About Me

Hi, I’m Sam and welcome to my blog! Away She Went is the everyday adventures of a 30-something: making a house a home, battling wrinkles, cuddling doggies, and exploring Arizona and beyond.


I live in Mesa, Arizona with my boyfriend and our three dogs – Jelly, Ringo, and Abby. I became a first-time homeowner in March 2011 and I’ve spent the past few years turning our house into home.

I love decorating, DIY-ing, thrift shopping, reading, binge watching TV, and cuddling with my 3 dogs. Oh, and traveling! I’ve been lucky enough to visit some amazing places all around the country and the world. Most recently - Scotland and Ireland!

By day I’m a corporate cubicle dweller financial analyst. I manage budgets, schedules…and I’m putting myself to sleep just talking about it. I’m definitely a more creative person than my job title suggests, which is one of the reasons I started this blog. I thought it would be a fun way to express my creativity and share my (mis)adventures in owning/renovating/decorating a home. Oh, and force myself to actually finish projects!


If you are looking for more details about my house, be sure to check out my house tour. You can also find all of my travel recaps and stories on my Travel page. I'm also a huge fan of being a tourist at home and loving where you live, so you can follow all of our local Arizona adventures on my Exploring AZ page. 

Contact me at: sam.awayshewent@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

2014 Book Count: 32
2015 Book Count: 53 
2016 Book Count: 7
2017 Book Count: 10
2018 Book Count: 18
(see the lists here)


2019 Book Count: 4 (2019 Goal = 19)



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