She was in her mid-twenties, stressed to the heavens because she wanted more out of my career. She spends countless hours both pushing for her MBA and working a full-time job as a Financial Analyst in a career that isn’t exactly her niche. She is burning at both ends and doesn’t know where to turn. She can turn to her friends, family, co-workers and anyone who will listen all she wants but something is missing. So, she decides to see a therapist. After many therapists, something was still missing. She made career moves that she thought was right and took the plunge into the career she’s always wanted. But again, unhappy. She was sick of complaining and tired of apologizing for being so ambitious. The most recent therapist gave me an “AH-HA” moment.

After the last therapist, I discovered a trend…I seek help when I get overly worked and feeling helplessly stressed. But not about my home life, not about my personal relationships and not about “finding myself”. But instead workplace stress was my trigger. I would go off on tangents and rant about my day whenever I saw my therapist. And she helped a little. But I could tell she was not sure how to handle me.

One day, at a Leadership retreat in Boston, I participated in a workshop where the key speaker described her days spent by helping people be their best at their job. Hearing her talk about one of her first clients was so eye opening. This client loved her job but felt stuck. She didn’t know how to get ahead, earn more money and reach for the promotion. And I thought to myself, that’s how I feel.

Challenge accepted! I want to do the same thing for women in my home town. Then one night, as I sat at home with my dogs and flipped through yet another study guide for an up and coming certification, I realized, I needed to talk to someone who could give me tools to find my best self in my career. So, I embarked on a journey…

My journey brought me to coaching.

And here I am today, professionally trained in executive leadership and career coaching. I’ve discovered that coaching is a journey and does take time. However, there isn’t anything that can’t be solved through coaching, especially if it means career happiness. I challenge you to discover what one coaching conversation can do for your career, especially if you feel like I did when I was in my twenties.

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Sarah Nelson - Owner of Oh Darling Photography

If you have ever seen Sarah during a shoot, you would see absolute focus and flare. Sarah has captured monumental moments in so many lives, including my own. With over a decade of experience crafting photography and owning her own business, Sarah joins me to discuss how she continues to build her empire and continue her legacy.

Ever since Sarah was 8 years old, she was "wasting" her mom’s film taking pictures of the cat and other random stuff. Her interest grew deeper in high school. During that time Sarah could be found capturing local bands rocking out or home leisure shoots. Initially Sarah saw herself following a life in music or being a teacher. But, decided to move forward with photography and entered a 10-month program after high school.

Today, Sarah has niched her services strictly for newborns, children, and family shoots. However, you may still find her capturing weddings and other projects. Through Sarah’s truly authentic presence, she captures baby poses with what seems like ease. During our interview she shared with me that her favorite pose is a mom holding and sniffing her baby; it always draws up a raw emotion.

Sarah shared with me some details of her journey building her empire.

Who has been your biggest influencer in creating your business?

My mom, she had her own salon and a successful entrepreneur. She showed me I could do it.

What is one thing you would tell another person building their empire?

Go with your gut and stick to your guns. Look at the big picture of where you want to go. So many things hold you back when you’re afraid but don’t waste time. It is scary but that should drive you. It is okay to fail but be positive about it.

What is the biggest risk you have taken?

When I was 19, I rented a space and decided to open a business.

What do you want your legacy to be?

To give people a positive experience and have a good time. I want to help people remember exact moments in time through photography and remember the good time. And to create lasting relationships with people. Some clients have been with me for years and I’ve captured so many of the big moments in their lives.

What do you like to do for fun?

Live music is my jam. Going to concerts, whether it is the bar or at a stadium. I like to do things that keep me sane and grounded like being outside, running, or hiking.

Why do you do what you do?

At the end of the day, I made every bit of my money. I didn’t make money for someone else. I can enjoy fun the parts and enjoy what I do for work and be happy with that. I do what I do to capture people’s accomplishments and build relationship with those people.

It was a true pleasure hearing Sarah’s story of where she started and how she built her business. It is clear that Sarah values relationships with people above all else. Sarah’s work can be found at www.ohdarling-photography.com or on Instagram @ohdarling_photography.

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Exploring what it means to be competently confident.


Confidence parallels authenticity, respect and vulnerability. When you show up being your authentic self, you start living in confidence. For so long I thought confidence meant not being certain parts of myself that were true to me.

Start with discovering who you are.


I’m naturally a very silly person. I make people laugh and loosen up while maintaining a good competent relationship. And I do this by showing up authentically. As soon as I’m not being true to myself, I start to feel unsure of myself. That unsure feeling is the feeling of being insecure. Insecurity is the death of confidence. Let me say that again, insecurity is the death of confidence.


“Authenticity is real in ourselves and real in the world. When authenticity is acknowledged, we admit our foibles, mistakes and protected secretes, the parts of ourselves and society that are fearful and hide in the shadows of existence.” Dr. Robert Terry

I’m also emotional on many levels. I cry at Subaru commercials and laugh at baby Yoda memes. I’ve found over the years that my emotion is a gift that I use to sync with other people’s emotions. I’m relatable. Why hold in all of these feelings when you can let them all out? When you show emotion and you bring your authentic self to the table, you gain respect. Respect is received when respect is given, and it takes emotion and vulnerability to be seen that way.


Confidence cannot be taught, but instead it can be discovered. The best way to discover your own confidence is through self-discovery. Once you let go of all the social perceptions of how should act as a boss babe, you start to reclaim your own identity as a BOSS babe!


Start living your authentic life today by scheduling your 15-minute complimentary coaching session.

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