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Sarah and I met when she was still Sarah Larson. We both attended Detroit Country Day School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - we both admit that we were raised in an affluent and privileged community which gave us a warped sense of the realities of the world.
When we were in high school, Sarah was a year older than me and a 'cool girl'. I remember that I didn't feel 'cool enough' to be in the midst of her circle of friends.
"I definitely fell into the category of not the nicest in high school and it’s something that i’m definitely not proud of. I was so insecure and that was my number one defense mechanism, to point to other people before they could point to my flaws."
So when I found myself writing her an email asking if she would be a guest on my podcast, I immediately went back to my 15 year old self, and started feeling fearful that she would deem my initiative child's play, and would turn me down. In fact, my self-esteem was (is?) so low, that I figured she wouldn't respond at all. That couldn't be further from the truth. She responded with an immediate yes - which resulted in my feeling like a total a*****e - and once we connected on Skype, it was as if the silly insecurity I felt in high school, no longer existed. She is truly a badass and kind woman.
If you haven't realized already, she opened Y-7 Studios aka "The Original Hip Hop Yoga Studio" with her husband Mason, which now has five locations in New York and one in Los Angeles...and they're growing. Forbes named her a 'millennial CEO', which we discussed at length, so I dissected her thoughts on what it takes to be a female entrepreneur. There's a lot to learn here for anyone who is looking to start their own business, or needs that extra boost of confidence to stand firmly behind whatever idea they're looking to push.
Beyond business this conversation is important because we really dive into how Sarah evolved from a woman who used to take every piece of criticism to her core, to a woman who speaks her truth and champions flaws.
"Not everyone has to like you. Not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you."
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Personally, I think this provides a window into a young girls mind for any parent who's listening - as middle school and high school, can be difficult years. It is also a window into an entrepreneurs mind, one who started a business because of their own personal need. A lot of you ask me how you can find your passion - I think Sarah answers this quite eloquently.
For more on Sarah, follow her on @sarah_levey and @y7studio, and visit her website www.y7studio.com.