In case you need a laugh. The last one is my favorite.
~ Sarah Stewart Holland
If I could go back in time, would I change things? And by “things,” I mean my life’s decisions, not events in the grand scheme of history.
I am not sure.
Supposedly, I am the sum of all my parts. The good decisions. The bad ones. Risks. Mistakes. Lessons learned. Friendships fortified. And lost. Stretch marks. Life before law. Life after law. Creator. Writer. TV watcher. Chocolate eater. Sleep needer. Friend. Daughter. Wife. Mother. Me.
My 35-word personal evolution doesn’t sound so bad. I’m pretty happy where the journey has led me the past 30+ years. So, I wouldn’t revise much. But I do wonder if I played it too safe.
Ever since I remember, my life has been a tug-o-war between the practical and the creative. Be a lawyer, buy a condo, then a house even though I dream of living in Paris and getting lost in writing and odd jobs. And what about the screenplay and children’s books on my to-do list?
While it’s never too late to achieve these goals, it’s now much harder to break the conservative cycle because thirty-something adulthood is more complicated than the twenty-something version. I can’t live off of boxed mac-n-cheese or ramen noodles anymore — I have little mouths to feed and brains to nourish. Traveling the path of personal passion will take longer than if I’d thrown caution to the wind after college. Looking back, it wouldn’t have been bad to juggle odd jobs or, at its worst, live as a starving artist to support what I love. It would’ve been temporary.
Now, I’d tell my younger self to go for it — don’t overanalyze the “what ifs” or challenges of a creative career path. The character building part (translation: tough times) will be short especially if you have the support of loving parents like I did with my mom. And, ten years later, you won’t be left wondering if you should’ve tried the creative pursuit before the practical. Don’t bypass your heart’s desires in favor of the secure (and predictable).
Thankfully reimagining one’s career is possible; it just takes patience and time. I like to think of it as a marathon, which is why I often joke that Oprah and Martha didn’t make it big until their 40s. I’ll get there, too.
Would you travel back in time to do things differently? Or is starting with a clean slate each New Year enough?
~ The Other Sarah
Christmas is over and summer is months away. For those of us who don’t live on the coast in perpetual sunshine, it’s time for the long, gray slog through the remainder of winter. Kentucky isn’t always covered in snow, which at least would be pretty and fun. Instead, we just have lots of cold and often cloudy days. Add on cold and flu season and it’s no surprise I’m already dreaming about swimming pools.
For me, yummy warm food is how I survive until spring. Baked goods, stews, chili, and LOTS of soup. January is National Soup Month and can I just say that makes so much sense. Even on the coldest gray day, a warm bowl of soup goes a long way to making winter seem a little kinder.
My mom is famous for telling people that she can eat all her favorite foods with a spoon - ice cream, chili, and of course soup! We were a Campbell’s Soup household growing up. Chicken Noodle when you’re sick. Tomato soup and grilled cheese when you’re hungry. Cream of chicken when you need a casserole for a potluck.
Campbell’s Soup was one of the first things I was taught to cook and trusted to make on my own. Apparently, our household was in good company. Frank Sinatra always asked for chicken and rice soup to be available to him in his dressing rooms before he went on stage and Andy Warhol loved the Campbell’s Soup can because that’s what he had for lunch every day for 20 years.
Soup speaks to home and comfort and warmth. It’s universal which is why it has such staying power. Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup is celebrating it’s 80th birthday this year. That means my mother and her mother before her were serving Chicken Noodle Soup to sick kiddos or hungry kiddos or themselves when they needed a quick delicious lunch.
So, celebrate National Soup Month (or just survive winter) with a bowl of Campbell’s or whip up your own batch with these delicious recipes.
Summer will be here before you know it!
Disclosure: As brand ambassadors, The Sarahs thank The Campbell Soup Company for sponsoring this post and supporting the work of Salt & Nectar. While we were compensated for this opportunity (not in Tomato Soup, sadly), all opinions are 100% our own.
~ Sarah Stewart Holland
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