I’m Sara, I’m a mom of two living in Portland, OR. I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Portland in 2011. Read my first post, Mommy In a Strange Land, about why I’m writing this blog. I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a minor in Biology. I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Portland, OR with my family in 2011 for the beautiful landscape and climate.
I left the working world in 2008 to be a stay-at-home-mom when my daughter (who I will call June because she was born in June) arrived and two years later I had a son, July (that’s also not his real name). It was the best decision for our family, and we are fortunate enough not to need two incomes (thanks, hubs). Being a SAHM was the hardest job I’ve ever had. It’s probably the most important job I’ve ever have, too, which is why I feel so strongly about doing the right things for my kids. I’ve invested a lot of my life in them, including putting a very fulfilling career on hold, and I want them to be the best people I can possibly help them to be. I didn’t get sick days or vacation days. I didn’t get to clock out. EVER. My boss(es) met me at the edge of my bed every morning at 7:15. They’re my number one priority because that’s what having kids does to you.
In 2016 I went back to work in Oregon advocating for issues I strongly believe in. I got hired into my job because of my passion, knowledge, and voice of reason on many of the issues I have discussed on this blog. I’m not getting paid to have my opinions, I’m getting paid because I already had those opinions. That’s an important distinction. This blog has always been and continues to be based on my own well-researched opinions. Nonetheless, I’ll promise you that I will not write posts on topics that directly conflict me or would have an immediate impact in my field.
Prior to having kids, I worked in public affairs at Monsanto in St. Louis. Again, I’ll be upront: this is my blog. It is in no way affiliated with Monsanto or my employer, I don’t get paid to write this blog. I worked full-time at Monsanto for less than three years. I’ve been a mom for more than twice that time. I also spent four years in journalism school, and worked for the United Nations as a public affairs intern for a year. I’ve also been a human, living in our world with ears, eyes, and a brain for (ahem) thirty-something years. I chose to work for Monsanto because I feel passionately about agriculture. If there was kool-aid to be drunk, I drank it a long time ago, long before I started working at Monsanto. And that was the kool-aid of science. I am not a shill. I am a proponent for science-based thinking and logic.
In addition, I’m also a professional photographer. All the images you see on this site are mine (unless otherwise noted.) Photography might be my first love; I’ve been lugging an SLR around for more than half my life. I specialized in photojournalism at school, so my background is in documentary photography. I also shoot weddings and family photography. The most fun I ever have with photography is shooting landscapes, so you’ll probably see some of that here.
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