in college, tone quickly earned the reputation in “our group” as the girl who would do anything for anyone. she was nicknamed “sarah two-tone” for her two-toned hair color which was shortened to “tone” – and the name stuck. in fact, many people around campus had no idea that sarah was her given name. thinking back to those college days makes me smile. her dorm room that hosted many of our late nights. her purple caboodle. her love of the Guess brand. me and her driving around in “the beast” singing country music at the top of our lungs. coming home to our alley house and finding her laying out on the front stoop in 100+ heat. her saran-wrapped as a butterfly for halloween. her green decor at our house senior year. me and her playing crazy games of racquetball at the rec. her and colby’s old-man-old-lady married relationship. her shaking her booty on the dance floor any chance she got. those four years we all spent together – all day, every day – may have been the happiest in our lives.
born and raised in arizona, tone always had big dreams of the california lifestyle. after UA graduation, she packed up her little red car, headed west and made her dreams come true. colby and her shacked up in orange county and for tone, it was love at first sight. she loved (my girlfriends can hear her saying this in her voice) her city and took advantage of everything it had to offer. she spent as much time as possible outside… she’d run on the beach and take long walks. she soaked up california – she loved it. she loved her life. it was the life she had always dreamed of.
not long after settling into her new zip code, tone fueled her passion for health and nutrition. she was incredibly active – running, biking, swimming and training for triathlons with the “tri-divas.” tone dedicated both her personal and professional life to being healthy and helping others achieve the same goals she had. she self-built a professional nutrition consulting business and her success can be credited to her love of helping people. she truly cared about each of her clients and wanted them to feel the best they could.
i’ll forever remember tone for her crazy recipes and homemade health meals. for her quirky independent ways and never-ending list of errands. for her dedication to her family. for her random love of chocolate martinis and short time working at “the bird.” for owning and experimenting with her personal style. for her ability to never complain or hold a grudge. for her quiet yet tenacious spirit. for her infectious laughs and insanely amazing back scratches that she was always happy to oblige me with (boy how i’ll miss those). i’ll miss her lackadaisical attitude and telling the rest of us to relax and, “you guys, it’s not a big deal – haha.”
looking through photos i have to smile through the tears. tone’s life was cut way too short, but damn did she pack a lot into her 29 years. she really did live it to the fullest. she studied in the south of france and loved to travel. she never missed a girl’s weekend or a happy hour. she celebrated each of our milestones with sincerity. the thousands of memories with tone will forever live on in our hearts and minds… the seven of us will make sure of it.
the crazy eight
i hope these bring back a flood of memories and make you smile.