Sarah West learned early on to embrace her gifts. She started Light Consulting and Coaching to share those gifts and her vast experience with others, while lightening their load and tapping into their own potential.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a numbers nerd that cares a whole lot about helping people. My husband, Chad and I have three children, Lane, Kylee and Trygvee and live in Moorhead. I’m a student of life and always learning which is why my credentials are longer than my name. Good thing I have a short name. I enjoy pouring into people and experiencing life with others, preferably outside in the nice weather.
How did you get involved in your work?
From childhood to now, numbers are my jam. Math came easy to me and from what I could see at a young age, it didn’t come easy to most. I began embracing that being good at math was a gift, rather than dwelling on how hard it was to read with dyslexia. I started working at a bank right out of high school and worked there throughout college. Then I went onto work in insurance, then investments, and then corporate accounting. Because of my willingness to work extremely hard and try new things, I had a lot of opportunity in my first 15 years in my career. I worked through M&As, the oil boom and bust, ownership transfers, etc. I was filling my mind with valuable experiences. Once I had my youngest child, I realized I wanted more freedom in my schedule and my interest in serving people made it hard when in a full time position. So I started Light Consulting & Coaching. I get to bring my experiences to my clients and add a ton of value, all while loving on my children more.
Tell us how Light Consulting and Coaching got its name. Where does the “light” come into play?
After many days and weeks of praying on it, Light kept circling back to me. I thought about how people feel after interacting with me, and how I want to make them feel. I want to make business and life light for people. Offer them hope and carry what may feel as a burden.
What is your life’s motto?
Love God and love people.
Who inspires you?
So many people. I get inspiration from the mom with three kids at Target. My team at the office that will work tirelessly to meet a deadline. My daughter being a teenager and overcoming adversity. My two-year old that I just want to build a better world for. I also get inspired by my clients, who care just as much about my business as theirs, and are pushing me outside my comfort zone.
How have you been staying connected to your community during this isolating time?
Mostly through social media groups like Ladyboss. Trying to put good out in the world with our Be the Light brand. I’ve been having conversations with business and nonprofit leaders. Just like everything, you have to do the work if you want to see the result.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve heard recently?
This changes as my life changes. In this season it’s “you’re not that powerful” meaning if I am down in the dumps because I feel like I might have hurt someone’s feelings, I remind myself “I’m not that powerful”. When I’m feeling the pressure to land a client or perform an incredible task I remind myself “I’m not that powerful”. But God is!
What do you think women need right now?
Connection, inspiration and comfort. Many of us are trying to juggle being mom, wife, coworker, leader, and now teacher and master schedule re-arranger. As women, we can do great things, if we just believe we can.