By day, Sarah is an outsourced CFO working with companies doing $1-$10m in annual revenue and dealing with growth or transition. She helps CEOs get financial clarity, increase profitability, and make projections. By night, Sarah dances tango, cares for her adopted dog Kaya, and in 2017, produced the film, It Could Be Beautiful. This documentary film explores the themes of connection, commitment, and the beauty that comes from struggle.
Sarah is no stranger to struggle, but also the lessons, and drops by Le vital corps Salon willing to openly and honestly share them with us. If you’re someone who has checked all the right boxes, diligently climbed rung-by-rung up the corporate ladder, self-medicated through some of your success, felt there was no real you in the person who shows up at work most days, and wondered what it’s all for, enjoy this powerful conversation.
Selected link love + resources from the episode
- Connect with Sarah on social media: Twitter | Facebook |
- It Could Be Beautiful (documentary film)
- Hudson Valley Tech Meetup
- Tango and the Art of Connection (TEDx)
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (book)
- The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron (Sarah leverages this, but found her own way into writing)
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
- Stay in the loop about future Le vital corps Salon episodes: Twitter | Facebook | The List (sent twice monthly including helpful health + lifestyle information)
Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Sarah herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:13:38]: I always say the biggest decisions make themselves because we analytical, overachieving women like to put up pros and cons, and we like to whiteboard things out, and go, “Are we making the right decision?” We want to really know.
[00:16:29] (On developing her own sense of intuition) I want to be able to source my own answers.
[00:18:39]: What happened and what I show in the film is that because of Kaya and tango, I had opened up to this amazing new kind of joy and creativity in my life that was completely dormant. I was working in the corporate world in Boston and finance, and I couldn’t reconcile the two worlds, the corporate world where I was dead inside and it was almost required that you be somewhat zombie-like. In that environment, aliveness and playfulness were just not welcome.
[00:27:33] (Before her leap) There is no real me in my everyday life. All there is, is this concept that I’ve constructed about what I want to be and what I want other people to see me as.
[00:35:28]: I think that we can endure a lot of self-abuse when we’re young because our bodies are still fortified or resilient enough, really, that you can do a lot of damage and still function. I was functioning but at a declining rate, and just starting to realize that I was not—I was just not healthy in body, mind, or spirit.
[00:50:53]: There should be room for a little bit of mystery and a little bit of magic because I think that everything that has a scientific explanation is also magical. Just because it’s got a scientific explanation doesn’t make it not magical. You look at nature and all of the amazing things happening around us all the time. There’s a lot of magic.
[00:59:13]: Anything can be a meditation if you are mindful and you’re present.
[01:05:20] I want to have the ability to hold both things, that deep contentment and also the vision for what could be greater and better, and that’s how I’ve been able to keep creating my life and have my life keep rising.
[01:09:40] “Seek connection” is one of my mantras.
[01:14:08] Not every aspect of our lives can be thriving all the time. It’s totally unrealistic. Life is more dynamic than that. There are some times where a certain thing is going to come to the forefront, and then it’ll move into the background and something else will come into the forefront.
[01:25:24]: For the most part, I wasn’t really up against a lot of other people’s oppressive judgments of me. Mostly, I was up against my own oppressive judgments of me. I’ve always been harder on myself than anyone else could ever think to be.
[01:27:59] I am relentlessly committed to seeing the good in whatever’s happening.
[01:31:29]: Life is such a mystery. I’m so glad I don’t know how this is going to turn out, because it is pretty darn exciting to watch things unfold.
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