Being open to whatever comes next

Do you ever wonder where your life is going? Question whether you’re on the right path or making the right decisions? Like, all the time? Not my friend Sarah. Sarah is blessed with the ability to go with the flow, take opportunities as they arise, and have faith that the steps she is taking are leading her in the right direction.

That mindset has led to an interesting career path, from starting out as an intern on the Today Show, to working as a personal assistant, to anchoring the local news, to now working for her local state Senator. Sarah’s latest venture is a business all her own. Over the last few months, she’s launched Soiree!, an event planning, day-of event coordinating, and consulting business in Upstate New York.

I, personally, think that’s a ballsy thing to do and I love it. So, I talked to Sarah about starting a business and going with the flow.

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Caitlin: Did you always want to have to have your own business?

Sarah: I don’t necessarily think it’s always been a goal, but that it’s something I’ve always wanted to do deep down. When I first started this my mom reminded me of something I’d forgotten. When I was probably ten years old I was down at my grandmother’s cottage with my cousins and I created a bakery called 5 cousins Bakery. I created a brochure with a menu and went to all the different cottages along the shore line and they would place orders and we’d go back and bake everything and deliver them.

So, I kind of think it was always in the back of my mind to start something up for myself. I think I’ve always wanted to be my own boss.

Caitlin: I think a lot of people have ideas of what they kind of want to do, but it feels really out of reach or you think, like, can I really do that? Is it worth it? What’s your advice?

Sarah: Take baby steps and use whatever resources you have at your disposal. I thought of different people who I knew who had started small businesses and I said, okay what did you do when you started out? The Internet is, of course, a great resource. You can connect the dots for yourself.

I would encourage people that if they have a unique idea, don’t be afraid to turn it into something and take action.

Caitlin: With your new business, when will you feel like you’ve made it?

Sarah: It really depends on how far I want to take it. It could be making it in the sense that I’ve got enough extra income that I can take a few trips a year and manage the business myself. I think, on a larger scale, making it could be having my own office and an employee.

Caitlin: Do you have a year plan? A five year plan?

Sarah: I’m kind of taking it as it comes and seeing what the feedback is.

Caitlin: You’ve had an interesting career, taking opportunities as they come and trusting you’re on the right path. I’ve always this feeling like life has to be so linear, like each step I take leads to the next thing, and I have to know where I’m going. Sometimes it feels like a lot of pressure. Do you not feel that way? You seem like you’re really able to just go with the flow.

Sarah: In any of the the new jobs I’ve had, they’ve just come up and I’ve taken a chance and gone with them. I feel like as long I’m in a good place right now and I make the right decisions, it can only get better.

Caitlin: So, it’s just about being open to whatever comes next.

Sarah: Yeah, definitely.

 

I think generally I am a pretty laid back person, but if there’s anything that makes me worry it’s my career path and wondering if I’m making the right decisions. Are you a worrier or someone who goes with the flow? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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