Sunset Blvd Just Isn’t Going to Be The Same Anymore…

I have a lot of feelings right now.

I am a Los Angeles girl. Now, okay, I may have been raised and lived in Orange County for most of my life but I am an LA girl at heart. I was born in Whittier and lived in La Habra my entire life, at the northern tip of Orange County. I never felt like an Orange County girl because La Habra really isn’t the same as the rest of the county and its lumped into Los Angeles a lot. Plus I have spent a lot of time in Los Angeles my entire life. I remember cruising down Hollywood Blvd with my dad, eating hot dogs at Pink’s, hanging out with my family at the Observatory, attending many book events at the Grove in LA, going to concerts at the Fonda and the Troubadour, the Viper Room and the long gone House of Blues on Sunset. Los Angeles is home to me.

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Sara’s Goals for 2021!

It’s that time of year again, time to sit back and reflect on the accomplishments and improvements you made in the last year and look into the future of the new year to see what changes and improvements we can make now.

And honestly, let’s be real – 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year. This pandemic is still going – in fact, its increasing where I live here in Southern California, we’ve had an election that, well, went the way I wanted it to but has caused nothing but drama because of a sore loser. Its just been a rough year. I haven’t done as well with the things I wanted to do but honestly, I’m giving myself a lot of credit for just getting through the year itself without going absolutely insane. I deal with anxiety and depression on a daily basis in a normal world – I’m proud of myself for handling this relatively well, considering that this is most definitely NOT a normal world.

Even still though, I feel like there are things I’m proud of this year – I bought a new car, I republished The Awakened Duology and finally published Benched, I bought a new bed and mattress which has had a profound impact on my sleep and mental capabilities, I ran my first 10K, I got 3 tattoos, gave up soda and so much more. There’s also small things to be happy for – I’m still working full time at my job, my employment is secure, I’ve been healthy throughout all of this.  Then, just a couple days before the end of the year, BAM! I got engaged?! WHAT. So yeah. There’s a lot to be grateful for in 2020, despite the world being a disaster.

That being said, I do want to set goals for 2021! I like having goals, even if I don’t always reach them and even if the world is crashing around me. Goals give me purpose and give me reason and keep me focused. I like having goals. I also know people roll their eyes are resolutions but I try to just think of them as attainable goals. I also try really hard to focus on improvements or small accomplishments and less on…taking things away or stopping things. Those sound so NEGATIVE! I try to make my goals positive and generally, it does seem to work!

So let’s do this, here are my goals for 2021  – 

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Knocking Things Off My 40 Before 40 Bucket List

In just a few months, I’ll be turning 33 years old and that means there’s only seven years until I’m 40. And okay, that’s a realllly long time and not that big of a deal haha but I created a list several months ago, my 40 things I want to do or accomplish before I’m 40 years old. When I’m 50, I’ll create a 50 by 50 and so forth. I’ve been working on knocking some of these off of my bucket list and I want to share some of the things I’ve accomplished so far. If you’d like to see the full list, you can read it here!

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Don’t Support Prime Day! Support These Businesses Instead!

Guys, I’ll be honest – I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. I do. On one hand, I’m broke and its hard to turn down the prices of the things that I get through Amazon – I’d love to buy from smaller businesses more often but its just hard. I don’t make a lot and after rent and my car payment and bills and all of that…its just hard. I’m also a self published author and, let’s face it, most of my sales come through KDP because that’s the best option for a self pub author.

On the other hand, I know that Amazon is a corporation just like all corporations and that the workers are paid crap while the big head honcho, Jeff Bezos, sits on a pile of money that can never be spent in his lifetime. I also know that on sales like these, the employees are worked to the bone AND it clogs up the USPS system and that’s the last thing we need right with just a matter of weeks until an insanely crucial election. So…

NO PRIME DAY. Seriously, whatever it is you want to buy? It can wait. It can absolutely wait. I won’t lie. I’ve been on Amazon today and there’s a fair amount of stuff on sale that has made me go, hmmm, but NO. Its not worth it. It’s not worth the trouble it causes for the workers and Amazon needs to learn to pay their workers more and to stop funneling all the money into Jeff Bezo’s pockets.

Instead, today I want to highlight some of my favorite small businesses that deserve your money today SO much more! There are a handful of bookstores BUT there’s also some other cool stuff as well!

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Harry Potter Does Not Belong to Jo Rowling Anymore

There are people who will not agree with me on this and that is their prerogative. I know that this is a sensitive subject and I’m willing to bet there are people on all different sides of the spectrum when it comes to this.

To say that my heart is broken by Jo Rowling’s refusal to admit that she is anti-trans while continuing to try to defend herself by posting very anti-trans statements has broken my heart beyond anything that I can explain. This is a person that I’ve looked up to my entire life…since the moment that I picked up the first Potter book when I was only ten years old. For 22 years of my life, this has been a person that I have respected and loved and hero worshiped.

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I Haven’t Known Exactly What to Say But…I NEED to Say Something (#BlackLivesMatter)

I wanted to say something.

The world is intense right now. There’s no other way to describe it other than intense. Chaotic. A total mess. But the thing is – I don’t think its new. Its always been like that but its taken people in the streets for others to see it. Racism. Violence against people of color. Police brutality. Its been happening for years and years and years and people are fed up. They’re tired of it.

I know I’m tired of it.

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