We dug in at Dig IN!

On Sunday, I went to Dig IN at White River Park in Downtown Indianapolis. I had been looking forward to this event since last year!

Enjoying Dig IN!

Basically, Dig IN is like heaven for your tastebuds! Over 40 different local food vendors partner with local farmers to create delicious bites of food for attendees to enjoy. You can even try different wines and beers from Indiana. This is all included with your admission!

Sunday was perfectly sunny and not-so-perfectly hot. The temperature was close to 90 degrees!

We arrived a little after 12pm, which was a mistake on our part. We had early entry tickets, so we could have gotten to the event at 11am to start tasting food before general admission. But, we opted not to do that, so we were greeted with huge line instead.

We didn’t want to stand in the hot sun in the seemingly mile-long line. We decided to get our caffeine fix at Starbucks in the JW Marriott. Smart choice! When we left Starbucks, the DigIN line had diminished. We got in with very little wait and headed straight to the food!

Beef Sammy

Our first dish ended up being my favorite dish. We enjoyed a smoked beef sammy from Goose the Market. Goose the Market is the most adorable market in Indianapolis. I love going there for sandwiches (and gelato), so I had high expectations. The giardiniera added the perfect amount of heat. I would have gone back for seconds!

We tried a variety of other dishes: duck breast and kale from La Salle Grill, corn pound cake with mango and lime from Cerulean, and Hoosier stuffed tomatoes from Fresh Artistry! The dishes were very meat heavy, so we weren’t able to enjoy as many as we would have liked. Next year, we’ll share dishes or take a few bites.

Pulled duck and kale

After walking around, we decided to sample some wine. The blueberry merlot from Country Heritage was fantastic! I would happily buy a bottle to enjoy at home.

We left Dig IN with full stomachs, and I left with a sunburn. ;)

Overall, Dig IN was a fun event! I am looking forward to the improvements they will make for next year!

Join in!
  • Does your city have an event like Dig IN?
  • What types of events does your city host?

Words Matter

“But, if it’s the truth, how can it be hurtful?”

“I’m just stating the facts.”

Have you ever said one of those phrases in a conversation? I have. I tend to be a very analytical thinker and often use facts (or what I believe to be the facts) to support my points.

The old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is not true. We all learn this early in life. Words taken apart are meaningless letters. Combine these letters together to form words, phrases or sentences, and you give these meaningless letters the power to build someone up or break someone down.

Words are powerful.

I was reminded of the power of words while reading a blog post earlier this week. I truly admire those who share their hearts and thoughts with the world through blog posts. Blogging makes the authors vulnerable. What will people think of their thoughts? Will they agree with them? Will they disagree? Blogging opens authors up to criticism – something that terrifies me.

The internet makes people feel they can get away with anything. Typically, readers don’t personally know the bloggers, so they feel no personal connection to them. A study from Pew Research Center shows that 73 percent of adults have seen at least one form of online harassment and 40 percent have been victims. Specifically, young women ages 18-24 are more likely to be harassed online.

But, wait, the written word doesn’t have the same effect as a verbal conversation, right?

Have you ever read a book before? (Yes.)

Written words escort you to another land, evoke emotion and leave room for interpretation. Words, whether verbal or nonverbal, have the power to uplift or to hurt. Either you are helping someone, or you are hurting someone. Really, there is no other option.

Matthew 7:12, also known as The Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” 

Think before pressing send.

If someone makes a post or comment that you don’t agree with, take a deep breath before responding. Even if your comment is filled with the facts, don’t press send immediately. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How would I feel if someone said this to me?
  • Are these words uplifting or hurting?
  • Will my comment be helping anything?
  • Would I use these words while having a face-to-face conversation?
  • How is my tone? Do I sound accusatory? If so, how can I rephrase my comment?

If the answers to your questions are positive, go ahead and press send. Make sure to check your comment to see if anyone responds to you, and be willing to engage in a conversation.

Let’s all uplift others and be the light in the world!

words hurt. choose carefully

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