What is it about a Sharpie that is almost dry? They are my favorite.
I wish you could buy them already like that.
What are you feeling? Wishing? Dreaming about?
What is it about a Sharpie that is almost dry? They are my favorite.
I wish you could buy them already like that.
What are you feeling? Wishing? Dreaming about?
You probably don’t know this about me, but I say “yo.” A lot. Probably too much. When I was laying out everything for the April layout, and reminiscing about all the AWESOME THINGS that happened in April I knew I had to throw a Yo in there. We did so much in April. Hiked in Raven Rock State Park, I was learning so much at my new job (ahem, still am), and we took a last minute weekend trip to Virginia Beach! April was a very, very good month indeed.
About this layout — there were definitely more pictures to work with this month simply because more happened. I don’t know why, but somewhere between March and April Instagram really became a huge part of my life. I am deep into it now and use my iPhone constantly as a camera. I think I have almost 2,500 pictures on it? And I’ve only had it since last September. Yeah… so I like to capture everything, pretty much. But I love that I can get great pictures with my phone, and I upload them weekly to Shutterfly. I make orders frequently. It’s so cheap!
Also, this was the first layout where I got to use the Project Life Photo Pocket Pages! I felt like a pro.
* Drunk night out on the town (we drank something called Pixie Dust?)
* Raven Rock!
* Adventures in Virginia Beach ($2 mimosas… need I say more?)
* Fragments from everyday life
May will definitely be an interesting layout to put together, because so much changed for us that month! I think the awesome part about actively scrapbooking life is that you get to tell your story… which is always changing. I am ready to catch all the way up and scrapbook things as they are happening!
xo – Sarah
I am slowly (but steadily) making my way through 2013! Last week I wrapped up March and today I completed April (will share a little later on in the week). I must say — I am so happy that I am scrapbooking again. Life is just too precious, and moves too quickly. Scrapbooking has been a great outlet for me lately, because when I do it, I feel so fulfilled. I mean, how can I NOT feel fulfilled when I am staring at our smiling faces? #impossible
For this layout I had a lot of Instagrams to work with, and still being on a circle kick, I used a kitchen bowl to make four very different images work together cohesively (on the left). I LOVE how this turned out! I also used an insert in between the two spreads (hard to differentiate it in this picture — makes more sense in the next image) just so I could fit in all the exciting things that happened in March.
* We saw Oz and hated it
* Game of Thrones returned
* Shelton turned 27
* Shelton got a new job
* I got the job at Suddenlink (!)
* We played a lot of Arkham Horror
* We discovered some new things about Greenville
* Fragments from everyday life
* Hey Y’all Postcard by Megan McCrary (cute stuff — check out her Etsy shop!)
Bam! Just like that, March has been documented. When I finish a layout, I feel like bursting out into song? Does that ever happen to you? I hope so.
x0 – Sarah
Last Sunday Shelton said he had a surprise for me, but said that I’d have to wait for it. We went along our normal Sunday routine, him puttering around in the kitchen and me on the living room floor scrapbooking. He said I would not be able to guess what he was making, so I didn’t even try. I just waited patiently, and oh my, was I rewarded.
Being the food geeks that we are, we absolutely love Alton Brown, and watch re-runs of Good Eats like it’s Homeland. On a recent episode that Shelton had watched sans me, Alton focused on frozen treats. He recommended saving leftover coffee to make a granita instead of throwing it out, and Shelton pounced on that idea (with great vigor, I might add).
This is the story of the Coffee Granita.
Everything I love about iced coffee and honestly, coffee in general, was represented in every single spoonful of icy awesomeness. There was no bitterness, just the creamy essence of an incredible cup of coffee. The Kahlua helped add richness and a sweet edge with no sting of alcohol whatsoever. The whipped cream was fresh, and complimented the sweetness of the coffee perfectly.
Perfect. Everything about this Coffee Granita was exactly that.
Best. Surprise. Ever.
