Happy 10 Years, What A Nerd Girl Says!

So I’m technically a day late but that’s okay because yesterday, I spent most of my day celebrating a huge accomplishment!

Yesterday, I celebrated the ten year anniversary of the creation of this blog. I wrote my very first post on May 23rd, 2012. When I started it on a whim, I never imagined that it would still be here, ten years later. It looks different and feels different. I’m not nearly as prolific as I was in those first few years but this blog and everything that has come from it in the past ten years means the absolute world to me.

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Can We Stop Being Racist When POC Actors Are Cast?

In the past couple of weeks, there have been some huge casting announcements in two of my biggest fandoms – Doctor Who, for the newest Doctor, and the three main characters for the highly anticipated Disney+ adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I am SO excited for the both of these, as Doctor Who is one of my absolute favorite TV series and I love the entire Percy world so much, and was so disappointed in the two movies that were made so I’m excited (and wary) about the tv show.

There have been HUGE casting news and guys, I’m so excited!

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What A Nerd Girl Says Gets Married!

Hello my friends!

I know that it has been quite a long time since I’ve been here but I promise you – I have a good excuse!

The thing is – I just got married!

That’s right. On April 9th, we celebrated our five year anniversary together by getting married on the beach near Centennial Park on Coronado Island. It was…perfect. I know probably a lot of people say that but genuinely it was so perfect, from beginning to end and I keep looking at the photos and the videos and reliving every moment. We’ve turned in our paperwork and received our copies of the marriage license and it’s official! I’m a married woman!

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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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