We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Werkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process for me, was actually more of a feeling. I knew what I wanted to create, and I went with what felt really good. What felt good for me, was doing the things that brought me immense joy, working with purpose, and cultivating freedom within my life. I knew that I was going to be most successful doing what I love versus continuing to plug endless hours into a path that wasn’t for me. I woke up one day getting ready to clock into my former corporate job, and I had a full blown panic attack. I couldn’t live one more day in a career path that wasn’t serving me, and I knew then that I had to start my own business. The way I look at it is, If I can work tirelessly for someone else, why wouldn’t I be able to do that for me?
What should our readers know about your business?
My name is Sarah Werkin, and I am the creator of Soul Centered Services. Soul Centered Services is a living, breathing extension of me, my passions, and my purpose. A one woman show, I am a Professional Birthkeeper (more commonly known as a Doula, and intentionally phasing out this language for my personal practice!) postpartum support specialist, Intuitive coach, childbirth & newborn educator, sacred space holder & story keeper, and a trauma informed care provider. My purpose is to help others, it’s that simple! Soul Centered Services represents the many unique ways I am able to be able to help others, with all of my heart & soul. It’s funny really, thinking about being a successful entrepreneur and business owner during the time, worldwide that we are in. Quite frankly, I cannot even believe I am doing it! I am in complete awe of the journey, it has not been an easy one, but starting this has been the most rewarding and empowering accomplishment. In March of 2020, I was working for a small business payroll provider. This company was hit hard when COVID struck, and everything that made my role manageable was stripped away. No more fun office perks, my teammates, the wonderful ride and commute in and out of the city, the paid for meals, the camaraderie that made a call center work-able. My role was diminished to me, a headset, a laptop, and thousands of small business owners calling in constantly, because COVID and the shutdown was destroying everything they worked so hard for. I knew I wasn’t going to be at that job forever, but when everything was removed, and it became as black and white as my role was, it all started to feel so grim. I was so stressed out that I developed a bladder condition, I was depressed & anxious constantly. I was miserable – simultaneously, my partner was out of work due to COVID from February through June, and my corporate paycheck and job were the only things keeping us afloat. The week of June 22nd 2020, I woke up, opened my computer and sobbed. I just broke down, I felt broken by the world at large, my job was making me miserable, and I felt wildly out of control of my own happiness and joy. That week was the first week my partner booked a gig in his industry, and I quite on the spot. I messaged my manager (who was a WONDERFUL human being in a horrible setting) and told them that I wasn’t coming back. I wouldn’t open that computer again in the name of this role – and that same day I made a promise to myself, that I would never “have a job” again. Sounds sort of strange right? I vowed to never be employed again, I committed fully to serving people in ways that only brought me joy and happiness, and I promised to never look back. That same day, the version of Proud Mary by Tina Turner came on my playlist: “Left a good job down in the city Workin’ for the Man every night and day And I never lost one minute of sleep…” That moment everything felt crystal clear, and like I had just made the scariest, and best decision! The biggest challenge for me happened to be my own mind, my own fears and conditioning surfacing. Thoughts like, I quit in a pandemic, the world is so uncertain, do I have enough saved, am I going to make it? Can I really do this? It’s been seven months of Soul Centered Services, and I am pleased to say that the answer is yes. Yes I did quit a reliable corporate job in the middle of chaos, the world is in fact uncertain, I do have enough, I am going to make it, and I can do this! I have had a wonderful support team, but in the end, I have to acknowledge me. I saw the vision, I knew what I wanted to do, I put the work in, and I did the damn thing. It’s an unstoppable feeling, and I don’t want to give the credit away to anyone else. I have poured my blood, sweat, and tears into Soul Centered Services, and this commitment has reciprocated in more ways that I can express. Don’t get me wrong, this journey has not been rainbows and butterflies, it has been scary, daunting, and seemingly impossible at times. What kept me going, and what continues to keep me going is the priceless feeling of freedom, and the rewarding moments in my chosen line of work. (If you have never seen a baby being born, I cannot put into words how humbling that moment is. Nothing will put your priorities into perspective quicker than the actual miracle of childbirth…) The biggest lessons that I have learned are cliche but they ring true. Life is short, and nothing is guaranteed – so, make the best of it. Don’t waste time being miserable, if you can commit your work, time and effort to someone else – what is stopping you from working that hard for you, in the name of following your heart & chasing your dreams? Do what brings you joy and you won’t ever be on the wrong path.
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.
Denver is such a neat place, because you get the best of nature & fun city adventures. I would recommend starting the day with Rivers and Roads coffee – the beverages are delicious and they make in house the absolute best gluten-free and vegan pastries I have ever had. Drive just out of the city to Evergreen, Three Sisters park or O’fallon park for some beautiful scenery, hikes, and a little rock scrambling. You can walk for days out there – and it never gets old. Return to the city for lunch or dinner and we are going to my favorite place ever – City O’ City! It’s in capitol hill, and offers the most gourmet vegan & vegetarian dishes! The food and service are equally phenomenal. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not have been able to pursue starting my own business in the middle of a pandemic if it were not for my partner Mike & his entire family for affording us both the opportunity to do what we love. I would also like to give a HUGE shoutout to my coach Jessica Jean Muir, and everyone within her community in the Sovereign Soul Collective. Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t even believe in my Self.