What Do You Really Know About Me?

8 July, 2011

Today, I was really inspired by the bravery of my friends, Amber Naslund and Melissa Case, who put themselves out there on the web, describing who they really are as people. Not putting their thoughts about work or culture or books online, but sharing intimate details of themselves with the world. I decided to take the plunge, as well. Here are a few details about me (in no particular order):

I love to write. From the time I was a small child, I have been writing stories. I spent many an angsty evening as an adolescent writing poetry. Since I was thirteen, I have been keeping a personal journal in some form. For the last six years, I have taken part in NaNoWriMo and, although I have yet to finish a novel in a month, I am currently working on a novel that I am very excited about and hope to finish this year.

I speak German. I lived in Germany for a year after I graduated high school and before I started college. I lived with a host family, went to German high school, learned about culture, politics, and history, struggled with the language until I started dreaming in German (which I still do periodically), made friends for life, and gained more knowledge about myself as a person than I could ever have imagined before I left.

I am a Unitarian Universalist. This has had a profound affect on my life in many ways and I am so grateful to my parents for raising me in a church that let me explore my own spiritual journey, ask questions, gain insight, and develop my own world view and belief system from the time I was a very young person. I have always had a strong sense of social justice, equality, and respect for the earth and all living things. I don’t preach and I don’t expect others to have the same world view as me, even within my own religion. Every person is entitled to his/her own journey and I respect that. As I hope you will respect mine.

I have a strong affinity for the Middle East. In college, I had many friends who were from the Middle East or had spent a lot of time there. With their influencing, I spent a semester in Amman, Jordan, where I learned a little bit of Arabic, a lot of culture, and of the wonderful, hospitable nature of the Arabic people. I ate delicious Mediterranean food, smoked a lot of hookah, and reveled in the dusty architecture that held so much history. I spent a week in Syria, visiting Damascus and Aleppo, learning about Syrian history, government, and people.

Β I love spicy food. My dad has been eating hot peppers (and putting them in dishes for the family) since I was very young. I’ve always eaten lots of different ethnic foods and my favorites are Indian, Thai, and (though not particularly spicy) Italian.

Β Art is my passion. I could spend hours in front of one painting or sculpture. I adore Mark Rothko, Vincent van Gogh, and Michelangelo. One of my favorite books is The Lost Painting. Both in Germany and Jordan, I studied art, and I couldn’t ask for a better way to break a language barrier.

I am a firm believer in positive psychology.Β I choose to focus on all the things I am grateful for in my life, from the mundane to the awesome. Mindfulness, gratitude, and a positive attitude can go a long way. The more we appreciate what we have, the more wonderful things come our way. I have been fortunate to be a part of the Adventures in Manifesting eCourse offered by Sarah Prout and Sean Patrick Simpson, who have also brought together those involved in a wonderful online community. This community is a great place to explore positive psychology and support one another through many life changes. It is truly a blessing to be a part of this group.

Cooking and baking are some of my greatest joys. I love to cook and I love to entertain. Cooking and baking for friends and family makes me about the happiest person alive. I am currently revising, editing, adding to, updating, and re-publishing my family cookbook, which my mother put together in the 1980s. This version will be digital, so friends and family can view it on a computer, e-reader, or print at their will.


So, what do you think? Will you tell me a little about yourself?

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  • Reply startabuzzNo Gravatar 8 July, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Your positive message and outlook are a couple of the things that I like most about you. Even when things get to be tough, you focus on the good things, and I think that is a very special gift. When so many are so mired in whining that serves no purpose other than to embitter them, it’s refreshing to find someone whose viewpoint is, well, sunny. Also? It’s a privilege to know you. And thank you for sharing.

    • Reply cloverdewNo Gravatar 8 July, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you, Melissa, for your lovely comment. You are too kind. Thank *you* for being you and sharing of yourself. I am lucky to have friends like you in my life. Thank you for being you.

  • Reply Amber NaslundNo Gravatar 8 July, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Sara –

    I’m so delighted that you wrote this. Learned a lot of interesting things about you, and your passion and ferocity of spirit really does shine through in here. I’m particularly intrigued by your obvious love for diversity and culture, and hope you never ever lose that curiosity.

    Thanks so much for putting a few little pieces of yourself out there to inspire people to learn more, Sara. I know I valued it very much.


    • Reply cloverdewNo Gravatar 8 July, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you, Amber, for inspiring me to do this. You made it seem easy to put myself out there, publicly, and give more of myself. I genuinely appreciate all you do in this sphere to inspire and to question. So often, it confirms that I’m on the right track.

  • Reply Heather Whaling 11 July, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I love this! I had no idea that you lived in Germany. I took German for a couple years in high school. My grandparents were immigrants and I wanted to learn more about the culture. We should chat sometime about your experience living there. I’d love to hear your stories.

    Great post, Sara! πŸ™‚

    • Reply cloverdewNo Gravatar 11 July, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Heather. I’d love to talk about Germany with you. Just let me know when. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Donna D 12 July, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    It is so great to read your post, as I have been thinking about my own too. Your love of cooking and baking really resonates with me, in fact my family was contemplating creating a family cookbook as a project – it is neat to see that other families do this too!Β  Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply cloverdewNo Gravatar 12 July, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Donna. You should definitely do a post of your own. It feels good to be able to share myself with others. I am so glad other people are cooking with their families. My mom first put together the cookbook in the late 1980s and it’s fun to revisit and update. I’m doing it from my point of view this time and including recipes from close friends, as well as family. πŸ™‚

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