#holidayhopestories – Sarah’s Story
Hi Sarah Ross here, I’m a bit of a nomad, born in Germany, British by Passport with a part of my heart always in a small village in Vietnam. I inspire corporate executives to reset, recharge and thrive after burnout by finding their reason to breathe.
How did you get started?
My story starts on Christmas Day 2014 dressed as Santa Claus. After a couple of years which had left me burnt out and depressed, I went off to Vietnam to volunteer with disabled children. I spent four months in a small rural village giving the children in the orphanage, all the love and hugs I had in me. The truth, however, was that I was wearing a mask every day, feeling worthless and as unwanted as those orphans, who were the smiles in my dark days.
What did you have to overcome to take the steps towards doing what you love?
On that Christmas Day, dressed in full Santa Outfit, long white beard and all, I spent the day being someone else. Little did I know that by the end of that day, I would have found my reason to breathe and my life would have changed forever. A little girl lying in her crib, taking her final breathes, reached up and stroked my beard. It was like a switch going off. Why was I giving up when she was fighting so hard for every breath when she had nothing in her life? For the first time in months, maybe longer, I took a deep breath….and then another.
What or who inspires you each day?
The children I met in Vietnam inspire me every day, and as you read this, I will just have returned from my annual volunteering trip to the orphanage. I never truly realised the power of “My Why” until that day when I found my “Reason to Breathe”.
What is your favourite quote or affirmation?
“Fall down seven times, get up eight” has always been one of my favourite quotes. It’s a Japanese proverb and it’s that inner fighting spirit, telling you to just try one more time or one more way! It also reminds me of my baby niece learning to walk. Babies don’t give on walking after a couple of attempts; they try to stand and move, sit down hard and then try all over again. They don’t just sit there and say “You know what, I’m not a walker!”
Do you have a morning [or daily] routine - what is it and how does it serve you?
Those who know me best can tell you that I am not a morning person, so getting up and leaving the house on time is my morning ritual. I do however make time later in the day for my journal, gratitude and self-care in whatever form my body/mind needs it to be that day. It’s a ritual in that I create the space for me, but what happens in that time could be different every day.
Share one or two of your best moments from the past year!
2018 will always be the year that I became an International Bestselling Author. “Activate your Life” is a collaboration of transformational exercises to help people change their lives. Writing my part of that book was a healing journey all of its own, and I hope that it will help many more people as they read it.
What big goal(s) do you have for 2019?
In 2019, I want to help more people find their reason to breathe and to truly live a life where they thrive. Speaking about my journey and writing the book that tells all the stories that I learnt whilst healing are my big goals for 2019.
“Your Reason to Breathe” is my passion project, using the stories and experiences from my own journey back from Burnout to help people reset their lives, recharge their souls and to thrive doing whatever makes their heart sing. You can find out more at www.YourReasontoBreathe.com or on the FB page of the same name!
Remember: Trust your Journey, just don’t forget to breathe!