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Hello world. Yes, I have totally and completely neglected blogging lately. This isn’t because I don’t want to blog (because you all know that that cannot be true) - but it has been replaced by sleeping. True story. I am going to get back on a set schedule where I include the things I love. Starting now actually. ha Work is fantastic and challenging and exhausting, all at once. And for me, that’s a perfect combination. Now let’s focus on the exhausting part.  I have turned into the girl that goes to bed at 10 pm every night and no later. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Let’s rewind to a year ago today. I was in the midst of completing my last semester at Ball State, and Lord knows I was hardly sleeping. My nights were spent in Bracken Library and I lived on energy drinks and Taco Bell. ha. But really. This sudden change in pace is quite nice, though. I love having a set schedule each day. Love.

I’m thoroughly enjoying the fact of having my own place. I’m still all about being a “people person,” but being able to come home and relax after work is the best. I can do as I please, dance around in my apartment, sing obnoxiously loud in my shower, etc. Oh, the little things in life.

I hope you are all having a fantastic week. Being an Indy resident, I am more than excited for the Super Bowl to roll into the city. Perhaps I’ll have some interesting encounters when I dive into downtown this next week.

God bless you all and I promise to update more.

xx Sarah

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I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It’s hard to beat time with your family while chowing down on some of the best food known to mankind. Right? My Thanksgiving morning began with running the Drumstick Dash in Broad Ripple with my good friend Sandra.  The registration money went toward the Wheeler Missions and helped those who didn’t have food for Thanksgiving.  Thousands showed up to run and it was fantastic. :-) Afterward I drove home to Winchester and met up with my family and a few of my relatives.  We ate, caught up, played several games of Apples to Apples … and it was lovely. I then got back in my car and drove to Westfield to meet up with Pro. Finally! It’s hard to explain how happy I was to see him again. Very, very happy.

The next day was spent mostly with miss Joanna downtown. We braved the Circle Center Mall and attempted to get some of our Christmas shopping accomplished. We then met up with Britt around the Circle to watch the “lighting of the Circle.” Talk about a crowd.  I don’t know if I’ll ever go back for that specific event, but I’m glad I went this once. ha I then headed back to Carmel to visit with Pro once more. Great past few days.

I am currently in the process of looking for a new home.  This past week I was offered a job in Fishers at BACA (Behavior Analysis Center for Autism) as an afterhours therapist.  I was thrilled! For those that know me well, you know I have been job hunting since last December.  It has been a long year of hunting and waiting and searching and stressing.  Even though there have been so many wonderful happenings this past year, job hunting seemed to be the highlight of my thoughts.  Being a therapist for autistic children is not something that I had planned on pursuing, mind you.  My degree is in public relations and I had been focused on finding a job that allowed me to work for a large corporation and use my media skills.  But, as life goes, one thing led to another … and I was presented with an opportunity to use my degree in a different way.  I have plenty to learn and I imagine this job will take a lot of patience.  I see it as being quite rewarding, though.  I’m excited to begin on Dec. 5th. :-)

A year of patience. AN ENTIRE YEAR of being patient.  That’s honestly how it has felt.  I am overly thankful for the people I have in my life and I count on them to keep me sane. ha. I’m not going to dive into intricate details of everything I have faced this past year, but I know one thing for certain: the lessons have only gotten more interesting since I have graduated college. I mentioned to Pro last night that I want to keep traveling.  I’m 23 — this is only the beginning.  I’m happy to have a job in Fishers and be close to my family and friends.  This is only the beginning.  That’s the best part about life — it’s a game of unknowns.  Never in my life did I imagine that I would be where I am now. But, I’m happy it happened. 

I wanted to update you on all of this and say a big THANK YOU to those who have supported me along the way.  I love you for that, I hope you know.  I now need to hit the road and start “home hunting” again. ha I hope you are all enjoying the holidays. :-) God bless.

Sarah xx

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It has honestly been awhile since I have blogged about anything.  It’s not that life hasn’t been interesting (believe me, it has been interesting) - but I have been trying to come to terms with what’s going on in my life.  I’m unfortunately up in the middle of the night — so I’m hoping writing for a bit will make me tired again.  We shall see how successful that will be.

I’m still residing in Indianapolis.  Indy itself has been fantastic.  I’ve been able to live close to some of my best friends again.  It’s so nice to randomly meet up for dinner, walks, pumpkin carvings, etc.  I’m currently working at the Rathskeller Restaurant which is located downtown.  I am mainly working wedding receptions and banquets, which I feel like I could now do in my sleep. Needless to say, I have been working a heck of a lot. ha The people I work with are absolutely fantastic and are some of the hardest working people I know. While I’m working there, I’m continuously looking for a full time career in communications.  I would like to say I’ve been very positive and upbeat about this process, but in reality it has been quite stressful.  Even so, I have complete faith that something will work out for me.  The great thing about the Rathskeller is that it provides me the perfect atmosphere for networking.  I seriously get a thrill out of talking to new people and figuring out what they do for a living.  Majoring in PR has proven to be worth it time and time again.

At the moment I have 3 new roommates who are all wonderful.  One of them has been a lifelong friend from my hometown.  The other I have known for only a couple of weeks, but we’ve already become close.  I took a trip to Chicago with her the other day and it was incredibly fun.  We walked the city, met up with a friend of hers and hit the shopping scene.  Perfect. The third roommate I just met yesterday, but she is a nice girl as well.  I don’t know how long I’ll be living where I am exactly, but this is the current situation. ha

I would just like to say that there are some people out there that I miss dearly.  I am constantly planning trips to visit them — and this, my friends, is what keeps me going. True story.

