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  • 16
    Feb 2017

    The 2 things that are getting me through this crisis.

    Photo by Melissa Hoffmann

    I’m having one of those days where I don’t even know if I should tell you this because it’s fresh and raw and nothing is clear, but since my whole business strategy is to be real, I’m going to tell you anyways.

    Last week was dark. Jonathan and I think it was the hardest week we’ve had as parents.  Both kids, our nanny and Jonathan got the flu twice in ten days, the days were full of tantrums and tears, and the nights were full of puking and screaming. We were getting about 3 hours of sleep a night, and not all at one time.  

    Although there are significantly worse things that could happen to a parent, we were in crisis. There’s a reason they use sleep deprivation as a form or torture. And at the end of the week, we decided to part ways with our nanny. It was a natural part of our transition to the east coast, but hard nonetheless. If you’ve had a caregiver who’s been part of your family, you know how gut wrenching that is. I’m feeling wrung out and very emotional.

    There’s one other detail you should know…

    The week before the flu apocalypse, I was away with a friend of mine doing some deep spiritual and strategy work around the next chapter of my life and my work.  I got incredible clarity about what I am meant to do next (I’ll be sharing it with you soon) and how much I longed to have a deeper relationship with my children.  The second morning of my trip, I pulled the Creator Destroyer card from my 13 Moon Mystery School deck (my teacher is leading her annual Priestess Initiation right now if you feel called) which has a picture of Kali in all of her powerful destruction. Whenever she shows up, I know shit is going to go down. I hoped she would be gentle with me (HA!) and put her on my altar.  

    It is not lost on me that I started this two week period with intense clarity and commitment to my future, and completed with a major ending of my past. I can see how I am being guided to go deeper into the cocoon of my family, and how I am slowly untying from my life in San Francisco.  

    So what’s the plan? Good question. The only thing I know is that I will be home with my kids full time for a month-ish. We have grandparents in town, a trip to Boston and I’ll patch together some babysitting to get a break and write to you.  

    And get this: my business, for the most part, is running without me. Besides a long list of emails I want to write for you, my team is a completely self-sufficient, managing current Live More Weigh Less Members and growing things as needed. I want to take some time to talk about this, because as Mother and Entrepreneur, this is important.

    A few things I want you to know about how my business, and how I got it to this point. 

    1. My work is very important to me, so I give it the energy it deserves when it needs it. My work feeds me emotionally, and it feeds us financially. It is not a deliberate distraction from my kids (though I do use it as an escape or excuse a lot – working on that), and it is not a frivolous, or selfish thing. I think we can get into a place and dismiss our work as just money, but that money is allowing me to do the very deep work of healing some wounds I have around Motherhood right now, and there is nothing frivolous about that. And it’s ok to want that abundance and stability. 
    2. As my Dad would say, luck has nothing to do with it.  The business didn’t get like this by accident. I deliberately created a business that I didn’t have to pay attention to every day. I actually haven’t worked for three weeks! But this season was preceded by a lot of education, hard work, and ruthless implementation. Everything I have created, I learned from Marie Forleo in her B-School program. I am not exaggerating. Her free training is out right now, and you can learn about how to create a successful business online, for free, here: Watch this awesome video. As my Dad would say, luck has nothing to do with it.  
    3. It takes time, and you’ll be grateful you worked for it someday. If you are nowhere near this place in your business, but long for it, know that there will be a time in the not too distant future, when your kids are 3, 5 or 10 years older and you hit rock bottom, and you will look back and think, “I am so grateful for my past self for just having the faith, chutzpah, foresight and energy to start the path of creating this business I can rely on and that is holding me and my family right now through this hard time.” I have been saying this to myself everyday.    

    So as I sit in the discomfort of this major initiation and transition, I am clear that there are two things that I can lean on: the structure and stability of my work and my connection to magic to see the lesson and guidance of it all. 

    Because I am so grateful for everything I’ve learned in B-School over the years, and how it has positively impacted my life, I am partnering with Marie to bring you a one of kind Bonus when you enroll through me when she opens her doors for enrollment on Wednesday, February 22. Make sure you open my email on Wednesday, because you’ll need to enroll through my unique link. This year I thought long and hard about how I wanted to serve women entrepreneurs and what would be the most creative, spiritual and intimate thing I could think of. 

    So… along with my favorite online programs and my Live Now Mala, I will also be offering a one-day, in-person Sacred Business Circle at my home in San Francisco limited to 20 women. If we have more demand, I’ll open a second day. I am SO excited to be offering this sacred container to a select group of women who feel called to explore their soul’s calling and lean on the divine feminine for guidance and inspiration in their work in the world. I’ll be sharing more about this sacred circle and my other bonuses in the coming weeks, so make sure to open all of your emails from me. If you are interested in attending, but have already taken B-School, please email us at support@sarahjenks.com

    Thanks for taking the time to be with me today, I continue to be so fed by our connection, even in this small way.  

    Cheering you on and seeing you in your highest potential, as always.

    Lots of love, 

    Sarah

    P.S. The video Marie released today is my favorite by far, you’re going to learn the 7 most common excuses that hold new entrepreneurs back from meaningful growth and how to overcome them. Marie takes a stand for your dreams and holds them tight so they won’t slip away. You’ll also hear how other creatives rose up to overcome their obstacles and how you can too. You can watch for free here.

    P.P.S. I’m a proud affiliate of B-School and although I may earn a referral fee based on my recommendation, I only share programs that I have personally experienced first-hand and really believe have the power to help you create the life you deserve.

