I have admired Sara from afar for quite some time. Always wondering “what is her secret to living a wellness-focused lifestyle while balancing the hustle that is entrepreneurship?”
Luckily for all of us, the answer is in the interview below.
Read on to discover how an uncomplicated approach to rituals can leave you feeling strong both mentally and physically. Sara also shares her thoughts on entrepreneurship, and I appreciate her realness on the topic. If you travel a lot for work, you will definitely want to note her tips for staying grounded.
There is so much to love & learn in this interview. I hope you take away from it as much as I did.
4. You travel a lot for work, what are your essentials to stay grounded?
I’ve been able to normalize constant travel by creating really helpful routines and rituals that help me feel in flow.
Here are a couple tips/secrets:
In many ways very similar to how I am now. Very brainy, a big reader and thinker, enjoy a cup of tea, never stays at a party too late. I’ve always loved running, getting lost in a beauty store like Sephora or Shoppers Drugmart, I still look forward to the latest edition of Vogue each month (I have since I was 13). I wasn’t ‘trouble’ or interested in making anyones lives more difficult than they already were. I kept to myself largely and have always had a very small close group of girlfriends.
6. What do you wear for important corporate meetings and why?
Whatever I feel most myself in. I basically wear the same thing everyday. It's usually jeans and a t-shirt and blazer, or jeans (my favourite are citizen of humanity) and a silk or linen shirt or button up. I’m normally in sneakers, or boots like Veja or Stella McCartney sneakers/shoes that I wear often. I did once wear Blundstones to a presentation in font of LVMH, because I wanted to be comfortable and feel like myself… the presentation went very well. But I don’t know if I would do that again!
7. As we are heading into the holiday season, what essential oil blend do we all need to try in our vitruvi diffusers?
8.What do you love most about living in Kitsilano?
Being by the water, the community, and the access to great fitness classes keep me sane. I attribute my ability to juggle a lot and have a high capacity for work and responsibilities with living in Kitsilano. I can workout early in the morning at Turf before the office, and then usually take Charlie, my dog, for a beach walk every evening. I jog Point Grey road almost every weekend. Getting fresh air and time outside everyday is really a non-negotiable for me, I don’t even think about it.
9. Running a growing business is sometimes compared to riding a roller-coaster of emotions, do you agree? What tips do you have for the entrepreneur out there who is seeking more evenness?
Don’t fight it. You made the choice, live with it and make it your new normal. Don't get too preoccupied with being overwhelmed, this is your life now so figure it out and don’t complain. I know this might sound harsh, but I believe in the power of choice and that if you start to fight the abundance of opportunities or stress or learning that starts coming your way, then the universe will just make it go away. One of our core values at vitruvi is “seek the discomfort of the unknown, that’s where the magic happens”. It’s all about leaning into what we don’t know and what doesn’t feel familiar.
10. It is particularly interesting to ask you – what would the ultimate selfcare day look like for you?
Really similar to what my everyday looks like except probably with a massage, acupuncture, and bath. Vitruvi and Essential Well Being are all about transforming seemingly simple moments of the day into secret spa moments of self care. For me that means most of my day now is just habits that have been transformed into rituals that leave me feeling strong both mentally and physically. I work out at a private pilates studio called A La Ligne. I credit it with really helping to keep my body and mind strong despite a lot of constant travel. Katie is the creator of it, and her energy work, perspective, and method is world class. I meditate daily, eat simply, try to journal or write down things throughout the day. Connect with friends and call my family every day or so. I don’t believe in making this overly complicated, but I do believe very much in investing in very good food and fuelling my body with simple plant-based food.
11. Lastly, for fun, what is your favourite harly jae outfit?