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The Sarah Diaries: Returning To College

After listening to multiple people tell me I should really finish my Bachelors, I’ve finally decided to do it. I’ve been sitting around 42 credits to have my Bachelors for over 10 years. With little to no desire to complete it. That is, until now.
I remember asking people at one point in my life, what was more important, work experience or having that slip of paper. I was told experience over education – but now that is not the case.
If you want to get anywhere, that small slip of paper that says you completed your degree is a must, if not a Masters, or more! There was a voice in my head telling me an Associates was enough – oh that voice was SO WRONG!
I’ve officially started the process, tonight I will be making the grand return to finish what I started all those years ago. I’m excited, nervous, and pretty sure I’m also crazy. The negative – had I not stopped when I did, I would have graduated pre 2007. The positive – I’m going back to finish, and classes are available online and in the evenings, which will work best for my schedule.
The point of me doing this, isn’t just for my dream job, but also to cross off another item on the bucket list.
Instead of taking a vacation for my 35th birthday next year, I’ll be celebrating a year later, not only a birthday, but fingers crossed, a graduation too!
I have the perfect frame and spot already picked out on my Peacock Tail Teal living room wall for that pretty piece of paper saying I did it!
Cheers!
Sarah
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Tapistry Brewing: Meet the Makers, Episode 9

Just a couple miles from the shores of Lake Michigan, in the heart of Bridgman is Tapistry Brewing! Combining artistry and chemistry to make some really great craft beer! Jonny and Meagan sat down on the couches in the taproom to talk with owner Joe Rudnick as well as Jamie Peter, one of the brewers, to learn how this all got started! Listen to the podcast and when you are done, plan your trip to Tapistry by going to MakersTrail.org You can also learn more about Tapistry by clicking here!... [Read Full Story]

The Sarah Diaries: Being Confident Alone

When is the last time you did something solo? Not just a quick drive thru lunch, but really went out an enjoyed yourself, with only the company of you?
A few weeks ago I had plans to go out with friends, which fell through. I was almost completely ready when things were called off. After doing my hair, making my face pretty, and getting dressed, I decided why waste it and just sit at home – I’m going out! After trying to see if some other friends were up to joining, I ventured out solo.
Now, I eat lunch daily solo. Me, myself, the creatures at the park, or Cosita meowing or shooting me dirty looks. You’d think feeling confident and heading out on my own wouldn’t be a big deal. Wrong… I was terrified! Apparently adding humans to the mix totally changes my comfort level.
I sat in my driveway with the car running for a solid 20 minutes before putting it in drive and heading to St. Joe. I knew it was Steelhead weekend, what I didn’t expect was for every place I went, that I thought I could feel confident sitting solo for a beverage and a meal, being busier than expected.
I probably drove around for an hour trying to figure out where I was going and what I was going to do before finally making my mind up. It wasn’t a long trip out, only a few hours. but it was well worth it.
Would I do it again? Yes! I was surprised after the initial terror how confident and comfortable I felt. A wise woman once told me, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. I think I’ll be making a few trips there throughout the year, hopefully you will too!
Cheers!
-Sarah
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How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer for FREE!!

Everyone has been talking about it and it is almost here! Solar Eclipse 2017!!! NASA has a great website dedicated to the eclipse, check it out here! It’s coming on August 21st, and you have seen all these things about special glasses and expensive resorts packages to view the eclipse. Why not just watch the eclipse for FREE! It’s really simple all you need is:... [Read Full Story]