Hi friends!

I’m excited that you’ve found my little piece of the internet!

I thought about what I would choose for the title of my blog for awhile, and first landed on The Altruistic PineappleAltruism is defined as a selfless concern for the well-being of others. It is a virtue just as humility, love, and kindness. The pineapple is the international symbol for hospitality. I believe in order to be hospitable, you must also be altruistic. Now, that’s not to say that my blog would be about about pineapples, altruism, or even hospitality.

In my very first post, I introduced what brought me to begin writing. I wasn’t exactly confident in what direction I wanted this blog to go, but I knew I wanted to do it for me. So I just started writing. I spent my first few years post-grad at Fayetteville Town Center, a convention center located in Historic Downtown Fayetteville. This convention center is directly associated with Experience Fayetteville, the Visitor’s Bureau for Fayetteville, Arkansas, which heightened my continued experience in hospitality and events. I have written a few posts about my time there, but not as many as I would have liked to write. More recently, I’ve accepted a job with a company specializing in corporate meetings and incentive travel based out of my hometown St. Louis, Missouri. This has taken the “my favorite part of my job is that every day is different” to an entirely new level.

As I started traveling, I found that The Altruistic Pineapple wasn’t as personal as I wanted. I thought for a long time about “what I wanted” in a name to make this “mine”, and something that would last or wasn’t dated. One day it just came to me. In each place I travel to, I make sure to pick up six (yes, SIX) post cards for some friends. At the end of each post card, I sign “XO – MC”. And there you have it. (But I still kept The Altruistic Pineapple and it redirects you to my main site – I’m sentimental, okay?)

Thank you for stopping by and following me along as I travel and navigate life. I hope you enjoy reading about the places I visit, or at least seeing the photos I took, as much as I enjoyed being in each place.


• candid, mid-laugh photos • mint chocolate chip ice cream • st. louis blues • st. louis cardinals •
• big front porches • country music • peonies • sunflowers • daisies • tulips • daffodils •

I am the oldest of four girls, with a large extended family. I’m from St. Louis, but lived in Europe when I was younger, and Arkansas in college. I have played several instruments and used to compete vocally. I have a dog named Marley, who has stolen my heart. Most importantly, I believe that those who surround themselves with friends and family, experiencing things together and making memories, are the richest people in the world.