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  • Hello There!

    I'm Sarajane, a blogger and photographer based out of Asheville, NC.

    On this blog you can find stories from my life, my thoughts on the world,
    and photos of some pretty fantastic people!

    Grab a cup of coffee (or bourbon) and make yourself at home!
    Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know you were here.

    with love,
    Sj

Rachel.

I’m excited to introduce you all to a new series I’m starting. It’s a series of black and white portraits of the people that are in my life right now. I wanted a way to celebrate and honor the beautiful community that I’m in. I’ll be photographing everyone on the same simple background and in black and white. I’m also asking each person to give me a word that describes them that ends in an ‘er’ and to ask the people closest to them to do the same. I went back and forth about whether or not to identify which words were chosen by which people. But, I decided to keep it simple and just list them out.  For now…

Meet Rachel.

 

thinker. relaxer. peacefuler. accepter. revolutionizer. wonderer.

My Time by the Water.

At the precipice of my 13th birthday, I moved to Inverness, Florida to live with my grandparents.
There was turmoil at my house and my school life felt unmanageable.
My beautiful and understanding mother allowed me the freedom to move 9 hours away to try and find some joy.

I made friends quickly and my grandparents were so loving and kind to me.
There were several reasons for me to have gratitude for that experience.
But, the greatest of all was my time by the water.

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Don’t let my cheerful disposition fool you.

Don’t let me cheerful disposition fool you dear readers.

I’m not one to pretend that heart ache doesn’t exist.
I live with a full understanding that my heart has been chipped at with harmful words and carelessness.
I also know that I have done my fair share of chipping as I’ve climbed the twisty and uncomfortable mountain of self-acceptance. I’ve left a trail of harmful words and actions in the weeds with my past insecurities.

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Lauren Stickels - May 11, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Never stop shining so bright! I love basking in your light and you inspire me to shine mine too. Xoxo

Elisa Schulman - May 12, 2015 - 1:07 pm

This is beautiful. The words are inspiring. Just reading this right now, has lifted my spirit. Thank you for posting this.

Poems, Romance and Solo Trips to Denny’s.

Once, a man in a cafe’ asked me to read his poem.
It was five pages of how things dissipate but leave a residue after they’re gone.
It was beautiful.
His parents had funded him to write for 3 years and I’ve seen him almost everyday
in one coffee shop or another doing exactly that.
Part of me loved him for it,
part of me resented his privilege
and the worst part of me wondered if he’d mentioned me in any.

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