My name is Sarah. And for the longest time, I’ve been planning on (and by “planning” I mean, not really planning anything at all, just spending way too much time thinking about…) starting this very blog.
Writing for me has always been a necessary and highly therapeutic act. But I never really allow myself time to write or share my writing with a lot of people. I’m trying to change that. I’ve also recently come to the realization that I’ve been able to communicate so much through writing that I would never even dream of adequately articulating through speech. For a long time I saw this as problematic, cowardly even, but I’ve decided to embrace this medium as simply another dimension of my voice, one that I’d like to explore further through this blog that I’m so glad you’ve come across.
You know what else I love? Vulnerability. Wholeheartedness. Honesty. Risk-taking. Authenticity. And the ever-looming possibility of failure (which, spoiler alert, is a concept I try very hard not to believe in – it’s always just learning). And by love I mean I’m absolutely terrified of these things and the thought of them makes me puke in my mouth a little bit but I am forever in awe of their power.
It is the exploration of these concepts – both in the sense that I’ll be writing about them and in the sense that they are what’s behind the writing itself– that is my inspiration for starting this blog.
I also really like to observe and comment on the messiness, confusion, and general hilarity of being a person in their early twenties. It is perhaps the most pregnant topic I know. So that will also play into things.
Also! Under the advice of a brilliant blogger/satellite mentor/an overall mind-blowingly talented woman, Nicole Belanger, I have decided to launch this blog on a very important day for me and perhaps even more so for the person whose body I emerged from. Today is my mother’s birthday.
Last fall my mom took a leap that none of us – including herself – had ever expected. After a 25+ year career climbing the corporate ladder and throwing herself into her work as a corporate communications consultant, she left a 14 year contract and decided to focus on a totally different passion: healing people with horses. She launched The Mane Intent: a Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning facility that connects “people to possibility through horse power”. As I watched her share her story on how she got to where she was to friends, family and former colleagues at her grand opening event last October, I was blown away by her courage. She’s an incredibly kind, insightful, highly intelligent, outspoken, complex, unapologetic and hilarious woman who took a huge risk. She’s still figuring it out (as am I) and her venture will be embedded with the same type of vulnerability-learning I intend to write about in this blog. But she’s doing it. Really doing it. That’s why I chose to launch this blog on her birthday. (Happy Birthday Jennifer!)
So thanks for stopping by. I have very vague ideas of where this blog will go and honestly not much of a plan but that’s okay. That part will come. I’m also doing this because I need to do it, so if you’re not into it, leave it be.
So here it goes.