the world needs you (to be real)

“You’re going to change the world one day, and I don’t think you know it yet.”   It was one of our last nights in Puerto Rico, after our third visit to the emergency room, that those words etched themselves onto paper and landed in my hands. Being responsible for 18 teenage girls is no…

for when your heart breaks

I’ve started writing to myself. “Dear Sarah Beth Baker,” I start out. It’s always in low caps, small handwriting. As if they’re secret letters just for myself, my eyes only. Because I’ve forgotten the good parts inside of me, and I need just a little reminding. People don’t talk much about the heartbreak. They don’t…