Monday, September 1, 2014

a challenge: blog every day in september

I'm excited, you guys! I have a brand new name and design for this blog and I've been trying to blog over here more consistently. So, I am happy to announce that I'm going to participate in this "blog everyday in September" challenge that my friend Whitney is hosting! She has come up with a prompt for each day - which makes it easy for me. I even got to add one of the ideas to the mix (Monday, Sept. 15!)

So, a re-introduction:

I'm Sarah. I'm 26, am approaching my five-year wedding anniversary and expecting my first baby in or around two months from now. I am a blogger both for fun, and for work. Yes, I am lucky enough to get to make a part-time income blogging at and running Pretty Providence, so that's my current gig. I get asked all the time "but how is a blog your job??" so I'll have to write an entire post on that another time. It's a lot to explain to those unfamiliar with the idea!

I love pop culture - movies, music, celebrity gossip, etc. and I am constantly quoting funny movies or TV shows. If you get my references, we're automatic friends! I even make an effort to fill up my house with funny references, like adding this "Live Every Week Like It's Shark Week" poster to my living room. It's from 30 Rock, but I also like that it's a nod to Shark Week and to my friend Adrienne whose art I've been collecting since we were tweens.

I also come from a really interesting family background... my parents were divorced when I was in 4th grade - but it was a good divorce. They co-parented me and my brother like champs, moved into the same neighborhood so we could see each parent as much as we wanted, and made it basically as if nothing had changed. They both were remarried to awesome, more compatible people who had two kids each, so I went from having a family of 4 to a family of 10 within about a year. It was the best thing that could have happened to me! I am so glad to have all the siblings, four awesome parents, and the perspectives I learned from each of them. When people looked from the outside and considered my home "broken" they were wrong. I come from a fixed home (or two fixed homes, however you look at it.)

I'm also a Mormon. Y'all might know all about mormons, or maybe you just think you do? I have realized lately that just saying I'm a Mormon could still explain pretty much nothing to someone so here's a little about me and my faith. The church is actually called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" - you might have heard us called Mormons, but we usually refer to ourselves as LDS. I'm a follower of Jesus Christ. I worship Him and try to be more like Him every day. I'm conservative in that I've never had a drink of alcohol and saved myself for marriage. I also don't drink coffee or tea (gasp!) but I do drink Dr. Pepper like it's going out of style and listen to rap music so... I'm somewhat liberal in my church. I have lots of gay friends and family and wish for them the same rights that I have. This perspective is shared by a good chunk of LDS people but not that many on the outside know that. It's an important difference for me to bring up, because I want to be understood. Jesus taught us to love everyone, so I choose love. First, and always.

As I mentioned before my favorite person ever and I are coming up on our 5th anniversary! Jacob is really smart, a talented musician, and is always making a joke. ALWAYS. I love him, and I will leave it at that because I don't need to get super gushy. Y'all can believe we have fun and I can't wait to see him a dad to our little girl, who I'm sure will have him wrapped around her tiny finger.

That's a little bit about me in a nutshell. I can't promise I'll be perfect at blogging here every single day in September, but I'm going to try, and am excited to read along with everyone else participating!


  1. SO great to meet you, Sarah! Love the name! ;)

    Can't wait to embark on this project with you!

  2. You already know that you're like my favorite person ever :) I was watching 30 Rock the other day and heard that quote and was like "I know I've heard that somewhere..." turns out it was you! I need that print for my house...

  3. Congratulations on the new baby. They certainly change everything and rather you are mom or dad trust when I say You Both will be Wrapped around that little finger. Children are a blessing from God and make you forget all the craziness in the world when you are holding them. I found you from the Blog Everyday In September blog link.

    Congratulations on the 5 year anniversary as well. Always keep God and Love first and you will make it through anything. That is a lesson I learned the hard way. But now I know and I will be married 3 years this October.

  4. Sarah! I am so glad I just found your blog. I'm also a (finger quotes) "liberal" Mormon and I can totally understand your need to clarify your beliefs. anyway, you and your blog are cool and I am looking forward to following along!!

  5. You did a really great job describing yourself in a few paragraphs - I'm totally impressed! I think I knew all of this, except for the fact that both of your parents lived in the same neighborhood. So so awesome of them!

  6. Dope post. Nailed it like a split hog.