5 Year Anniversary!

I received this lovely message from WordPress today! I can’t believe my journey with blogging started 5 years ago today! 

Although I have since retired my first blog, Person In The Mirror, I have been blogging in some way or another, for this entire time. I feel so proud of the commitment and discipline this has taken and am thrilled that my newest blog-venture, By Sarah, is steadily growing each month (slow and steady wins the race as they say!)

I am so appreciative of the supportive and friendly community of like-minded writers and photographers that I have gotten to ‘know’ and couldn’t be happier to share my “5th Blogiversary” with you all ❤️


Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 47 – #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: Shadow & Light

Originally posted on Colleen Chesebro Fairy Whisperer, I am so thrilled to have been chosen as Colleen’s “Poet of the Week” for my Haibun Amaltheia!

Thanks to Colleen for running the Haiku/Tanka/Haibun challenge each week. I just love participating 😃

Colleen Chesebro✨The Fairy Whisperer✨

080717_1817_ColleensWee9.pngHappy POETRY Tuesday everyone! Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, and let’s write some poetry.

Prose talks and poetry sings. Picture Quotes.

Image credit: Pinterest – Quirky Quotes for Writers & Poets

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge you can write your poem in one of the three forms defined below:

HAIKU in English




You can do one poem or try to do one of each. It’s up to you – YOUR CHOICE. The instructions follow below:


Are you new to writing the Haiku in English poetry form? Please read my page,  How to Write a Haiku in English.


Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7…

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Weejars – By Sarah

Originally posted on ‘Meet The Bloggers‘, this is an interview about me and my blog.

A sincere thank you to Kate, for the opportunity to feature on her site. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed taking part!

Meet the Bloggers

Sarah is a very creative writer sharing her poems and short stories, her vivid imagination will captivate. The revelation here was that Sarah used her previous blog for healing when she was going through a tough time … something we can all relate to.  She documented her recent visit to New Zealand well sharing great photos and stories … check her blog out.

Please share a little about your life?
I am a “forty-something” year old primary school teacher. A typical Leo, I am very social, love to talk and generally, just be around people! My husband and my two fur babies, are my world. I live in North East Victoria, enjoy bushwalking and all things cheese and wine!

Where were you raised?
I was born in Canberra, ACT but actually grew up in a town next to our national capital – a little place called ‘Queanbeyan’ in southern NSW…

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Liebster Award

THANK YOU to Gloria at We Are Holisticfor nominating me for the Liebster Award! I am honoured to accept this award. I have been blogging on By Sarah for four months now and am loving the journey of writing and developing a community of blogging friends.

What is it exactly?
The Liebster award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The idea is to welcome new bloggers into the blogging world and help them to get noticed. However, it seems that anyone established or starting out can be nominated. The word “liebster” originates from Germany and has several meanings; welcome, sweetest, pleasant, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, valued, cute, kindest and endearing.

The blogger who nominates you asks 11 questions and then in return you nominate 5-11 bloggers with your own 11 questions. There is no obligation to accept, but since it’s nice to be asked, it’s nice to keep it going. 

My answers to Gloria’s questions:

