SARA

Sara works in Orthopedic Sales in Orange County, CA. She often finds herself in operating rooms helping patients feel comfortable in their "Ortho Gear" post surgery.


Hi,

My name is Sara. I am a USC graduate and former waterpolo player. I am currently a Medical Device Sales Rep where I focus on bringing health and wellness to providers and patients. 

1. What does wellness mean to you? 

I think wellness can mean an abundance of things. Overall, it is a self satisfaction of daily living. For me, it is really taking care of my mind and body and focusing on activity that brings me stress relief and keeps a smile on my face. 

2. How would you rate your current state of wellness 1-10 scale 10 being the best you could ever be?

I think overall, I am at a 7 or an 8. Usually I am a pretty happy go lucky person. Of course we are having this conversation during the Covid pandemic, so I am having trouble saying I am at complete peace. A lot of my daily routine involves human interaction and surrounding myself by others, so being limited to virtual conversations have been a struggle for me and has really forced me to approach my day to day activities in a completely different way. I would be lying if I said this was comfortable for me to do 

3. When were you at your weakest and what happened that made you want to take steps towards healing yourself? 

I think my weakest point was my sophomore year of college. I had severe body image issues and was lacking identity. I came to a point where I was constantly getting sick, crying myself to sleep and struggling in controlling my anxiety. I think my tipping point was when I would get so nervous in the middle of practice, I would have to run out of the pool in the middle of a swim set to go throw up because I would get my stomach in knots thinking about hoe “I wasn’t worthy being here” “why don’t I look as good in a swim suit” “how can I possibly fake my way through such a prestigious program for 3 more years” It was a constant inner battle that I couldn’t let anyone know about since I wasn’t the player scoring all of the goals or winning all of the sprints. 

4. What gave you strength? 


I think our team winning NCAA finals was the most important Turing point in my life. I think that’s when I truly realized I could be a part of something special and I had control over my inner dialogue. That is when I really decided to start taking care of my body with the food I ate, with my daily activities and mediation for 30 minutes a day. I think this gave me a purpose and felt that in order to continue to serve my purpose, I have to also take care of physical and mental healthy in that process. 

5. What health focusses worked for you and have continued to be a positive in your life? 

This one is a tough one for me to answer since it is such an integrative process. Since graduation (2015) I decided to go on a completely plant based diet and remove toxics, certain medications etc from my diet. Becoming vegan really forced me to live a clean and healthier life style. Fast forward to today, I have noticed that eating cleaner, naturopathic medications and even clean beauty products has given me an immense amount of energy. I put on a smile for work everyday and feel more “fired up” everyday then I even felt as an athlete. 

6. Where would you like to continue to improve? What is something you are excited to try in the next months years etc. 

I still struggle with stress and anxiety. I have a high demanding job (which I love and will never give up on) but it does force me to neglect other aspects of my life. I think making a better effort in my relationships with friends and family. I definitely struggle with my work-life balance and would like to level myself out a bit 

7. Any personal advice to someone who is just starting to dive into their wellness journey? 

I think it is really just trusting yourself. You have more power over your life then you think. It doesn’t always need to be a drastic change. Implementing small steps every day can really help you towards a fulfilled life 



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