We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Koplowitz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I love this question! I can see it almost being a trigger for me…. because, in the past I would have allowed my imposter syndrome take over here. When I first had the idea of starting my own business and becoming a health coach I was no where near where I am today. For years, I was paralyzed by the harmful inner chatter and truly didn’t get the wheels in motion toward my desire for this career for years!
Today, I am in a place where I have built my business around HOW I reclaimed control over that inner chatter. I actually created a method called The ANR Method which is a 3 step mindful method to quiet the harmful mental chatter we all have. I now can say I have made my anxiety my super power from this method. It’s definitely not something you learn and then stop applying… it’s a practice! Like anything, really…I still use it today and feel grateful to teach it others in my coaching programs.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have had an interesting start to starting my own business. I graduated IIN’s health coaching program, I launched and hit the ground running. But… little did I know my coaching business would predominantly be a private cooking business. In the beginning at least! I first starting working with friends, family friends and mutual connections. They were all well acquainted with the fact that I grew up with a professional chef for a mother; and, I loved to cook. So… the coaching on “what to eat” quickly turned into “can you create these dishes for me?” I always said YES. Two clients turned into 3, 4, 5, and even up to 10 per week at one point. I was run ragged, burnt out and spread thin. The problem was that I quickly resented this work because it wasn’t my true passion. My passion was coaching, and 1:1 work. I began a lot of my career with fear. Fear of not serving or pleasing my clients. Cue: chronic people pleaser. And, the wake up call was when I hired my own coach in the middle of 2020 who asked me “why are you doing something you don’t love?” It was a huge eye opener. I started say no, respectfully changing the track my business was on and it quickly turned around in a very positive way. I took time off, I rested and really thought about what I wanted to create. While “sitting,” it wasn’t easy! I had a lot of anxiety are fear about where I was going to go next with my business and how I wanted to show up for my clients. That was it! My anxiety and my coping mechanisms was exactly what I wanted to teach. In 2020, I created a method for myself to help me deal with anxiety, imposter syndrome and compulsive behaviors. I called it The ANR Method: a 3-step mindful method to quiet our harmful inner chatter (A: acknowledge, N: name, R: replace). My inner chatter has been a part of me for a long time. In 2020 it grew and grew and became like a 2nd part of me. A part of me I didn’t recognize. I quickly got ahold of it with the tools I knew were in my toolbox. I was going to bed one day and knew I had to share this with the world. The next morning, I drew up outlines, all my notes and prepared to present this as a 90 day program to help people reclaim their power, stop perfectionism paralysis and make positive affirmation a habit by using the ANR Method! Within weeks it was wildly successful and today, I have an eWorkbook to reach more and more people (anrmethod.com). It’s been an incredible journey thus far and I can’t wait to continue to see where it goes!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is an easy one! I really love the area that I live in. I am in the heart of Santa Monica, just off Montana Avenue. I think that Montana is such a wonderful part of Santa Monica because it has a great mix of “Mom and Pop” shops, some more commercial spots, small eats, cafes, every cuisine you can think of for restaurant options! It’s dog friendly, walking distance to the beach and there’s even a bike path. I could probably spend a full day to night right here on Montana and check off all the boxes! It’s fun to find a spot that offers so much and not have to get in your car! Being from NYC, I resonate with this area so much as it really feels like a little community.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to acknowledge The Institute for Integrative Nutrition for providing such an incredible curriculum. I was fortunate to complete the program virtually. I learned so much, so quickly; but, it really allowed me to have resources even before graduating to start my business. I don’t think I would be where I am today with out them.