  1. When are you at your happiest? When I am with my husband and my two dogs Bella and Archie, usually out and about bushwalking or at the beach.
  2. If you were to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, whose would it be? Another teacher’s. I’m always interested in how others do things and different approaches to teaching and learning.
  3. What’s usually the first thing to pop into your mind when you wake up each morning? If it’s a weekday its usually, Nooooo! I don’t want to get up!” Seriously though, I usually check in with my blog and mentally make a list of priorities for the day ahead.
  4. What’s your biggest regret in life? If any! Not travelling more when I was younger. I waited til I was thirty before really starting to see the world. So I missed out on the opportunity to work abroad under a working visa. 
  5. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would you like to be and why? Definitely a dog…especially my dogs. Maybe I’m anthropomorphising, but they seem to experience so many human emotions and have real character. They seem to really enjoy the simple things in life and are the best friends you could ever hope to have.
  6. What’s your favourite smell and why? The ocean because there’s nothing like smelling and tasting the salt air at the same time.
  7. Are you a slow writer or can you whip up in a good post in a couple of hours? A bit of both. Some pieces I have worked on for months, whereas others, flow really quickly. Usually ones in response to prompts are more of the “stream of consciousness” style of writing and can be refined within a couple of hours.
  8. What household chore do you hate doing most? Or is there one you actually enjoy? Definitely the bathroom, and especially the toilet – for obvious reasons. I actually don’t mind sweeping and mopping – there’s something rhythmic and repetitive to it that I find soothing and satisfying.
  9. What colour dominates your wardrobe? Lots of earthy tones – reds, orange, brown and black.
  10. What’s your laugh type? More of a giggle/chuckle but when I really get going I have a whooping cackle!
  11. Are you a romantic? Never thought I was until I met my husband. Now, definitely yes because he makes it so ♥️♥️♥️

The rules
I’ve found that the rules vary slightly but they’re all similar…

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you.
  • Nominate 5-11 people (comment on their blog to let them know).
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • And most importantly…HAVE FUN!

My nominees and questions:
There is never any obligation with my nominations, just sharing great and new blogs with my readers. If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.



  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. How long have you been blogging?
  3. What is your favourite post and why? Include a link.
  4. What is your most popular post (by views)? Include a link.
  5. What is your favourite colour and why?
  6. Toilet paper – folded over or under?
  7. What is your most embarrassing moment?
  8. What is your proudest moment?
  9. What song title would describe your life and why?
  10. What did you eat for breakfast today?
  11. Beer, wine, whisky or water? Why?

    Announcement: My New eBook Release Coming Soon! Get on the Mailing List!

    Originally posted by Linda J. Wolff of Urban Poetry, she writes about her upcoming eBook. Linda’s poetry is beautiful, and she exhibits a craftsmanship with words that I aspire towards!

    So, I was utterly thrilled to be chosen by her as the winner of one of her poetry competitions and a piece of my work will also feature in her book.

    Check out her site, if you haven’t before. You won’t be disappointed…

    Urban Poetry

    My New eBook Release Coming Soon!

    Image of Urban Pen Manuscript

    Hi, My Beautiful fans!

    As you all know and read my poetry every day! I wanted to thank you for your continued support. I am so entirely grateful! If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have the inspiration to continue. I love all of you and your wonderful, supportive comments.

    Over the past 6 months, I have been writing and compiling each and every piece of poetry into a manuscript. I have finally completed it! Whew! Thought I would never get to this point! I will offer it in an eBook to download and soft copy format.

    I’ve named the poetry book “Urban Pen Poetry Series” it will come in a series of volumes.

    1.  Vol #1 – Time Pieces
    2.  Vol #2 – Awakening
    3.  Vol #3 – Journey

    I’m offering my poetry in an eBook “Urban Pen – Volume 1: Time Pieces”, you will be able to find…

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    Versatile Blogger Award

    Thank you to Soul Connection for my nomination!

    The Versatile Blogger Award features bloggers who love what they do and show their passion virtually. As the web page about the Versatile Blogger Award says: “Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether everyday or only now and then.”

    I am thrilled to be nominated and am so thankful that people are enjoying my writing – something I truly love to do!  Thank you once again😊

    Rules For Nomination:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you.
    2. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award and inform them.
    3. Share seven facts about yourself.
    4. Put the logo of Versatile Blogger in your post and display the rules also.


    1. I once won a ‘truck pulling’ competition and was featured in Truckin’ Life magazine.
    2. I have three sisters and two brothers – and no, we’re not Catholic!
    3. I have two Maltese x Shih Tzu dogs, Archie and Bella – they are my fur babies 💜💜
    4. My father’s name is ‘Willy’ and one of my uncle’s name is ‘Dick’. Not. Even. Joking.
    5. I have been a primary school teacher for 15 years – my first students are now in their late twenties (wowsers! I feel old!)
    6. Cheese, wine and chocolate are my vices.
    7. I have never won a raffle in my life…not even any of the consolation prizes.

