We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Kuiken and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how do you think about risk?
As a kid, I was very risk-averse. I wouldn’t do anything unless I was pretty certain I’d be safe. As an adult, I found that avoiding risks was keeping me stuck. Stuck in a corporate job I didn’t like, with no end in sight—at least, until I retired at age 65+. I couldn’t fathom living that way, so I started taking risks with both my career and my lifestyle. Travel is very important to me, so I bought a travel trailer and starting traveling full time while I was working. COVID-19 gave me the push I needed to take the ultimate risk (for me) and leave the corporate world for entrepreneurship. I’m so glad I did. There’s no guarantee of safety when you take risks, but I’m so much happier now than I was before.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a writer. I used to express myself most as a kid through music and writing, and those things have stuck with me as an adult. I’m incredibly proud to work with clients who trust me to share their business with the world through writing, and excited to continue telling stories for a living. It’s been a very long journey to get here; for a long time, I bought into the idea that writing was something I loved, but could never make a living at. That has proved to be completely false, and I’m thrilled to be earning my full time income as a freelance writer. What I want the world to know about my business, Flourish Writing & Editing, is how powerful storytelling can be. The right words can inspire, delight, and motivate. It’s truly my life passion to find the right words to express someone else’s story, and to put those words on the page so they can share their story with the world.
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.
I love the outdoors, so I’d take them hiking. There are so many great places around Denver, so I’d take them down near Golden and the Indian Hills neighborhood for some hiking followed by beer and pizza at Woody’s. Another day, we’d hike in the Flatirons and have lunch on Pearl Street in Boulder. Denver has so many fantastic bars and restaurants. Some favorites are craft cocktails at Williams & Graham followed by eats at Uncle or Linger. It’s obviously a bit more challenging to enjoy the bar and restaurant scene during COVID, but so many places have gotten creative with their outdoor seating, and it’s been fun to explore old favorites in a new way. I’d also make sure to walk around the City Park area and take friends to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, one of my favorite places in the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldn’t have started my business without the unwavering support of my parents and my sister. They have always encouraged me to do what I love and to explore my talents, and I can’t say enough about what that has meant to me over the course of my life.