individuals that have been through so much at the Clinic, and to raise money for the hospital so they can continue to provide the best for these children. If you would like to donate or find ways to volunteer, visit the website here: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/childrens-hospital/support/courageous-kids/default.aspx
Speaking of courage, a week ago today 3 missing women: Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michele Knight, were found and rescued. After 10 years of being held captive they are finally reunited with their families and free. But it will be a long road to recovery. Aside from sending prayers for these wonderful women (and child that was born from this), there is a Courage Fund set up to raise money to help them. With the Cleveland Foundation, the fund was created by Cleveland Council members Brian Cummins, Matt Zone and Dona Brady. 100% of donations will go to the survivors and their families. To donate please visit the website here: http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/about/cleveland-courage-fund/
Something I’m very proud to be able to do, and try to do at least once a year since I was 17, is donate blood to the American Red Cross. When you donate blood you are able to help save up to 3 lives. How amazing is that?! I am O+ which is a universal donor. Because of that I have always felt responsible to help since my blood type allows me to help all. I know not everyone is able to donate blood for various reasons, so even if you can’t you can still donate money or volunteer your time. In times of crisis (like recent situations Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Bombings), the American Red Cross comes to the aid of those effected. Let’s do what we can to help them! http://www.redcross.org/oh/cleveland
Lastly, and maybe a little more on the fun side of things, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Education program. When you buy your ticket to tour the museum (or buy a membership package!) you are giving money to help not only preserve music history, but help keep their education programs going. Thousands of students from all over Ohio, but especially Cleveland Municipal School District, learn so much from the Toddler Rock and Rockin’ The Schools programs. To get involved and find out more information, check out their website here: http://www.rockhall.com/education/
There are just a few ways we can help give back right here in our community. Let’s look out for each other!
It’s easy to get off track when life gets super busy. To get so caught up in your day-to-day life that family, friends, work, relationships, stress…it can consume you and make you forget to put God first. Or turn to him instead of others. I did that recently. I was so caught up in the day-to-day: my stress, my fears, my impulses…I wasn’t turning to the Lord. I wasn’t letting go of control. One day I woke up and felt lost. I realized that aside from getting off course spiritually, I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was so concerned with caring about everyone else and trying to please others, I stopped caring about what I really want and need and what the Lord wants me to do.
Then, just when I think I have enough to worry about and filled with so much anxiety, I covered the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heartthrob Ball. My heart was overwhelmed by what the three Courage Award recipients went through. My friend Christine, one of the honorees this year, underwent a liver transplant. Jessica, the second Courage Award honoree, had a large benign tumor on her face. And Charlie, the third recipient, is four years old and had a heart transplant. Seeing their courage… their strength…it was overwhelming. My heart was over flowing for them and I was sobbing. It puts things in perspective when you see someone going through far worse. Not to dismiss my feelings, my problems, but they are nothing compared to what they have gone through. Then two days later the three missing girls: Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michele Knight, were found. Seeing the happiness of the families and of the community, hearing what pain and horror these girls endured for ten years…again, perspective.
Joel Osteen is my favorite preacher. I swear whenever I’m dealing with something, need to be spiritually fed, and I watch his show or open up his devotional it is always pertaining to what I’m going through. I’d like to share some of the advice he’s given that has helped me:
1. You may have a set back, but it’s God giving you a chance to set up the next move
2. God will give you beauty for ashes
3. Weeping may endure in the night, but joy comes in the morning
4. Don’t focus on your obstacles, focus on God
5. Disappointments are for a season, but God’s favor is for a lifetime
6. Don’t give up. There is reward for staying in faith.
7. Don’t be a baby, only you can make you happy
8. Quit expecting people in our life to be perfect (that includes ourselves)
9. You have to adjust to keep the peace
10. Don’t allow differences to sour your relationships
11. People will disappoint you. Don’t run to other people, just run to God
12. No one person can meet all of your needs, don’t put that on them
13. Letting emotions rule our life leads us to make wrong decisions
14. Some people try to get things from people they don’t have to give. Don’t fault them.
15. Don’t be stubborn, be the bigger person
16. When we live a shallow life we don’t please God. When we don’t please God we keep from receiving his blessings.
17. Be a victor, not a victim
18. You have to do the right thing even if you don’t feel like it
19. You can choose to be happy despite how you feel
20. It’s always the darkest before the dawn
We all go through tough times. It’s necessary though. You learn more about who you are, what you want and need. You learn who your true friends are. You learn who you can and cannot trust. It gives us a chance to pass God’s test and grow in our faith.
This past Thursday I attended the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show, held at Windows on the River & the Cleveland Aquarium for an upcoming episode of my show Listen Up Cleveland. Featuring collections from various Northeast Ohio Bloggers, they showed how you can create 10 fabulous outfits by shopping at Goodwill and for under $100! You can’t beat $10 an outfit!
But there’s more to it than getting a great deal. When you shop at Goodwill you are helping someone else get a chance to learn great skills. You are helping out your community. Goodwill helps connect those that need help to get education, job placement, parenting programs and much more! They had mannequins with cool outfits placed around the Aquarium that showed not only how much the outfit cost, but how buying helps someone else.
The other really great part of watching the show was that it inspired me to go play in my closet and get more creative again. I mean, how often do any of us say “I have nothing to wear!” That’s not really true, there’s plenty. It’s just a matter of not being creative.
So thank you The Fashion Wheel, Dinas Days, Midwest Muse, The Cosmopolitan Clevelander, Downtown on 7th Avenue, Abby & Elle of Upstairs Fashion, for the birds and everyone else that participated for inspiring me with your fun, innovative and creative collections!