Welcome! I'm Jodi Elliott. I live with my family in a small town in the Pacific Northwest after living near Stockholm, Sweden for nearly four years. I'm stumbling my way through the vagaries of career, motherhood, and civic engagement while we explore the farms, mountains, forests, wineries, libraries, and playgrounds of our Oregon town.
I hail from Michigan, where I lived until college. I graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia (after a meander through some other institutions of higher learning), and then spent several years traveling in Europe and the US, waitressing, interning, and completing a national service program with AmeriCorps. In 2005 I moved to Los Angeles in a half-hearted attempt to become an actor (see here!), where I also worked as a producer's assistant, and where I made the best friends of my life. A few years later I met the man who would become my husband while camping in Joshua Tree National Park, and I moved to Santa Barbara to be with him. After getting married in 2010, we moved to Princeton, New Jersey for a couple years before heading to Stockholm.
In the midst of all these moves, we've left wonderful friends and family scattered around the world, and I've come to really long for those relationships. I started this site to cultivate the thoughtful, funny, heart-shattering conversations I miss so much. I want visiting Dear Sabrina to feel like sitting down to a latte (or a glass of Pinot, or a margarita) with your best friend and talking about all of it - the beautiful, the agonizing, the hilarious, the embarrassing. Sometimes you learn about a great new kids' toy or you think about marriage in a new way - but you always leave the conversation feeling better for having had it.
I hope Dear Sabrina brings some thoughtfulness, some beauty, some laughter, or some perspective to your day. Let me know what you think -- and what you'd like to hear more about.
The banner design and the lovely grey inky blob in the footer of the site were created by my dear friend Sophia Augusta.
The photo of me at the top and on the sidebar were taken by my friend Craig Allen in Stockholm. The photo of me with the boys is by Sandra Jolly. Website maintenance and design improvements are by my cousin Jason Elliott (he's great and you should probably hire him).
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By the way, I'm required to tell you that I'm a licensed Realtor in the state of Oregon. My license number is 201224958. I kick ass at what I do, if you were wondering.