* Alton Brown’s Coffee Granita Recipe
* Mexican Vanilla is the true vanilla
* Kahlua is not necessary, but definitely amps up the flavor
* This recipe makes a LOT – would be perfect for dessert shooters as a night cap
* Pin it, make it, love it
I have no idea where to start with this post. All I know is that I woke up this morning next to Shelton, saw him off to work as I stayed curled up in bed, drank two cups of coffee while blasting my Dixie Chicks Pandora station, cleaned the apartment, and then sat down for a moment to update our Ongoing Calendar. I sat on the couch, and felt an overwhelming sense of joy. “This is my life,” I thought to myself. “I love this space so much.”
As I noted fun memories we’ve made over the past month, I was reminded of 2012 memories from this time last year, when things were still very much up in the air. And I couldn’t ignore the supreme sense of pride that I felt–am feeling. To say that I have come far over the past year, is so much of an understatement that it almost makes me laugh.
Distance. Sometimes the ground we cover is geographical, sometimes it’s purely mental. When I think of the distance I have traveled over the past year, I know that for me, it’s both. And my heart swells, and my eyes burn, and I feel a knot in my throat, because I am so completely immersed in the joy that I am experiencing that I am literally drowning in it. Everything I love about this life, I gave to myself. The level of gratitude that I feel is so deep, I can hardly comprehend it. I just feel it. Every single day.
On August 7, 2012, when I decided to move to North Carolina to be with Shelton, I altered my path in the biggest way to date. From the moment Shelton and I became partners in this life, I inherently knew that we were building something–something bigger than ourselves, something I didn’t yet understand. But when he got in that U-haul on August 1, 2012, I knew that life would be on hold until we were together again.
I can’t explain to you how much I love him. How much my soul feels 100% in line with his. How when I look at him, I see myself. How I never thought I deserved this level of happiness, but now that I have found it, it’s the most important thing in my world. This connection we share makes everything in life sparkle. And what’s really crazy, is that it just gets stronger every single day. I don’t know how that is possible, but it is.
Moving to North Carolina was a huge risk for us both, a choice that we knew would affect us individually and as a couple. The hard decisions didn’t stop once I arrived in Greenville. Life continued to test us. There have been hard lessons, days where we were pushed to our limits, and many moments where we had to take a step (or three) back and regroup. It has not all been easy. When I look back at everything we have accomplished in the past year though, I am so thankful for all those moments of growth. Because every single time we came out on top, together.
I tell everyone that I could not do this without Shelton by my side, and when I say “do this” I mean The Everyday. I am a strong person, I have no doubt about that. Shelton is incredibly strong, too. I do not question our ability to withstand difficult things. We are good at that. But operating through the daily trials and tribulations of life with strength and also being able to continually experience joy and practice gratitude are not things that are easy to do simultaneously. Having someone in your life on a daily basis who loves you unconditionally, who supports your journey with enthusiasm and admiration, makes it easy. The love that Shelton and I share is the most liberating thing I have ever experienced. It doesn’t matter where we are, what our jobs are, how nice our apartment is, how much money we have, none of that matters. Waking up next to him every day is just like winning the lottery over and over again.
I love our story. I revel in it daily. We have written some pretty interesting chapters. The birthplace of our union was more of a battlefield than the cookie cutter “boy meets girl” scenario and from early on, we have had an unspoken understanding of how we wanted to experience life and that is to the fullest. That has been and continues to be the ultimate goal.
We live fully by taking on obstacles headfirst, as a team.
We celebrate often, and with great vigor.
We vocalize our appreciation for one another, our feelings, our goals, our whole selves on a daily basis.
When we need strength, we turn to each other. We do not build walls or wear armor, deflect or neglect.
That’s our creed. It’s how we live, and it’s how we have done everything we have and how we will do everything moving forward. We are deep into what I like to call “The North Carolina Chapter” and though I have no idea how it will end, I know that everything in the middle will be spectacular.
