Monday, February 8, 2016

#girlboss of the week///5

Hello, hi! Wow, that was a hiatus for sure! I'm really ready to come back to blogging! I don't know what i'll talk about and it's actually the last thing I have time for, but I have found myself thinking about it increasingly over the last week, so here I am. 
In the last week I was thinking about making this a semi-regular thing, I was feeling determined not to put stuff on this dumb blog just because it's the "blogger" thing to do, if that makes sense.  I've been trying to figure out how to represent who I am on this blog. Then I realized I was taking myself too seriously, as usual. HA! So i'll get over myself

Anyway, I have gotten a lot of really good feedback about my #girlboss posts! I have to say, interviewing these different women has really been inspiring. I have one more #girlboss post scheduled and then I need to start reaching out to more women! 

Today I am featuring Sarah Tyau, blogger, seamstress, model and much more! 

Give us a rundown of who you are and what you do!
I am a seamstress, a mother to three kids(2 girls and a boy), a blogger and an entrepreneur. I model sometimes for fun, and nothing serious. I sound like I am super busy, but I really am not! I spend about 2-5 hours a week on my blog. And I don't take it that seriously. I can't remember the last time I sewed even though I'd love to.I am all about simplifying life and focusing on what's the most important in life. I feel if you want to know who a person is, see how they spend time everyday. The thing they spend the most time on, is what is most important to them. I try to live my life so that the time I spend the most is on what I value the most which is motherhood, family, and serving others. People think I am so busy, and even though I have been way more busy than I'd like to be this month of December with my skirt business opening(and closing due to the manufacturing error), most of the days I spend as a stay at home mother, in my pajamas all day unless I have to get out of the house and my husband will find me looking exactly the same as when he saw me before leaving to work. A mirror? Make up? What's that? 

When did you realize "okay, i'm pretty good at this!" 

I never thought I was good at blogging, but with sewing, it was when I saw something online(I believe it was Anthropologie) and I thought to myself, I could make that! This was about 4-5 years ago. Before I started to really sew.  Since I am frugal and think through it a lot before making any kind of purchase, big or small, I used some old clothes I had in my closet to make something that was inspired by the Anthropologie item. I posted it on my personal blog that was meant for just our families and close friends, and it wasn't even a good photo, it was just taken with my phone through a mirror selfie. The quality was terrible but I posted it mainly to show my sister and a few of my friends but it got a lot of attention and after reading really nice and supportive comments, I was surprised because to me, it wasn't that great or a big of a deal! I always tell people if they come over and watch me sew and watch how I do it, every single person who knows how to sew a straight line on a sewing machine would say, "Hey, I could do that!" I am not an expert seamstress, my level of sewing is actually between like a beginner to an intermediate, so I feel sometimes people are way nicer than what my DIY actually deserves! I am not trying to be humble, I am being straight up honest. Last year I taught 14-17 year olds how to refashion clothes and while I was sewing, I was trying to explain what I was doing and I said, "So at first, you want to sew and then go backwards and sew, then forward again so the stitches don't come out..." And one of the girls was like, "Um, you mean back stitch?"  Hahaha, I probably lost all credibility from those girls after that! But I do realize I have good vision in seeing something old and instantly having an image in my head of what it could look like after, so with my vision and a fearless take on sewing even though I'm not that good, makes up for my skills in sewing. 

Since i'm big on tips to be happy, what are your tips to be your happiest self?
1. Getting enough sleep!
2. Have a mindset of "What can I do to make others happy?" instead of "What can they do for me to make me happy?" My husband is really good at this, he is always thinking of me before himself, but it's a trait I am trying to strengthen for myself. 
3. Focus on all the things you've achieved, all the good things you've done, instead of focusing on what you didn't get done or didn't achieve. 
4. Not comparing ourselves. This one is so hard, isn't it? When I start to feel jealous or threatened by someone else's talents, I quickly have to remind myself that I am comparing my weakness to their strengths. And that person has a weakness without a doubt, and their weakness is probably my strength! It's our difference in weaknesses and strengths that motivates and pushes us to be better, so I am grateful that everyone has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. If none of us had weaknesses and only strengths, where would the improvements be? That'll be such a boring life, don't you think?
5. Being a Christ-like person. That covers pretty much everything that is happy and good. My true confidence comes from knowing that I am a very good person. Haha, can I say that? I am not perfect by any means and I have so many weaknesses but one thing I know is that I am a very good person. I am very honest. I love to give and serve others. I love being a  mother. I love helping people to be happier. I can't hate someone or have any resentment or negativity in my heart. I know that I am nothing without God. But since I am a very good person and have the desire to only do what is good(even though I fail sometimes and keep trying), I know God is on my side and with him on my side, I can do anything and everything.

What is one thing you know to be true?
I know there is life after death and that death is actually a happy celebration, a graduation of this life unto the next life that is way better. I know that the most important things in life doesn't cost money but it asks for our time. Nothing materialistic we can take with us, but only our knowledge we gained, our relationships, the service we have done to others, the love we have in our hearts. We also take with us our addictions, bad habits, weaknesses too. I know that the better choices you make, the more honest you are, the more charitable you are, the more kind you are, the happier you'll be. Happiness comes from having confidence that you are a very good person who is honest and loving and forgiving. When you have that inner confidence in you, no matter what tragedies or trials that may come into your life, you can always go inside of yourself to find that peace and knowledge of knowing that you are a good, kind person and find happiness.

Thanks Sarah! You can find her blog here, her instagram here, and buy her beautiful sequin skirts here, although they are sold out right now, keep your eye out! 
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