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Life and Work with Sarah Bristow

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Bristow.

Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing Grounded was truly born during my tenth year of teaching, in a First Grade classroom. I started leading the kids in Yoga throughout the school day as a way to creatively share a healthy and active lifestyle. I used the classroom as a playground for movement, breathing techniques, and self-awareness strategies with students as a way to complement the academics. This quickly grew into kids yoga classes and workshops outside of school, Mindfulness coaching, and speaking engagements with local schools about the importance of giving our children a foundation such as this as a way to foster confidence, compassion, and awareness.

My passion for wellness and dedication to my personal practice led me to Emory University where I earned a Health Coaching certificate, and it was here that I deepened my understanding of nutrition, food-related theories, and holistic wellness practices.

When I put together 300 hours of yoga training, including 95 hours specific to kids Yoga, a health coaching certificate, and Mindfulness training from Mindful Schools, Growing Grounded began to flourish.

Today I work with clients of all ages to live a life of wellness. Whether it’s a Mindfulness mentorship, health coaching, individual or group Yoga, or wellness workshops, I meet clients where they are. We partner set realistic and attainable goals, and I serve as the bridge as they move from where they are to where they want to be.

Has it been a smooth road?
I once heard the phrase “up and to the right” from a fellow entrepreneur and it hit home with me. Progress is not linear and it can be really messy, but if we take a step back, take a deep breath, and look at the big picture, we progress and growth are always happening. It may not be as fast and pretty as we want, but it’s there. The bumps along the way build resilience and help us learn to appreciate all the ebbs and flows because it’s all about the journey. The journey is the destination (that sign is currently hanging in my kitchen!) Authenticity is one of the most important pillars in my business, and I share this idea of up and to the right with all of my clients because I find myself needing this little reminder often. Next time you start to doubt yourself or whatever it is you are doing, remember, up and to the right is progress.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
Five years since the inception of Growing Grounded, I have built a boutique wellness practice where I lead teams and individuals along their path to personal and professional growth. I am passionate about Mindfulness and self-awareness, and see these skills as the essential foundation for growth, health, and happiness. There are times when I have questioned if I should focus on just coaching or just speaking, but all of these components fit together under the wellness umbrella, and it works well for me. I am constantly learning and growing myself and hope to inspire others to do the same.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
I think it’s really important to understand what success means to you. For me, it is a quality of life that allows me to do what I love while surrounding myself with people who I love. It’s learning to be present, see the good, and enjoy the journey. Knowing what inspires you and motivates you, and surrounding yourself with this on a daily basis, is paramount for your own happiness.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.growinggrounded.org
  • Phone: 404.852.5340
  • Email: growinggrounded@gmail.com
  • Instagram: growing_grounded
  • Facebook: Sarah Parker Bristow
  • Twitter: @growinggrounded

Image Credit:
Lettuce photos (Wilson Creative Co.), Yoga photos (Paul Ward), Family (Linda Nichols)

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