Life is not hard.

It’s really not. You just need to decide to show up and be awesome – despite what the negative forces in your  life may want you to believe. The biggest trick here is that you have to show up and be awesome daily! After all, according to Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”

South Beach Miami - September 25, 2009

And don’t we all know negative people? Those who make life more difficult than need be? In fact, each and every one of us is guilty of being negative from time to time. But the frustrating part – the really just heart-wrenching part – is seeing someone we care about live life under the thumb of constant negativity.

Don’t be that person. Do not let negative energy, negative thoughts, or negative people into your life!

You’re far too important! Your limited time on this earth is much, much, MUCH too important! Live life inspired! Live life joyfully! Live life as an adventurous hero! As the best version of yourself! The happy version of you. That amazing version that those who love you most thrive to see shine. You know that version’s in you. It might be buried, but it’s there. And we’re busting her out. NOW.

First: Be strong enough to forgive yourself. You are human, remember? It’s alright. We all make mistakes. Forgive yourself. And move on.

Second: Respect yourself and expect respect from others. You are worth respecting. Never forget that! Move on and away from people who do not respect you. They are not worth your time – they never were.

Third: Honor your emotions. You feel a certain way for a reason. Don’t hide it. SHARE your emotions with those who can help better the situation. Remember, no one can read minds, so be honest! Your voice matters and needs to be heard.


“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay


And finally, I simply must share with you this image I found on It’s been my desktop background for months and has been a source of inspiration for me personally as I’ve begun taking ownership of my life. So absolutely fitting! Enjoy my friends!!!


About Sara

Sara Hefty (B.B.A. and H.H.C.) teaches workaholic women how to have it all and flourish without burning out, binging or being spiteful. As an expert in transformational health coaching, she holds women accountable for letting go of unwanted weight, being brilliantly nourished, grounded in truth and feeling confident, happy and playful every single day.

As a woman with her own weight loss story, wide-ranging family heritage of cancer, and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Sara’s appreciation for convenient nutrient-dense food, personal growth, inspiring design, financial responsibility, and social entrepreneurship led to her “Pursuit of Ownership: Health, Home, and Legacy” model of heart-on-fire-hot empowered living.

Sara is the founder of PROJECT LUX and She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her husband Brian and hound-dog Raja.