We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Schulting Kranz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I’ve been exploring this question a lot lately. At 49 years of age, and with the passing of my beautiful mama a little over a month ago, this question has been at the surface for me. When do you stop doing what you are doing? When do you refocus, once again? When do you keep going? And when do you give up?

Personally, I don’t ever give up. Just like I don’t ever “start over.” I believe in slowing down, and I believe in starting again. There have been many, many times in my own life when I have questioned what I am doing, and why. Where I have felt like I am carrying a boulder up a steep mountain, and I cannot put one foot in front of the other. When that happens, I take a moment and ask myself a very important question: “What would my 108 year old self say to you right now? Would she say to keep going? Or would she say to slow down?” My future self is a bit wiser than me, so why wouldn’t I ask her the important questions of life? I know what she would say. When times get tough, don’t ever give up. It’s ok to slow down, and it is ok to pivot. But to give up is to not honor all of the work you have done to get to this point. Use what you know, and shift. Move into a new.. “new.” Get creative and curious with your thoughts, ideas, and step back from the problem at hand. A new perspective changes everything.

What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a mom to 3 young men, a business owner, a mountain and ocean adventurer, an artist, and a former teacher. I am not much different than many other women or men. What and who I have become is a resilient woman and person, who survived and thrived from multiple traumas, now finding herself here with all of you. And this is exactly where I was meant to be.

Nearly nine years ago, I was at the lowest point in my life. Suffering from relational and betrayal trauma and complex-PTSD, I was debilitated by the unknown as my marriage and life collapsed, living as a single mom. Emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically unraveling, I found myself at a precipice: I could lose my life through all of this, or find a new me. My resilient self chose the latter.

I made a point everyday of getting outside, navigating through anger, pain, and grief while hiking 14,000 ft mountains and paddling 4-miles out to sea with whales and dolphins. I somatically healed my heart, mind, and body through nature while practicing the art of resiliency and forgiveness. As a result, I began finding that new me. A version of me with a larger smile, a longer laugh, and a love for her present life. The gift of my trauma was finding my most important relationship: the one within myself.

My trauma became my purpose: to help others embrace their resiliency. Using those experiences and understanding my purpose I became a keynote speaker, author, TEDx speaker, and a retreat organizer/facilitator for transformational experiences.

Using a workable 3-part system, I guide individuals and teams to move from victim → survivor → thriver. In life. At work. In business.

You could say I’m an “artistic visionary who creates through a lens of pushing the needle forward, regardless of naysayers or fear.” Through my own fool-proof and simple techniques, I teach actionable steps to become more resilient, and to use resiliency as the foundation for living authentically.

Our world continues to go through crises, with no end in sight. I want this practice of overcoming and thriving to be available for everyone. For you. For your family. For your friends. Your colleagues. Because, the stronger and more resilient the parts, the greater and more resilient as a whole.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Quite honestly, I would pack a weeks worth of amazing food and hike the six pack of peaks in SoCal, camping on the summit of each and every one! Mt. Wilson, Mt. Cucamonga, Mt.. Baldy, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio Peak. Star gazing. Moon gazing. Day gazing. Night gazing! Then I would find an incredible spa for the last day and soak us up in some pampering. 5-star treatment, from the sky to the spa!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, now I have tears. My shout out is to my Angel Mama, who passed on July 6th, 2022. Mom is my best friend, my mentor, my life teacher, and continues to be my guide from above. I ran three healing retreats in the month of July, beginning July 7th. From the Grand Canyon, to the San Juan Mountains, and Telluride, CO, mom was with me every step along the way. She showed up in the most beautiful natural settings! As a rainbow around the sun with a heart in the middle, to writing “I Am” in snow on the side of the mountain. I always say that “Mother Nature” delivers, and wow, she and my Angel Mama delivered big time for my own healing while guiding my clients on these nature healing retreats.

I’ve always told mom that when I do this work, I do it for the both of us. I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my mom.

I love you, mama, forever and always.

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