In honor of Year 1 in North Carolina, here are some of my favorite posts that have been published over the past year. The early ones are fun to go back and read, mostly because I feel like a completely different person now. I love how much I have grown.
The Past Three Days — I talk about what it was like the day that Shelton left Texas. Spoiler: It’s sad.
Jump Like You Mean It — One of my all time favorite posts. The moment I decided to move to North Carolina.
What I Love About Greenville — Nothing compares to those first few weeks of discovery.
Hello, Raleigh — Our first day trip to the Capitol.
A Perfect Night — Written by Shelton! He recounts a night we spent at a local coffee shop.
Turning Twenty-Fabulous — Shelton surprises me in a HUGE way for my 25th birthday.
Pitt County Fair — Spoiler: It involves one very sinister funnel cake.
Birds On A Wire: Thanksgiving 2012 — Mom and Janie come visit! Incredible memories are made.
Saturday Adventures — We explore Downtown Greenville and find metal livestock.
Raven Rocking & Rolling — We venture to Raven Rock State Park and hike, hike, hike!
In Which a BBQ Sandwich Changes My Life — North Carolina Pulled Pork at its finest.
I hope the next year is just as mind blowingly awesome and eye opening.
I have recently been inspired to start scrapbooking more often. I’m a big fan of Elise’s Project Life albums and wanted to be more proactive in my memory saving, since it’s something that is very important to me. Over the past couple of weeks I have scrapbooked January and February of this year and hope to catch all the way up to July sooner rather than later, so that I can make note of things in the moment instead of trying to think back so much.
I will go ahead and get this out there: I am not a fan of spending tons of money on supplies. In this sense, I’m kind of a rebel scrapbooker, though I like to think of it as “sustainable scrapbooking.” The photos and memories should stick out — not the embellishments. I routinely save real bits and pieces from our day-to-day adventures, and to me that is what makes a layout special. If you find yourself feeling the same way, and need a little inspiration to get you going, I highly recommend this layout. It was fun, fast, and FREE!
I spotted these Pantone paint samples at Lowe’s over the weekend and helped myself to my favorite colors. So many beautiful hues!
Spuds was a big help, like always.
Using a biscuit cutter, I traced circles on all the paint samples and Instagrams. (I had these printed through FoxGram!)
Then, cuttin’ time. I love to cut paper, it’s so soothing for me.
My sheets are 12×12 knock-off Project Life photo holders. You can size this project and your circles however you like though! I also added in some index cards so that I’d have areas to jot down notes.
For the background, I chose a neutral brown kraft wrapping paper I had on hand. I love how it really makes the colors POP!
Since I print a LOT of Instagrams, I imagine I will recreate this layout to give the pictures more shape and add an unexpected element. I like how the pictures don’t conform to the sections. They stand out in a fun, new way and really draw in the eye.
Sarah’s Recommendation: Grab more paint samples than you need!
Reason #931 why Shelton is amazing: He makes the most incredible chicken nuggets.
His secret? Coat the chicken twice. In between coatings, dip in milk.
My favorite moments in the kitchen are spent sipping on something and talking with Shelton.
The ever-eager canine, hoping for a dropped morsel.
Fried, golden perfection.
French fries? A requirement.
And if you really want to amp up your nugget experience, toss them in some buffalo sauce.
Sorry the picture is so blurry! I was more excited about stuffing my face than capturing the perfect shot.
Funny story: the next day at work I mentioned that Shelton had made chicken nuggets for us the night before. I was then asked, “How do you make chicken nuggets?” And I didn’t know how to respond, because, well, you just make chicken as you normally would except cut it into bite size pieces first. Unless you’re Shelton, because then you also make it achingly delicious.
Men of the world — learn to cook something that will make a girl weak in the knees.
That’s just my two cents!
Currently, this is what I’m thinking/reading/doing/seeing/loving/obsessing over.
What about you?
