Sarah’s Story

Many of you may be familiar with the Empower Wellness origin story….On August 29, 2017, I was in a low low place. I often battle with anxiety and depression; that summer it was winning. My mind was dark and most days, I felt that my world was falling apart. It seemed the only thing I could control was my self-care, so I practiced a lot of it. I took the summer off from work to take care of myself. I practiced yoga and got regular facials and massages.

I was also weaning off of my last medication. As part of the process, I detoxed in an infrared sauna once a week. During one of these detox sessions, I sat in the sauna sobbing. I was exhausted from continually facing my demons. I felt that I was lost, without plan or purpose. Feeling lost, I grappled with the all to familiar question: What do I want to be when I grow up?

I continued to melt and then, it felt as if I was struck by lightning….then I said aloud, “What if there were one place I could go to achieve all aspects of my self-care without driving all over town? Why hasn’t this industry cultivated a sense of community? If that were the case, I wouldn’t be crying alone today.” In that moment, the idea of Empower Wellness was born.

By the end of that day, I talked to my family, filed for the trade name, set up the LLC, secured the domain, and met with a real estate agent regarding the space we are currently in. On October 1st, I was handed a set of keys and I rallied my family for the work to come.

We built this studio ourselves, working tirelessly over the holidays. There were so many ups and downs that I lost count. It was a continual roller-coaster, but I stayed the course because I had a vision of these walls being filled with laughter and tears. A vision of community and friendship, free from judgement or concern for our appearance. A vision of women getting the chance to be “girls” without the distraction of boys. A vision of a place to take care of ourselves in so many different ways. And I did it!

On January 17, 2018 we opened for business. I quickly understood that there is still a lot to learn, but the vision stands on and I believe in it wholeheartedly.

My closest friend often reminds me that life is about the journeyBuilding this studio has been the scariest and most fulfilling journey I’ve experienced, but I wouldn’t change it. The community connection at Empower is what created that lightning strike. I know that we can find all of these services in a variety of places around town, but doing them together, in our own special little studio, is what the dream was all about.

I have big plans for Empower Wellness. As the studio continues to grow, and I am able to continue to bring those ideas to life, I hope you will continue to join in the journey with me.

~Sarah

I ask my community of women to provide a bio for our website and for different reasons it makes some women uncomfortable to describe and share details about themselves. I felt, if I asked it of them they should expect it of me…so here I am RAW.

· I am who I am. People either love me or they don’t.
· I have learned if I pretend to be something for someone else, the relationship fails.
· I have a best friend that I laugh with every time I talk with her.
· I have a sister that I have struggled to know but now cherish with my whole heart.
· I have battled with depression and anxiety- sometimes I win…sometimes I don’t.
· I have struggled with body image and weight issues.
· I am a thrifty shopper but a big tipper.
· I am strong enough to move mountains and so weak I curl up in a ball and cry in my closet.
· I am sweet and forgiving but I am also fierce and intolerant.
· I am productive and efficient but I am also overwhelmed and paralyzed.
· I love being surrounded by people but I am also comfortable being alone.
· I have good hair days and bad hair days.
· I am insecure and I am confident.
· I have days my jeans fit and days they don’t.
· I love a challenge and I fear rejection and failure.
· I worry and fret about things I cannot control or fix.
· I cry and I laugh and sometimes I pee a little when I do either.
· I look in the mirror and I don’t recognize who I see.
· I dream of being a grandmother and have nightmares of losing my own mother.
· I love to cook and entertain.
· I love to sit quietly and color with crayons.
· I love taking things apart and putting them back together again.
· I have an online shopping addiction.
· I label my medicine cabinet by category but I also have drawers I’d be horrified if someone opened.
· I like things to be organized and color coded but I only like abstract art that is messy and unrecognizable.
· I am simple but I am very very complicated.
· I am wordy and take forever to tell a story, generally waving my hands vigorously while trying to explain things.
· I do not have a college education but I am very street smart.
· I have loved – I have lost – I have loved again.
· I am extreme – I am intense – I am who I am.
· I am a mother – I am a wife – I am a daughter – I am a sister – I am a friend.
· I am a woman