Making a living vs. Having a life

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A little over 2 years ago I  called my friend Nisha in tears.  I was in the middle of my first round of my signature program, Live More Weigh Less Mastery, and I was frankly, miserable.

I had spent the previous six months pulling together a huge launch, something I knew nothing about at the time, and was working around the clock.  When I called Nisha, I was in the middle of coaching twelve private clients, creating a 12-week curriculum on the fly and coaching all the women through the program.

I was exhausted, overworked and had let everything I loved fall to the wayside in favor of concentrating on my business.

BUT I was making money.  “Making a living” as they call it.

Making a living: The idea that work leads to money which leads to happiness.

So here I am, working, making money, and not happy. Cue mental breakdown.

So I told Nisha, “Maybe I’m in the wrong industry.  Maybe I don’t love this stuff enough, I mean, I’m miserable and all I want to do is quit.”

Nisha responded ever so coolly, “Sar, knowing you, I really don’t think it’s what you’re doing, but how you’re doing it. When was the last time you went on a date, to dance class or sang in the shower?”

Uh. It had been months since I had made the things I love to do a priority.

And it was in that moment that I realized: making a living means nothing if you don’t have a life. {Tweet it}

I vowed then that my business would never be at the expense of my life.  However, I was worried that by prioritizing my life, I’d make less money and would have to sacrifice many of the things I loved as a result.  I’d also been so used to working all the time that I wondered what I would even do with “free time”.

So Nisha and I put our creative brains together and  decided to figure out how I could have it all – a career I loved, the success I craved, time for fun and self care, and plenty of romance.

I took the necessary steps to “have a life” while maintaining a business – steps Nisha and I want to teach you (more on that below).

Here’s what happened that year in moving from making a living to having a life:

I delegated 60% of my work to my virtual assistant.
I learned how to get my women the same results in Live More Weigh Less in half the time.
I tripled the cost of my VIP program and filled it in 48 hours.
I quadrupled my audience.
I tripled my income.
I am wildly happier.

And I have to say it gets better and better all the time.  Also, this is not just possible for women who are self-employed. In fact, I have coached women who work in corporate through this process and they have seen even greater success than I have.

There are a lot of incredible coaches out there who are awesome at teaching you how to make a living, but Nisha and I are more concerned with you having a life, because that’s the only thing that’s going to make you truly fulfilled. Plus, we’ve both experienced that having a life leads to even greater financial success.

On Wednesday, April 9th we’ll be hosting the first segment of our LIVE FREE Online Event, a two week live stream video gathering where you can join us right from your living room focused on the art of making a living and having a life.  When you sign up you’ll also be the first to hear about our 2nd Annual LIVE FREE Retreat in Sonoma’s Wine Country this October.

WEEK ONE – Ambition & Ease: We’ll be teaching you some of our signature strategies for finding your sweet spot between ambition and ease – the place where you feel productive, creative and happy in your life and work.  We’re also going to share our most personal thoughts on how to create true success when it comes to your career, body, lifestyle and relationship. Up until now, we’ve only shared this information with our clients.

WEEK TWO – Live Coaching with Sarah & Nisha:  You’ll have the opportunity to be personally coached by us.  We’ll be digging into your biggest work/life conundrums and coaching you to find clear solutions for having the success you want.

We would love it if you could join us.  You can read about all the details and RSVP here.  We even made you a sweet video 🙂


We can’t to spend some time with you in the coming weeks… maybe even in Sonoma.



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