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Life Update

Hey everyone! Sorry I left you all hanging, but I have just been so busy lately! Unfortunately I think my blogging days have passed, but I did want to leave you all with a little update on my life in case you were wondering where I disappeared to! This past month has been absolutely incredible. I went to New York City for a week, Chicago for a weekend, had visitors in Pittsburgh, and finally started my job.

I absolutely love my job so far. The people I’m working with are incredible and I feel comfortable with them already. I can tell that I’m going to make some great friends and I’m so excited about that. I feel like it is the perfect fit for me and I cannot wait to develop my career here. Also, I seriously love wearing suits and professional clothing, so that’s a lot of fun!

In other news, I’m having so much fun spending time with my friends. Basically, life is perfect right now. It’s about time too! I had more than my fair share of struggles this past year, and things finally seem to be falling into place. I really could not be happier right now.

So, yeah, that’s the news with me. I want to thank everyone for your incredible support over this past year. I have made such amazing friends and I greatly appreciate every single comment I’ve received. Even though I won’t be posting anymore, I’ll still be around, so stay in touch!

Thanks again, for everything!

Live, Laugh, LOVE,

Sarah

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RACE!

Well, it’s official: I’ve been bit by the racing bug. I ran my very first race today–a 10k, and I am in love. I had so much fun and as soon as I finished I began thinking about all the other races I want to complete. 

Today was such a fun day, I met up with a fellow blogger Michelle, and finished the race in 59:36. I felt great the entire time and could have kept running–it was awesome! 

Here are some pictures:

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Well, I had to get up waaaayyyy too early for a Sunday so I think a nice nap is in order, then some Fathers Day festivities!

HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD-I LOVE YOU!

Getting Ready

My whirlwind of a week is starting soon and I’m getting ready for all the fun I’m going to have. I leave for Florida early, early Wednesday morning for my CRUISE!!! I can’t wait because I’ve never been on a cruise before and haven’t been on any sort of vacation in a long time. It’s going to be so much fun. Also, MY BIRTHDAY IS IN A WEEK!!! The big 2-2. Definitely not as exciting as 21, but I’ll take it. I seriously love birthdays so much. Overall, I’m not really a ‘must be center of attention’ sort of person but I just love how on your birthday everything is about you. Everyone has to be nice to you and you get all sorts of gifts and cards and phone calls. It just makes me so happy! 21 was full of ups and downs for me, but overall it was a good year—very much due to the fact that it was also the Year of The Blog which is turning 1 pretty soon. Crazy how time just flies by. 

Anyway, over the past few days I’ve rekindled my love for some old favorites. Like cinnamon raisin peanut butter

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I don’t know how my family gets along without me because they obviously didn’t stir this jar when they first got it because now its close to the bottom and full of raisins. Works for me though!

Last night I made Chicken Florentine which holds a very special place in my heart because it is the very first recipe that I ever cooked by myself in my little kitchen Junior year. This was right when I started cooking and had basically no idea what I was doing, honestly I’m surprised I even managed to turn on the oven! It’s a really simple recipe but so delicious.

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Basically just saute some onions then mix in chicken stock, flour, and frozen spinach and pour that over chicken, and top it all with a breadcrumb/parmesan mix. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes and it’s good to go. 

I just got back from the grocery store and have a fun dinner planned for tonight so I’ll definitely keep you posted! But for now, it’s off to spinning class. Bye!

How Old Am I?

Hi friends! I realize that I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, I guess it’s because I really have nothing going on to update you on. Being back home is boring. I really haven’t been doing much of anything lately, which was relaxing for a while but now I’m getting antsy. Good thing I have a lot of fun trips coming up in the next couple months including: a cruise with Aliza, my Grandma’s birthday party in Ohio, a long trip to New York, and a weekend in Chicago!

I also just signed up for my first 10K Race! I’m running the Father’s Day Race for Prostate Cancer Education, Awareness and Early Detection. I’m really excited about this since it’s my first real race ever. 