Anyhow, that’s that for now. ha If you’re visiting Indianapolis anytime soon, do contact me! I love catching up — and this weather is definitely getting me in the mood for more Starbucks visits.

God bless you all.

xx Sarah

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Today was a sure sign of fall weather.  I was at Tippecanoe Lake with my family for a couple of days and the water was absolutely frigid.  Frigid! ha I was all about taking boat rides, but there was no way I was about to jump in the water.  Even so, we had a great time of hanging out and playing cards. You know, family stuff.

Let me just say that I am thrilled that we have entered into September - which just happens to be my fabulous friend Emily’s wedding month.  We have gone through so much together (with many things being quite similar) and I couldn’t be happier for her and Aaron.  They are moving into their new home in Nashville tomorrow.  Um, hello! How exciting is that?!  Definitely going to be making more visits to Nash.  Emily, if you read this, you are so loved and I can’t wait to be a part of your big day. :)

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Silly life.  Always surprising me with new opportunities.  Well here I am to update you a little on what’s going on as of now, Sept. 4th.

My last post talked a bit about writing for a place called “The Web Guys.”  It turned out to be more of a freelance opportunity and I now have a solid piece to add to my portfolio.  Can’t complain.  This past Wednesday I started my job at The Rathskeller in Indianapolis.  If you have ever been there (whether it be for the bar, dining, live music, etc.) you’ll know it’s quite a fun and lively place.  The German feel to it is awesome.  So far I have worked a banquet for a conference and two weddings.  It’s fast paced and busy.  Perfect.  The people I have worked with thus far are incredibly friendly and welcoming.  To be honest, I was having my doubts about moving to Indy in the first place, but I’m feeling better about it all. 

Friday morning I joined in on a Marine PT workout.  Happy I went - not going to lie.  Even though my body was hating me the entire time, I know it will whip my butt into shape.  Fast. ha This specific workout consisted of running a total of about 4 miles with running hills in between it all.  The hill was what did me in and it brought vivid flashbacks of cross country to mind.  I’m thankful to my brother Gavin for working out with me this summer. haha  Otherwise it could have been a lot more painful.  They meet up 3 times a week - so here I go!  Excited to continue this military process.

Here’s a shout out to two of my lovely friends - Joanna and Heather.  Thank you SO MUCH for allowing me to crash on your couches this past week. ha I’m in the process of moving in with another friend of mine on the southside.  Doing my best to go with the flow I suppose.

If you’re in Indy - please let me know. :) I’d love to meet up while I’m here.

Sarah xx

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"When you have faith, you have hope and when you have hope, you have everything."

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My lovely friend Melissa sent me a card of encouragement and ended it with this quote.  Love her!

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Writing web content for “The Web Guys” in Carmel, Ind.; getting involved in the military through public affairs; going to volunteer at a local radio station to gain broadcasting experience; possibly interviewing for a PR fall internship with the Conrad Indianapolis; getting a new car. 

Ok! So there you have it - the main topics of today’s discussion. ha To be fair, I’m not sure how long this post will be, so I wanted to forewarn you now.  Lately I have reached a high stress level, but things are finally starting to pan out.  I have had awesome support through my friends and fam. 

To begin, I learned of the writing opportunity at “The Web Guys” through my dear friend Molly Campbell, who also works there.  I interviewed for the position just yesterday and it went really well.  They are in the process of moving office locations in Carmel, so until they move, I will be writing the web content from Winchester.  Those who know me well know that I can’t pass up writing opportunities. :-)

The Military. I will go into more detail later as I am still in the process of working things out/filling out applications/meeting with the right people.  I’m doing my best to get into the area of public affairs and am incredibly excited. 

To gain more experience to help with the public affairs job, I’m going to start volunteering at a radio station in Union City.  88.9 JoyFM.  It’s a Christian music station that my brother has helped with before.  It has been suggested to me that I get some broadcasting experience, so here I go. ha

Earlier today I received a call from the Conrad Indy’s human resources manager.  He had reviewed my resume and said he’d like to set up an interview. Awesome. 

As for my car… my poor, poor car.  I have had my silver Dodge Stratus since I was 16 years old and in all honesty, it has been a great car.  Until this past year. haha.  Needless to say, it’s not doing so hot and I am on the hunt to find a new one. 

In other news (unrelated to jobs) I am crossing my fingers that our group trip to Nashville will work out next weekend.  We shall see.  Definitely ready to see Pro again.

I think that covers a lot of the highlights.  It’s hard to say what will happen next, but I’m going to work with what I have thus far. 

God Bless!

xx- Sarah

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Stealing this from Makenzie because:

1.) She finds the best pictures, quotes, etc.

2.) I miss Paris as well. Deeply.

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Life can be a messy, rocky road.  I’m sure we can all attest to this fact. Since graduation I have taken the time to sit down and think about what my next move should be.  Granted this has not been the easiest thing, I have come across something that I feel will be a great adventure. 

This all began over a month ago when I started with simple researching.  (thank you PR classes for making this a simple task!) I want to use my skills and knowledge of communications for something meaningful to me.  The military.  I have decided to begin the process of becoming a Public Affairs Officer.  The steps have been quite tedious and a lot of prayers have emerged from my room each night directed at this topic.  Every officer and former officer I have met with or talked on the phone with have been incredibly helpful.  I’ll keep this note brief and promise to update you when things are finally settled.

"Good things come to those who wait." Patience is key.

xx - Sarah

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What’s not to love about this painting?

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Spring Rain (by Artistic Chaos)

These paintings are just.. they make my heart ache. I so desperately wish I could somehow create something this beautiful with just my hands. 

I should paint this one next.

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