Technology has changed the way we live and work. Ten years ago, "Blogger" wasn't even a job title. Today, career-driven women like Sarah Sharpe, share their everyday lives with the stroke of a keyboard. Sarah Sharpe runs Pearl + Prosper, a health and wellness blog for the realistic millennial woman. Pearl + Prosper helps women feel like their most authentic, beautiful self, even after an accidental late night binge. We sat down with Sarah to talk about being your own boss, freelance life, and food, of course. Check out why Sarah Sharpe is our #RealInfluencer of the week!
How did you get into blogging?
I got into blogging because I felt like I had so much I wanted to try, experience and share, that it all turned into these long paragraphs on social, which are difficult to follow. Social media is so fast-paced and visually driven now, especially on Instagram, so I wanted to keep up with the “less is more” mentality and take my writing to a different platform.
Where did you think you’d be at this age when you were a child?
I thought I would be married at 25 and having a kid by 27. My 27th birthday just passed so that's clearly not the path I’m headed down right now, but I'm very happy with not having my life be that way right now. I have so much that I want to do on my own, and I want to wait to settle down until I feel happy with where I'm at with my career.
What has been the biggest advantage as a woman in your industry?
I love the comradery of women really banding together to support each other's successes. I see all of these amazing, hardworking, talented women building each other up and supporting each other and it’s really inspiring. I've also talked to a lot of women [on social] who've said "I love what you're doing," or have asked how I did something...etc. People want to learn and people want to collaborate, and when I see other women, I want to build them up too.
What trait do women in your industry have that you admire?
Individuality and realness. I really appreciate any blogger that has something that's unique about them. A lot of the stuff I say is really vulnerable and personal, but that's the reason I put it out there. People do need to see that it's okay to be working on yourself and continuously growing. If you're doing something that's for you, and not for anyone else, you shouldn't have any shame in that.
What does true success mean to you?
To me, success means that I am making an impact. Not only to feel whole myself but to know that what I'm sharing with other people is valuable and relatable. It means collaborating with other people and working towards a common goal where people are able to find happiness in what is, not what could be or should have been. Literally staring fear in the face and throwing yourself out of your comfort zone, that's what it’s all about! Finding presence, peace, and wholeness. That’s the kind of love I want to spread to others.