So, I haven’t posted in a while. I have come to accept that it’s okay that I don’t know what the true vision I have for this site is. I’ve worked really hard to figure out lots of things in my life, but have learned that the things we inherently know don’t take any work to figure out. And I am not sure if I inherently know anything about blogging, except that sometimes it feels more like work than fun, and I am trying to focus on things that feel natural. It’s been an interesting process, to say the least.
If you want to learn more about yourself, strip away the things that distract you. For me, that means not working on anything. I use my creativity to distract myself from a lot of things, and in a way it had begun to feel like I was using my powers for evil instead of good. So, I am cleansing my palette and seeing what I come up with. I’m hoping that what I discover feels so natural that I wonder how I never thought about it before.
In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Bowling (we joined a league for the summer!)
- Watching Girls on HBOGO (just started Season 2; I am now on the Lena Dunham bandwagon.)
- Collecting paper/trinkets for a scrapbooking project I might embark on
- Counting down the days to our Destin trip
- Participating in a six week NerdFitness challenge
- Killing it at work
- Planning mine and Shelton’s wedding on Pinterest (except we’re not engaged – oops)
- Still trying to accept the outcome of The Red Wedding
- Embracing summer – it’s finally here!
- Unpacking (still)
- Loving Shelton every single day (truth nugget)
- Gearing up for the Zac Brown Band concert next weekend! (I like my chicken fried)
- Daydreaming a little bit less, living in the moment a lot more
What have you been up to? Sometimes just making a little list like this one every now and then is a good reminder of just all the things you’ve accomplished!
I thought that you deserved a proverbial feast for your eyes today. Just because.
Iced Hazelnut Macchiato | Fresh Watermelon Margaritas | Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea
The absolute BEST pulled pork barbecue sandwich I have ever tasted, from B’s Barbecue.
People ’round these parts claim it’s the best barbecue in the state, and I believe them. North Carolina style barbecue is incredibly different than what I was used to in Texas, but wow, I’m serious. This sandwich pretty much changed my life. I literally want to take everyone here that claims Texas barbecue is the best, because I’m willing to bet I could make a believer out of you.
And plus, who doesn’t want to drive to the middle of nowhere, stand in line in a shack with no air conditioning, order from a menu with five things on it and then pay with cash only? Bonus: there are picnic tables outside and the place is packed. Daily. They cook one pig a day and when the pig is gone, they close. It’s so homegrown – I love it.
In case you didn’t know, North Carolina is known for it’s vinegar-based sauces, as opposed to in Texas (and other states) where it’s all about the tomato-based sauces. DO NOT GET ME WRONG: I love me some fresh, thick, rich, tomato-y Texas sauces. Which is why I was shocked when I instantly fell in love with the vinegar-based sauces here in North Carolina. The taste feels impossible to explain. The flavors are sharp, spicy, clean, and make my mouth salivate in a whole new way. I guess because there is no heavy flavor (like tomato), the other ingredients REALLY come through.
When I took a bite of that sandwich, sitting at that old picnic table in the shade, literally on the side of the road, with a sweet tea within reach and the sun shining, I knew I was experiencing a moment I’ll never have anywhere else on this Earth. It was specific to Greenville, specific to North Carolina, specific to this journey I am on. I’ll will remember it for years to come and think, “Damn that was good. All of it.“
I feel like I should totally be a guest on The Best Thing I Ever Ate: BBQ Edition.
What’s the best thing YOU’VE ever ate?
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and claim that this is the perfect summer drink. Super easy to make and definitely a crowd-pleaser. Also – I love the fact that since the watermelon is frozen, there is no ice and thus your margarita is never diluted. It’s like magic, pretty much.
Watermelon (sliced+frozen) | 1/2 can Limeade Concentrate | Tequila* | 1/3 c. Sugar | Limes+Salt
*Shelton recommends 1/2 cup – 1 cup. “Depends on how loose you wanna feel.” His words.
We wanted to feel pretty loose this night, I think.
