If you know me in real life then you know that Thursday's are sacred in my house. I do not play about my TGIT (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder) so that means on this special night each week you can find me surrounded by wine (duh) and lots and lots of snacks; probably freaking out because of Shonda Rhimes and her brilliance! You know, typical Morgan stuff.

This Thursday is especially sacred because the final season of Scandal premiers and I can't even know what to say about it ya'll. I'm one of those people that gets WAY too emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters so I go through a lot on Thursday nights. Between the live tweeting and the not breathing due to excitement I am never prepared for what comes my way. I'm also just going to come out and say that if Fitz  and Olivia don't end up together I'm not going to be okay. Like, I might need to be resuscitated....but I digress. I am not here to share all of the many ways I hope Scandal ends. I'm here to talk about the good things in life: celebrating with friends and food.

I knew I wanted to host all my friends to celebrate TGIT so naturally I wanted to share all of that with you! So today's post is sharing all my tips and tricks for hosting the perfect TGIT party.

Set The Atmosphere
For me, that means fresh flowers and fall scents. Super easy. I've also made sure I have enough pillows, chairs and blankets for everyone just in case.

It's All About The Food
Let's be honest, the food is the centerpiece of every party so I was excited to hit up Pinterest to help me plan this portion of the shindig. I knew I wanted the food to represent TGIT so I decided on popcorn/snacks and this beautiful meat and cheese board!

For this party, doing snacks was eaiser than planning an actual meal because of the time! So if you're planning your own TGIT party I would stick to the simple stuff and then if everyone is food hungry opt to order pizza or Chinese when everyone arrives. That way you're not over buying all this stuff and people can actually eat what they want!

.....And The Wine
The second reason we all watch TGIT is to partake in 3 hours of wine drinking. Naturally. So I picked up a few bottles of my favorite reds and whites but I've also asked each of the girls to bring their favorite bottle of wine when they come. That way hopefully everyone can try a new type of wine and no one person is buying all the alcohol.

Invite Everyone
No I don't mean invite literally every person you know ha! I just mean that for me it's easier to invite a mix of my girlfriends to stuff like this because its chill and so easy to bond over good TV and great wine. Some of my friends have watched every episode of every TGIT show, some have not even seen 5 minutes of any episode. Some I know from school, others from work or random chance meetings and some of these girls have never met each other before! My point is that I love pulling together my friends from every corner of my life in hopes that they make a new friend too.

And that's all I have for ya'll today! I hope you enjoyed the post. Grab a glass of wine with me and my girls tonight as we enjoy the TGIT. I also LIVE for a good live tweet so follow me on the Twitter: @mpaige_x is my username!

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

Those words...lumped together in a sentence like that kinda make your heart jump don't they? At least that's the way I feel when I read them...like someone wrote those eleven words just for me.

I think my reaction is due to the fact that I'm currently going through this internal struggle I like to call the "is it worth it to chase my dreams" conflict. You know, that feeling you can't shake, that tug at you're heart that you're suppose to be doing something more, chasing something greater, stepping out on faith in some way shape or form. I feel like that everyday ya'll. This overwhelming inescapable sense of conviction...yeah that's the word. I feel hella convicted reading that quote.

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

I think most people ignore that feeling if I'm being honest. That or they just don't have the desire for more, but I think most of us tuck that little emotion away deep down inside us and go on living our lives because it's easier. It's easier to dismiss our dreams than to stare them in the face and admit to wanting them. More than we want to feel comfortable. More than the fear that is holding us back....

For me that fear of "chasing my dreams" has always been tricky and twofold:

1. I'm afraid that I'm not good enough. That I'm not talented enough to achieve my dreams. That I'm wasting time because I should have tried harder when I was younger, when there was less at risk.

2. I'm afraid that any success I might achieve will be underserving because of mistakes that I've made in the past. Big, small, accidental or intentional; I feel like my mistakes define me. Which is a dangerous burden to hold onto, chasing dreams or not. But reality 101 in my life is that I'm hard on myself.

So for years I've been going through life, with fear #1 and fear #2 all up on my back, suddenly getting a small taste of that "this is what you're suppose to be doing" feeling, letting fear talk me out of it, pushing that feeling down deep and then continuing with life as usual. And around and around and around in that circle I went for 10 years. Turns out running from the things you love is exhausting AF. Especially when I don't HAVE to be running, I could surrender and let it all go like Elsa because....

Everything I've ever wanted is on the other side of fear. 


So why am I sharing this with you? Great question. For one, I low key needed to get it off my chest for my own sanity but I also know that on some level we all deal with issues like this. So I wrote this post to let you know that you are not alone. Whatever your fear is and whatever happiness or fulfillment lies on the other side of it....you're not alone in wanting to satisfy your dream to obtain it.  
 
I also wanted to share some things that are slowly helping me to get out of my own way and face the fear:
1. Make a list of 5 things you would do if you knew you wouldn't fail. AKA write down your dreams.
So I know this is corny but give me a minute to explain. For me it's easier to get to the quick and dirty of what I want by making a short list and then start taking steps towards those goals. They seem less scary when I break them down plus it helps give me a simpler place to start. 
 
