Since this week is all about what we love here at Bear Matrimony Headquarters, I thought I'd introduce you to someone who we are much in awe of. Some of you know her already, but I think the rest of you should go over and meet her as well.
I will not bore, nor terrify you with things that I did more than a decade ago when I was 20-years old, but let me assure you, they were nowhere near as cool as the life pursuits of Sara the Forestlass.
Already working on her bachelor's degree via the magic of the internet, Sara is not only a wonderful writer, but also a master gardener, a knitter extraordinaire, an expert at animal wifery, an artist, and...did I mention she's a snappy dresser too?
Hecks, yah she is! Not only the owner of several mesmerizing Gunne Sax, Sara has more style in her pinky finger than a lot of girls her age will ever possess. And of course, I love the fact that she wears such amazing dresses on a daily bases. (She's also the inventor of the phrase "gratuitos cat-shot". My hero.)
However, being a country girl like myself, there is nothing impractical about her dress or her attitudes. Sara's all about getting projects done and I'm in awe of the energy that seems to be required for her many pursuits. Oh to be young again!
Raised in the US. Sara now lives on a mountain top in her folk's native Turkey, who's language she's had to learn, and go through much paperwork to acquire her passport. Not to mention culture shock I'm sure. Moving to a whole new country is like starting your life over on an entirely different plain and though Turkey has one foot firmly in Europe, it also has another equally firmly in the Middle East, a Nation rather subtly different from the traditional West.
It's also, from this point of view a faraway nation mailing to where can be precarious and which recently banned the use of blogger (!).
A few grim days after she was no longer able to access her blog, I was happy to discover that Sara had created a new site on wordpress.
Luckily, Sara has befriended the folks at the post office (Then again, how could they not take extra good care of the mail of such a lovely creature.) and actually got the one thing I've ever managed to mail her (more to come-I swear): a dandelion dress she'd been eye-balling on etsy, that I ended up buying and realizing it wasn't quite right-for me ;) And just the other day she purchased this namesake dress from Sadie. I can't wait to see it on her!
If you're ever feeling blue, I heartily recommend a visit to the Forestlass archives. You'll learn resilience, kindness and how to eat crocus bulbs.
As amazing and uplifting as I find her writing and pictures, Sara isn't immune to the ennui that sometimes catches up with all of us. Like many of us at her age, Sara has been faced with some though choices lately, something she bravely posted about just today. Happy, sad, or just plain pensive, Sara's honesty always shines through.
I have all the faith in the world in that she'll find her path, because whenever I read Sara's posts and messages, or check out her beautiful outfits, I can't help but wish I had been this self-possessed at her age, able to determine what I liked, who I wanted to be and to doggedly (this one's for you Sara!) pursue those goals.
It has been a pleasure getting to know this lovely lady over the last year, and I sincerely hope that this is only the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship, connected by the internets and the taproots of forest-dwellers.