Besides running, I’ve also gotten back into taking spinning classes, I’ve been doing some cooking, cleaning, and organizing, and consequently having a bit of an identity crisis. I have no idea how old I am anymore! My friends at school always joked that I was like a grandma because I would go to bed early and wake up at the crack of dawn. Now, I really don’t know how old I am. Some days I feel like a middle-aged housewife: get up, make coffee and breakfast, clean the house, run errands, exercise, get my nails done and chat with the gals at the salon, make dinner, clean up, and go to bed. Then, other days I spend with my grandpa (who is doing a million times better! yay!) at the nursing home, chatting it up with the other 80-something-yr olds, come home to a 5:00 dinner and fall asleep reading a book on the couch. Then, last night I went out with my friends who I’ve been close to since elementary school, stayed up playing video games all night and felt like I was back in high school. It’s confusing!

Anyway, I really have been slacking on the photos but here are a few highlights. I haven’t been using recipes for anything (which is a really big step for me to finally feel really comfortable in the kitchen) but everything has been coming out deliciously!

Sarah’s infamous crack wrap: 

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Holy hell! This is the best thing I have ever tasted. WHY did it take me so long to try it? I think I’ve had this for lunch every single day for the past week and it just keeps getting better and better.

Maple/Brown Sugar glazed salmon with asparagus:

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Sweet and sour tofu with pineapple and brown rice:

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Grilled chicken with sauteed veggies and Israeli couscous:

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Well that’s all I’ve got for now, until next time!

Surreal

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t been around at all the past week—I’ve been so busy living and having fun! I can safely say that this past week has been the absolute best week of my college career. It’s amazing what no classes and pure relaxation and fun will do to you! The week started off with the amazing third eye blind concert, followed by a fun trip to visit Aliza in New Hampshire, a fancy night out with Senior Gala, amazing times hanging out with my friends, and graduation. It’s so surreal that it’s all over now, I’m sort of freaking out about it! I’m having so many mixed emotions that I can’t really deal with it.

Here’s me and my family before dinner:

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And with my best friend Aliza and her family after a fancy-schmancy dinner out in Boston:

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And graduation. After 4 years of anxiety, tears, struggles, triumphs, laughter and smiles I made it: Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. That is definitely an accomplishment to be proud of!

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My “little sister” from my sorority even came up to watch me graduate!

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I just got home from an 11 hour drive (which I may have slept pretty much 8 hours of! My exhaustion is finally catching up with me because I’m still ready for bed!) and I’m really having a hard time dealing with all my emotions. I’m filled with pride, relief, anxiety, and regret. I don’t know how to handle everything and I’m pretty much just struggling to keep it together and not totally break down. You guys have all been there this year so you’ve seen it all. I’ve finally, finally found my place at school and now it’s over. I’ve made such amazing friendships this past semester, and even more in the past few weeks, and I’m devastated to have to leave them. Never before have I been sad about going home, but now all I want is to go back to school and be with my friends there. While I have a lot of friends that will be in Pittsburgh this summer and next year, they aren’t the people I want to be with anymore. I’ve been texting, calling, and video-chatting my college friends nonstop and I would give anything to have just a little more time with them. I am so full of regret that I didn’t develop these close ties sooner because my time in college would have been so much different. 

While sometimes I can be quite eloquent, I know that this post is anything but that. It’s disjointed and probably a little incoherent (which may also be the result of the 2 gin and tonics I’ve needed in order to relax tonight…) but I guess that is an accurate representation of how I feel right now. I just don’t know what’s going on or what I want or how I feel. I’m confused and overwhelmed, and a little lost. For so long my life was on a set path: high school leads to college, one semester flows into another, followed by summer and then a return for another year. But now what? I have a few months off and then I start my job at the end of July. But then what? I work. And work. And work? There isn’t a culmination point, there is no end to work towards. I am such a goal oriented person and it is so scary for me to not have a specific thing to look forward to. I feel a little lost, with no direction, and it’s scary. 

It really didn’t hit me until today that I’m actually done with college. I’m done with such a big chapter of my life: my full-time education, that I don’t know how to act. I honestly can’t grasp the fact that I’m not going back to Boston in a few months. I’m here, permanently. While I am moving forward by starting a new career and starting the next phase of my life, I feel stuck. I feel like the past 4 years were for nothing; I’m back in the same place I started. I want to be back at school, I want to be back with my friends there, I don’t need or even really want to be home right now. I’ve never, ever, felt this way before–usually I am counting down the seconds until I can get home and am always so incredibly happy when I’m here but for some reason now it’s the opposite. I just don’t know how to deal with it!  I’m not the same person I was before and I’m afraid that being back in the same place, doing the same things, will bring back all the same struggles that I’ve dealt with and overcome this past semester. I’m sort of freaking out. Hmmmmm.

