Hey lady, I'm Sarah...
...the financial therapist behind SB Financial
My absolute passion is helping women and couples break free from the shame and guilt surrounding their financial experience. While I now live what looks like the ideal ‘middle class’ white-picket-fence life, it wasn’t always like this.
For me to truly tell you why I do what I do and how I’m able to do so with my unique approach, I’m going to have to rewind the VCR back a bit …
The why behind what I do
The year was 2000 – I was a freshly minted 18-year-old ready to take the world by storm! I was a college freshman and had the coolest new 20-something boyfriend to bring home to meet my parents on my very first trip back home. I felt so mature and grown-up! But when I was met with my parents’ obvious disapproval of my boyfriend, and feeling the pressures of college, I longed to just run away from it all…
That night, my boyfriend and I packed up my college dorm room in the middle of the night to run away to Nevada to get married and live the life we always wanted. It felt like the beginning of the rest of my life!
In reality, I found myself a couple of months later living in his van, broke, starving – with only $10 between us to spend for a week of groceries. It wasn’t long before I found out I was pregnant, and I was faced with a huge choice….
I could perceive this as my rock bottom – the end of the life I’d truly imagined for myself…
Or I could see this as the moment that liberated me for the rest of my life and forever empowered me to use finance to create the life of my dreams.
I bet you can guess which option I chose!
I pulled a total 180 on my life – I moved back to my hometown, reached out to some good friends, and found the government agencies I needed to help me get a job and medical coverage. By the time my beautiful baby came along 9 months later, I’d managed to create a wonderful life for us: a fully stocked nursery, complete prenatal care, insurance for my baby the moment they were born, and a fully furnished apartment. I was even able to stay home fulltime with my sweet baby for the first 2 years.
Turn that VCR back to fast-forward, and here we are: 17 years later. I’ve personally taken myself from homeless to homeowner, college drop-out to college graduate and massive debt to financial security. I’ve also helped my clients achieve 5-figure savings goals they never were possible, turn their business from cash-poor to profitable, and finally talk to their spouse about money.
I SHARE THIS STORY WITH YOU TO SHOW YOU WHAT’S POSSIBLE.
I know finances bring shame, guilt, panic and anxiety into your life. But I want you to know that you have the power to radically change your life and financial circumstances no matter what.
It all just starts with a decision A powerful decision A decision where you really see that YOU HAVE THE POWER I’m simply here to show you the way.
My own personal story and journey have given me deep understanding, empathy and a very accepting presence when it comes to helping my clients. But of course, I’ve honed my chops! Here’s a bit more about some of my qualifications:
Degree: BSci in Finance
Certifications: I have a LEAN belt certification, which helps me wipe out waste and redundancy in processes, saving you precious time and energy
I’m Also… a trained and certified Change facilitator, meaning I know how to help you navigate the emotional and interpersonal aspects of creating a positive change in your life – like upgrading your approach to your finances.
A FEW THINGS ABOUT ME
My superpower is… my ability to support, and truly spot what is being overcomplicated in your life and make it really simple. Finance is one of those things that really need not be as complicated as you’re making it!
My heart is always with…. my husband and my 3 beautiful children – they’re my why!
I love… crystals, tarot cards, Harry Potter references and vacations with my family.
My favorite reward is… a new book! My go-to’s are always in the historical fiction or personal finance genres. My family has a full category in our budget for books – I mean what I say when I say that your budget has to make sense for your life.
Where I am… I’m a life long Oregonian – I love the Pacific Northwest landscape – earthy elements and mountains are even part of my own personal brand!
The #1 Thing You Need To Know About Me… Your deepest darkest financial secret or ‘mistake’? I’ve probably done it too! I’m here to meet you where you’re at – no judgement, just acceptance and action!