As you blend, taste and adjust the mixture as necessary. This recipe makes about four drinks. If you save the watermelon and concentrate you don’t use, you can make a second round another time!
Do you ever feel like you’re just starting from scratch?
That’s totally where I am these days.
I’m big on awakenings – many I have shared here with you – and though I am so fortunate for my moments of clarity, lately I am reminded of just how fleeting those awakenings can be. We learn things, we forget, we revert, we learn again. Life is a cycle. And as I am circling back through some emotions I haven’t felt in a while, I am reminding myself that it’s okay to struggle.
It’s okay to still be wrestling with thoughts, feelings and compulsions that (most of the time) are out of my control. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to loosen my white-knuckle grip I am so good at and *attempt* to relax. It’s okay to second guess things I’ve thought about myself for my whole life. It’s okay to admit that sometimes, I’m just not as emotionally stable as I think I should be.
I had a breakdown last week. It was eye-opening and a bit core-shaking in a way. I haven’t felt the same since, and in a weird way, things feel different. Different in a good way, because I feel like I am truly starting a new chapter in my life. The breakdown was largely stress induced.
New Job + Moving + Creative Restlessness + Realization of New Goals = Exhaustion
Put quite simply, I feel as if I have truly reached a new level in this life. I am 25. I have a good job. I have a great relationship. We are building a life together. There is money in our savings account. I care about new things. My priorities have shifted. And my life is completely here in North Carolina – not in Texas. All of these amazing things Shelton and I share on a daily basis, but I don’t get to share them with my Texas Tribe. It’s safe to say I’ve been living on Texas Time up until I started working at Suddenlink. When I worked at home, it was so easy to focus on Texas and everyone I love there because 1) I had more time and 2) I didn’t show up to North Carolina and instantly attain new BFFs.
But that’s changing now. Through work I’ve met so many amazing people – people that invite me over to craft and drink tea (Nikki, I love you), people that invite us to parties, people that invites us out on sushi dates… We’re making connections here and settling here, and I don’t think I had accepted that until just recently. On one hand, it is so great to know that if I told Shelton tonight that I wanted to move back to Texas, he’d be on board 100%. But, I feel it in my bones – it’s not time. There’s too much left to do, I whisper to myself. Secrets left to figure out.
I want to look back on The North Carolina Years and feel so much joy that I get choked up. It’s like Andy said last week on The Office Series Finale: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”
Whoa. If a quote could stab me in the heart (in a good way) that’s the one that would do it.
And here’s the thing: I am in the good old days. For the rest of my life, I’ll cherish these years, this place, the choice I made last August to come here. Why not make the absolute most of it? So, I have decided to collectively take a step back from a few things.
1. This blog, and blogging in general. I already have a full-time job, and it’s not running this site. I need to break out of the mindset of thinking in blog posts, positioning my life around DIY projects, and endless hours in front of this screen.
2. Crafting and creating. This is a touchy subject for me, because since I was a little girl I have always fallen back on my creativity. But I need to learn the difference between hobbies that bring me pure joy from the ones that suck the life out of me. And that means not distracting myself with project after project. I need to focus on me. Also, I need to be okay with not working on anything “extracurricular” before I dive into any new activity. I need to wipe my mental slate clean.
3. Thinking too much about my Texas connections. I can miss them, I can shoot them a text to let them know they’re on my mind, but then I need to go back to my North Carolina life. Just as I am on my own path, they are on theirs. And I am so happy for all my loved ones that my heart could burst, but feeling melancholic about playing phone tag does me no good at all.
Letting go can be so hard, but once I am able to, I always feel rejuvenated in a way.
So, prepare for some sporadic + awesome posts in the future. I’m on no one’s timeline but my own, and goodness gracious, that’s an incredible feeling.
Guess what? We have moved. Again. The past two weeks have been very stressful and busy (like on a whole new level, y’all), but we have made it to the end. We will make one more load from the old apartment today, turn in our keys, and happily close that chapter of our lives. It was good times, but there are better times ahead, I am sure of it.
