Thank you so much for being here!

Whenever I discover a new blog, the first thing I do is navigate to the “about” page to learn more about the blogger. And, as a blogger myself, I see my readers as friends, and every friendship starts with an introduction. So, here’s mine; if you take the time to read this, please comment below with a little about yourself, or reach out to me through my contact page!

Hi! I’m Sara, a software engineer and American abroad in the Netherlands. I’ve loved writing ever since I was a kid, which is what inspired me to create this blog during my gap year. I also have a passion for creativity and self-improvement, so on this blog you’ll not only find stories about my life, but also craft tutorials and articles on becoming the person you want to be.

Last summer I married my husband Ken, who I’ve been with for eight years (though we actually met in third grade โ€” it’s a long story). He’s funny, has a love for terrible puns, and is my biggest support. He loves coding, illustration, and experimenting with foods in ways that make me concerned for his wellbeing (a peanut butter-and-soy sauce sandwich is a recent example).

Thank you for reading and please comment below with a little about yourself! I’d love to get to know you.

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  • Hey Sara! I read your article on HelloGiggles.com and I would really like to talk to you about the topic. I’m a Dutchy by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hey sara!! I found your blog on tumblr, i think it was one of your college posts and let me tell you, your blog has really been helping me prepare for college in a couple weeks! I just wanna say thanks so much and i love your blog it is so cute!

    • Seri! I loved reading all of your comments when I woke up this morning! Thank you so much for reading – I love your enthusiasm and I’m excited to check out your blog!

  • Sara!! It’s Deena!! I LOVE your blog, its as wonderful as you! I’ve added it to my bookmarks and can’t wait to stop by more when I’m not stuck in the pharmacy haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  • Hi Sara!!
    Hope you are doing great!
    I find your blog useful, and cute.
    I like your name, your blog, your smile ๐Ÿ™‚
    Much Blessings!

  • It’s so cool to see an American living in the Netherlands! I moved to The Hague when I was 12, then to Germany at 16 and now I’m back in the Netherlands studying ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you (or anyone else reading this) know of any blogger meetups in the Netherlands? I’d really love to meet other bloggers here, especially expats!

  • I am going to join University so soon,and all the time I was looking for something that will organize me in a full packed way….and definately I am lucky to find your website,It’s awesome in one words……..Nice to meet you….

  • Hi Sara!
    I used to love reading and crafting. My creative self has been stifled lately as I became over-involved in ministries at church this past year. But that shouldn’t be an excuse. I am addicted to social media. I take social media fasts and do things like collages or making use of my time to keep my apartment up better so that I have more confidence in myself and to have friends over and entertain. I love all that I’ve seen on your blog so far.

    I don’t remember how I found you. I just noticed you in my FB feed recently and when I checked, I had apparently liked your official FB page some while back. Forgive me for that, I may have been a friend through Twitter and crossed over to FB? I also know how one can choose to turn his or her personal FB page into a different sort of page. I’m thinking that may be how I came to be a follower on FB. In any case, keep posting the positive stuff! Loving it! I think we have some things in common, personality wise. Hope you enjoy my blog. I’ve neglected it but I need to return!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet and thoughtful comment, Christina! It’s possible you liked me for my Bible journaling-related posts, which I was very involved in a few years ago (I founded a project called Advent Illustrated in 2015). I’m very happy that you found your way back โ€” I love connecting with readers from all walks of life, and as a former student of Theology am always thrilled to connect with pastors and those who work in ministry. Your blog is beautiful and I lok forward to future posts!

  • Sara, Iโ€™m amazed that I found your blog! Such an inspiration for me today!
    I would love to have time now to explore your blog now, however Iโ€™m a couple minutes before starting work, so I will be back soon! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  • Hi there Sara! I’m so glad you happen to be the featured quote on the Clever application (which I just learned about from ANOTHER blogging friend yesterday, and can’t believe I didn’t know about sooner!) because I love your blog! (and scheduled your closet audit post for my FB page next week!) Followed your SM, too – glad to know you and your work exist, because I think my readers would benefit from some of it, too! Keep up the awesome work, and nice to get to “meet” you ๐Ÿ™‚ xo – Flossie (supermomhacks.com)

  • Thank you for your wonderful resources, Sara! I am enjoying the style in which your printables are designed. Thank you for helping ME not to recreate the wheel as I am prepping new students for a new school year!

  • Hello Sara! I’m absolutely stunned to write to you because your blog is for me like sign frome heaven. My name is Kristรฝna, I’m from Czech Republic, I’m student of software engineering and I’m planning studying in Netherlands for one semester next year. I must apology because I haven’t even read anything from your blog because when I saw your info I was so excited that I went right here to talk to you. Can’t wait to read more about you and your studies and your life. I would be delighted to get in touch with you to share feelings and experiences with you because I’m kinda struggling with my future and self-confidence in my studies.
    It was really nice to meet you, Sara.
    Thank you

  • Hey Sara, great blog. Can you do a “how to learn a new library or new programming language” guide? The struggle is real!!