Introducing LibbyCarl.com

Two years ago, I sat in my bedroom in our house in Cincinnati and started this blog. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I did know this:

  1. I wanted to write
  2. I was scared to death to do it
  3. I had a moment of courage and I capitalized on it.

I know this about myself: I get scared. Real scared. Almost paralyzed scared. Scared of judgment, scared of failure, and scared of what others will think. So scared that I won’t pursue what I want to do. Continue reading

Why Am I Doing This: How I Keep Going through Self-doubt

Some weeks, I really put off opening my computer to work on the blog. When I do get the nerve to open my computer, I might mess around Facebook or check the weather before I turn to writing. Posting day is no doubt the hardest (I’ve already checked Facebook 3 times and know that there’s a 15% chance of isolated showers around 5pm today).

At the heart of that procrastination is the most backwards reasoning in the world: If I don’t try, then I can’t fail.

But I know better. Continue reading

Weekly Top 5, Vol. 19 – June Love

Morning! Hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for a new week. I had a weekend full of love. From witnessing friends exhibiting their love for each other by celebrating a coming baby to watching a family of 7, all in matching Make a Wish T-shirts, board a flight Turks and Caicos bound. The love the mama and dada and siblings had for each other through their actions made me Continue reading

Weekly Top 5, Vol. 13 – Everything Up

Happy Monday! The picture above makes me smile! Saturday we had a lovely time just watching the horses! “Just”…it also included a long walk carting lots of stuff, sweating through our clothes and a melt-down (later described by the 4 year old as him being “grumpy”) on the way to the car, but still worth it.

Themes, consistency, patterns…they all make me super happy so Continue reading

7 Ways to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby Like a Local

We are a week away from the 143rd running of the greatest two minutes in sports. In Louisville, the Kentucky Derby isn’t just two minutes on the first Saturday in May, but two weeks of festivities leading up to the big event.

The Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off with the largest fireworks show in the country (creatively named Thunder Over Louisville). The next two weeks are dotted with events such as a marathon and minimarathon, a hot air balloon race, a parade, concerts, parties and galas – all setting the stage for the big race.

To the rest of the world, the day before the Derby is a normal Friday. In Kentucky, Continue reading