2. Research people who fearlessly chase their own dreams/people you look up to in whatever you want to do.
For me that means reading lots of #GirlBoss books.  I'm currently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love and I'm re-reading A Year Of Yes by THE QUEEN Shonda Rhimes and I am in heaven. I've always been drawn to women who say f-it and dive head first after the things they want in life! It makes me braver and I don't know why it helps knowing that someone else started where I am, but it always does.
 
3. Show yourself some grace.
These things don't happen overnight. As much as my Gemini brain would LOVE for them to, it doesn't work like that. So everyday I have learned to try and show myself a little more grace. As long as I am doing SOMETHING to move me closer to my goals then I have to count that as a win. Same goes for you girlfriend. Be a little nicer to yourself okay.
 
Sorry for the length of today's post. Claps for you if you made it to the end! Anyways I hope this helps or was relatable for you in some way....see you tomorrow! 

I'm such a sucker for fall activities ya'll. I mean, how can I not be?! First of all its cuddle season so, that is reason enough to love the leaves changing and all the pumpkin spice deliciousness we get to eat and drink. But more than that, its always been my season to slow down...the year is now more than half over and that always helps me get focused on what I want to accomplish the remainder of the year.

So to celebrate the new season, today I wanted to keep things light and share with you my fall 2017 bucket list! Basically all the things I want to do before winter comes and sucks the fun out of being outside with a light jacket on. Thanks for stopping by! I hope ya'll have a great day!

1. Attend a college football game and tailgate.
2. Go to a pumpkin patch.
3. Go apple picking.
4. Make a homemade pumpkin pie.
5. Update my fall wardrobe.
6. Make Halloween plans
7. Go to a (not so haunted) house.
8. Learn to make a new soup/stew.
9. Host a Halloween movie night.
10. Go to a bonfire.
11. Carve pumpkins for Halloween. 
12. Deeper nail polish colors
13. Go on a hayride. 




Today's post was HIGHLY requested and I am so excited to finally be able to share it with ya'll. If you know me then you know how much I love to pick up a fork. I'm a true foodie at heart and I get more excited than I probably should about sitting down to the dinner table. I think my southern roots are mostly to blame but who am I kidding, I'm pretty sure I would have ended up obsessed with sauces and seasonings and cocktails regardless.

So today I wanted to sit down and finally share some the best, at least in my opinion, places to eat in Louisville. Granted I haven't eaten at EVERY restaurant this city has to offer, but I've been around the block a time or two. I have included a few places I still want to visit as well just in case you wanna know what's on my radar. So if you live in Louisville let me know if you've ever been to any of the places listed below and please PLEASE share your favorites with me too. I apologize in advance for the length of this post.


Wiltshire Bakery and Cafe: Even though I use to only go here for coffee and croissant I've recently stated eating eating here and oh my goodness. Besides the fact that they have the best damn iced latte I've ever had, their homemade pasta's like the one above are TO DIE FOR!


Please and Thank You: I love the vibe of this place...super laid back and chill. They also have great coffee, lavender lemonade and amazing chocolate chip cookies!

Toast on Market: After a night out this is usually where me and my friends gather on Sunday mornings to recap and sip on mimosas. Some of my favorites here are the breakfast burger, the hash brown casserole and their rotating mimosa of the day!


Louvino: This one is a favorite of mine for bunch, lunch and dinner! The menu is so so good ya'll! From the filet and eggs and the chicken biscuit sliders to the brussels sprouts, the chicken tacos and the steak and fries you seriously cannot go wrong. They also have some pretty sweet wine flights too, my favorite individual bottle is called Sexual Chocolate lol.

Guacamole: Best guacamole EVER EVER! My favorite is the Yucateco. I also always get the Suizas which are shrimp and crabmeat enchiladas. And I'm not talking baby shrimp either my friends, these are the jumbos!

El Taco Luchador: My favorite place to grab tacos in Louisville. They are all so flavorful and the corn on the cob is a must. Yes it's messy to eat but it's so unbelievably worth it!

The Eagle: You get fried chicken here ya'll but I really come for the sides, the bourbon punch and the hot honey sauce! SO SO GOOD!

Feast BBQ: Everything at Feast is good ya'll. EVERYTHING. But I feel like it is my duty to tell you that the mac and cheese and collard greens are non negotiable and delicious AF.


Dragon Kings Daughter: Located in the Highlands this is one of my favorite sushi spots. I always get the stuffed wontons, the dipity role and the don't hurt em roll.

Garage Bar: Tucked in the heart of NuLu this place is a great hangout on nights and weekends. They have great pizza and their wings are delicious!!

Artesano Tapas: I love tapas restaurant because you get to order a whole bunch of stuff to taste share with everyone at the table.


Brix Wine Bar: I love a good pasta and for me it's all about the sauce. If its not flavorful or too runny I'm over it before I even start. But this place has THE BEST chicken carbonara and the sauce is MONEY. Like, seriously the best.

Mercato Italiano: I could honestly go on and on about how much I love this place. Eating here for the first time my friend Olivia and I read the menu and seriously got mad that we couldn't just order everything haha. Like, why is that not an option. This would be a great spot for a date night or a GNO.

What's On My Radar
- Le Moo
- Lox Louisville
- Stout
- Louisville Cream
- Anywhere with a dope patio
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