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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!



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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!)!


Life With Leah* In 2013

Photo by Kevin Richards (@studiokmr), January 2013

Photo by Kevin Richards (@studiokmr), January 2013

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!

My family and me at Baby Khloe's Baby Shower!

My family and me at Baby Khloe’s Baby Shower!

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!

First stop on my arrival!

First stop on my arrival!

*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!

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*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!

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*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.

You won't find a pic of me in therapy, but this is from my photoshoot with Kevin Richards, January 2013

You won’t find a pic of me in therapy, but this is from my photo shoot with Kevin Richards, January 2013

*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!)

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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!

With Michael Stanley

With 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!

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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.

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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.

From Lisa Loeb's Instagram

From Lisa Loeb’s Instagram

9. Made it on the side of RTA buses with my TV20 family!

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10. When I was at the Burning River Fest Tower City Lights turned purple just for me 🙂

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11. Finally saw KEM perform and met him!

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12. Plunged into the frozen waters of Lake Erie for the Polar Bear Plunge

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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.

At the top of Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles. Sept., 2013

At the top of Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles. Sept., 2013


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*


Chopping my hair off to start off the New Year. Thanks to my friend & stylist Taylor Roby! January, 2013

Chopping my hair off to start off the New Year. Thanks to my friend & stylist Taylor Roby! January, 2013

Valentine's Day with my girls Kiki and Megan

Valentine’s Day with my girls Kiki and Megan

Covering Brite Winterfest

Covering Brite Winterfest

Celebrating Dyngus Day! April, 2013

Celebrating Dyngus Day! April, 2013

In Los Angeles with my besties Heather and Suzy!

In Los Angeles with my besties Heather and Suzy!

Booze and I in L.A.

Booze and I in L.A.

Me and my pseudo-sister Heather

Me and my pseudo-sister Heather

Celebrating my 30th Birthday with my TV20 family! April, 2013

Celebrating my 30th Birthday with my TV20 family! April, 2013

1 year Anniversary with my OCB peeps!

1 year Anniversary with my OCB peeps!

Feast of the Assumption with my best friend Suzy!

Feast of the Assumption with my best friend Suzy!

Abbie and me at the Cupid's Undie Run beach party! September 2013

Abbie and me at the Cupid’s Undie Run beach party! September 2013

Emceeing the Tri-C Culinary Challenge at the IX Center

Emceeing the Tri-C Culinary Challenge at the IX Center

Celebrating the premiere of Chef Hodgson on Next Food Network Star! June, 2013

Celebrating the premiere of Chef Hodgson on Next Food Network Star! June, 2013

My home away from home

My home away from home

The Rolling Stone exhibit at the Rock Hall while partying at Chef Jam!

The Rolling Stone exhibit at the Rock Hall while partying at Chef Jam!

Listen Up Cleveland Episode 7!

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A place you wouldn’t expect to hear the Cleveland Orchestra is at 78th Street Studios in Gordon Square District. A hip space known for its art galleries, many members of the Orchestra gathered to hold special performances here, along with other restaurants and spaces in the area. I was there to find out what it meant to some of the musicians to play outside of Severance Hall and the other programs they are involved in.




Then meet talented Cleveland-based fashion bloggers and see their latest collections at the Goodwill Goodstyle Fashion show! The show was not only a reminder how fun (and affordable!) thrifting can be, but you get to learn more about Goodwill and why it is such a wonderful organization.



So tune in today thru Monday morning at 5:30am, 8:30am and 8:30pm Est time! Don’t get TV20 with your cable provider? No worries, just click the link here to watch from your computer via the TV20 live stream:

Countdown to 30….Part 2



Let’s also title this Some Lessons Learned In 30 Years.

1. Mom is basically always right. No, seriously. I can maybe think of one time she wasn’t completely right. (But sometimes you just have to follow your heart.)

2. SAVE moolah for emergencies. Maybe in my 30s I’ll finally get this one right.

3. Let go of expectations.

4. Don’t slack on working out after 25. They weren’t joking when they say your metabolism slows!

5. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for your life path. Not your job, not who you choose to date, not for your beliefs. None of it. Your path is your own so just enjoy the journey.

6. Don’t get caught up in gossip. Remember, it looks bad on you for being a part of it and the people talking about others probably don’t know the real story anyways.

7. Walk away from toxic people and don’t feel guilty about it. You can’t change people, so walk away.

8. You have to get uncomfortable to get comfortable. Take Chances!

9. You will have your heart broken…a few times. But, it will be ok. You will learn a hell of a lot about yourself and make some great friends (and some art) from it.

10. Don’t let fear stop you. Fear can be paralyzing, but if you just keep going it’s totally worth it.

11. Tell your family everyday that you love them and try to visit as much as possible. Life really, truly goes fast.

12. Don’t be so trusting. There is a saying, “Be careful who you open up to. Only a few people actually care, the rest are just curious.” No doubt. Too many so-called “friends” have taught me this lesson.

