Aug

18

2014

Writer’s Block

Blogging in the parkHello. It seems I may need to reintroduce myself. It’s been eight months since I last wrote a blog post. And, laid before that was another shameful year of inconsistent writing. Where did I go? I’ve been wondering that about myself for a while now.

For those of you who forgot, I’m Sara. I’m your daughter, friend, niece, cousin, friend of a friend’s daughter, coworker…I’m that girl who’s been growing up, traveling the world and writing about it.

I’m in New York City now – Brooklyn to be exact. I have much to say about my time here. But, we will get to that later. Today, I’ve chosen to talk about my re-coming out…in the blogging world.

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Jan

29

2014

Take My Hand, 2014

keep-calm-and-say-goodbye-to-2013At the start of every new year, I publish a post highlighting key events of my 365 days past. I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions, but instead prefer to wrap up each year by reflecting on those people and events for which I am grateful.

I usually find my New Year’s posts easy to write. Most Decembers, I open my laptop and list my annual bulleted highlights with thoughts like, “Wow, I did a lot of cool things this year!”

This past December, my highlights prompted thoughts more along the lines of, “Wow, this year really sucked.”

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Oct

24

2013

New York State of Mind

Brooklyn BridgeWell, it’s that time of life again. Time for another cross-country move.

It’s been two years since I swapped the Windy City for this Crescent City. Though I left Chicago in 2011 with my heels dragging in the dirt, I made a good decision to come to New Orleans. I have loved a lot about this city.

There comes a time, though, in every fast-paced, Northern-born life, when living among constant inefficiencies and people who only occasionally consider future planning leaves you thinking, it’s time to go.

So, in one month, my sister, Julie, and I will load two cars and a Penske truck full of our life essentials – clothes, shoes, a few pieces of furniture, and our pets – and drive North toward our new venture: The Big Apple.

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Oct

02

2013

Words from Ex-Offenders

HandcuffsFor the past two years, I have worked in an alternative to incarceration program for people on probation and parole. And, for the past two years, I have been contemplating how to even begin sharing the many experiences I’ve learned about as a social worker to ex-offenders.

I finally decided that the best place to start would be with the offenders themselves. So, for the past month, I took one quote from the dozens of conversations I have with clients daily, and I recorded it. The quotes I chose have no pattern and no motive. They are meant to be random.

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Jul

23

2013

My New Normal

Mardi Gras beads hanging year roundThis August, I will celebrate my two-year anniversary of living in New Orleans, Louisiana. It seems like a lifetime ago when I first stepped foot in this Crescent City, wandering its broken streets with feelings of both confusion and intrigue.

My first impression of New Orleans in 2010 left me describing the city with words like “contradictory,” “interesting” and “unique.” Three years later, my perspective on this description has changed only slightly. But, I have learned more about New Orleans during that time. I have swam through the contradictories and lived among the city’s many unique qualities. I have assimilated into the New Orleans culture in a way that has taught me a new perspective on what the word “normal” could mean.

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