Some crazy kids inspire you to work harder and be better. Sarah Best inspires us to do work in a whole new way, to focus on people and processes more than results. Her journey is one of boldness, intentionality, and grace. Today she peels back the layers and lets us in as we discuss her journey and the grace that motivates and drives her.
Heirloom: What was it like to skip collage and dive head first into what you love? Walk us through that experience.
Sarah: It was really natural for me since I had been doing photography already throughout high school. I knew that's what I wanted to do, and didn't feel like I had to get a degree to do it. So I decided to pursue education in other ways and it's been quite a journey, and I wouldn't trade it! I feel like I've gotten to take my time to build my business and craft in a unique way without school being "in the way". I worked other part-time jobs up until about a year and a half ago, and that helped balance my income since I was slowly figuring everything out with photography. I also feel like the last 5 years have been so great for me personally in just figuring out what I love to create and why.
Heirloom: How do you incorporate intentionality into your work?
Sarah: I thrive off of intentionality. When I'm running around (even just mentally) like a maniac, I never feel full of life at the end of my work day. With that said, I'm not the best at actually walking this out... I'm still learning a lot about this! But here are a couple ways I pursue intentionality that come to mind.
1. I try to be very intentional to communicate well with my clients in order to manage expectations so they feel well taken care of.
2. I am pretty intentional to organize and conduct my wedding schedules in such a way so that there's peace instead of hurry and anxiety.
3. If you were to watch me edit, I am pretty meticulous about every photo... this can be a bad thing when I waste too much time, but it's out of a heart of wanting to take good care of my clients and give them the best product I can.
Heirloom: What has being married taught you about yourself?
Sarah: It's shown me that I naturally stay mad way too long after a disagreement. It's taught me to manage my expectations for others better. It's taught me a lot about grace and how much I need a savior. Thank you Jesus! It's shown me that I thrive under structure and healthy boundary lines in life. It's shown me how my heart comes alive when I'm fully known by someone that loves me fully!
Heirloom: How have you celebrated small things lately? Can you share a recent victory with us?
Sarah: Absolutely! Just yesterday I finished a huge chunk of work for the week and I celebrated by taking off work a little early to go run some errands with a friend for her wedding coming up in Aug! It was sweet detaching from work early and feeling free to do so.
Heirloom: In our last interview you mentioned your walk with Christ. How does your daily walk with Jesus influence your work with clients?
Sarah: It influences everything because I would not be who I am without having a relationship with Jesus. He influences me to be kind, loving, generous, thoughtful, servant hearted, encouraging, genuine and much more. I’m definitely not these things 100% of the time, but without the Lord I’d be a serious mess and wouldn’t be able to do my job well.