13. When dating, if he does the following: treats you like crap, is not supportive, cheats on you, lies and/or makes you walk on eggshells…dump him immediately. No, you can’t change him, influence him or inspire him. He will not change. Walk away and upgrade!

14. It’s ok to love fully (Even the jerks). But don’t settle.

15. Move! And if you hate it and move back that is ok too.

16. Trust your gut. It could very well save your life. If it doesn’t seem right, it’s not.

17. DO NOT get more than one credit card. Seriously.

18. Don’t go to school unless you’re really ready to.

19. Quit saying you’re old. You’re not old. I feel younger at 30 than I did at 20!

20. If he wants you, he’ll make the effort.

21. Limit the booze intake. That hangover is just not worth it. Oh, and after 25, a hell of a lot harder to work off. And that’s a lot of moolah you just spent.

22. But if you do drink too much nothing cures it quite like pickle juice, McD’s egg mcmuffin, a hot shower and nap.

23. Use moisturizer everyday. One with at least SPF 15.

24. Sometimes you have to take the long way to find out what your calling in life is. I’ve had HOW many jobs only to end up doing exactly what I said I wanted to do as a kid. But, I wouldn’t have the friends, knowledge, appreciation and resources I have if I hadn’t gone through all of that.

25. Not everyone is meant to be in your life forever. There are Reasons, Seasons and Lifetime.

26. There really is nothing sexier than confidence and a sense of humor.

27. You never know unless you ask. The worst you’ll get is a ‘no’.

28. Having an inspiration board helps!

29. Don’t let anyone steal your joy. They’re just jealous/miserable/sad.

30. I will never have all the answers, but I’m having a great time finding them!

Countdown to 30…Part 1

photo by Manda Wakeman photography

photo by Manda Wakeman photography


Yesterday marked exactly one month till I turn the big 3-0. It was like a fire was lit under my tail. I was motivated to get so much stuff done, stocked my fridge with healthy groceries, worked out…I’m ready for this!! But first, I need to slim down some more and I have exactly 4 weeks to get slim before I celebrate!

It also was a nice chance to reflect before bed as to how far I’ve come in (almost) 30 years. If you asked me as a little girl where I would be in my life at 30, it wouldn’t necessarily be where I am right now, but it would be close. My family is healthy and happy, I have amazing friends, a home I love and I’m working in TV. Now, little girl Leah would’ve said by 30 I would have a Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, live in Hollywood and New York and keep a place in Cleveland, be married (possibly twice) and have my star on the Walk of Fame. Well, I do not have any of those things, but I’m ok with that. I’m happy with what I have. It’s not to say I don’t want more, cause Lord knows I have a huge bucket list I’m still trying to fulfill, but at (almost) 30 I am happy with the journey God has taken me on.

Now, back to slimming down. I was at the grocery store yesterday and as I was walking up and down the aisles, choosing healthy but affordable options, I was thinking about my list of goals for the year and how one of those goals was to take up Ballroom dancing. I’ve taken jazz and hip-hop, but never ballroom and I have always wanted to. Plus its been 2 years since I’ve taken a dance class. Then I came to the magazine aisle and saw the latest issue of SELF Magazine which features dancer/actress Julianne Hough on the cover. She wasn’t skinny, she was in DANCER shape. Something I was once upon a time. I had to buy it, it was calling me.


March issue of SELF

March issue of SELF


After coming home and cleaning, dancing around my apartment and working out I finally got to sit down and relax. I curled up to my new magazine and got re-inspired. By the way, bravo SELF for the way you reformatted the magazine. As a magazine freak/snob/collector I found it to be fresh, relevant and all around well done. Great tips on how to go out and have cocktails and snacks on my next girls night out without all of the calories and guilt, new workout moves for my trouble areas that I can do anywhere and the article with Miss Hough was also great. I too have issues with my “thass”!


So, let the countdown begin! Here’s to 4 weeks to slim down before I celebrate! Oh, and I need to figure out how I’m going to celebrate…

Listen Up Cleveland Episode 2!

Tune in for my latest episode of Listen Up Cleveland, which premiere’s tomorrow at 7pm! This week my guests are Michelle Andree, lead singer of the band School Girl Crush and the founder of Cleveland Musicians Care, and designer Valerie Mayen, owner of Yellowcake Shop!


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Both are incredible, talented women and I had so much fun interviewing them for L.U.C.!

For information on my guests, you can check them out at the follow sites:

Michelle Andree: and

Valerie Mayen:

Listen Up Cleveland premiere’s tomorrow at 7pm, but will repeat all week at 8am and 7pm! If you don’t get TV20 you can catch it on-line at the following link:

As always, you can follow me on Twitter at @ClevelandLeah (#listenupcle ) and Facebook at