Today in Simplify Blogging, we're chatting with my good friend Sarah Jensen on her blogging journey. Sarah is a writer and coach based in Australia.
SS: Tell us about your blog + biz! Hi! My name is Sarah. I’m a writer and coach and what lights me up is seeing others achieve their goals and feel amazing about themselves.
SarahJensen.com.au is part story-telling, part straightforward, practical advice on how to love yourself, believe in yourself and live a happy, fulfilling life.
My focus is on honesty, connection and how to make change in the real world.
I’ve seen so many wonderful people stop themselves from following their passion or making their dream life their real life because they feel stuck, or overwhelmed, or not good enough. I’m here to say you’re so worth it, you’re so incredibly special and you absolutely deserve to love yourself and your life.
I’m not afraid to get a bit deep and meaningful or put myself out there so others know they’re not alone. I’m also a big fan of being a little bit silly and having a good laugh. What it comes down to is balance and I’m here to help people find their balance, along with their momentum and excitement for life.
Ultimately, connection and giving back are my soul purposes and through my website and coaching business I can do that. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to connect with so many beautiful people and help them kick butt!
SS:I love that Rob Bell quote you have on your about me page that says some of the most comforting words a person can hear are 'me too'. When did someone say that to you in a meaningful way, and what Impact did it have on your life?
There hasn’t been one specific, stand-out ‘me too’ in my life. There have been a series of moments across the last few years that have helped me really put myself out there, to speak my truth, take down the walls and let people in.
The ones that come to mind are a counsellor who reassured me I wasn’t not alone in how I felt, a person I deeply admire and respect confessed that they struggle too, a friend who seemed to have it ‘all together’ shared some shocking personal struggles and a mentor who admitted she doubts herself too.
The other big ‘me too’ in my life have been the amazing and inspiring women in the Bright Eyed and Blog Hearted group. They’ve absolutely been my rock since I started this journey. They’ve celebrated with me, cried with me and encouraged me to keep going and keep believing. All of those things have added up to me feeling so much more confident in myself. I have down days, of course I do, but at the core now I feel hope, love and possibility.
What I’ve realised is that everything I’ve been through, all the negativity and self-destruction, has been a gift. It’s helped me become strong in myself. It’s helped me learn how to be vulnerable and how to really connect with others. But most of all it’s given me the experience and compassion to help others, and for that I’m truly grateful.
SS; what are the top struggles you've face as a blogger?
Comparing myself to others has been my biggest inner battle.
I spent a lot of time thinking I’m not good enough, my website isn’t pretty enough, my message isn’t clear enough, I’m not reaching enough people, I’m not providing enough value or making enough of difference. I felt like everyone was doing it bigger and better than me and it’s all been done before anyway. There have definitely been a few “why bother” moments.
At one point I had to sit myself down and say, ‘Sarah, you’re unique. You’re special. You matter and what you have to say matters. Even if you only help one person it’s worth it.’ And it helped. I think acknowledging that this is my unique journey freed me up to let it flow a lot more. I realised the growing, changing, learning and the trial and error are all part of the journey. It’s a beautiful evolution; an experiment. In moments of doubt or frustration now, I remember my why (helping others) and it keeps me going.
Other than that, my biggest learnings have been to be gentle and kind with myself, enjoy the process, never lose the joy and that everything takes longer than you expect.
SS: How do you use your blog to market your business?
It might sound strange, but at the moment I feel like my blog isn’t about marketing my business, it’s about offering love, kindness, honesty and a virtual hug to those who need it.
I want to make sarahjensen.com.au a place where people feel safe, comfortable, supported and nurtured. Where they feel like they’re not alone. Where they’re reassured that even though they might not be exactly where they want to be in life, it’s just logistics and we can work on that.
My message to each and every beautiful soul who kindly visits my website is this:
“You are wonderful, special and worthwhile. You matter. What you want matters and how you want to feel matters. You deserve to be happy and fulfilled. If you’re not where you want to be in life, please don’t give up. You’re not alone. I’m here for you and we can work on it together. You truly can live a life you love. It’s absolutely possible and I believe in you.”
SS: what are your blogging goals for 2015?
My goals this year are to focus on consistency, sustainability and learning as much as I can so I can be of greater service.
At the end of the day though, I really just want to help people believe in themselves, acknowledge the incredible person they are and embrace their incredible potential. I think everyone deserves to live a life where they feel happy and fulfilled, so my main goal for 2015 is to help as many people as possible achieve this.