Leah LaRocco, WYSK Lifestyle Contributor

About Leah LaRocco, WYSK Lifestyle Contributor

Women You Should Know Lifestyle Contributor Leah LaRocco is a Long Islander who now lives in Franklin, Tennessee and works in the music industry for The Recording Academy. Her greatest pleasures include BBC drama, good British tea, botanical gardens, Betsey Johnson dresses, and playing with her two cats, Maddox and Myrtle. You can read more about Leah’s adventures in life and perspectives on people, places, and things on her personal blog Edges Like Sea Glass.

Disparaged For ‘Daring’ To Think I Could Hike Alone In The Woods… I Did It Anyway

This past weekend I did something I’ve never done. I went for a solo hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Appalachian Trail. I’ve hiked lots on my own near where I live and I often go to the trail in the mornings by myself or with a girlfriend before work, so being in the woods unaccompanied ... [Read More]

Single Female Angst

The Thirtysomethings: A Hotbed Of Angst For Single Women

My 21 Year Old Self Knew Nothing... And Other Things I've Realized as a 30-Something Unmarried Woman As I grew up, there were certain things in life I was made ready for. My parents lovingly prepared me for milestones such as my first day of school. I sat in classrooms with educators who taught me how to be conscientious ... [Read More]

Valentine’s Day Hater Offers Her Simply Beautiful Take On Love

"I hate Valentine’s Day." WYSK Lifestyle Contributor Leah LaRocco is not shy (nor alone) when it comes to expressing abhorrence for February 14th. Her reasons are personal and varied... from how it made her feel when she was single, and current pressures to set up "some weirdly unromantic dinner in a crowded restaurant" with ... [Read More]

An Ode To Jonathan Crombie: The Man Who Stole Our Hearts As Gilbert Blythe

Call me a sentimental fool, but when my best friend sent me a text saying that Gilbert Blythe had died, I fell into the depths of despair. Jonathan Crombie was the actor who worked his way into millions of women’s hearts by pursuing Megan Follows as Anne Shirley in the ... [Read More]

How’s Married Life?! One Newlywed’s Honest Answer To The Cliché Question She Gets Asked Ad Nauseam

Six months ago I married a wonderful man whom I had dated for six years. Our eyes were open going into this, but there are still many adjustments we are learning to make as we forge ahead into the unknown of the future. Just days after we returned from our honeymoon up ... [Read More]

writing letter to a friend

Is Letter Writing A Lost Art?

One of the best parts of my day is getting the mail. I know this is not the case for everyone. Bills come in the mail. Useless flyers from new dentists and Chinese restaurants in town also come in the mail. But every evening when I head out to my mailbox... I hope there will be a letter. There is little else that brings as much joy to my day as receiving a handwritten letter from my mom or a friend. ... [Read More]

To Speak Or Not To Speak? The Art Of Shutting Up And Being A Friend

I’ve seen a lot of articles in the media lately about the choice to be childfree (even by WYSK’s own Cynthia Hornig), and at this stage in my life, these pieces are affirming and encouraging to me. They make me feel like I’m not a crazy, selfish, baby-hating pariah and that there are other people out there who I can play mahjong with when I’m old and alone, stuck in ... [Read More]

Wild Ride To Happily Ever After: 7 BIG Lessons I Learned Planning My Wedding

A year ago, if anyone had asked me if I’d be writing an article on wedding planning any time soon I would have laughed, rolled my eyes, and replied with an emphatic, "NO!" Yet here I find myself, planning my wedding and writing about it. I’ve learned some things through this process ... [Read More]