The Ambassador Series: Sarah Yee

Hey there! My name is Sarah Yee and I am tickled pink to have been selected as one of the 2018 ambassadors of the Sass Squad for She.is.beautiful.  I’m a full time, working mom, wife, and lover of life!

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

There is so much that speaks to me in the SIB mission, but there is one saying in particular that pulls at my heartstrings the most and that is, “everyone deserves to feel beautiful, strong, smart, and capable in their own unique way.”  For me, this tied directly in with another three, very special words that I saw out on the SIB Santa Barbara Course in September. These three words have meant so much to me in the last 3 months and I find myself adhering to them daily. They are, “Live your truth.” You see, last May I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis* just 5 months after my first daughter Avery was born and it turned my world upside down.  All of a sudden, I felt as though my life was drastically different. In the midst of the tingly sensations throughout my whole body (especially bad in my legs and feet which I relied so much on) the steroid injections, the MRI, the spinal tap, the emotional rollercoaster and ultimately the confirmed diagnosis that it was MS, my life had changed, but not my whole life. The truths about certain aspects of my life had changed, but my life was still my life and I intended to live it.  And so, “live your truth,” took on a chance to change the way I viewed my life, my world and the world around me. Because, the truth is, yes, I have MS and there are going to be days where I can’t do everything I used to be able to do and there will be days where the fatigue is so much that all I want to do is crawl back into bed. But the other truths are I’m a mom and I have the most beautiful, caring, funny daughter who lights up my whole world. She gives me the power to stay strong and keep fighting. I’m a wife, a partner and an okay cook and if not below average cleaner.  I run, I run into things. I laugh, I cry (a lot). I’m a sister, a friend, a daughter, and I love this life. I love the people in it, and I want to make a difference, even if it’s just with a smile. I want to be educated and educate about MS, but I don’t want it to be the end all, say all. I live each day, according to what my truth is at that moment… if I’m feeling bad, I’m kinder to me, and don’t expect so much out of myself. When I’m feeling good… watch out world. So, that’s just it, our truths are each of our own to control, to value, to relish in, to take advantage of and to live. And that’s what makes each and every one of us beautiful, strong, smart, and capable in our own unique way.

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How do you define beauty?

So much of society has made us believe that beauty is a physical attribute, but I think that beauty can be seen in your attitude, your inner strength, and can really shine when you are truly genuine to yourself and others.  I think that by being and existing in your own truth and embracing everything you are and what others are around you is truly the definition of being beautiful. It can be heard in the laugh of your little girl, felt in an embrace from your partner, seen in a hello or smile from a stranger, or from someone holding the door open for you.  Beauty is having a real and deep conversation with your best girlfriend just when you needed it the most. Life is not always good, it can be tricky and chaotic and there are days and things that will annoy us or make us angry, but beauty is how you choose to move forward with all of this. It can be seen when and how you pick yourself back up after falling down.

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

“Choose compassion over fear, over and over.” This right here… this sings to my soul. Although I would like to add to choose courage for me as well.  So, I plan to do my best to spread beauty here in our local community and the world in 2018 by making a conscious effort to choose compassion and courage over fear every time I’m faced with a difficult decision, person or conflict.  I think that when we let fear drive our decisions we risk the chance of hurting someone or ourselves. But, if we can approach daily decisions and interactions with an open heart and mind, come from a more compassionate place and let our courage be the driving force, we risk the chance of making positive changes in the world, even if they’re just on a smaller scope.

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Running makes me feel ______.

Empowered.

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Running has taught me….

That I am never alone on this journey.  I have met so many amazing humans since I have started running including my husband, my girl gang, my Team and countless others together with all of the wonderful women of the She.is.beautiful tribe.   

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Looking forward….

I want to have more dates with my husband, have even more cuddles with Avery, eat clean, work hard, travel, and run 1,000 miles with the SIB Mileage Club which will include doing at least two half marathons.

*MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system.  The covering (myelin) that protects the nerves gets damaged. Scars form where the myelin is damaged. As messages travel from the brain, they sometimes get stuck or slowed down by these scars. When this happens, the other parts of the body can’t always do what the brain is telling them to do.

 

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