Welcome to SarahJoya.com

I'm Sarah Joya, a webaholic who's ALWAYS on the Internet... found love on match.com, bought my wedding on eBay.comwrote a book about it, and ended up on 
TV three times! If you "Google" my maiden name SARAH MANONGDO or my even longer professional name (I'm an optometrist) DR. SARAH MANONGDO-JOYA you'll find the following past and present projects......

I love getting email! Contact me at sarah@sarahjoya.com and I will get back to you.

Where have you seen me before? Hmm.... 

The 2001 head shot from Magic Photo posted on match.com that caught my husband's eye! *wink*...





"How to Buy Everything For Your Wedding on eBay ... and Save a Fortune!" (2005) SaveAFortuneOnYourWedding.com

My co-authors are eBay expert Dennis L. Prince and my husband Dan Joya. I wrote the bulk of this book in 2004 with a tight 8-week deadline from McGraw-Hill, during our own wedding planning of our "big fat eBay wedding" and my4th year of optometry school. We wrote our stuff in Chicago, with our co-author in LA, and our editor in NY. What would we do without email and the Internet?? The book was published and released in 2005, one week before our bridal shower.
The official book website is at SaveAFortuneOnYourWedding.com

Link to Purchase:
Paperback: 224 pages
 Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 22, 2005)
ISBN: 0071455418
List Price: $16.95 USD.
The book (and us!) end up on Fox News Chicago on June 20,2005 ... they make me wear my wedding dress! Watch the clip on YouTube here (4 mins 51 secs):


Say Cheese! Our Wedding Picture is featured as an ad for Fred Fox Studios in Modern Bride Chicago Magazine (2006)


  My 2nd TV Interview!: ABC7-Chicago Special Segment "Closet Currency" (November 24, 2009)

 I am interviewed on ABC7-Chicago 10 o'clock news to promote swap.com in a special TV segment called "Closet Currency."  The video promo is about 15 seconds long, and the actual video runs about 3 minutes 35 seconds. You can read the full story here by Leah Hope. Enjoy!

"Sarah Manongdo-Joya hasn't been shopping for books or DVDs for over a year since she found SwapTree.com (now swap.com). She offers up items she's ready to shed and makes a list of items she'd like. She packages up the item she doesn't want pays to mail it and in return gets something she actually wants.

"It's like opening a present when you get it in the mail. It's like, oh I've been waiting for this book so it's really fun," said Manongdo-Joya."

SarahJoya.Blogspot.com (2009)

 "How to Create Your Online Business Website for Free or Very Cheap! "  My advice on how to create websites like mine...that are free or cost very little money. You can do it too! 

Mamapedia.com Voices (2016 and 2011)

Mamapedia City Voices highlights the inside scoop on your city by selected writers, from up-and-coming mom bloggers to well-known mom experts. My blog submission "Mama Peer Pressure and What's Best For You and Baby" was selected to be published on July 7, 2011. My first mommy blog! But not my last :
) My Newest blog is about pregnancy loss, love, and hope: "Mommy of Two (Almost)" January 21, 2016

I am featured in the Book "Power Moms: The New Rules for Engaging Mom Influencers Who Drive Brand Choice" by Maria Bailey (2011)          

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Moms-Engaging-Influencers-Choice/dp/1936214423/ $42.00 (hardcover)

BudgetWeddingCenterpieces.com (2007-2013)

I ran my webstore in from 2007-2013 as an off-shoot of my successful eBay business as sarspinay.
My website featured affordable silk flowers for centerpieces or hand-held bouquets, ideal for weddings, showers, corporate events, birthdays and more, all for less than $10 each.

Optometrist (My Day Job!) at Vision Works

I graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 2005 and have been working as an optometrist in a corporate setting where I practice primary care. 

I am featured THREE TIMES in Women in Optometry Magazine!:

1) Article in "Women in Optometry" Nov 2007 issue Magazine: eBride - O.D. Turns Her Experience into a How To Book

2) Article in "Women in Optometry" Sept 2009 issue Magazine: Pink Ink: "What It's Like On The Other Side"

3) Article in "Women in Optometry" August 2012 issue Magazine: Pink Ink: "In Search of Value"

I also wrote an article for Q1 2010 issue of Corporate Optometry Reports: "OD/Recruiter Shares Tips for Getting Noticed."

Budding Artist Circa 1994 (The Broadway Musicals Phase)... T-Shirts, Tote Bags and More

During high school in the early 1990's I had this fixation with Broadway musicals, specifically Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and Phantom of the Opera. On a couple of sleepless evenings, at age 17 in April 1994 I drew this on a scrap piece of paper (pencil drawings)....

Budding Artist Circa 1992 (The Disney Phase)

At age 15 in November 1992, I drew my favorite Disney movies : Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast (pencil drawings)!
What's my next project going to be?

Don't know yet but stay tuned!