My full name is Sarah Faith McAvoy-Bryan (the Bryan isn’t legal yet but I’m working on it lol) and I am a PNW native- born and raised (mostly) in Portland, Oregon. I’m a Taurus, born May 16th, so you can imagine I’m fairly stubborn and love good food, a clean home and cozy clothing/blankets. I am currently 29 and have a hard time believing that I will be 30 in less than a year. Time is FLYING. Which I find partly exciting, mostly scary.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication from Portland State University in 2016, and in March 2017 moved down to San Diego for warmer weather and palm trees (and maybe a boy, at the time). I started my first job out of college as an Enrollment Advisor for a university and stayed there for 3 years. During this time, I met my now husband, got married, earned a Master’s in Leadership, and moved to Denver, CO. We’ve been here for a little over 3 years now and we love it! I do miss the beach and warmer weather at times, but the mountains here are beautiful, the people are so kind, and this place feels more like home than ever.
One thing you should know about me is that I love animals more than humans. We have two cats and two dogs (Moo, Sloane, Remi and Mustard) and they’re our babies. Sure, it may feel like we have a miniature zoo at times, but I love the energy that the chaos brings. They each have their own little personality and I love spending my days with them.
Dan, my husband, and I eloped on December 26th, 2018, and had a larger celebration with friends and family on August 14th, 2021. Yes, we were one of those covid couples who had to postpone their wedding, but it gave us more time to save and plan, and it all came together so perfectly that I really couldn’t argue with the fact that that’s what was meant to be.
During the planning process, I quit my old job and started thinking about what I really wanted to do with my life. I started this blog, but I still felt like there was something missing. Then one day, we met with our wedding planner and after the meeting Dan asked, “Why don’t you do that?” Truly a lightbulb moment in my life, I knew wedding planning was what I wanted to pursue. 2021 has been my first full year as a planner, and I’m loving it!
I’m a health-conscious neat freak who loves caring for my body and mind, styling my home and my looks, and getting creative whenever I can. My goal is to be a well-rounded, have all my shit together, kind of person, but obviously life doesn’t really work that way. I do struggle with grief and anxiety, and am on a constant pursuit to find peace with and within myself.
Which has lead me to write this blog- Complicated Basic: because we’re all a little bit of both. This is a place where the complicated and the basic can coexist. We are complicated basics, healing through complicated basics. Using them to heal the complicated, but being mindful of where they come from, and how they impact us, as well as those and the world around us. Here you’ll find helpful tips and tools for conscious living, beauty, styling and mental health.
If this resonates with you at all, I hope you’ll stick along for the ride 🙂 Thanks for being here!
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