Today’s inspiring girl boss is someone that I met through Instagram and we instantly connected! I am so excited to share her interview with everyone else. Her name is Sara and she is the blogger behind Sara Katherine. She also just started her own freelance business called SKL Content. Sara recently went all-in on her business and left her full-time job to fulfill her dreams. Read on to learn more about this inspirational girl boss!
#1 I love that the mission behind your blog is to help other millennials through adulthood. Tell me more about what inspired you to start your blog!
Sara: Thank you! Last year was my first year out of college. I had just finished a post graduate social media internship and was on the hunt for my first full-time job. Throughout the job hunt, I decided to dive back into blogging after retiring my Disney College Program blog of over five years. At the same time, I was learning that no one really knows what they’re doing when they graduate! I managed to snag a full-time position as a Marketing Manager for a restaurant franchise, but also started to go to therapy for ongoing anxiety. This opened up a brand new world of helping others my age not only conquer their lives as adults, but with reminders to keep themselves a priority through self-care. I want others to know that they aren’t alone in this crazy and scary journey, and if I can help at least one person feel more confident in themselves and finding their path, then that’s all I’ve ever wanted from my blog.
#2 You recently took your side hustle full-time, congrats!! How did you decide that it was time to take it full-time?
Sara: I certainly did! To be honest, I quickly discovered that life in the corporate world wasn’t for me. I was commuting around an hour both ways every day, and I just personally wasn’t feeling like I was in the right place both mentally and for my career. I started freelance blogging and content marketing for a local startup, and it was starting to become harder and harder to balance freelancing, a full-time job, the commute, my blog, a social life, and not to mention taking care of myself! It was time to make a decision. I already paid off my student loans and my car, so it was the first time in years I was debt free with a solid amount of savings to take the jump towards self-employment. I knew my freelancing and blog couldn’t grow much further if I was still balancing the corporate job, so I turned in my notice and took the leap of faith!
#3 If you could meet one girl boss, who would it be and why?
Sara: Oh man, this is tough. There are so many amazing girl bosses out there! To be honest, Demi Lovato has been an amazing role model for me ever since I was in high school. Her confidence and bravery to tell her story and promote positive mental health and body image is incredibly inspiring. Among the creative entrepreneur community, I’d love to meet Melyssa Griffin. She was the first person I discovered and showed that I could actually turn my blog into a full-time, successful business. (Say what??) I rely on so much of her webinars, blog posts, and resources, that I don’t think I’d be where I am today without her website.
#4 What is your favorite thing to do in your free time, when you’re not working on your blog or freelance business?
Sara: Any time that I can spend with my friends and boyfriend is definitely my favorite thing to do other than blogging or freelancing. Throughout this past year I’ve learned that spending time with people I care about is not only important, but a vital part to my own mental health and self-care. I may be an introvert, but connecting with others will always hold a special place in my heart. I also go to Disneyland rather frequently to visit many of my friends and former coworkers (I used to work there, and it’s only 15 minutes away.) Of course, I always love the occasional Netflix binge!
#5 What do you love most about being your own boss?
Sara: Having the freedom to decide what part of my business and myself I want to cultivate and grow. I also love being in charge of my own schedule! I am NOT a morning person, so it wasn’t hard to switch back to my night-owl tendencies after leaving my corporate job!
#6 What has been the hardest transition from working a corporate job to being an entrepreneur & freelancer?
Sara: Since I’m still rather new to the full-time entrepreneur life, managing my time without getting distracted has been difficult. It’s great that I’m in charge of my own schedule, but deciding on what to do every day without being pulled into 10 different directions to take advantage of new opportunities is tough! It’s definitely my current goal to start creating more of a strict schedule for myself, and make myself more accountable for using my time wisely.
#7 You write a lot about self-care on your blog and have so many helpful tips for millennials! What is one self-care tip you’d give to young women just starting their careers?
Sara: Great question! I think one mistake ambitious millennials sometimes make is focusing too much on the end result and not taking time in their day to take care of themselves. This can be physically or mentally! If you’re only striving for what’s next in your job, odds are you’re most likely forgetting about something else important in your life. Balance is extremely valuable, and without a solid foundation of a balanced lifestyle, you may not end up feeling as happy and fulfilled in other aspects of your life once you reach your goals in your career.
Related Reading: Finding a Work-Life Balance in a 24/7 World
#8 What’s one quote that inspires you every day?
Sara: As a former Disney cast member and fan since childhood, the following quote from Walt Disney will never fail to inspire me to keep going:
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
#9 Walk us through the day in the life of being a full-time freelancer and blogger!
Sara: Oh man, no day has ever been the same so far! I’ll usually wake up, eat breakfast, workout (every other day), catch up on social media, tackle some of my to-do list for either my freelance business or blog, take care of some errands or chores, go back to my to-do list for my blog and business, then relax either with friends, my boyfriend, or simply my cat and Netflix! Of course, it’s never always in that order, but those events are what usually happens each day!
#10 What is your favorite movie that you could watch over and over again?
Sara: The Incredibles. I can quote nearly the entire movie, no joke. Close behind is any Avengers or Marvel film, specifically ones with Robert Downey Jr. / Iron Man (*swoon*).
#11 Do you have a self-care routine that helps you during a busy week? If so, tell us about it!
Sara: Right now my biggest self-care focuses are working out, meditating, and journaling. I also would love to start creating a more regular morning routine involving these three activities and positive affirmations!
#12 Where can we find you on social media?
Pinterest: Sara K Lopes
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