Something shifted in me when I attended Christy Wright’s Business Boutique last month.
Have you ever tried to light a fire with damp wood? It’s not entirely impossible, but it’s tough. You strike the match, place it to the kindling (or bawled up wads of
That was me when I walked into Business Boutique. I was trying to start a fire with damp wood. I had lots of ideas. I’m an ideas person. I probably have 50 a day, most of which are no more than fleeting thoughts. Once in a while though, one sticks around, and I decide to do something with it. In my case, that “do something with it” usually ends up being a document in my Google Drive. I have a lot of files in my Google Drive, all in varying degrees of completion.
We won’t discuss the books (plural – yes) I have waiting patiently as Word docs on my hard drive for me to do something with them, but that’s another task for another day. (Anyone
I left Business Boutique ready to set something on fire – to do something with the ideas I have and the gifts I’ve been given. A dominant theme throughout the weekend was to “do it scared.” We’re not made to live small, but a lot of us do – and never know it. We have thoughts and ideas and dreams, but we don’t act on them for one reason or another. Over and over, the message, although delivered differently each time, was the same: don’t let fear get in the way of sharing your gift.
A period of self-reflection followed. On a first pass, I don’t consider myself a fearful person. I’ve visited foreign countries alone, moved to new cities without a familiar face to be found, bit into unidentifiable dishes, left safe environments for the unknown based only on a gut feeling. But, I do have fears. I’m fearful of being seen. There’s more to unpack there than I’m willing or need to share in this post, but as I unpacked the reasons I’ve been sitting on some of these ideas, and of living a bigger life, I read these words in my Bible:
“There’s no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life – fear of death, fear of judgment – is one not yet fully formed in love.” 1 John 4:18.
If this were a cartoon, this would be where the light bulb would turn on and fireworks would go off. I got it. To live in love, I cannot live in fear. And that fear isn’t just my irrational fear of ALF or even fears of something happening to those I love. I’m living in fear when I sit on my gifts and don’t allow myself to be seen. (Cinderella, anyone?)
All of this to get to here.
My first downloadable strength and conditioning program, Strong By Sarah, is now available.
I wrote this program on a flight back from Iceland. That was in January. I scribbled my plan in a notebook, crossing out things and adding things, my pen slashing across the page a few times as we hit especially rough patches of turbulence. I had the best of intentions of doing something with it, but once back in Charlottesville, I set the notebook aside, got a job offer, and moved to Chapel Hill.
In July, fresh off the launch of my Individualized Personal Training programs (don’t ask how long it took to work up the nerve to launch that one…), I sat down on my couch one Saturday night and transferred my scratchy notebook plans into a spreadsheet.
Where it sat for two months.
I opened the file again, finally, made some adjustments, and started formatting the 28-day program into a pretty downloadable format. That was almost two months ago. Even finished, it sat on my computer, waiting to see the light of day. Or in this case, a “Buy Now” button.
After Business Boutique, I went to work in earnest, proofing the program and learning how to create an e-commerce component to my website (thanks, Google!). I took a big breath – and a big gulp of wine – and hit the publish button.
And now, Strong By Sarah is out “there.”
What is Strong By Sarah?
Strong By Sarah is a 28-day strength and conditioning program built for women and designed to progress as you grow stronger. The program includes options for at home and in the gym workouts and emphasizes strength training and HIIT work. It’s affordable and created in a way that makes it flexible to fit your busy schedule.
I created Strong By Sarah based on three things:
- Requests from readers to have a downloadable program
- A desire to offer fitness programming that’s affordable and accessible
- A belief that the benefits of strength training for women are unmatched
I believe in the programming I’ve put together – it’s programming I’ve followed and succeeded with myself – and I’m excited to share it with you.
I’m also proud.
Proud of this programming, proud of this final product, and proud of myself for taking a deep breath and pushing through my fears to share it with you. Here’s to moving past fear and sharing my gifts with the world.
You can purchase and download Strong By Sarah here.