Anyone else have a rough time coming up with a playlist for this activity? No? Just me?
Ok. So here I am. Hi everyone, Susan's sister, Sara, here. Honored and privileged to be both female and considered
fabulous by my amazingly talented sister. I'm a regular reader of her blog and I must say I've been impressed and inspired
by the company I'm in. How lucky I am to personally know and adore some of you previously featured faces. it's just so fun
to be reminded of just how awesome the people in your life are... Thanks for featuring me in the bunch, Susan!
As the sun sinks slowly into the west on my my early thirties, I find myself at the precipice of reinvention. True, it wouldn't
be the first....Dreamer. Book Store Lackey. Poet. Historical Archaeologist. Grad Student. High School Teacher. Tutor. Mother.
Advocate. Writer. I've done the rounds. But this past year, 2016, it's been a whammy. I moved my entire over zealous
container garden to raised beds in the back yard. David Bowie died. The very fabric of the universe may very well have
begun to unravel. Oh, and I got diagnosed with cancer. But, here we are. 2017. And here I am. Looking forward.
At present, I am a stay at home mom and freelance writer. The demands of motherhood further amplified by having a child
facing some challenges pulled me from the traditional workforce 7 years ago and there hasn't been a dull moment since.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that opportunity is constant. I've always been pretty driven
to "do." What, exactly? Well, that changes pretty frequently. I'm a renaissance woman (not the faire kind) ... (OK, maybe
the faire kind, but not in any professional sense) and my interests and passions drive me, with a healthy dose of reality in
tow. I always have a lot on my plate in terms of things to do, and a lot in sight in terms of things to accomplish. Up and
coming? In no particular order.... Maybe: My doctorate. Definitely: Some writing projects. Scheduled: Radioactive iodine
treatment. Really need to get on this: Relaunching my blog.
I try not to get bogged down in the day to day. Setbacks happen. But so do Herculean feats of house cleaning. It's
important to keep it all (and cancer) in perspective.
I'm fortunate enough to have experienced some unimaginably powerful (and beautiful, and liberating, and awe inspiring)
moments in my life. I have, hands down, the most amazing family and support system in the 'verse. I've been held up by
their strength, love, and perseverance my whole life long. I got married to my best friend (and gaming arch nemesis) in a
fairytale, surrounded by an entire forest full of our people. I gave birth to two beautiful children ("the Incredible Hulk" and
"the Flash") who EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. challenge me. And even more so, challenge me again, to be a better human so that
they can continue to grow, live, and love their way into the legit tiny humans that they are already in the midst of
But I can get esoteric about this too... I've been lucky enough to have moments where I've felt more connected to "it all"
than I ever could've dreamed. Whether it was sitting on an Irish cliff writing poems, staring out into the oblivion of North
Atlantic... Riding on a catamaran New Year's Day above the Polynesian reef as manta rays flew by on the tips of the waves...
The wind rushing through my hair on horseback, cantering through an open field... The same primordial hum resonates
and recharges. Maybe it's my inner yogi talking, but I feel strongest in the small moments of quiet calm in my typical
tornado of an existence.
So my advice to my younger self?