Hey There! I’m Sarah and this is me finding a way to introduce myself so you can get to know the writer behind everything on this blog. First, I wanted to say thank you so much for even reading this sentence. I’ve always had a weird relationship with writing – I used to think I was good at it, but I didn’t like it very much. Then I realized I actually liked writing, just not about the silly prompts they give you in high school. Except you, Mrs. Dunn, you let me swear in every essay I ever wrote for you, so those were a little more fun. Since then, this has been my avenue for creative expression and I’m honored you’re spending even a little bit of time taking interest.
Everyone seems to love a good origination story – as do I. People want to know why you start something you’re so passionate about and what happened in your life that lead you to this point, doing this thing. For me, it started with the realization that my memory is garbage. I literally don’t have any childhood memories except for random events like one time I was coloring on one of those Lisa Frank felt coloring pages (if you were born before 2000, I hope you know what I’m talking about), and I could not for the life of me decide what color to make a certain portion of it. I was asking people around me (obviously it was a big deal) and no one had a good opinion. Finally, my brother (who’s an artist, buy the way) came over, took one look at it, and said “lime green.” He had to leave shortly after, but I remembered his advice and later that day, colored it lime green and it looked so good! I remember thinking, Wow he knew that just by taking one glance. I could never do that. That’s incredible! This memory means nothing, but for some reason it stuck out along with a few other silly moments growing up. But other than that, I don’t remember anything other than things that were captured in pictures or stories my parents have told me. Just to be clear, I have talked about this with a therapist – we don’t think it’s a trauma thing, we genuinely just think my memory is a piece of garbage.
So anyway, I went on a few trips throughout college – Panama City Beach for Spring Break, Vegas for a week, and a few others, but I don’t remember much from them (and it’s not just the booze!). So, I decided when I went to LA with my friend, Jess, that I was going to start blogging about trips I take so I’ll have something to look back on when I’m 90 years old, immobile, and longing for my past.
So, I started off writing for a selfish reason – for me! But, I quickly learned that people actually read what I write sometimes, and sometimes those people are going on similar trips that I went on, so why not give them some advice while I’m at it so they don’t make the same mistakes I did?! I get very candid and transparent on my Instagram stories about the stupid/silly things that happen when I find myself immersed in new experiences. See below for more!
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It’s only recently that I started writing about things that aren’t travel related simply because they interest me and they’ve had a huge impact on my life. This statement is probably ever-changing, but for now, Era of Sarah is a travel and lifestyle blog that not only serves as a creative outlet for me, but also strives to help like-minded readers who may be experiencing similar situations – whether that be travel, or anything else in life.
Travel does happen to be one of my passions, though. There’s something about being thrown into another country or region without knowing the language, the customs, how exactly to get around that brings back a child-like curiosity and sparks a flame in me. I’m constantly on the lookout for things that ignite that flame – I literally write them down so I can do them as often as possible. Sometimes that includes learning a new craft – leather crafting for instance, forming a new connection, or sometimes it’s sitting in front of the TV eating ice cream.
Now, to get even more personal, those people up at the top (scroll back up if you forgot) mean an incredible amount to me. There are obviously more people in my life that aren’t pictured including very very close friends (so please don’t hate me if you’re not on it) and family (hi, Mom). The first picture are my friends from high school. It’s hard to believe we’re still as close as we are, but I don’t think I’ll ever have closer friends than them. We’ve fought, we’ve argued, we’ve cried, we’ve traveled, we’ve celebrated, we’ve done it all together and they make me feel like myself. Then there’s Austin – my boyfriend who isn’t a fan of being in or taking pictures, but he indulges me sometimes, especially when we’re holding puppies. He’s my best friend on this planet and I’m so happy we get to do life together. Then theres me – twice! I’m a constant work in progress, but I’m always finding out who I am and sometimes being surprised along the way. I’m pretty freaking proud of myself for how far I’ve come in terms of self-acceptance and with the risk of sounding narcissistic, I really am one of my favorite people.
I talk about this self development and mindset in some of my lifestyle posts, so if you’re interested to learn more, take a look at How Gratitude Can Change Your Life.
If you’re more into travel tips, you may learn a bit more about me by reading The Unfiltered Truth About Traveling Alone to get a sense of my experiences doing that in Italy.
I also keep a running list of a Few of My Favorite Things, so if we end up being more alike than you thought, take a look at this post – I promise I LOVE everything on here. I even had Austin guess what I was putting on this list based on what I talk about the most and he was able to guess at least half of them.
If you follow me on Instagram (@sarahearnstein), you’ll know I’m a Chicago native, but I’m in Texas (specifically Houston) for the time being. My day job is a Cloud Sales Engineer, so I can work from pretty much anywhere and I’m temporarily supporting our Texas sales team by traveling to Dallas and Austin about once a month, if any of you have recommendations in any of those areas, please let me know!
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