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A Day in the Life of a Lifestyle Blogger

On Wednesday, a kind reader (and aspiring blogger) emailed me to ask what it was like being a lifestyle blogger. My knee-jerk response? It’s insane. It’s editing images, obsessing over the Instagram algorithm, taking too many pictures of myself, writing, writing, and more writing. Did you know that the blogging world has a HUGE learning curve? Even for a lifestyle blogger? So of all the things that blogging is, it’s really about learning. All the learning. It’s also the most fun I’ve ever had. If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know that I am NOT currently blogging full-time, though that is …

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Changing Careers

As far as careers go, I’ve had four of those in the four years since I graduated from college (LOLZ). I nannied in beautiful Boston first, and then moved back to Tulsa to intern for a teaching job which I eventually took up as my full-time gig for the next two years. Before that, I taught ballet and spent the bulk of my day in leg warmers. I don’t regret a thing. The thing was, I never wanted to be a person who was afraid to turn the page. During my senior year of college I sat and listened to my friend …

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An Open Letter to You, High School Grad

Dear Graduate, Throwing my red cap in the air in the spring of 2009 was one of the happiest moments of my life. The tassel got caught in my earring and I was across the arena (alphabetically and otherwise) from my friends, so I was feeling pretty salty about that, but man, I was so happy to throw that cap in the air. I didn’t even care about how much I was sweating beneath my red polyester gown anymore. High school was done. Now it’s 2017 and I’m 26. I survived college, and now the first few years of my grownup life. And …

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Embrace the Messy Bun

 My students used to think something was wrong with me when I had my hair in a messy bun at school. I insisted on looking just so in my classroom because I wanted them to think I had it all together. Unsurprisingly, this leeched out into the rest of my world as well. I remember that whole season of my life as being one in which I was convinced that I needed to look perfect all the time. That messy bun was reserved for the 20 minutes before I went to bed and the occasional lazy Saturday, and that was it. Listen, having your …

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5 Tips for Getting Inspired (plus a recap of DFWCon 2017!)

I don’t always feel inspired. Lately, I haven’t felt inspired at all. I know this blog is all confetti and pink, but that doesn’t mean I’m not just as vulnerable to the mean reds as the next girl (Oh Holly, you know us so well). I want to be a person that encourages you, and I don’t believe I can do that without being real. And being real means telling you that it’s been tough getting out of bed for the last several weeks. Last week I shared here about how I lost my sweet kitty in early April, which totally threw …

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What’s In My Airplane Bag

I keep my airplane bag as lightweight as possible because, let me tell you, I have had some really bad airport luck. Like this one time that I packed a ton of stuff in my carry-on tote because I was too lazy to make room in my suitcase, and I ended up stuck in the Atlanta airport for 17 hours. I lugged that thing around for SEVENTEEN HOURS, Y’ALL. Anyway, that wasn’t the first time I’ve ended up stuck in an airport, and since I mostly travel by myself, I end up carrying my stuff around with me everywhere I go. I’ve …

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A Few Thoughts on Surviving Loss

“Sarah, where have you been?” I’m touched by the number of times I’ve received this email in the last few weeks, and so I’ve decided it’s finally time to share. The photos won’t be perfect and crisp, but nothing about the last few weeks has been that way either, and I want to be real. When I woke up on a Monday morning, three weeks ago, I already knew that something was wrong. If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know about Ginnie. The most loving, precious kitty in this world (except for yours, maybe. Isn’t it crazy how they find …

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5 Tips For Flu Recovery (From a Teacher!)

In case you were wondering about the radio silence over here for the last two weeks, I had the flu. The dreaded, awful, influenza plague from hell. I was able to get on Tamiflu fairly quickly so the worst of it only lasted about 36 hours. But if you’ve had the flu before, you know that your fever breaking is only the beginning. We teachers know this best. Why? We get the flu (and the like) a lot. Kids are basically just incubi of the viral plague. We can’t stay away from work for long without everything falling apart. And we teachers …

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Two Hours to a Week to a Clean Apartment All The Time!

So this one time, when I was feeling extra dramatic stressed out, I opened the door to my room at the end of the day and saw my cat sleeping in a pile of still-wet laundry and trash on my floor. (To be fair, she had knocked the trash can over herself, and I REALLY DID THINK THE LAUNDRY WAS DRY, OKAY?) Ginnie looked up at me with a face that I can only imagine meant that she was thinking “Geez, mom. I could have stayed on the streets if I wanted to live in a dump.” So I proceeded to lay …

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Please Stop Telling Us to Get Married. (and what to say when people do)

At my sister’s wedding when I was 20, a well-meaning friend of my mom’s insisted on knowing when I was going to get married. I was just just trying to sneak some icing off the cake, you know? Also, and again, I was 20. When I was about to move to Boston, I ran into one of my old teachers at Starbucks. I told her about my moving plans, and she looked concerned. She asked how long I planned to be there, and I replied that I wasn’t sure, I was just kind of going with it. “Wouldn’t you rather get married …