    I would like to nominate:

    There is never any obligation with my nominations, just sharing great blogs with my readers.

    If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.


    Sugar And Spice (And All Things Love)

    love is knowing how

    things can be spiced up without

    losing the sugar


    you love me, you love

    me not, two can play the game

    of sugar and spice


    my sweet tooth needs no

    sugar, but my heart craves the

    spices of your love

    By Sarah ©2017 

    Author’s Note: 🧀Apologies for the somewhat cheesy triple Haiku for this week’s challenge! I’m battling fatigue and missing my hubby while I’m away in New Zealand 😊

    Prompt: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #40, Words: sugar & spice


    Unique Blogger Award

    The Unique Blogger Award: 

    I am honoured to accept this award (as well as surprised and excited – it is my second this week!) I have been blogging on By Sarah for three months now and am loving the journey of writing and developing a community of blogging friends.

    Thank you to Wind Kisses (aka Donna Holland) for the nomination. Her blog is simply a delight. We share a mutual interest in the Daily Post prompts and challenges and I am always entertained by her quirky and interesting posts. We are kindred spirits sharing a belief in the value of time and trying to make the most of it! Her motto is “there is no greater gift then the gift of time”.

    My answers to WindKisses’ questions:

    What are your blogging rituals? (ie. Writers cap, coffee, a specific place)
    I blog every day as a wind down from my busy day as a teacher. I sit in the same spot (on the couch, with dogs by my side) and request “write time” from my husband. If I am suffering from writer’s block, contemplating in the shower has NEVER failed me yet!

    Do you have a blog post that is unique to you? My two favourite posts without a doubt, are Tasi and Rest Stop. Both of these recount experiences that actually happened to me and are quintessentially ‘Sarah’. I feel I have been able to capture these moments in time quite well.

    What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Oh gosh! If I told you, I’d have to kill you! My husband will be mortifed with me for admitting it, but I have a terrible addiction to the “Real Housewives” franchise, especially the Australian and New Zealand versions. The women in the show make me feel like I am quite normal and most definitely a good person. Is that bad? Haha! (I also like squeezing pimples and plucking misplaced hairs)

    There is never any obligation with my nominations, just sharing great and new blogs with my readers.
    If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

    I nominate:

    Balance – an eclectic mix on this site. Fabulous photography and interesting takes on a range of prompts. Another fellow newbie blogger, whose work I enjoy 😊 

    Adoption – Happiness is Egg Shaped – a raw and honest blog about some topics not easily talked about. I admire her bravery and openness in sharing her life journey. A beautiful writer with gripping tales.

    The Syllabub Sea – Marie introduced me to the world of Haiga and I’m addicted to her passion too! A great site with some well crafted and vividly written poetry (Haiku and Haiga).

    The Rules:
    Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you. Answer the questions.
    In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
    Ask them 3 questions.

    If you choose to participate here are your questions:

    1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
    2. What is your favourite post you’ve written and why?
    3. What is something unusual about you?

    Blogger Recognition Award

    I’m thrilled to accept this blogger recognition award (especially since it is my very first award)

    Thank you, to my blogger friend, Elsie Hagley – Ramblings of a Writer, for nominating me for this award. I really enjoy participating in her weekly Tanka challenges, and she has an interesting site with a wide range of posts from Tanka, cooking, short stories and more. I always look forward to seeing her work in my WordPress Reader!

    How did my blog start?
    I started this blog in late April 2017. I previously had a different blog that helped me through a difficult time in my life, a few years ago. I have since ‘retired’ that one and By Sarah explores my more creative side. I absolutely LOVE writing – always have, always will 😃

    My advice for new bloggers is: 
    1. Write what you know. Capturing a small moment in time can sometimes produce the best piece of writing! Also, go with the flow….literally. Don’t overthink your posts or prompts. Go with it and see where it leads.
    2. Find like minded people. Better to have fewer followers and likes, from those who ‘get’ and appreciate your efforts! Quality not quantity as they say.

