Over the past 12 months, I’ve learned some valuable lessons. But the past three months working virtually nonstop on my fifties fixer upper have taught me one of the most important: when the way you spend your time doesn’t match your values, everything goes downhill pretty quickly.
After three months of neglecting the things I love the most in order to tear out carpet and tear down walls and tear out tile, I had a house that was coming together as far as appearances were concerned. But I was completely spent: physically, mentally and emotionally. In neglecting my writing, my health, travel and my relationships in order to focus every ounce of my being on getting my house livable, I’d honestly started to forget who I was. Continue reading “Lessons from a DIY Renovation: Self Care, Priorities and Balance”
Was it my goal to write a series of year-in-review posts that recapped 2017 in the week leading up to 2018, with a plans-for-the-new-year post to kick off new year? Absolutely.
Did that series of posts happen?
Instead, I spent my time in the week leading up to New Years’ Eve getting my fifties fixer upper inhabitable once and for all, so I could close the chapter on house renovation limbo and open a much-needed new chapter in the new year.
I officially moved in on December 29th.
And hosted a party for some of my close friends, complete with exposed drywall and a half grouted bathroom floor, on December 30th.
So even though I’m writing this year-in-review post a bit after the end of 2017, at least I’m writing it… from the comfort of my own couch in my own living room in my own home, which also has a working toilet, sink and shower in the bathroom.
Finally. Continue reading “2017: A Year in Review”
There comes a point in the life of every blogger when they realize that their content has outgrown their organizational strategy… and this particular conundrum came for me in 2017.
For months, I’d been reading and rereading my posts, trying to figure out a way to unite my full-time job in finance with my passions for travel and writing while not ignoring the fact that I just bought a (surprisingly needy) fifties fixer upper that I’m primarily renovating myself.
I was failing at making it all work together here on the blog. Miserably.
Then suddenly, I had an idea…
There is a unifying theme to everything that is going on in my life, and therefore, on this blog:
I choose adventure.
Continue reading “Choose Adventure”
1. I am not going back to sleep.
I’m not one to throw in the towel easily when it comes to insomnia. After all, I love to sleep. But for the second night in a row, I’ve been up half the night for no discernible reason. A few hours after I shut my eyes, they inevitably open again… then, I start thinking.
Always a bad call. Continue reading “Things that are not happening right now”
After several weeks of edits and rewrites, I FINALLY published a (HUGE) post explaining where my head is with the whole travel-blogger-who-now-has-a-mortgage-and-a-permanent-living-situation thing.
Quick summary: my head is all over the place.
While you should check out that post for more insight into my decision to buy, I didn’t get to talk much about the house itself or the plans I have for it in that post… and let’s be honest, the plans are the fun part! Continue reading “Introducing… My Fifties Fixer Upper”
Hi, I’m Sarah.
It’s been so long that you might have forgotten me, so I figured I should introduce myself again just to be safe.
August and September were busy months, but I don’t feel like you’ve missed a lot.
I’ve just been working, doing some travel, attending a wedding and… oh yeah!
BUYING MY FIRST HOUSE.
Continue reading “Thoughts On Living Authentically and Writing Your Own Rules”
Something new is happening here at the Sarah Going blog.
Along with a bit of a design overhaul (which was primarily focused on trying to make it easier to find content around here), you may have noticed we’ve got a new top-level menu topic.
(Yes, you read that correctly.) Continue reading “A New Take on Nashville”
Two years ago, I went to New Orleans with three friends for Halloween. It was a whirlwind long weekend trip, and the French Quarter’s Halloween nightlife and constant rain combined to result in us not really getting to see much of NOLA in the daytime. On our last day before returning to work, we ventured out to Cafe du Monde to grab beignets and take a few cloudy pictures. We ended that night on Frenchman street, listening to live music and talking about how we wished we had more time.
In honor of the fact that I’m finally headed back to the Big Easy next month, I’m sharing a few of my favorites from our first trip and the things I’m looking forward to on this second visit. Continue reading “From Nashville to New Orleans”
This past May, I ended up accidentally finding a job in Nashville, TN (despite repeated attempts to escape). Unfortunately, I found that job more than a month after I’d already given notice that I’d be moving out of my Nashville apartment (but hey, such is life). Now, I’ve been working at the new job just over 3 months, and I finally moved back into a brand new Nashville apartment last weekend.
Needless to say, it is time for some life updates. Continue reading “This Nashville Life”
Over the past year, I’ve made a lot of plans. Whether I was planning to move to Australia on a working holiday visa, heading to Europe for a 3 month backpacking trip or attending my dream graduate school in London, what all my plans had in common is that I was DEFINITELY leaving my hometown of Nashville, TN.
As the title of this post may suggest…. things didn’t exactly work out as planned.
It is time for an explanation. Like most true stories, this one isn’t all fun and games… but like the best stories, it does start with once upon a time (and also has a happy ending!) Ultimately, I hope that I can provide encouragement to friends, family and readers who have supported me over the past year with some truth about failure. And flexibility. And what the (long) road to achieving dreams really looks like. Continue reading “A Year of Failure (and My Decision to Stay in Nashville)”