The Ambassador Series: Sarah Gruber

The Ambassador Series is all about shining light on the rad group of ladies that represent She.is.beautiful. Throughout 2018 we will be featuring each of our Ambassadors as they share their stories.

Hi! My name is Sarah and I am the Operations Manager and the leader of the Sass Squad for She.is.beautiful. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Public Health (a huge passion of mine). I recently moved back to my hometown of Santa Cruz, CA to be closer to my family. While my closet is mostly filled with black clothes, I’m happy to make an exception and rock pink for the She.is.beautiful community.  

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What do you connect with the most about the She.is.beautiful mission?

While I am a true believer in the entire SIB mission, two parts really speak to me.

“…to take the lessons learned on the road and trail into the rest of their lives.”

Spreading kindness to those around me has always been something I make a point to do. Running has taught me to spread that same kindness to myself. Sometimes the roads (and life) are unforgiving, don’t let a bad run (or a bad day) make you treat yourself or others unkindly. The pain is temporary.  

“We believe that beauty is more of a feeling than a physical attribute.”

Growing up as a “millennial” in the age of Instagram, Facebook and every other form of social media imaginable, makes it easier to stay in touch with people from around the world. There is not doubt there are many positives to social media. But I believe that social media makes loving yourself an extremely hard feat. Constantly comparing your looks, hobbies, jobs, amount of money, LIFE IN GENERAL to others is enough to crush anyone’s spirit. In my adult life I have been able to separate my definition of beauty from the social media standard. I think beauty is a feeling that is your message to the world. So instead of looking at someone’s hair color, what clothes they wear or the shape of their body – start evaluating people by their kindness, thoughtfulness and grace. 

How do you define beauty?

I spoke to the definition of beauty briefly in regards to the SIB mission. To put it more briefly – I define beauty as something that cannot be seen on a person but something that is shown in a person’s behaviors and the way they treat others.

How do you plan to spread beauty to your local community and the world in 2018?

I believe the best way to spread beauty is to start in a small, everyday way. In a world that often overlooks small acts, it’s nice to offer words of genuine gratitude and kindness- you never know when you may improve someone’s day. Whether it is a simple “I appreciate you” to your friend, or helping someone to their car at the grocery store.

Running makes me feel ______.

Free, strong, and grateful.

Running has taught me….

Running has taught me to be kind to myself. Some days each mile feels like I’m running in knee-deep sand. Other days I feel like I could run forever. On the hard days, I listen to my body when it says it has had enough. Instead of kicking myself for feeling like crap, I remind myself that being able to run is a privilege that not every human has the right to.

Another big thing I have learned from running is that endorphins make me a better person. While some days my run is dedicated to training – other days are dedicated to my sanity. Running helps me gain perspective and clarity. Those are the runs that I value the most. I come out of the forest (my FAVORITE place to run) drenched in sweat and ready to take on the rest of my day with kindness and gratitude.

Looking forward….

As 2018 approaches, I have decided to mix things up from past years. Instead of choosing a New Year’s Resolution that will likely only last until February, I have set a few very specific goals. For starters, I am participating in the 2018 Mileage Club with a goal of completing 1,000 miles for the year. This is big for me as I have never tracked my mileage OR set a goal that lasts longer than a month. My other goal is to complete three races, one of which is a half marathon. I am looking forward to crushing my goals alongside this awesome community of women and making 2018 epic.

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