My "someday, maybe..."

You may not know this, but since my late teens/early twenties New York has felt like another home to me.

I’m a native to Portlander, but spent my college years at Sarah Lawrence in Bronxville (just north of the Bronx).

Yet, I haven’t been to my “other home” in probably 16 years.

Sometimes, I ached for New York. I’d close my eyes and remember the smell of bagels and pizza and hear the sounds of the city.

I’d remember the feeling of walking through galleries in Soho and the beauty of the leaves changing in the fall.

Going back to New York City and my alma mater has been a “someday, maybe.”

It was a “someday” because I’ve had two kids over the last 6-ish years and didn’t really want to go while pregnant, or with a nursing baby, or with the whole family and all of our kid gear.

That sounded like work.

It’s been a “maybe” because I couldn’t see when it was going to be a good time.

Then, one...

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Being hard on yourself? Try this.

For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about the magic of recovery, including how to create a recovery plan and tips for creating more ease with sleep. If you’ve missed them, be sure to click the links to catch up!

Recovery is not just about the physical body. 

If you feel stressed because you’re believing you’re not getting enough done…

If you fear that you might suck as a business owner…

If being a parent has felt so, so, so hard… 

If you were brave and now feel a shame spiral for a mistake you made… 

This is when “ego recovery” will help.

Sometimes, it can feel like our ego has taken over and is driving our every thought.  

The ego is mind-based, fear-driven, and famously says things like “not enough,”things could go wrong,” and “I made a mistake.” 

The ego can make us feel less than others or fear being seen as better than...

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10 tips for creating more ease with SLEEP

How’s your recovery plan going? 

Did you miss that blog? Oh, you don’t want to miss it, so check it out right here. 

Over the last week, many have prioritized sleep for their recovery, so let’s talk about the benefits of sleep and what we can do to improve our odds of a good night’s sleep. 

Sleep does cool stuff. 

During sleep the body does countless forms of healing, including a process where the brain essentially washes itself, your body regulates your hormones, and injuries get repaired too (isn’t it so cool?). 

Sleep (I’ll throw meditation in here too) is also an opportunity to feel alignment with our higher self. My hunch is that the shift in brain waves that scientists measure is a reflection of the vibrational shift into alignment with the higher self.  

When we’re not getting enough sleep, we may feel a disconnect with our higher-self. Physically, our prefrontal cortex also takes a hit. The...

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Feeling drained? This will help.

Ya know… many of us are unconsciously using a backward strategy for getting things done, but not realizing it’s working against us. 

The strategy goes like this… life asks more of us, it feels busy, so we speed, try to do more, and then CUT OUT what we need most. 

Any guesses as to what gets cut? 

I’ll give you a hint… it’s the same thing that professional athletes PRIORITIZE as much as their training. 

It’s RECOVERY. 

We cut sleep, meditation, good nutrition, hydration, and positive self-talk (to name a few). 

We drain our systems trying to give more and get more done. 

The result? 

Whether we realize it or not, our creativity, communication, and decision-making capabilities are compromised. Add on top of that, we often feel depleted, stressed, anxious, and pressured. 

Athletes know from research that cutting recovery will negatively impact their performance and will increase the odds of...

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If you're feeling like "there's no time"

My time for writing, responding to emails, and moving forward on projects has been squeezed down to what has felt like nothing.

The culprit?

Summer camp.

For the last six weeks I’ve spent roughly 30 minutes driving my daughter to camp, and then driving another 30 minutes to drop my other daughter off at her daycare and then driving back home.

Twice a day.

You did the math, didn’t you? Well, I can’t tell you how many times I’VE added up the driving hours as EVIDENCE of the lack of time I’ve had to get stuff done.

Did I fully embrace the hours in the car and find ease and acceptance with getting fewer things done each day?

Sorta... no, not really.

Sure, I made the best of the drive-time with some incredible audio books, music, and “car dancing” with my daughter -- we’ve had a lot of fun -- but that didn’t override the strong feeling I had everyday that I WASN’T DOING ENOUGH.

That FEELING was the bump in the “ease...

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Ever ask yourself this?