    I would like to nominate:

    Bushboy’s World – an amazing photographer. Stunning flora and fauna and other fascinating subjects as well as quirky anecdotes. Someone I have enjoyed getting to know in the WordPress world.

    Life on the Skinny Branches – besides my absolute love of this site’s name, Margaret is a beautiful writer and I have connected with many of her pieces, on frequent occasions. Always an interesting read.

    There is never any obligation with my nominations, just sharing great and new blogs with my readers.

    If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

    Here are the rules:
    1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
    2. Write a post to show your award.
    3. Give a brief story how your blog started.
    4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
    5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.
    6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to to the post you created.

    Scribblings by Sarah, Uncategorized

    The Queue

    Image credit: Bikurgurl

    Right, left, right left. The two lads walked in unison, strutting a casual march. Their raised eyebrows, scornful as they looked at those still waiting in line. They’d had their go already. Suckers!

    Intent on their feeling of superiority, the pair didn’t notice footsteps shuffling behind them. They felt a tap on their shoulder, turned and groaned. Giving each other a withering look.

    ‘Oi*, you right mate^? Why you following us? We can’t be seen with dorks.’

    ‘Um, er,’ the man stammered.

    ‘Alright then, spit it out’

    ‘You left the dunny^^ with toilet paper on your shoe.’ he said, smiling.

    By Sarah ©2017

    Australian colloquialisms defined below:
    oi (interjection).  A cry used to attract attention, especially in an aggressive way
    mate (noun). Australian Slang. Friend; buddy; pal
    ^^ dunny (noun). Australian Slang. An outside privy; outhouse.

    Prompt: 100 Word Wednesday, Week 20 and Daily Post Daily Prompt, Word: paper, casual, strut

    Scribblings by Sarah, Uncategorized

    The Ur

    I recall a time when my brother and I had to share a room. We’d stay up late into the night whispering stories of nothing and everything to each other. The darkness made funny, threatening shapes out of the furniture. And under the bed, was where The Ur lived.

    I don’t know where he’d come from, or why, he was just THERE one day. I had never seen him but he was there under our beds. Waiting for one of us to step down onto the floor so he could grab at our ankles and pull us down into his imaginary world where we did not know what we would become…and we did not want to find out! Maybe he would eat us…keep us as pets…or maybe we’d become nothing.

    We were always very careful not to put our feet on the floor until we were out of reach of his gnarled, ugly hand which always seemed to be reaching out at us – even as we huddled together on the bed. You see, the only real safe place was deep, down, under the covers.

    Sometimes, we were really brave and one of us would run and turn on the light because we couldn’t stand being in the dark with him any longer.

    The Ur haunted our dreams, as well as our nights, and once, during the day, he even rang us up!

    I’m not exactly sure what has become of him – he went away years ago. We must have left him behind when we moved house. He might still be there, under the bed, bothering the children who live there now.

    Or maybe, he is just lonely.

    By Year 11 Sarah

    Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt, Word: imaginary, brave


    First blog post

    For me,

    I have started this blog with the aim of

    Rekindling my LOVE of

    Storytelling and

    Tapping into the creative part of my

    Brain. Somehow, I

    Lost the joy

    Of writing for myself. I’m

    Great at helping my students become 

    Passionate about writing but

    Over time, with life, I

    Stagnated as an author.

    Time to fix that!

    By Sarah


    Old School by Sarah

    I found a box of old school assignments today – ranging in age from when I was in Year 8 – Year 12. As I read over the essays and narratives I wrote as a teenager, I couldn’t help but think to myself (with a touch more pride than I’d like to admit), I was a GREAT little author! Let’s hope I can tap into some of that as a 40 year old!

    Stay tuned, I may even publish some of them on here…

    By Sarah