Welcome to Sarah by the Sea.
I’ve waited so long to say that.
The idea for this site sprang up in early winter during a hard time in my career. A big client and I had just parted ways and that left me reeling, and thinking on a large scale about how my life just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. And in my despair, I had a moment of clarity. Everything — every bit of my soul, every truth about me — points in one direction: to the beach. It’s my happy place. So during those dark days, I decided to make a commitment to myself that I would find a way to get back to the sea, the place where I am at peace and happy.
Shortly after, I bought this URL. The name, Sarah by the Sea, was the brainchild of my friend Cate O’Malley, who didn’t bat an eye when I said I was buying another URL and planning to work toward using it. Slowly, I mentioned it to a few people. Slowly the idea grew and formed a clear shape.
At first, the plan was to hold onto the URL until my husband and I could afford the big dream move of owning a home on the beach. But as I told everyone about my new URL and my dream for it, so many said the same thing: Why wait? You already spend the summer at the beach. After some contemplation, I realized they were right.
In creating a logo for this site, Rhian Sweirat, who has been a wonderful friend to me since my grungy envelope pushing days of high school, designed the logo, which I think captures the sentiment of this site for me just perfectly.
And the fact that today is somewhat of a move-in day here at Sarah by the Sea is a fitting thing. It coincides with move-in day at the Cottage, my family’s beach home where my two kids and I spend most of the summer. And the fact that today is also my birthday and the day after leaving my job at Education World to pursue other opportunities — including this one — is no coincidence either. It’s a day of new beginnings all around.
What is Sarah by the Sea?
Sarah by the Sea is a lifestyle site focusing on the joys of living and working by the beach. From decorating in a beachy style to reading to managing a freelance career, this site will cover a wide variety of topics. It will also cover my family’s quest to become full year beach residents.
Thanks for popping in. Be sure to check out the behind the scenes look at the creation of Sarah by the Sea, and come back as I share my beach love — and our journey to living by the beach year-round.