Finding passion and joy in your life

One of the biggest passions in my life was dance, but somewhere along the line I told myself, that’s not a stable enough career so forget your dreams of becoming a dancer.  Here’s the problem with doing that, yes we need to earn a decent living but does that mean that you necessarily have to give up something that you’re passionate about and gives you joy?  Why can’t you do both?

Eventhough I had desperately missed and deep down wished that I had pursued dance as my career, I never told anyone. But I thought to myself, “why can’t I come back to my place of joy?” I’m older and it may take a little more bravery but why not?

This realization came to me when I first became a professional speaker at just the tender age of 39. I signed up for an adult tap class and thought ‘ok this is it’, so excited to get back! But that didn’t quite hit the spot. So I had to keep searching and found the world of cool Hip-Hop dance and signed myself up. I thought, “Oh, I’m home”, I mean, I’m a little crickety crackety compared to all of these younger dancers, but who cares. I’m proud to share with you that this past May, 2019, after working with my choreographer, I presented my first dance piece in front of 300 people at a keynote speaking event, probably not the most ideal way to do it but I decided to “go big or go home”! But you know what? It was the most invigorating, liberating, powerful experience.

This isn’t about me and my dance anymore, this is about me sharing (very vulnerably and honestly) something that is so meaningful and powerful in my life. It’s about coming back and embracing something that you love that’s so passionate, that will fill you with joy and, frankly, may take some bravery to do, but trust me, on the other side of it you will realize that you have been waiting for it all along. We have a choice every single day to step into our greatness so why not challenge yourself to go back to doing something you love!

I encourage you to find what you’re passionate about and share your experience with us. It may inspire someone else to try something they love!

Enjoy the passion in your day!

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

– Mother Teresa

Judy Kucharuk

Director, Marketing and Special Events, Encana Events Centre

"Funny, full of energy and incredibly motivating – all words to use when describing Sarah and her passionate stage presence. We were fortunate to have Sarah join us as a speaker for Spark Women’s Leadership Conferences and her presentations about leveraging greatness hit the core of our objective at SPARK: “A rising tide lifts all boats”. I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah to other organizations that are searching for a well-prepared, well-organized, thoughtful and passionate storyteller."
Shelley VanVeen

Learning & Development Manager, Libro Credit Union

"Sarah brought so much energy and enthusiasm to our International Women’s Day event at Libro! Her message was uplifting, thought-provoking and truly appreciated by our team. Dealing with Sarah was wonderful – she was open, professional and willing to work with us to customize her message to incorporate our culture and connect to our topic and participants. During the session, she was a pro with a powerful message and a fantastic delivery. We had wonderful feedback from all that attended and can’t wait to have Sarah back for another session in the future!"
Sylvia D’Intino

Executive Director, Community Living Hamilton

"THANK YOU so very much for leading the engagement activities today! You’re a constant professional, with an amazing attitude and always seeing the great in everyone. I am grateful for how you have helped us this year to transform our in-person staff recognition events into virtual and on-location events. Our staff feel more inspired, appreciated and motivated after they hear you speak, and I know our amazing in-house team here looks forward to designing engaging appreciation events with your support."
Melissa Chaulk

Manager of Professional Development

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

"We work hard at CDHA to give our members a wonderful conference experience, so we were thrilled to have received resoundingly positive feedback on Sarah's opening plenary keynote. It was the highest attended of the entire conference for both dates!"
Jamie Campbell

Director, The Center for People in Organizational Development, Sheridan College

"Smart, challenging, innovative, committed, dependable, and reliable, I highly recommend her for all your recognition needs. I have brought Sarah into my last two organizations to help build a culture of recognition and celebration. The focus on appreciation is more important now than ever."

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