When I was a teenager, I would often exclaim, “I can’t wait to get out of Louisville!” to just about anyone within an earshot. At 17, after graduating from Seneca High School, my wish came true. I was accepted into Tennessee State University, so I packed my bags and headed for Nashville, TN. I lived there well after receiving my degree in Communications before deciding to move with my roommate once again far from Louisville, to sunny Southern California.

I bounced around Los Angeles and its surrounding areas for almost 2 years before deciding that the bright lights and clout chasing wasn’t really my thing- nor the eye-gouging cost of living! I decided to move back home to my little-big city of Louisville and she welcomed me again with open arms.

After settling in, it dawned on me how much I missed the subtle head nod of a stranger as our eyes met in passing. The taste of a bourbon and ginger done just right was well received. I was happy to be reunited with the buzz of Derby, and the sight of a bright red cardinal bird landing on a tree a few feet away from my window. I’ve been back home for over 5 years, and sometimes I still feel like a tourist. I am often in awe of our city’s growing architecture, savory restaurants, and southern-ish charm.

Fast forward to the present, I am now living in the Wilder Park neighborhood of South Louisville with my partner and our four-year-old daughter, Elle. Nestled just a few blocks away from U of L, my neighborhood is an eclectic blend of old and new. There are residents who have been planted there their whole lives and college kid implants from miles away. I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of living in Wilder Park and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you some of the gems I have found!

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