Below are some snapshots from our moving experience. Expect to see much more pictures as we get our new apartment set up–Shelton and I are having so much fun picking out furniture and defining our style in new ways. It’s a process that is never “done,” but a fun one at that!
Monogram Letter found @ TJMaxx for $6.99 | My Sauce Boss | Shelton’s Scratch Biscuits
Furniture Shopping Tip #1:
Always, always, always negotiate. I thought this sectional was WAY too much until we were able to talk them down 65% off the retail price. Also, everything in the store was half-off that day–shop savvy, y’all! We are in love with this sectional… These days, if something looks like it belongs on the set of Mad Men, I feel like I must have it. Mid-century modern all the way!
Furniture Shopping Tip #2:
If you can purchase something already put together, do it. We saw the same exact bar stools at Target (for the same price) except they came in boxes.
Furniture Shopping Tip #3:
Always check the back room! Most big furniture stores will have a back room that houses discounted floor models and lightly damaged pieces. Case in point: our new dresser. Again, I loved the sleekness of it and knew it’d be perfect for our bedroom. There was a small dent on the top, but it’s barely visible!
First Night in the New Apartment | Shelton picked out my key | Welcome Home!
Furniture Shopping/General Moving Tip #4:
Take as many breaks as necessary.
And that’s our little moving update! Stay tuned. Things are about to get real domestic up in here.
April has been a doozy, pretty much.
I completed my first month at Suddenlink, have been striving to keep our home life in order amidst all the change, and just last week we found out that circumstances beyond our control are forcing us to move out of our apartment in just two weeks time (we thought we had until the end of July). It’s been a whirlwind, let me tell ya. The end result will be great, and we are okay with moving much earlier than we anticipated (we don’t really have a choice). It was jarring at first, but we are excited to move into a real apartment (read: no college kids) and spread our wings a bit wider. Plus, we bought an amazing couch last weekend that I can’t wait to show you. (Don Draper would approve.)
When the going gets tough, I am so thankful that I have Shelton in my life. We are a great team, and with him it’s never hard to see the silver lining to any cloud. All that being said though, I am not ashamed to admit to you that I’m having trouble balancing work, home–and me.
I keep telling myself that it’s okay to still be in transition, but each day I apply more and more pressure on myself.
I wake up in the morning with such good intentions.
Today I’ll take care of myself.
This simple phrase translates to a few different things. Like…
Today I will exercise, even if just a little bit.
Today I will do something creative, even if I don’t finish what I start.
Today I’ll finish a chapter in a book I’m reading.
Today I’ll drink more water than soda, eat more fruit than Goldfish.
But it all boils down to the same desire: that internal pull I feel to focus on myself, when 99% of my days require the exact opposite.
I read half an article about grit this morning, and the definition really stuck with me:
Grit is defined as: “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”
To land a job like the one I’ve got was a huge goal of mine. I achieved it. Each day, I walk into work and feel so proud that I’m the one they chose. That I get to be a problem solver, a helping hand, an instrument for change.
But, getting a great job wasn’t the only goal I had, you know that.
What about my goal for leading a healthy life?
And my goal to create more than I hustle?
Do you think it’s okay for goals to evolve?
Recently I wrote about how I can’t do it all. And truthfully I understand that. It’s hard to accept, but I do understand. “Doing it all” isn’t feasible. But when I lay my head down at night, I feel that feeling like I’m lacking somewhere, and each day I wake up with hope that this will be the day I get closer to understanding the new balance to my life. I’d be lying to you though if I told you I didn’t feel disappointed just about every evening though, that another day has slipped through my fingers. #libraproblems
I don’t know what else to say, really. Making excuses seems weak, and I know I don’t have to justify my exhaustion or my day-to-day problems. That being said, I find myself wishing I knew the answer, though I know that it will only come with time. Some days you just have to believe that you are doing all you can, even when the inner critic tells you otherwise.
