Sarah (Sal) is a long-time, long-distance supporter of Uncommon, who has taken the leap to officially join the team! Her professional experience in both residential and commercial interior design provide valuable industry knowledge and a unique skill set for Uncommon. Above all else, Sarah loves all things creative and loves to help others!
The Uncommon Way
What makes you Uncommon?
I think one of the greatest gifts I received as a child was being told that I was creative. When others recognized that special spark in me, I was able to recognize it in myself, and I am forever grateful. Today, I love to explore all kinds of creativity, and I love supporting others who are doing the same! Over the past few years, I have expanded upon my interior design foundation by finding new and challenging ways to express that creativity. I know that I feel a deep sense of passion and purpose when I challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone, and I want to work right alongside people who continue to help me do this every day. Katie is ABSOLUTELY one of those people. I recognize that same special spark in her, and I see how her passion ripples out to those around her. I am so proud of everything she has accomplished already, and I know it is just the beginning! I'm just so excited to be working alongside her!
What is your favorite creative activity?
Writing or drawing
What is your favorite quote or bible verse?
“All that you are seeking is also seeking you.”
“What you become is more important than what you accomplish.”
When you are not working with Uncommon, what is your occupation?
I regularly work remotely for Uncommon while living in Seattle, and I also work as a full-time interior designer for Aegis Living in Bellevue, WA!
What city would you most like to live in?
No surprise: I fell in love with Seattle! My husband and I moved from Milwaukee, WI to Seattle, WA in 2019.
What was the best year of your life and why?
2017 might just take the cake! I made a meaningful shift in my career, got engaged to my wonderful husband Jared, and I've taken some truly unforgettable trips, including a Habitat for Humanity service trip to El Salvador. I've taken some crazy creative risks like writing and illustrating a children's book for my niece, and I've worked with Clint Harp from HGTV's Fixer Upper to create a custom community table in Waco, TX! It's still kind of weird to put this all in writing - it's really awesome!
Which of your parents are you most like and why?
A bit of both - I am quiet like my mom and sassy like my dad. I also have started getting misty-eyed at the smallest sweet things, like my mom. And I've also started to have a hard time going places without knowing at least one other person, like my dad.
The Good Stuff
What makes you laugh the most?
Actually, it’s when other people imitate me or make fun of me. Lovingly, of course … I think :)
What is your nickname?
Katie and the team usually call me Sal. I'm also Tibb, Sur, or McLancy, depending on whom you ask.
What is a common misconception about you?
That I am always quiet or introverted. I definitely have moments where I am more extroverted … mostly on the dance floor :)
Country or city
Most days, city! Although, I do need a good Mother Nature fix to keep me balanced.