About Sarah

 

That's me, back in Montreal, in August 2007. Photo by Josh Neubauer.

That's me, back in Montreal, in August 2007. Photo by Josh Neubauer.

 

Have you ever been on the fence about a big, transformational life decision?

Yeah. Me too.

I'm fascinated by the ways we choose to build our lives and how we figure out what matters to us. I'm interested because I've spent a lot of time over the last decade trying to figure that out for myself. After surviving a life-threatening health scare and after being diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, I thought that I would get super clear on how I want to spend my life. But I didn't. Turns out it's not that simple.

I'm interested in the distance between what we say matters to us and what we do to make it real. I'm interested in what we think will make us happy, and what actually does. 

I started this podcast to try to figure out what I might be missing by choosing not to become a mother. Would I regret it? Was I making a mistake?

So I asked a lot of mothers what being a mother was like. Why was it held up as an identity and a rite of passage? What was unique to mothering and not parenting? I tried to understand why I believed my life wouldn’t be as meaningful or fulfilling without a child “of my own.”

Those questions opened up a whole new series of conversations around what is expected of women when it comes to having children.

That's what I want to explore on the show. I'm going to ask these questions of myself and invite guests to share their stories. 

Beyond our personal stories, we dive into broader topics around ambivalence, gender, reproductive choices, heteronormative family structures, and social expectations.

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