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If you’ve ever considered downsizing your home, you may be familiar with the pros/cons list-making process. For the past few years, I’ve had an empty nest, with my son living in Los Angeles, and my daughter living in Oregon and then China. Our lovely brick home has been empty but for me and the dog, and though I loved the house with the bustling mess of two busy children, it’s a bit big and overwhelming to upkeep. So this past year I’ve been doing a trial separation, renting out the home to a delightful French family in St. Louis to work at WashU, and renting a smaller apartment close by.
The process of downsizing was at first daunting–furniture, clothing, and art had to be sorted and categorized and pared down–but I was quickly swept up in the cleansing process of spring cleaning. It’s also a good way to figure out which items you are truly attached to, and which you simply collected to fill in space. And–added bonus–you can figure out ways to eliminate unnecessary ‘necessities’ and hone in on a better budget.
If you’re considering downsizing, check out this article, so even if you’re not ready to physically downsize, you can start transitioning to a less-is-more mindset, and have a little extra spending money along with it.
How many of us were in our twenties (or later) before we really got the hang of money management? The push to improve what is called ‘Financial Literacy’ can start as early as kindergarten, and should include practical lessons for high schoolers on saving money and how to pay for higher education. In Dallas, schools are integrating financial literacy into math classes, something I know I would have benefitted from when I was in school. Hopefully, teaching smart money skills early on will lead to more and more people able to finance their dream houses later in life. Read about how Dallas schools are doing it, and ways you can demonstrate positive financial decision-making in your own life here.
St. Louis celebrated its 250 year birthday this year. Maybe you saw the birthday cakes sprinkled around the city (250 of them!), or made it to one of the celebrations around town. St. Louis is a vibrant city, and has thrived and morphed throughout the years. This vid gives a nice glimpse into the things that have changed–and the remarkable amount that has stayed the same– across the decades. Seriously check out Grain For All–they have some awesome and high quality videos about St. Louis, and as a die-hard fan of the city myself, it’s always nice to find people who are producing art about St. Louis.
Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather, and fingers crossed it is here to stay! Here’s an awesome video I found, with a montage of uniquely STL sights. How many do you recognize? Now that spring is here, take the opportunity to revisit all those little sights and sounds around St Louis that make living here so amazing.
With the ongoing installation of Gigabit Fiber under Delmar in St. Louis’ Loop District, business and entertainment is set to be (yet again) revolutionized.
The insanely high-speed internet provided by the wire will allow customers to surf, download, and upload at near-instant speeds, and will provide general data to the businesses of the area, so they can respond to consumer needs in real time.
The Gigabit Fiber Line will run underneath the other new line being installed down Delmar–the old-school Trolley. What a nice union, between old and new! Welcome to The Loop of the Future.
Keep an eye on both lines as they develop over the next months here.
It comes as no surprise to me that St. Louis made the cut in the 10 Most Creative Cities list put out by Movoto. We have a well-rounded creative core, with music, visual arts, and performing arts, and a strong instructional base for arts lovers of all skill levels–with universities, private teachers, and a plethora of performance opportunities.