Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Free Events in CLE!

I love free and I love Cle!!  I am so excited to announce that there are two free events in Cleveland (one this week and one next week) :)  Perfect way to end two of your workdays or free days if you're a teacher or just blessed ;)  So, if you're in need of something fun after work on Tuesday,  next Thursday, or both, I have your happy hour planned for both!

Tuesday: If you have been around Downtown Cleveland lately, you should've seen or heard of the new Westin Hotel (777 Superior Avenue NE) and Urban Farmer Cleveland's Steakhouse (1325 East 6th Street).  Well, tomorrow (7/29) the hotel and restaurant are holding a Cleveland TweetUp!  After work, 5-7PM, you can come up to the 6th floor and enjoy free food, drink specials, giveaways, social networking, and meeting Cleveland locals.  Before, during and after the event tweet using #CLEtweetup and a special offer will be tweeted by Westin on Twitter - retweet it for a chance to be entered for a fantastic prize!  You can get more info and RSVP on Facebook.

The hotel is partnered with Aloft and is suppose to be amazing.  A night stay is a little more expensive, but has the largest hotel fitness center in Cleveland and great views of downtown and Lake Erie!  Urban Farmer is one of Cleveland's newest restaurants.  Urban Farmer is a steakhouse that makes relationships with local farms for their ingredients.  I love farm to table restaurants and keeping my food fresh and local!  Both places sound amazing and I cannot wait to check them out!

Thursday, 8/7: YELP is hosting the Budweiser Made in Cleveland Party with Girl Talk at Jacobs Pavilion (2014 sycamore) at 8:00PM. The event is free, but it is 21+ and you must RSVP through YELP and then click on tickets to go to the Budweiser site to RSVP.   Celebrate Cleveland with live music, local food, some buds and more!  You can win a free trip to the Budweiser Made in America music festival!

Hope you come to one or both of these events!  I am definitely excited and cannot wait to enjoy more of Cleveland!

Also, if you're able to, stop by the Tremont Farmers' Market on Tuesday (begins at 4:00PM) before heading down to the TweetUp.  Always a good time with live music, local food to buy and sample, and other local vendors!

Have a great night!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

First Day Of Complete Freedom!

It feels so good to have finally quit the job I was not happy with.  No more talking about resigning or dreaming about extending my summer vacation another month (yes, teacher training would've began August 4th for me).  I am completely free!  I also began my career soul-searching today by reading chapters 1 and 2 of The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nichola Lore.  I am loving the book so far and am excited to see what passion/interest I will be turning into my career.


Now, I am not completely unemployed or broke...I teach Booty Barre multiple times a week and two preschool dance classes.  I enjoy teach fitness classes, so I am happy to say I will either be teaching more Booty Barre classes come this fall or adding new certifications to my name!  I am so pumped to broaden my fitness class offerings!  I will be able to keep stress away while attending classes (for idk what yet) by making money doing something I absolutely love!

Anyway, the best part of Thursday night is planning my weekend in Cleveland!  I love summers in Cleveland because there is always something fascinating to do.  I am not sure what I am doing yet, but I have a pretty good list of things I am interested in and think you may be interested in as well.

Friday:

Food Truck Friday - Free Stamp 11:30-1:00PM - Food trucks and live music!  The food is delicious and lunch is must better out of the office (or the house) with live music :)

Burning River Fest - Whiskey Island 6:00-11:00PM - Local food, live music, and learning to respect the environment.  $12 tickets or $8 if you take a bike.

The 9th Annual Summer Market - Veteran's Park in Avon 4:00-9:00PM - handmade and vintage items, delicious food, and live music.  Funds raised benefit a local organization.

Romeo and Juliet - Lincoln Park in Tremont 7:00-9:00PM - a more modern take on the Shakespeare classic.  Bring a blanket or chair.

Tastings on the Terrace - Cleveland Museum of Art 5:00-8:00PM - Featured select beverage tasting menu paired with complimentary small bites.  Enjoy wines, beers, and food while taking in art, gardens and lagoons in the open-air terrace.  $8-10 per tasting flight.

