My name is Sara Beth and I started this blog to document my journey as I refocus my life … you know that whole work/life balance thing. Over the last 6 or so years I began drifting further and further away from my true self. I had become a career driven, ladder-climbing zombie. I let my health suffer and felt distanced from my family, friends, hobbies, and passions. It wasn’t a great place to be.
It all came to a head during a four-week period in the summer of 2015. Within those few short weeks, I suffered my second miscarriage, completed my masters degree, had to have an unplanned surgery, and took a long-planned two-week trip to Alaska. Life was one big crazy emotional roller coaster and I was exhausted.
Doing Some Soul-Searching
Even after all the crazy leading up to our trip to Alaska, it ended up being one of the most serendipitous experiences of my life. There are three main things I need to regroup and recharge: my loved ones, nature, and quiet. Alaska ended up being the perfect mixture of all three. Hubs and I spent hours hiking, driving, and relaxing in nature and enjoyed the quiet serenity these opportunities gave us. It was magical. Seriously, like unicorns and rainbows magical.
I let my mind slow down, took some needed deep breaths, and really began to evaluate my life. To be completely honest, I didn’t really like what I saw. The stresses of my job and infertility were taking their toll on my body and spirit. Plus, working and attending grad school full time for two years left me with little time to spend with my husband and extended family. Some things needed to change.
A Quest To Find My Inner Compass
My reflections reminded me of the first time I had heard the term inner compass. I was just a normal high school student from Driftless Wisconsin and who was struggling to decide which university to attend. Everyone had an opinion and I was struggling with what I thought at the time were two equal options. My Mom sat me down and had a nice little chat with me about how I needed to cut the noise, take time to weigh my options, and follow my inner compass. I took her words to heart, set off to university (I made the right choice), studied abroad, traveled throughout Europe, returned to Wisconsin, moved to Las Vegas, and fell in love with a wonderful man who truly completes me. Heck, I even started using “InnerCompass” as my online handle.
Unfortunately, a move across the country to career-driven DC and then next thing I knew 6 years had passed. My reflections on 2015-me, made me sad. I had let my life stray too from my inner compass. But I could and would make positive changes. Over the next few months I began looking for ways to recenter myself and get back to my roots. I wavered a bit by trying to make too many changes at once, but eventually began to focus on one change at a time. The priorities I identified were putting roots down in DC, decreasing stress, and cutting the chaos.
First, Hubs and I put down literal roots when we purchased our first home far out in the suburbs of DC. I’ve come to really dislike urban living and needed to be closer to the mountains. Mountains and hills make me happy, skyscrapers do not. Second, I began looking for and found a new job that would allow me to have a better work-life balance. My stress level at my old job was just too much. Plus, over the years I found myself doing less and less of what had originally drawn me to the organization in the first place. Finally, I took stock of all the little side projects I was working on and started cutting them out. I put my travel blog on pause (Seriously, who starts a travel blog while working full-time and completing their final year of graduate school?), stopped my genealogy research, and indefinitely put a small business I was beginning to explore on hold.
The Inner Compass Blog Is Born
Fast-forwarding a bit to the spring of 2016, I had cut so much chaos that I was now missing a creative outlet. So, I re-branded my paused travel blog (formerly called Wander on the Weekend), creating a lifestyle blog based on my long-standing “InnerCompass” persona. I’ll still write about our adventures, but will also be able to share my other experiences as I journey towards a healthier and happier me.
So, if you have made it this far, I commend you! Honestly, it’s a really long “About” page, but I felt that it was important to share my story so that you all understand where I am coming from as I write and interact. Please be sure to connect with me on social media at: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Snapchat.
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