Yes, my blog has been kept on the back burner in 2015. Thank you to those who have subscribed to my blog! I promise you will have much to read on here in 2016! This year I have been blessed with so many incredible moments that I will forever cherish. My niece had her first birthday (I can’t believe she’s a month away from 2 now!), so it was a great time getting away to be with family to celebrate, as well as a fun week-long vacation to Virginia and North Carolina for me and my love Patrick. I finally got to learn how to do glass-blowing (check out Season 2, Episode 1 of Listen Up Cleveland!, which I brought back this year: https://youtu.be/nZGcWLNxkk4 ), did two more 5k’s (suck it asthma!), the Cleveland Adult Big Wheels Race for the 2nd year in a row (we almost won the costume contest…you’ll see in the video below), fantastic concerts: Fleetwood Mac, Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood, J. Geils and Ian Hunter, Whitesnake, Van Halen, The Rock Hall Inductions Ceremony…met and interviewed so many wonderful people (including the now late, great former Congressman Louis Stokes), threw surprise parties/dinner for my mom and my boyfriend (milestone birthday year for both!) and was promoted at work to News Director. Needless to say, its been a crazy, awesome year! (For any negative nancy’s reading this, yes there were some bad moments too. I just choose not to reflect on them. Learn, grow, move forward.)
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!