And so, without further adieu, here is a confession from a true perfectionist:
Hi, my name is Sarah. I am a recovering perfectionist, living one day at a time. I am forever-inspired by the idea of tomorrow and the chance for something new. I don’t know how I’m going to get through these struggles I am experiencing – I only know that somehow I will and I will be better for it. When I can make time for myself, I will. When I can’t, I will still praise myself for the hard work I know I am doing, and give myself a break every single opportunity I get. I will not compare my life and my to-do list to someone else’s. I can only control how I feel and how I react – no matter the situation. No one will ever judge me as harshly as I judge myself. No one expects me to be as perfect as I feel the need to be. It really is that simple.
Who knows how tomorrow will go. I hope I can make time for myself to do some of the things that bring me joy, and if not, it will be okay. I am juggling a lot, and the longer I wait to give myself a break, the worse my stress will be. I believe the two are directly related, and always will be.
Today I’ll write a blog and share my feelings, even if they’re not pretty or fully understood.
As my life evolves, so do my goals. Holding onto something old when there is so much new around me is backwards. I must forge onward, keep my eyes and heart open, and see what I find.
Who is with me?
P.S. Art by Made by Nicole – check out her blog if you get the chance!
Last month I finished Susannah Conway’s book, This I Know. It was chock-full of awakenings, beautiful imagery, and a-ha moments. I love books like that. I love that feeling when reading something so honest, and having a quiet moment where I just think, “Yes. That’s how I feel, put exactly into words.”
I’ve written about Susannah a couple times before–check out these posts:
I encourage you to learn more about Susannah and her work–maybe even sign up for one of her classes! She’s using her gifts in the most lovely way, and I look up to her a lot. Here are my ten take-aways, my ten favorite thoughts from This I Know.
— ONE —
Sometimes it seems easier to go through life holding everything in, wrapped up, breath held, eyes forward, but life will always rub against us—that’s how the pearls are formed.
— TWO —
When I sink too far into my head, nature reminds me I’m just worm food, that the leaves will fall no matter what I do, and the tides will never stop churning the ocean; it has always been so.
— THREE —
It has taken time to accept that this damaged little girl is still a part of me, the vulnerable, expectant, sometimes demanding part of myself…. For a long time I thought I had to forgive my father for leaving us, but I discovered I only needed to learn to love the girl he left behind, something I resisted.
— FOUR —
My vulnerability is my strength, just as my apparent strength can sometimes be my vulnerability. It’s our responsibility as adults to look after children, and I believe this also applies to the children inside us.
— FIVE —
No wonder it’s so hard to get paint on canvas or words on the page when we’re judging the work before it even exists.
— SIX —
There are times in our lives when being a tribe of one is a necessity rather than a choice, when family live far away and friends are yet to be found.
— SEVEN —
They say we must eat sensibly, exercise regularly, and take time to de-stress—I’d like to add fall in love with ourselves to that list.
— EIGHT —
Little sisters are annoying until you’re all grown up and realize she’s been your best friend all along.
— NINE —
Cultivate the friendships that make you feel more like yourself, without apology or explanation.
— TEN —
I believe that by being the best and most healed version of ourselves we can truly make a difference in the world. I’m not an activist or politician, and I’m not able to have any direct impact on the areas of the world where help is needed. but what I can do is make a difference in the small pocket of the world I call home. I can live with integrity and be honest about my feelings, even when they hurt. I can put my whole heart into my work and pay forward the generosity that was shown to me when my world fell apart. I can look after myself, knowing that by healing my own hurts I won’t be passing them along to someone else. In a society like ours, filled with so many emotionally wounded people acting out their pain, this is possibly the most important work we could ever do—heal our hurts so we don’t pass them on.
Hello, I'm Sarah.
I do my best to savor the sweetest parts of my life, and through posts about food, projects, and wellness, I hope to inspire you to do the same.
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