  • 02
    Feb 2017

    Join Me, Kate Northrup, Danielle LaPorte, Shefali Tsabary, and more in a conversation about thriving as a entrepreneurial, change-maker mother!


    260380396999571.PpXox0TbNHJVkxM6AR8w_height640Next Tuesday, (2/7), my dear friend Kate Northrup is gathering a powerful group of women (Shefali Tsabary- my personal parenting guru, Danielle LaPorte, Meggan Watterson, and Liz Long – one of my closest friends) for an intimate and revealing conversation about the myth of balance and how to thrive as an entrepreneurial, change-maker mother!

    I was FLOORED to be asked to join this amazing circle of women because I have been personally affected by each of their work and Kate is leading the charge on a new way of doing business and motherhood that is radical, restorative, and really needed in this time.

    To sign up for this live video gathering, click here

    As a mother of two toddlers just 17 months apart, and the primary breadwinner in my family while my husband is in his surgical residency, this conversation is very dear to my heart.

    I have wrestled with resentment around making money while I’m having babies, confusion around what kind of mom I want to be, frustration around how to find time with myself and exhaustion of the hustle I feel I need to adopt in order to make it all work.

    I have also reveled in the expansion of my soul, experience of true freedom, pride in my abilities to provide abundantly, deep connection with other women on this specific journey, inspiration around my creativity and ambition and the overwhelming love that has grown among me and my children.

    So I have some things to talk about 🙂 and a lot of ideas on how we, as women, can do this dance of entrepreneurship and motherhood better. It’s an incredibly important topic because as long as we are doing things like a man, we aren’t getting what we really deserve out of our work or motherhood. 

    I am so thrilled that Kate has lit the torch on this work and has made it her mission to teach women around the globe how to be a mother and an entrepreneur in a way that works for our specific energy, lineage, spiritual capacity and unique connection to the cycles. And I feel so psyched to join her in this specific chapter of her mission.

    To sign up for this live video gathering with Kate, Danielle LaPorte, Shefali Tsabary, Liz Long, Meggan Watterson and me, visit here.

    I can’t wait to spend time with you.

    Love,
    Sarah

  • 12
    Jan 2017

    “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”

    girls-bannerWhen Trump was elected, I felt so activated. Something snapped in me, and I finally got that no one was going to swoop in and fix all the things that piss me off while I hang out tending to my little business and doing my day to day life. Regardless of the politics, I am grateful for this wake-up call.

    I witnessed this activation in so many people. A universal fire started erupting that everyone seemed to explain the same way: I feel so fired up, what are we going to do to change things? It’s up to us now.

    President Obama reinforced this in last night’s speech when he said,

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

    I’ve watched friends take on the tragedy in Aleppo, house refugees in their homes, adopt orphans, raise money for Planned Parenthood, work to end sex trafficking, the list goes on and on. What I am struck by is that this fire, mixed with what breaks people’s hearts has created incredible movement and change in so many different areas. Change that maybe couldn’t be mobilized from the top down even if they wanted to.  

    Glennon Doyle Melton has been asking people, “what breaks your heart?” as a way to get to what you should be doing with your life.

    What breaks my heart is women and girls hating their bodies and being consumed with the obsession of being accepted and loved based on what they look like.

    I believe that when we are at war with our body, we can’t grow. When we are consumed with the stress, anxiety and shame of not looking pretty enough to be loved, there is no energy left to get fired up. When we are stuck in that spiral, we don’t get that we can create change. When most of our thoughts are consumed with shrinking, we don’t have space to think of creative solutions.  When we have no intrinsic self-worth, we can’t see how WE ARE THE CHANGE MAKERS.

    So in November I raised $17,000 in a pay what you can campaign to help educate high school girls about their bodies. The very next day, I hosted the San Francisco premiere of Embrace, a movie about one woman’s journey to inspire everyone to embrace their bodies.

    I was so moved by the film and how it really explained WHY we are so obsessed with what we look like (culture and the media) and the importance of taking care of your body in order to be healthy and feel great, and not to fit an ideal. I left wanting every person in the world to see this film and fantasized about getting the movie and a corresponding curriculum in the states.

    So I reached out to the star and producer of the movie and founder of The Body Image movement, Taryn Brumfit, who lives in Australia with her three kids.

    We connected instantly (she is so hilarious, loving and passionate) and it turns out, they already have a school curriculum to roll out in Australia, and they were just waiting for the funds and extra help to roll it out in the United States. BEAUTIFUL!

    So we are now partnering with the Body Image Movement to bring this work into as many schools as possible. I AM SO PROUD OF US. Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting this.

    Now the work begins. Taryn and I are coming up with a strategy to roll it out so it is super easy for schools. Our donations will be going towards printed materials and communication to get the word out.

    We need your help: If you would like to be an ambassador of this work at your local school, please just respond to this email and let us know you are interested. We will be getting back to you in the coming weeks with your marching orders.  

    And if you would like to donate to this cause, I have opened the pay what you can for Live More Method for today only. You can donate and receive my Live More Method program here: http://livemoremethod.com/enroll-lmwl-members/.

    So my dear, now I want to ask you, are you so consumed with your body that you can’t feel your inner fire? If you are, I just need you to know that I get it. It’s painful and embarrassing and healing can feel so far away. But, the good news is that you are in the right place to get help because I am really good at helping women find peace with your body, in fact, it’s what I’m best at. So if you want help, just click here and it will send me a note to reach out to you privately and tell you how I can support you.   

    In the comments below, I would love to know what YOU are fired up about and what your plan is to do something about it. I can’t wait to cheer you on and hold you accountable.

     

    So much love,
    Sarah

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