What does Rooted & Adrift mean?
Liminality fascinates me. This is an anthropological term that essentially refers to that period of time in which a person isn’t the thing they were and they’re not yet the thing they’re becoming. You could call it a bridge or a doorway through transitions in life.
A great example of liminality is labor and birth. During this process, the person isn’t yet identifying as a parent. But they’re also not the pregnant person they were hours ago. They’re in the middle of becoming.
Rooted & Adrift is a nod to these liminal spaces. Those moments when we are grounded in where we are, but also drifting toward something new and different.
It’s also an affirmation of learning to be rooted where we are while being flexible and adaptable, as life requires of us.
What is a doula?
In our modern times, a doula is someone who accompanies another person through labor, birth, and the first six weeks after birth. I love this aspect of doula-ing and know how powerful this model of care is.
That’s why so many people are bringing the doula model of care to other parts of life, such as death and end-of-life care. The potential is endless.
As I’ve built my skills and experienced life, I’ve known that the doula model of care is something all of us crave, at all stages of our lives. Why?
Well, the doula is modeled after caregivers our ancestors knew in their villages and tribes.
In the past, we lived in small, tight-knit communities of care. We had someone to look after us when we had babies, when our parents died, when we needed someone to listen to us, and when we were dying. But our modern world of distance and isolation has all but torn this care from us.
The doula model of care is essentially companioning. It’s holding space for another person as they go through a transformation.
A doula occupies liminal spaces and holds a person’s hand as they cross the bridge of that transformation.
We need more doulas everywhere and in every aspect of life. We need the doula model of care to expand into places where we need softness, care, and compassionate listening. So I’m doing my part and bringing it to the spaces that I occupy.
I believe that every person deserves the opportunity to create a life that resonates with their soul.
The human spirit is deep, beautiful, and boundless. We are all incredible creatures, capable of so much. Usually those who are soft, contemplative, and insightful are the ones who aren’t attracted to positions of power, and understandably so. But the world needs us to be brave and create more peace, joy, and acceptance in our own corners of the world.
We all have the potential to do big things from small places. We don’t need to move mountains, but we do need to nourish our souls and expand that out to inspire others to do the same.
My doula care is always nonjudgmental. I believe that you have always done what you needed to do, when you needed to do it, and with the tools you had at the time.
Life is a constant unfolding and never a race.
I embrace you, regardless of your race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, spiritual beliefs, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, size, or other identities and experiences.
I admire all people, their beliefs, and their souls.
You’re safe here.
Who are you, exactly?
I’m Sarah. Mama to two teens and a little dog (who’s — let’s be honest — become my replacement baby). These kinds of lists usually include achievements to impress. But I’d rather just tell you about the things that matter to me and are intrinsic to who I am.
I’ve lived in a zillion towns and houses. Changing schools almost every year as a kid was hard, but it also made me insanely curious about culture and people. It also helped my introverted heart learn to befriend others quickly.
I grew up with a single mother who taught me how to make things from scratch, heal with herbs and whole foods, to love history and old things, and to value simplicity. I wouldn’t be who I am without her radical vision to live life differently.
My family has an entrepreneurial streak. I entrenched myself in this world more when I joined on as co-owner of a bookshop at just 18 years old. More than a decade of that in my bones and I knew I wanted to work for myself always.
I’ve been a doula for 12 years and have loved every moment of being in the birth community. I’m a fierce advocate for reproductive justice and have integrated this into my doula philosophy of care. (Currently pending: an awesome new organization in the state I live in to support reproductive justice. I’ll link to more in the future.)
Simple living has been my mantra from the beginning of my adult journey. But I’ve also been a bit of a tech fairy, especially since I do so well at bridging the realm between soulful business and all the heady stuff needed to deal with the internet. Troubleshooting and creating online are things I love doing, while also balancing it out with long hikes in the woods. (Check out my web design + tech support offerings.)
My oldest baby was born at home with a midwife when I was 19. Yes, I was a proud young mama and still am supportive of others who are young parents. I think we all know what’s best for us deep inside.
My second (and last) baby was born at home unassisted two years later. It was an incredible experience that changed me in deep and profound ways.
I’ve recently embarked on the path of learning about all things holistic death, death positivity, and death acceptance. I think it’s key to living a more soulful life and I’m to-my-bones grateful to have finally found my way toward embracing death.
I’m queer and deeply love the LGBTQIA+ community. My queerness is essential to my perspective on life and my worldview. The fluidity inherent in being queer is one of my greatest teachers.
I’ve played the piano since I was 3 and started violin several years later. Music is deep in my soul, though I didn’t choose to pursue a performance career. I still compose piano music regularly and have turned my violin into a passion for Irish fiddling. Sharing music with others in a community is what I love most.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m multi-passionate and proud of it. Our modern world prefers specialists, which makes it hard for those of us who love, love, love to learn. One aspect of my work centers de-stigmatizing the multi soul and working with others to help them find soulful work that allows them to be their full, whole self.
After living a life of working for myself, I’m thrilled to be bringing together my soulful perspective to my work and to be guiding others through that journey too. I’d love to be there to help you create more soul in your own life.