Brilliant Living - Sarah Trenchard Found Her Thing, and So Can You

Recently, we released a new book called Brilliant Living – 31 Insights to Creating an Awesome Life. Our Content Strategist, Jessica Vick, thought that it would be wise to feature stories of everyday people who were the living embodiment of living brilliantly. One of the first individuals I knew I’d feature is Sarah Trenchard. I met Sarah via Instagram and was so impressed with her transformation; I just had to share her story with you.

Sarah will be the first to tell you that she never really found her craft until her late twenties. In high school, she was a mediocre student, a terrible athlete and was bored with school, despite coming from amazing parents who were very successful. She will be the first to tell you that she didn’t apply herself.

However, she was always a hard worker in search of her true calling and refused to settle for a mere existence. After changing her major a few times in college, Sarah stumbled into business through marketing. She liked the psychological reasons around how people think and why they buy.

She then found her spark by working to become a subject matter expert and challenged herself by joining the American Marketing Association (AMA). She put herself out there, which was totally out of her comfort zone.

She did it anyway and pushed past the fear of the unknown.

Sarah saw the leaders in the AMA and said to herself, “Why can’t I be a leader as well?” This was the first step in challenging herself to do something she had never done before. This simple act of boldness eventually propelled her to become president of her local AMA chapter. She increased membership by 200% and overcame her fear of public speaking.

While she admits that she still gets nervous, she found the hidden leader within herself.

At 22 years of age, she started her career as an insurance and financial professional with New York Life Insurance company. Sarah quickly became one of the top advisors in San Antonio and was a Million Dollar Round Table ( MDRT) qualifier under the age of 30 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. The MDRT is the premier association of financial professionals and an organization that recognizes excellence in the insurance industry.

A few years into her career, Sarah was deeply unsatisfied and wanted more for her life. Out of shape and a smoker at the time, Sarah came to the realization of her reality while on a personal retreat in Michigan. While on a hike, her lack of healthy choices became apparent after struggling to keep up as the last person in the group huffing and puffing. That day was her turning point.

Five years ago, she decided enough was enough. She quit smoking, and her life has never been the same. Taking a step toward greater health inspired Sarah to start a work out routine, be more focused on healthy living, and the following year Sarah ran her first 5K.

Continuing her new healthy lifestyle, she later decided to up the ante and joined a Bootcamp class that required her to get up a 4:45 AM and take ownership of her future and just recently completed her first 10k in March 2017.

During this time of transformation, Sarah became increasingly aware of her hunger for something greater in her career and, realizing she had more in her, her boss challenged her to go into management. Today, she is one of the top 50 partners in her company and recruits and develops insurance and financial professionals for New York Life. Now, her confidence is off the charts. She believes in herself because she’s done the work. In her words, she is finally blessing the body that God has given her and continues to pursue living her life as her best possible self.

She doesn’t think the way she used to think anymore. It’s never about flaunting yourself but loving who you are becoming.

I asked her if she had to do it all over again, what would she tell her younger self, and this is what she said:

  1. No excuses. Just get up and do it. You are better than your current situation

  2. Create a system and create discipline for yourself—it’s the only way to be successful. Your mind is crazy and can easily be turned.

  3. You will find your purpose in life when you stop depending on yourself and truly believe in a power higher than yourself

  4. Be a bookworm. I’m reading Miracle Morning, and it changed my life. Learn how to add an extra hour to your day by carving out time just for yourself in the morning. I’m also a big audiobook listener and highly recommend it.

  5. Stay open-minded and humble in the midst of change.

You can experience a transformation like Sarah’s. Make one positive change after the next, one day at a time, and before you know it, you will have built Brilliant momentum. A body in motion stays in motion—so keep going! Your ball of Brilliance will roll faster and faster until you are unstoppable.