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 β€” 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 πŸ˜‰

  • 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! πŸ™‚ <3

  • Hi Sara!!
    Hope you are doing great!
    I find your blog useful, and cute.
    I like your name, your blog, your smile πŸ™‚
    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 πŸ™‚ 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 β€” 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, I’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 I’m a couple minutes before starting work, so I will be back soon! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸ»

  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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 KristΓ½na, 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!!