2018: New Year, New Priorities

After reflecting on last year’s resolutions, and reading through a lot of my personal writing, blog posts and other material, I noticed that there was a common theme to a lot of the content: in 2017, I had a priorities problem. It became the most apparent – and severe – after I purchased my fixer upper in September of 2017. Overall, I achieved or made measurable progress towards many of my 2017 goals, but even as I was achieving some of those goals, the lack of balance in my life between different things I consider my priorities was consistently making me feel unsuccessful and unhappy.

So this year, I’m doing things a bit differently. Continue reading “2018: New Year, New Priorities”

Lessons from a DIY Renovation: Self Care, Priorities and Balance

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”

2017: A Year in Review

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?

Absolutely not.

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”

Choose Adventure

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”

Thoughts On Living Authentically and Writing Your Own Rules

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”

Why Visit Vienna?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m London girl, through and through. If there is one city in the world that I’d love to end up in long term (or short term, or just for my fifth visit and counting…) it is London.

That being said, there is another European city I’d happily end up in long term, short term or just for another visit… and I don’t see it mentioned on blogs as often as other European travel hubs.

So I think it is time to change that. Continue reading “Why Visit Vienna?”

New Orleans in Pictures and My Love Affair with Photography

One of my favorite things about food bloggers is that they write a story in between pictures of their recipe.

Then at the end of the post, after you’ve learned about their day or week and seen mouth-watering shots of some gorgeous food creation throughout… Voila! There is the recipe that you can follow yourself! Continue reading “New Orleans in Pictures and My Love Affair with Photography”

One Word to Describe: New Orleans

After visiting New Orleans on a long weekend trip two years ago, the city stayed at the back of my mind (and stayed on my travel bucket list). Since the 4th of July fell on a Tuesday this year, many American companies gave employees both Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th, off work for the holiday. This opened up a window of time for a solid 4-day weekend… so I jumped at the chance to revisit New Orleans.

This particular weekend was a pricey time to visit, as the Essence Festival fell on the same weekend as July 4th. Despite the fact that the average price per night on this 5 night trip was higher than I’ve ever paid to stay in any hostel in the world… flights were relatively reasonable from Nashville at the time when we purchased them, so my friend and I went for it.

And I’m so glad that we did. Continue reading “One Word to Describe: New Orleans”

FAQs on Getting a Full-Time Job Directly Out of College (from a world-traveling blogger)

As one of those weird millennials who went straight to work full time after May graduation (almost exactly one month later, in fact), I think there are a lot of pros to working full time after college. But as you are well aware, I also happen to be a world-traveling blogger who has trouble staying in one place. Since these characteristics don’t intuitively work together, I tend to get some questions about this topic… so I figured I’d address those common questions in bulk. Continue reading “FAQs on Getting a Full-Time Job Directly Out of College (from a world-traveling blogger)”

Travel Gear Review: The Gregory Deva 60 Backpack

Since I am not exactly an adventure traveler (let’s face it, the most physically strenuous thing I do on most trips is walk around and eat too much pizza), I don’t have a lot of specialty travel gear. However, there is one particular piece of travel gear that I can’t live without: my backpack.

My Gregory Deva 60 Backpack, to be exact.

So I figured it was about time that I shared my review of this essential piece of travel gear here on the blog. Continue reading “Travel Gear Review: The Gregory Deva 60 Backpack”