I’m Sarah Kohl. I grew up in a rural part of Western New York. I always enjoyed playing in the woods, going for bike rides, and making adventures. That’s not to say I haven’t binge played video games and wasted whole months or summers, but I suppose it’s good to have a diverse set of interests.
My parents have owned and operated their own business since before I was born. It gave me an interesting perspective on work, careers, and helped me realize what makes me happy in life. It didn’t prepare me for “office politics” or following leadership blindly, (just ask anyone who’s ever tried to manage me) but it did provide me with other skills. Growing up in what was essentially a business taught me about taking risks, leading a team, and a whole host of other great skills which have helped my career.
I am actually the third of four daughters, no sons, and no, don’t tell me about how terrible that must have been for my dad. My sisters and I are all fairly different. While we all have degrees in science, theirs are more traditional sciences, plant pathology, biology, and engineering. And though each one of us is pretty amazing on our own, its more than just luck that made The Kohl Sisters all brilliantly amazing!
We are all what some might call straddlers, white-collar workers from blue-collar roots, but we see that as a strength not a weakness. There is an interesting book on the topic which illustrates the struggles and rewards of living this lifestyle so there probably isn’t a reason to extrapolate further here.
These days I spend my time running my own business, traveling, and sharing as much time with family as possible. I find myself privileged, as I have been able to get so far in so few years. Though, some tell me it’s just the reward of hard work.
A Brief FAQ:
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog for a few reasons. When I was in college I was inspired by one of my professors to buy a domain and keep an online presence. Until then I had kept most of my online activity under aliases, keep in mind, this was before you needed to triple verify yourself so it was decently anonymous. I let the blog sit for a number of years as I got wrapped up in work. I picked it back up a few years back, not to become internet famous, but to continue learning and practicing my programing, writing, and photography skills.
Why don’t you just blog about one topic?
It would certainly make it easier to build an audience, create SEO links, and pretty much everything else if I did. I made the decision to blog about many topics because I am equally interested in corporate human resources as I am in backpacking. I have a diverse group of interests and I want to share all of them in hopes that maybe someone reading my blog will learn something new or discover a new interest.
Why do you change your writing style?
I use this space to experiment. Ultimately, this whole site is just a practice arena for my skills and sometimes I want to practice different writing styles. You should be thankful I don’t toss in any of my poetry or short stories!
I’ve known you for years and I didn’t know you had a blog!
That’s an implied question I suppose. I have kept my blog under wraps for years. I added the link to a few of my social media profiles in a subtle way, but I don’t hammer my friends over the head with this stuff. I will mention my friends from time-to-time, but it’s generally nothing too earth-shattering. I am flattered that a number of my friends read my blog regularly though!
Why to you have a love-hate relationship with contractions?
I don’t know. Sometimes I think I just don’t want to use them to provide emphasis. I have the bad habit of typing things the way I would say them and I don’t tend to be the most eloquent person out there.