My name is Laura Schwecherl Saracho and I am a 30-year-old who successfully escaped New York City and now lives outside of Denver, Colorado, tucked next to the mountains.
I consider myself curious, compassionate, and sometimes/often cynical. I am a daughter, dog mom, wife, friend, and consultant. I’m a writer, a trail runner, and a yoga enthusiast. I seek self-improvement daily, though I’m probably the farthest person from perfect. I’m obsessed with reading books (real books! get outta here Kindle), and spend the beginning and end of almost every day devouring a paperback.
Work is also really important to me, though it is not me. After college, I moved to New York City and worked for a media startup Greatist, where I discovered the power of collaborating with smart people to create amazing work product. After that gig, alongside volunteering with Watsi, I moved full-heartedly into the impact sector and joined the global health organization, Possible, which delivers healthcare in rural Nepal.
With Possible, life took me from New York City to Nepal for a few years. My world consisted of long plane rides, living out of a suitcase, and experiencing some of the most poignant health and human injustices of our time, along with a new understanding of hope and resilience.
Eventually, I made the personal decision to leave that job, and New York, and start anew in Colorado. I took the leap hardly knowing anyone, and two years later I was married, a home and dog owner, an ultra-marathoner, and a full-time marketing consultant and writer.
It’s crazy where life can take you if you’re willing to take that first step.
To end this spiel, one of my favorites quotes is from Herman Hesse in Siddhartha. He writes:
My hope is to achieve that balance of being driven and focused, while open to other opportunities life may throw my way. I'm happiest when moving, but am also trying to slow down and breathe—to let life meet me halfway.