Sara Sails Away

Charting a new path

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Hitting pause

Not that I have been a very prolific blogger up to this point, but to the dozen or so of you who have looked at my blog (Thank you! Know that you only know about it because I Iike you very, very much.) I want to announce that I’m going to pause blogging for a little bit while I prepare to rent out my house and get rid of all my stuff. Yes, it turns out I may have a renter! I met with someone who seems to really like it, so I’m going to step up my game in getting almost everything I own sold or packed within the next couple of months.

So far, I have been using Half.com to sell almost all my books and DVDs and taking what doesn’t sell to my local used books store. I’ve listed all the clothes I want to sell on Poshmark (use my referral code UUAQR to get $5 in credit!) and have sold quite a bit there. I’ve sold a few things using Facebook Marketplace or Ebay, and occasionally Craigslist. For the bulk of my household goods, I may continue along those lines or I may try to set up a website of my own–I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do yet.

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But I am certainly not done with blogging–I have so many ideas! My plan was to continue a “practice” series on Dollywood and Pigeon Forge while I figure out all the technical aspects of how to blog, then announce my blog to as large an audience as I can.

I would officially launch with a series about the cross-country trip I took with my parents in the fall of 2015, the last trip I took with Dad. And there is much more planned after that! But we’ll see how it actually goes in real life. Plans are squishy.

I may still post here and there like I did for my last Uber experience, but I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me besides the blog. But I promise I’m not giving up or going anywhere. I am continuing forward with my dreams.

2016 year in review

TRIGGER WARNING–the video below contains scenes of my Dad’s hospitalization and death. Nothing graphic, but it’s awfully sad.

For over a year, I’ve been recording videos to edit together using an app called One Second Everday (1SE), which I heard about during this TED talk. It gives a snapshot of what each day of your year has been like so you don’t forget everything so easily–which I definitely am guilty of.

Below is the first full-year video that I’ve created, and it turned out to be…an eventful year. Mostly, it’s everyday stuff, like working and watching movies, eating, and hanging out with friends. There are several bouts of car repair, several housesitting stints, and way too much of my own cat. There are multiple trips to Dollywood and Pigeon Forge, to Orlando, and a drive all the way to Canada and back; lots of family events and my niece’s wedding.

But you’ll also see my Dad’s illness and death–the red roses indicate the day he died–and my resignation from the job I held for 12 years and a few jobs I’ve tried after that. No lie, it’s been a hard year. Not all days got recorded–sometimes I was just too sad to be bothered. For instance,  the spa appointment (a gift from a wonderful friend) happened about a week after Dad died.

But I’m glad I did it. I want to remember everything. I’m looking forward to see how much these videos change.

 

My journey so far

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For a long, long time, I lived my life the way I thought I should live–I had a very good job at a beautiful and generous church, a great apartment in a hip neighborhood, wonderful friends, and a loving family. I traveled as much as my work and my finances allowed. If I had any complaints, it was that I had never really fallen in love and gotten married, and around my early 30’s I got really sad about not having any kids. But life got better, I learned that I loved traveling solo, and if the occasional dates I had didn’t amount to much, that was okay with me. As time went on, I even bought a house. I was settled.

But by my late 30’s, everything fell apart. Work stress was mounting and after one particularly trying period with my boss, something in me just snapped. I had been trying so hard to please this person for so many years and it finally dawned on me that it was impossible–no matter what I did, I could never in a million years please them. Like Sisyphus–I’d get so far and do so well, only to have it come back and demolish me later. Over and over and over again.

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