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My mom gave me the coolest gift this week and with it has come a flood of memories! Rob and I were engaged 15 years ago in early April, so when she said, “15 years ago you asked me to do something!” I thought it might have had something to do with that or our wedding. I was shocked when she pulled out this purse, my mom is an amazing quilter and seamstress, but this takes the cake for things that she has made me!

15 years ago I gave her one of Rob’s shirts to turn into a purse for me! It is the coolest surprise ever because I had forgotten that I had even given it to her! She lined the inside with my favorite color, yellow and added handles and a zipper. I love it!

Seeing that old shirt re-created into something new made me think about the last 15 years since getting engaged. We started out skinny young adults (kind of like the shirt when it was new) and now we have been recreated into a family of four (with a little extra baggage) from 15 years of life! I wouldn’t trade our baggage for anything in the world because it makes “us.”

Here’s to new “stylish” baggage and to celebrating 15 years since our engagement!

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Meet Sara Broers. Sara is the CEO of Travel With Sara, Co-Owner of The Midwest Travel Network, CEO of Social Connections, LLC and the Co-Owner of Home Grown Social Media. She enjoys helping others make valuable connections, to help them grow their businesses. She started the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club in June of 2013 and it is still going strong. A fun fact: Sara is also an auctioneer, as a recent November 2018 graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering.

I’m inspired by all of the people that make up our Midwest Travel Network. The people that make up our network are working to help grow destinations, all across the Midwest. It’s extremely inspiring when I see a community come back to life, after it has seen some very dark days. Often times these positive changes have come about because a blogger from our network took the time to explore and showcase their destination online.

I’m also inspired when I see a fellow blogger reach out to another blogger during a time of need. We are all a community, in more ways than one. When we help each other, we all grow. I truly believe that when people of all ages are placed together, magical things happen. I see this over and over when people in our Midwest Travel Network partner up on projects.

Life is too short to wait for things to happen. If you want to be the change, make it happen! Reach out to that one person that inspires you and motivates you to be better at what you do. Thank you to all of you that make up our Midwest Travel Network. Together, we help grow the economic tax base of communities, one community at a time.

You can follow Sara at Travel With Sara on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

You can follow Sara at Social Connections, LLC on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you so much, Sara, for sharing what inspires you! Sara is an amazing leader and I love to follow her adventures online.

What inspires you? If you would like to do a guest post about what inspires you, I would love to feature you on Tails From The Gravel Road! Email me at

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