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- love + adventure -

“What Do You Want To Do?”

I sat on the bed and let his question sink in. I had just gotten another rejection email for another job, this was becoming a regular thing. My husband, Rob, asked again, “If you could do anything in the world, what would you want to do?”

To be honest, I didn’t know. I had never thought of that question, let alone an answer. I had always taken the logical next step. I had only ever thought of one career path.


Undergrad. Check.

Certifications. Check.

Awesome Internship. Check.

Grad School. Check.


I started on my path wanting to be a strength and conditioning coach but somewhere in between Awesome Internship and a year of Grad School, I realized that’s not what I wanted to do anymore. Logical next step? Focus on the general population, health promotion and health education. So I did. But the problem was that even after making that decision, I still had that sick, stressed out, WRONG feeling in my stomach. But in this circumstance, I didn’t know how to react.

I had decided my college major my junior year of high school. I had decided what college I would attend in first grade.

I never considered anything else.

My husband would refer to this as “stubborn.”

It was extremely hard to admit to myself (and others) that I needed to look at other options. But I finally did and Rob looked me straight in the eye and asked yet again, “Sarah, I’m serious, what would you want to do?”

“Photography,” I said.

A small dream that I had hidden away and never allowed myself to look at or examine. Because that would have been a very illogical step. But the dream came to the surface. And it was seriously a breath of fresh air.


In love + adventure,

Sarah Lynn Davis


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