#SWW: A Conversation with Sarah Hartley

When I thought about who to interview for #SelfWorthWednesday, Sarah Hartley was immediately at the top of my list. Which is funny because just 4+ years ago, we were strangers. I read her blog and knew of her, but we’d never had a conversation before. And now, she’s one of my best friends in the world - and we’ve only met in person once! Gotta love the internet.

Sarah is someone I admire so much. She juggles many responsibilities. She cares so much about the people in her life - and always encourages them to live their truth. So, I wanted to talk to her and hear what she thinks of self-worth. Check out our interview below.


Mia: Introduce yourself to the Dream On Youth community. Who is Sarah?

Sarah: I am a wife to Brandon, a mom to Henry and Harrison, and a business owner. I created The Kindred Voice (formerly Holl & Lane Magazine) back in April 2015 as a way to showcase women’s powerful stories. In addition to all that, I am also a freelance photographer and freelance graphic designer.

M: What does self-worth mean to you?

S: It’s about recognizing the value you that you innately have in you. I think sometimes, in some seasons of life, it can be hard to see that value, or it can fluctuate depending on our life circumstances, but we all have value to add to this world and it’s important to see that.

M: You have two beautiful sons. Has your view of self-worth changed at all now that you are a mother? And what do you want your sons to know about self-worth?

S: The thing with kids is that they think you hung the moon, that you can do no wrong (or, at least that’s what they think when they’re little like mine are). So to see myself through their eyes has been what awakened me to my own self-worth. At the end of the day, I am raising two boys to be gentlemen, to be kind, and to be compassionate. And when I see those traits manifest in real time, I realize that I did that (well, me and my husband), and so that helps me to see the value that I am bringing to the world aside from anything else in my life.

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I hope that my sons will grow up knowing that they were put on this earth for a reason and that they are valuable. No matter the path that their lives take, or what they end up doing for a career, their lives are important. And I hope that they can see their own value for themselves.

M: How does self-worth show up in your life? (Or if it doesn’t, how do you want it to show up?)

S: It’s been something that I’m constantly working on, but right now it looks like giving myself permission to do things for ME. With two kids and plenty of jobs to keep me busy, I often get pushed to the bottom of the list. So sometimes I make time for myself by going for a 30 minute walk to listen to a podcast. Or I take a bath after the kids are in bed. These are the things I do to remind myself that I am worth taking a minute for.

M: If you could do one thing today to take care of yourself, what would it be?

S: Oooh today I would love to take a nap, but I would settle for a bath and a good book!