All posts by sarajschmidt

I shake you warmly by the hand, and welcome you to my bio! Currently a writer, artist, and freelance explorer, I have played many other roles. I've managed a restaurant, debated across the country, taught children in Spain, run a handful of student organizations and retreats, served as the Editor/Producer/Citizen Journalist Manager for a, sung in choir for many years, volunteered with dozens of organizations and interned with a few, home-schooled a relative, cared for many a pet, and protested a thing or two. I am also married to my dreamy gearhead high school sweetheart, and together we are unschooling with our 10-year-old tenacious and hilarious daughter. Aside from my main passions of writing, art, reading, and generally being as ambitious as possible, I love to play with my daughter, learn new things, have date nights with The Husband, and highlight anything within my reach. Drop me a line at

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The Tuesday Currents

I’m currently…

guzzling coconut pineapple sparkling water and hoping it thins all of this mucus

blowing my nose every five minutes, but feeling grateful I can at least smell and breathe again!

wondering why my phone keeps turning itself on and off while the charger fades in and out

Reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer and wishing I could blow off everything else to finish it! In fact, I could just go on a book vacation and read her, Laini Taylor, Holly Black and Maggie Stiefvater and be super content.

realizing I do need a new phone–and new shoes, as I’ve walked a hole in the tread and can no longer brush it off as “fine”

feeling so obsessed with The Night Circus, which I haven’t read in years. Blame Fortune Cookie Soap, who has a new Circus of Dreams Collection! I’m so excited about this. I might have made their graphic my computer background, checked out the book to re-read (when, I have no idea, but I want to!) and even doodled some of it in my planner for this week’s theme…

babysitting my bff’s rats

writing All The Words (some of them twice!)

loving how Noke’s taking his meds like a champ!

finalizing some semester plans

getting beyond excited about Halloween. The costumes and movies are selected, the plans are made… now it’s all about execution! I couldn’t think of the word for October yesterday and I said “Halloween month.” From Stranger Things night at the Science Center to apple and pumpkin picking, both Wood Sprite and Mogwai’s birthdays, Tim Burton trivia, Legends and Lanterns in St. Charles and SO MUCH MORE we are painting this town orange and black!

preparing for the Ren Fair! We’re making fairy houses to get in free and we can’t wait. It’s just still so hot so we’re trying to decide what to wear. Right now they’re calling for storms the day we want to go, so hopefully that changes.

What are you up to?


Things I Love Thursday

This week I’m loving…

all the coffee, particularly the many flavors of pumpkin

reading aloud in the car on long drives

cat snuggles (cats purring against your back are the best cures for cramps)

Gizmo climbing my office chair to sleep between it and my back

Wood Sprite snuggles. I don’t remember wanting to snuggle this much with my mom at 13 but I’m loving this so much. WS just loves to curl up on the couch and laugh at memes or watch movies with me right now and it’s the best.

allergy medicine, which is keeping me content right now. Poor Indy’s having sinus issues with the changing weather.

Wood Sprite’s painting and projects, including a new plague doctor mask

fall approaching

cool mornings

hauntingly beautiful soundtracks (Corpse Bride is playing right now)

What are you loving this week?