Trailblazers Episode 4 with Sarah Jo Crawford

I was fortunate enough to meet Sarah in college when we both worked as fitness instructors for the university. She was bright, bubbly, and easy to talk to. I had no idea at the time that Sarah was battling depression and bipolar 2. Heck, Sarah didn't even know. 

After college we went our separate ways, staying in touch through social media. Our relationship had been silent until she blogged about her bipolar. I was curious and started reaching her blog. Since then we have worked together in the professional setting, become business bestie, and are the kind of friends who can real talk, business, talk, and laugh like crazy people... maybe because we are crazy people? 

In this episode of Trailblazers, Sarah gets real about being diagnosed with bipolar, being hospitalized, and what self care has come to look like as she continues to thrive. Whether you have a mental illness, know someone who does, or just long for better self care practices, this interview is for you. 

Here are the nuggets of gold in Sarah's interview:

  • 5min launching a blog about bipolar
  • 10min Sarah's experience finding out she had bipolar 
  • 15min bipolar benefits according to Sarah
  • 21min you can't force anyone else to change, you can only love them
  • 24min using mental illness as a superpower 
  • 29min creating a unique self care toolbox 
  • 33min why resetting your nervous system is good for you (aka grounding)
  • 42min the importance of boundaries and how empaths have a harder time
  • 46min communicating your needs and boundaries
  • 49min how to know when you need to leave a relationship 
  • 50min "A boundary is only a boundary if you stick to it. If you don't, it's only a request."
  • 53min being open to feedback + who to get it from
  • 1hr 3min getting to the root of your unhealthy thoughts and patterns
  • 1hr 9min how Sarah gets shit done without setting goals

We mention the Invisibelia podcast, and we highly recommend it!

More about Sarah Jo:

After a Bipolar II diagnosis and many failed attempts at making a traditional job fit her moods, Sarah Jo began exploring how to work despite her illness. While on this journey, she began writing over at The Beloved Space, where she shared what she was learning about taking care of herself. The love, support, and general interest sparked the idea to take her message of mental stability into the corporate world.

Sarah works with corporate leaders, businesses, and bosses to create a safe, sustainable, and supportive work and personal life for their employee.  She consults these leaders through her Safe Space training in  hopes of making the workplace more accommodating for those with mental illness. (She's a bad ass).

Get more from Sarah here.

Sarah is also speaking this month at my local collaborative, The Bravery Board. Get your ticket here!

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