Saturday:

Burning River Fest - Whiskey Island 6:00-11:00PM - Local food, live music, and learning to respect the environment.  $12 tickets or $8 if you take a bike.

The 9th Annual Summer Market - Veteran's Park in Avon 9:00AM-5:00PM - handmade and vintage items, delicious food, and live music.  Funds raised benefit a local organization.

Romeo and Juliet - Lincoln Park in Tremont 7:00-9:00PM - a more modern take on the Shakespeare classic.  Bring a blanket or chair.

Blast from the Past - Public Square 4:00-11:00PM - Ultimate 70's Party with a disco ball suspended over the square and an ABBA tribute band.  Dress in your 70's best!  Beer truck and Horseshoe Casino buffet spread for purchase.  21+

M.A.D. About Art - Madison Arts District between Morrison and McKinley 1:00-6:00PM - Artists and independent businesses selling their art and items.  Food trucks and pedicabs will be provided!  Eat local and shop local!

Headlands Beachfest - Mentor Headlands State Park 12:00PM - Spend the day on the beach flying kites, paddling kayaks, building sandcastles and looking for buried treasure.  Enjoy food and live music.  Browse the art vendors.

Summer Movie Series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - U.S. Bank Plaza 8:00PM - Bring blankets or chairs to the plaza and enjoy some Harry Potter.  Weather permitting.

Sunday:

Romeo and Juliet - Lincoln Park in Tremont 7:00-9:00PM - a more modern take on the Shakespeare classic.  Bring a blanket or chair.

Chagrin Falls Farmers Market - North Franklin Street 10:00AM - delicious local produce, meats, cheeses and bakery.

Electronic Ecstasy - B-Side in Coventry 10:00PM - DJ Eso and Corey Grand spinning every genre during the Sunday night electronic show!

There's your weekend lineup!  Now, make some plans to get out and enjoy the city!  Especially all you office workers ;)  There is too much going on to stay inside all weekend.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I Quit My Job, Now What?


Well, I quit my job after spending most of my summer trying to recoup from the past school year.  This is huge!  I hate making big decisions, but after a lot of time spent thinking and worrying I decided to do what's best for me and my well-being.  I had to take a huge hop-jump-leap of faith and trust God to stop being afraid of the unknown.  And I figured this would be the perfect time to begin blogging again...I was so tired from the crazy school year and stressed about returning that I did not want to start back up when the school year ended.


I am going to continue with the Cleveland theme - I still love Cleveland and all of the great things the city has given me to do this summer.  But, I am also going to be writing about my new chapter in life - the awesomeness of finding my passion and what I want to do with the rest of my (hopefully short) working life, the struggle of having a small income, and all the free and cheap things Cleveland has to offer (let's face it, I always need to be doing something).

I am hoping you will join me on this journey.  I also hope that I will be able to help someone (or more) with making a career change or that push to follow your dreams.  I welcome any advice or job leads you may have.


My first step in what may be a long process is to list my passions, interest and talents in a completely random order!  I hope I (or you) can help me figure out what career I should pursue...I am hoping someone can think of an awesome career choice for me!  I believe that other points of view create wonderful ideas.

1. fitness
2. health
3. cooking/baking
4. booty barre instructor
5. reading
6. writing
7. Cleveland
8. Pittsburgh - weird to love both cities!
9. football
10. hockey
11. performing
12. events
13. food - especially healthy and organic
14. travel
15. promoting the things I love and believe in
16. relationship with God
17. exploring cultures
18. meeting new people

I think this is a good start and a good list.  Now, onto the hard part of figuring out what I can do with one or a combination of these things.  Something good will come from this list.

Have you ever made a career decision without a back up plan?  Any ideas of career paths I can take?

Also, if you need something to do this weekend...think beachfest or fundraiser market!  Plus other options...will be posting your weekend guide to Cleveland/NEO tomorrow!  Have a great night!