I guess I’ll go to bed and hopefully wake up a little more at ease. I know that I’ll stay in touch with my friends from school, but it’s just not the same. I feel like I took for granted the time that I had with them and now I’m really regretting that I didn’t appreciate and cherish it more. I know that it’s futile to look back at it like that and I should be happy that I am able to finally look back at school in a positive way, so I guess that’s what I’m going to try to do!

I promise I’ll be back soon, I have nothing else to do besides unpack so I won’t go MIA on you guys again!

BEST NIGHT EVER

Tonight was the best night ever because I finally got to see my absolute favorite band in concert. I’ve been obsessed with Third Eye Blind for years and years and finally got to see them live! YAY! No cameras allowed so I don’t have any pictures unfortunately. The only semi-decent one I got on my phone was of the ticket:

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And I owe it all to my good friend and fellow blogger, the smart, beautiful, amazing Katie. Her boyfriend plays in the awesome band The Upwelling who opened for Third Eye Blind and he hooked me and my friend up with some tickets. I can’t thank them enough! Ari has done some guest posts about his time on tour and he’s such a funny guy! I got to meet him tonight and he was really nice (and cute!). It’s pretty funny because I’ve met Katie’s boyfriend and she’s met my family, so I think it’s about time we get together and meet too!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Katie—I had the best time ever and am so happy right now! And exhausted, it’s tough work rocking out all night, haha! 

See you tomorrow!

4 Years

Since I have plenty of time this week and nothing to do, I thought I would take a little trip down memory lane and reflect on the past 4 years. There have definitely been some bumps in the road and there were many times when I just had to take it day by day and even hour by hour because looking at the big picture was just too overwhelming. There were so many times when I was counting down anxiously for graduation and now it’s basically here. 1 week from today and my undergraduate years will be officially behind me. It’s hard to believe.

If I could go back in time would I do things differently? If you asked me that last year, or even last semester I wouldn’t have even needed time to think about it-my answer would be a positive YES. But now, I’m not so sure. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and soul-searching recently and while it took me a long time and lots of frustration and tears to get to the place I am now, maybe it was worth it. I’m not going to try to pretend that I love it here now, because that is not true. However, through my trials and tribulations I feel like I have finally started to make progress in discovering who I really am. For so long I tried to be what I thought was expected of me, I tried to please everyone else, and I never really thought about who I am or what I wanted. I’m still not there yet, but I’ve come such a long way. I definitely didn’t get there on my own though, I could never have made it through the past 4 years without the constant love and support of my family and closest friends. I’ve learned that, especially for me, it’s not the number of friends I have, but the quality. I feel great about the friendships that I have developed and I know that they wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for everything I went through in the process.

4 years ago I graduated High School as Valedictorian of my class:

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I then went on to have what I thought was the summer of my life before beginning college.

Freshman Year

I explored Boston

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Rang in the New Year at home with my high school friends

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Watched the Steelers win their 5th Superbowl

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I also had a hard time finding the right group of friends, struggled with maintaining a long distance relationship with my high school boyfriend, and made 2 of my best friends in college, Aliza, and my freshman year roommate Lisa.

Sophomore Year

I went to Steelers games

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Went to Israel on Birthright

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Joined AOII

But I also had my hardest semester where my best friend Aliza transferred and I had my heart broken, all in a matter of weeks. I was miserable but made it through with the help of my family, Lisa, and my new sorority sisters.

That summer I went to Israel and actually had the best summer of my life.

Junior Year

I spent a semester studying abroad in Spain and traveling throughout Europe 

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I came back to campus in the spring and really focused on getting my life back on track with healthy eating and exercise. I lived with horrible roommates but became a lot closer with the girls in my sorority.

I came home for the summer and celebrated my 21st birthday

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Developed my cooking skills (and my 6-pack)

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Deepened my yoga practice and became a runner

And began blogging!

Senior Year

This year has been full of ups and downs and you’ve followed me through it all and been so supportive and encouraging. I don’t know if I could have made it without you all.

I was a Flapper for Halloween

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Voted in my first presidential election for the nation’s first African American president!

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Had fun on visits with my mom and dad

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Watched the Steelers win their 6th Superbowl

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Made amazing friends

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I’ve definitely changed a lot since Freshman year but I’m pretty happy with the person that I’ve become. I’m ready for graduation and I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life.


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