Category Archives: Life

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Last week I mentioned being part of my best friend’s wedding, but I realized I never shared any photos! So here are a few from the day, straight from my phone.

#bridesmaidselfie

With the maid of honor — we’ve known each other since 7th grade, in 2003!!

Stefania and Kyle’s first dance. 

Because no 2015 wedding is complete without a bridal party Snapchat.

Enjoying cocktail hour with my main squeeze.

With the happy couple!

This my first time attending the wedding of a close childhood friend, and it was such a fun, emotional experience. Can’t wait for the next one!

~ Sarah

Spring Forward

via Instagram

Sometimes, I feel like the New Year doesn’t really start until the spring does.

And I think it’s time. The snow is melting. The sun is shining. The temperatures hit 50 (!).

Finally.

Two-ish months into 2015, two words have become my mantra of sorts: trust and push. They don’t seem like they’d work together, right? So far, so good, though.

Trust. Trusting myself and my capabilities. I may not know it all, but I know I enough for now. I need to learn to trust my instincts, whether it’s in a game of Quizzo (I always go with the team instead of my gut once a game) or the bigger, life-changing decision stuff.

Push. Knowing there is still plenty to learn — and it’s up to me to get there. I don’t think a person’s work is ever done, at least when it comes to improving oneself. Why settle? (Eating at Wendy’s when you want Shake Shack is one thing, but in the long run, settling won’t make you happy.)

Do you have any words or mantras motivating you through the year? It’s not too late — with the new season around the corner, it’s actually the perfect time for some change.

~ Sarah

2014 Reflections

Just popping by to fulfill my blogger cliche quota for the week. I’ll try to keep it short though.

This past January, when I was still writing for Lovelyish, I shared my four words for 2014: communicate, invest, minimize and explore. It’s been a good year, and while I think I’ve improved my personal communication skills and have invested more time in my relationships, there’s always room to grow. For 2015, I want to focus even more on my health, physically by eating better and exercising (ClassPass Philly is helping with this already!), and mentally by clearing out the physical clutter in my life. Maybe I’ll do some more brainstorming and add a couple new words to round it out ;)

Before that though, I wanted to share my favorite day of 2014. I want to keep track of this going forward! There were so many wonderful moments, but hands down my favorite day was a perfect spring day in Philadelphia with my three best friends from high school. We saw the sights, ate lots of good food and went dancing — it was the absolute best, and I’m so glad we were able to share that together.

This group selfie was actually taken the next day, when it was bitterly cold out. Still awesome though!

Happy New Year, everyone!! Thanks for reading and commenting, it really does make my day. Let’s make 2015 a great one!

~ Sarah

 

Giving Tuesday

In case you haven’t been on too much social media today, it’s Giving Tuesday (well, technically, #GivingTuesday, cause 2014). The idea is simple: if we make time to give thanks and go shopping during the holidays, we should also make time to give back.

Here’s my late entry for organizations that deserve your support, whether it is hands-on or financial (or both). I’m proud to say  that I’ve volunteered for all three of these organizations, and the chance to see their amazing work firsthand is humbling:

Stand Up For Kids

Stand Up For Kids has chapters across the country dedicated to reaching out to homeless youth and street kids. They offer everything from food, hygiene packs and internet access to a safe space from the realities of the street.

For more information on homeless kids, I recommend this episode of 20/20 as well. You can read more about my experiences volunteering with Stand Up here.

Joan Rose Foundation

The Joan Rose Foundation works with impoverished children and teens in the Dominican Republic, providing free education and food as a means out of poverty.

You can read more about my experiences serving in the Dominican Republic here.

Philadelphia PAWS

I’ve been volunteering for PAWS, a no-kill animal shelter, for a few months and it always makes my day. I haven’t brought home any new pets, but I do get lots of cuddle time and exercise with them.

(Side note: We actually adopted Zamboni, the love of my life, from another amazing no-kill animal shelter: the Delaware Humane Association, for which I will be forever grateful.)

What organizations do you support or volunteer with?

~ Sarah

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