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“Calm” before the storm.

This is the story of my intestines. Don’t worry — no photos, no super-gory details. And you might be just as excited (read: not at all excited) about this post as you are when I write about other tough topics, like anxiety or our decision not to have biological children!

But in my new tradition of destigmatizing all the things, I’m here today to tell you about how I found out that I have microscopic colitis and encourage you to look after your intestines.

It takes guts to talk about guts — so here we go.

The Before-Times

I’m not sure how…


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My best reading buddy

When I realized how long it takes to put together a best-of-the-year book blog, I’ve decided to highlight a few favorites each month as a way to share some recommendations with you and encourage you to pick up a great book!

This month might have a few extras because 2021 has come in like a lion and I’ve finished 16 books this month! The weather continues to be a little bit crappy in the PNW and because I’m a fair-weather girl that has meant more time inside to read and introvert and do all sorts of wonderful indoor things.

I’m…


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Christmas 2020

It’s time for 2021 — both my intention and some specific goals I have in mind for myself! And if you know me at all you know that I love behavior change, both personally and professionally (check out my previous posts on building better habits and why you might choose not to set resolutions).

Let me start by saying that if I had written a post about goals this time a year ago my wrap-up would be quite dismal for all of the things I generally hope to achieve (especially as relates to my travel quests!), …


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Are you ready for the party pants?

Has 2020 been an unforgettable year? Yes, it certainly has! And as I look back on these more than nine months at home I’d be remiss not to document a part of my life that wouldn’t have been possible without the pandemic — and that’s my spur-of-the-moment decision to take my barre class from the studio to the interwebs. …


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BOOKS! This is pre-CVOID, obviously!

Yes, this year is (finally) coming to a close and it’s time to share my favorite books of 2020! And I’m happy to report that with more than 30 days left in the year I am proud to report I just broke my all-time reading record of 120 books in a year. Barack Obama’s memoir was #121, and I have four weeks left to up the ante.

So 2020 taketh but 2020 also giveth!

Anyway.

Everyone has different tastes but I try to include a cross-section of the books that I read. I love character-driven modern fiction, books-in-translation (see my…


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PRE-COVID-19, TO BE CLEAR: When you find the Literature in Translation section at a bookstore!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a minute. So much going on. So many blogs I haven’t written. So many things. All the things.

As I shared in my COVID update post, we have not traveled at all save a short weekend trip to a cabin nearby. We canceled and postponed a whole slew of trips. And we have the misfortune of living in one of the flight paths to Seattle’s airport, and every time I see a plane fly over my little heart is sad because I wish it was safe to get on one right about now.

But what if…


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The eternal search for a mask that fits (this one didn’t make the cut).

There are times in my life when I haven’t kept track of memories and thoughts and experiences. I don’t want COVID-19 to be one of them. This blog will sum up the first six months of the COVID experience for us, quarantined safely at home, March through September of 2020.

I hope this blog finds you safe and well, wherever in the world you are right now.

It started simply enough — a request to pack up some essentials from our desks at work and to work from home. “It won’t be too long,” we thought. A coworker even sent…


Hi everyone! Hopefully you caught my first Adventures in Anxiety Vlog (if not, you can catch it here!).

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Today’s vlog, Part 2, I share a bit about why I’m trying to reduce the amount of medication that I’m taking as well as what the titration process has been so far.

What has also made this process more bearable is the support that I have from everyone. …


Hi everyone! I know that I’ve taken a prolonged break from blogging to work on my anxiety memoir (which is coming along slowly but surely)… BUT I’M BACK!

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2019 has been a relatively good year where my anxiety is concerned. While I still get occasional periods of higher anxiety and a very rare panic attack, it’s been a good year. Work is stable, life is stable, and things have felt — dare I say it — normal.

With that in mind, I’m working on titrating some of my medication to try to find a new level that I can take…


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Anxiety — the gift that keeps on giving!

At some point during my upbringing I learned about what was Talked About in Public and what was Talked About in Private. Stories about your day? Public. Stories about vomiting? Private.

Of course, it’s more nuanced than that. My new conclusion is that it’s not so much about the topic as it’s about your discussion partner. Navigating politics can be very hairy with some people, but easy enough with others, even if you disagree.

But this really smacked me in the face when I got divorced (wow, did that make people uncomfortable) and then later when I discovered my mental…

Sarah Carr

NW native blogging about life’s struggles and triumphs. Balancing career, family, hobbies, and health. Fierce advocate for mental health. And chocolate lover.

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