I’m so excited to announce that in addition to guest posts, I’ve brought on a few ladies to write for me every now and then. While I’ve known all these fabulous women for years, you haven’t – which is why over the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to all of them. Last week, you met Rhianne, a writer from England, and today I’m excited to introduce to you, Sarah.
Fun fact, Sarah and I actually went to high school together and her mom was one of my teachers. And now, six years later, we’re pretty awesome friends.
1. Tell Us a little about yourself.
Full disclosure: I am not good at writing these. So, in a nutshell, I am a digital marketer living in Austin with her two dogs and boyfriend.
Random fun fact given at every networking event: I have never tried peanut butter. No, I am not allergic. It just looks like the inside of a baby’s diaper, and you can’t make me.
2. You recently moved to Austin to do an apprenticeship program. What was that process like and what led you to finally decide to come to Austin?
Yes, so I moved to Austin after being accepted into the Digital Creative Institute — a mix of grad school, accelerator and awesomeness.
I found DCI at the exact right time. My career wasn’t on track, and I felt stuck. I’d made one mistake after another and learned more life lessons than I was ready for. Basically, I was looking for a big reset switch on my past 2 years post-college. Once I had the green light from DCI, I started job hunting in Austin. After months of looking, Acton School of Business found me through DCI.
3. Besides social media and marketing, you do a lot of volunteer work – especially with pets. How did you get started?
I’ve always enjoyed volunteer work. I’m a person who lives somewhere between too religious and “Girl, you need God.” I’ve never felt a higher power in a church or singing a hymn. But damn, I find a connection volunteering. It’s just how I connect with something that’s bigger than myself.
I started volunteering with animal rescues after Scout, my corgi, came into my life. For years, I had struggled with anxiety, and my therapist suggested I get a support animal. Scout has saved me more times than I can count. I felt I owed her something. So when a friend connected me with a corgi rescue, I jumped at the chance to help other Scouts. Eventually, I fostered any type of dog, cat, hamster… whatever. It’s been an experience of extreme highs and extreme lows.
If you are considering fostering or joining an animal rescue group, do it. Hit me up with questions — I’d be happy to help!
4. You use a lot of productivity apps, which ones are your favorite and why?
Trello. The mascot is a dog named Taco — That’s all you need to know.
Seriously though, Trello is for organizing the chaos in your mind in a visual way no other app can. Plus, it combines to do lists, deadlines, reminders, AND teamwork all for free.
5. What goals do you have for the future?
Best Dog Mom of the Millenia.
I want to one day own my business, cofound a startup or run an agency. Any path that will get me to living a life of meaning and traveling at a drop of a hat is the path I want to be on. Hopefully, I’ll read this ten years from now in my camper while I visit all the National Parks AND change the world via the digital space.
6. We’re all side-hustlers here, but taking time off from everything is important. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?
Don’t judge me — I unwind on the couch with my dogs watching Overwatch. Yes, you read that right. I do not play the video game… I enjoy watching other people play the video game. It’s extremely cathartic to cheer on my boyfriend (and tell him every time he pushes the point too early), yell at the other teammates, and blame Hanzo for everything.
If I have more than a few minutes to unwind, I love taking my puppers out on the trails around Austin or to the dog park. Fresh air fixes everything.
7. Anything else people ought to know?
About me? No. In general, yes.
People, you are doing just fine. Mistakes happen and no amount of planning/productivity apps will stop that. Don’t take it so hard. I promise we all still fail at going grocery shopping every week, and we all have bad days at work (and shop mainly in the cereal section marked for kids). We are here for you. And you are killin’ it.
Want to know more about Sarah?
Sarah is a digital marketer located in Austin, Texas. She is one of the pioneering marketing apprentices at the Digital Marketing Institute and works tirelessly to bring community back to digital.
Plus, she is a badass dog mom.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Sarah.