It's time to be honest, friends. When my husband first found out that his job was relocating him to St. Louis, I had a few doubts: Why would I leave gorgeous Denver? What was the Midwest even like? Was there a thriving creative community in this city?
Despite my hesitation and fears, I landed a great job in St. Louis and made my move out to the city in February 2016. In the last year and a half that I've lived here, I've fallen more and more in love with this city, and I'm proud that I launched my business in St. Louis.
Thinking about visiting St. Louis soon or moving to St. Louis yourself? Here are my top three reasons why I'm truly lucky to live here:
Neighborhood charm is abundant.
If you know me, you know that I have a thing for historic houses and neighborhoods that exude character and vintage charm. Luckily, St. Louis is full of those! Before moving into our current home, I lived in an old schoolhouse that had been converted into industrial lofts, complete with original chalkboards in each residence. Now, I live in St. Louis' University City neighborhood, which is filled with adorable restored bungalows. I feel so inspired each time I step out of my house to take a walk around the block because of all of the historic architecture that surrounds me.
The creative community is thriving – big time!
I could go on and on about St. Louis' creative community, because it's just that great. Almost instantly, I began getting invites to networking events, creative conferences and coffee dates from fellow creatives in the city who had found me on Instagram, which was such a welcoming feeling. St. Louis is full of great spots for freelancers to work in, too, like Blueprint Coffee, RISE Collaborative Workspace and TechArtista, all of which are perfect spaces for co-working and networking.
Neighborhood restaurants are abundant.
Another thing that I love about living in the city? Its neighborhood restaurants! One of my favorites is Winslow's Home, which is just around the corner from my house. There's nothing that I love more than wrapping up a workday and taking a quick walk or drive over to Winslow's to enjoy their farm-to-table fare along with a fresh paloma.
Thanks to Explore St. Louis for teaming up with me to highlight the #luckytolivehere contest. St. Louis friends: Share your favorite neighborhood experiences on social using the hashtags #LuckytoLiveHere and #ExploreStLouis for a chance to win some incredible prizes!