Do you ever have a case of “Who am I . . . to want this / have this / be this?” ?

Like, you think of your dream house and then stop yourself and think, “yeah, but who am I to have a house like that?”

Or, you think of raising your rates or asking for a salary increase and think, “yeah, but who am I to be asking for that much?”

OR, you embrace EASE, maybe working less and making more, and think, “who in the hell am I to be doing LESS and making MORE?”

Sarah, who are you not to have those things? It is only the egoic mind that says “who am I?” suggesting that you’re somehow less than someone, or will be seen as better than others. You’re not less than or better than anyone.

And, the thought in your head that asks, “who am I?” that’s not you. You’re not that thought. AND, you’re not the house you live in, or your income, job title, or car that you drive. You’re WAY MORE than all...

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Stretch yourself + grow your biz (without working harder)

Meet Meghan. 

Meghan is an entrepreneur who knows how to work hard. 

She’s also my client and right now Meghan wants CHANGE: change in her business, change in her mind, change in her body. 

She wants to stretch herself, but she’s tired of the old way of long-hours and exhaustion. 

Recently she felt stuck, “I feel like I’m trying so hard, but nothing is working!” she said.

So, I asked, “How are your mindset practices, like your affirmations, going?” 

(LOUD SIGH) “I was doing them, but I quit. I just get pulled away with other stuff,” she said. 

“Got it. Okay, how about your meditation practice?” I asked.

“What meditation practice?” she said with a chuckle. “Ugh, Sarah, I was doing all of it for a while and it felt so good and then it just dropped off.” 

Meghan did what a lot of us do.

She ATTACKED the practices like they were a...

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I don't wanna see you work

Old-school, fear-based rules seem to be everywhere. 

I often see them on my social feed and in my inbox from other coaches

Here’s a recent message that I found entertaining: 

“I don’t want to see you dance. I wanna see you work.” 

Damn. I can’t dance and work at the same time? I guess I’m totally screwed. 

Or this one: 

“Do the hard work and then enjoy the rewards as you climb to the next level.”

I don’t know about you, but my old-school, hard-working, follow-the-rules mindset would have read that and thought, “Okay, I gotta buckle down, do the hard work, hustle my ass off, and then I’ll get the rewards. It will be totally worth it.”

This way of thinking took me down the path of self-doubt, exhaustion, sickness, dread and unhappiness. 

You know why? 

Because it’s FEAR-BASED.

The underlying message is: Work hard to avoid failure/poverty/shame. Afterward,...

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Stress making you sick?

When I was a little girl I remember thinking how miraculous it seemed that when I got a cut that my body would form a scab, like it’s own Bandaid, and get to work healing itself.

Today, I’m amazed watching my daughter’s body heal from her recent bike accident.  She has stitches in her lip holding the wound together long enough for her body to do its job of healing itself.

Her body is healing so quickly that she looks different when she gets home from school than she did when I put her on the bus.

Miraculous, isn’t it?

Trillions of cells all working together in harmony to keep the body alive and repair itself.

Until, it doesn’t feel like harmony and instead like headaches, indigestion, or illness.

When ease in the body turns into various forms of dis-ease.

The major culprit? STRESS.

Western and Eastern medicine agree that stress is one of the major causes of illness.

Stress prevents the body from going into its natural healing state.

In fact,...

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Write Your OWN Rules

Rules.

When growing up, most of us were taught to listen and follow the rules. Be a “good girl” and do as you’re told.

Don’t question the rules. Don’t break the rules.

Like little soldiers, following orders.

Wanting to do things “right” or, at least, avoid doing it “wrong.”

And then, we grew up, and many of us did what we knew and continued to follow social rules.

Rules like:

You must work hard to be successful.

Don’t question your boss or client, or you could get fired.

Don’t, at any cost, get fired.

You’ll be stressed if you care about being successful and doing a good job.

Work as many hours as possible to get the job done.

MADE-UP rules.

Once upon a time it was a made-up, social rule that women couldn’t wear pants, and people of different races couldn’t get married.

Oh, wait! Those made-up rules were actual fucking LAWS.

Today, many are believing made-up, OUTDATED fear-based rules that cling to...

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