Welcome to A Transparent Life!
I’m Sarah, and I am a writer at heart. For me, the written word can be powerful, motivational, entertaining, confounding, world-changing. I want to dabble a little bit in all of those things, at some point.
I was raised in rural communities in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and I have lived in a few international cities. The juxtaposition of the two cultures gives me some interesting perspective.
I am the oldest of six siblings, the youngest of which passed away in 2009, 18 months after our single mother died. You could say our family has had a tough go of it, but it’s all part of our journey.
I am almost five years into a relationship with an amazing man named Johnathan. We live in London, Ontario with our rescued Plott Hound, Ava.
I graduated in 2013 with an Honors Specialization Media, Information, and Technoculture (MIT) degree and a Certificate in Writing from Western University.
I am currently working as Project Manager at the County of Oxford.
I am a self-professed coffee snob and not ashamed of it (if you want the best beans in Ontario, check out Coastal Coffee Company!).
I am a lucky co-editor of Ruralist.ca, the lifestyle website that showcases the best things to see, do, and buy in rural Ontario. Together, my two partners in crime and I aim to re-brand rural and provide Ontarians and travellers with a guide to the best restaurants, shops, artisans, markets, inns, sights, and so much more.
Here are some of my favourite posts:
History and all That
This site was born in a time when I was fed up with the lack of transparency I saw in some of the people that I was supposed to respect. I thought that I needed to “be the change [I] want[ed] to see in the world” (Ghandi). So, I started to talk about my life: its highs, its valleys, its joys and its sorrows.
I want my posts on this site to encourage you, to challenge you, to get you thinking, to make you smile, and to benefit my community.
My Ruralist partner Erin has a sign in her office that reads something along the lines of: “The highest compliment you can pay me is to refer me to others.” It recently occurred to me that this is true for me and this website, too. I love knowing that my friends and family come by regularly, but if you’d like to pay me a compliment, please share my work with your own family and friends. I’d love to welcome them into our conversation!
All content on this website was created by and belongs to me, unless otherwise cited or linked. Please share and pin posts and ideas that you find here, but I would request that you link back to me somehow anytime that you do. Thanks so much!