Dare to go after something different.
That's what I did.
Let's Face It...
Sometimes Corporate America can be a soul sucking experience. I struggled for a long time. If you’re anything like me, when you feel the anxiety, loneliness, and uncertainty kick in, you double down and work harder. You put in more hours thinking that confidence will come from more hustling.
Then life starts to feel like this!
- A sea of back-to-back meetings and endless tasks leaving little to no space to connect with others. You don’t “do lunch” anymore. Sometimes you don’t even eat lunch.
- Self-criticism runs rampant. Rather than asking for help, you tuck your head and do more. You don’t celebrate wins for more than the 10 seconds it takes to cross them off your list.
- You feel desperately alone despite being surrounded by amazing people.
Welcome to the echo chamber. A soulless place where you can quickly lose perspective and your sense of purpose.
Hey, I'm Sarah Mann.
That was me during various stints in Marketing, Operations, and HR, and I needed to shake things up. (Pain, in my case, was a powerful motivator.) Thankfully, those days are in the rearview mirror.
In 2014, I sat down on the couch next to my husband, told him I wanted to quit my job and shoved a PowerPoint deck (yes, I’m that Type A) under his nose, which outlined my business and how I planned to make money.
I laid it all out in black and white (and maybe some SmartArt…) and said, “Can you support me in this?” He said, “Yes,” and went back to watching SportsCenter. 🙂
By that point, I had spent over 20 years in Corporate America. I was a multi-tasking maven, torching the midnight oil, and trying to do it all. Burned out with an overdeveloped sense of responsibility—asking for help didn’t feel like an option. Self-doubt crept in and eroded my confidence, so I worked harder. I oozed stress and exhaustion. I stopped connecting with people. (Because really, who has time?)
But the real suck of it all?
I learned that self-reliance is lonely as hell.
There’s a deep chasm between feeling a part of and apart from, and it’s easy to plummet into it when we let ourselves flounder too long in isolation.
The good news is, you can get out of the suck. And you don’t have to figure it out alone. But if you want something to be different, you have to be willing to do something different.
I work alongside tenacious women to create changes that stick, like:
- Set boundaries to take control of your time, focus, and energy
- Shift priorities and put you on the top of your “to do” list rather than the bottom
- Build habits that reflect your values and support you in achieving your goals
- Debunk old mindsets, beliefs and assumptions that stand in your way of success
- Take confidence-building action
- Manage your inner critic and its’ stream of self-judgment (which is definitely not helping you reach your goals!)
- Connect with your network and banish the isolation
- Create the clarity you crave
- Step into and embody your best self