We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Carper and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?

A little over a year ago I decided to do something crazy. After fifteen years working
in the textile industry, I did a complete 180 and decided to change career paths.
I was starting to get burnt out working a 40hr/5 day a week schedule. I felt like I had
very little energy, time, and inspiration in my personal life and thought, “Is it supposed to feel this way?”
My view on work/life balance was starting to shift. I was wanting to spend more personal time out camping and connecting with nature, and experiencing a full “reset” from a technology filled life (not always something that can be achieved within a standard weekend .) I was also wanting the time I did spend working to have more purposeful meaning.
The idea of if I had fewer, more fulfilling work days, I could in turn could have a more fulfilled personal life because all
of my time was being used utilized well.
I feel like a work/life balance is a fluid concept. Instead of thinking of it as a goal to reach,
its more of a continuous process of awareness that is constantly in need of shifting to suit at
that moment in time. What may have been a good balance before, may need adjusting from time to time.
New interests, Financial goals, hobbies, business goals, a growing family, all can influence how this balance may need
changing now and again. What Ive found to be most important aspect of work/life balance for me is flexibility.
Having the freedom to be flexible with my work schedule and personal time has created a satisfying balance, and has brought on a new level of enjoyment in my life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I use an Integrative approach to massage, combining a variety of techniques and modalities making each massage unique and custom tailored for each client. I feel that this approach can be greatly beneficial to the individual , as it allows for a wide range of treatment possibilities. Im also a very crafty person, always having some sort of project in progress at home. As a way to bring the massage and crafting aspects of my life together, I started making my own products to use in my massage practice. I handcraft all the lotions and oils I use during treatments. They are all organic and infused with essential oil blends, and I usually have about two or three for clients to choose from.

I’m fairly new to the massage industry, and starting off mostly on my own has definitely presented its challenges. Building up a clientele from scratch has been my biggest hurdle to overcome, but I have an excellent support system to help me make it possible! The greatest lessons I have learned are patience and perseverance, and to just keep on working towards my goals.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, we would definitely have to do some camping and exploring the surround area. The Coronado National Forest is right outside of town, and has some beautiful places to set up camp for a few days.

We would definitely have to make a stop by Roma Imports. Their restaurant menu is excellent, and the grocery selection is fantastic, and we would definitely be grabbing one of the pre-made lasagnas to take home and cook.

It is a rare occasion I get out to a bar these days, but I feel a trip to The Shelter would be a must! Its like hopping in a time machine and is an experience all its own. And speaking of time machines, if we want to recreate a bit of our childhood, we would make our way over to Skate Country( unfortunately not the one we went to as kids, but same vibe) and remember all those awesome birthday parties we attended there.

Oro Valley Archery Range is a really great place to hone your bow and arrow skills while talking the walk thru archery trails they offer. And as an added bonus you get a really great view of the Catalina Mountains from there.

And to finish off the week, if my visiting friend was in the market for a way to mark the occasion of their glorious trip with a commemorative tattoo, they would most certainly need to make an appointment at Electric Tower Tattoo with Gail Reilly . She is a fantastic artist and is incredibly passionate about what she does, with lots of attention to detail.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband Brent for sure! His unwavering support and encouragement while I quite my job, went to school, and began a new journey in life really helped me to be able to choose exactly how I wanted to pursue my new career path. I’m really glad to have such an amazing and supportive partner

My amazing teachers and fellow students I went to school with at ASIS Massage Education. Having a diverse class of awesome students learning alongside you really made for a great learning experience and a more comprehensive understanding.

And lastly, Heather at Moroso Medical Center for allowing me the opportunity and space to get my start in the massage industry.

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