Client Feature - Sara Holland
February 26, 2020
Sara Holland - Client Spotlight
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Sara Holland is a coach for kids and teenagers as well as an all around athlete and competitor...
Tell me a little bit about your business and what you offer.
I specialize in teaching sports to the whole child through camps and workshops. I believe in teaching at appropriate child development levels, skill & cognitive based development as well as using failure as a tool for kids and athletes to be able to level up and improve in life, academics, and athletics. I work with kids from 2 years - 18 years). I also run a high academic softball organization, The CT Legends.
I've always been a big DREAMER! I've always believed that there is no ceiling, and that I could do anything I wanted if I put my mind to and applied myself 110%. I'm an athlete (gymnastics, dance, softball, basketball, track and now cyclist). I played Division I softball at The University of Kansas (Doubles Record Holder) and professional softball for The Pride. I've been Assistant Softball Coach at Yale, University of Virginia, and Texas Tech University.
I moved to CT and BOOM! I decided to start my business, Sara Holland Sports. I've been running programs since 2007 in Westport, Fairfield, and surrounding communities.
What impact are you trying to have with your business?
I really want to help parents and children believe in themselves and their ability to achieve their dreams. We need to give children more opportunities to actually fail. I like to call it failing forward. We actually learn a lot from failing, and most kids do it every day. But, somewhere along the way we lose that ability as we move towards adulthood. And, even kids are being taught to be "perfect". Instead, we should be telling them that great success comes from failing many times, 100's and 1000's of times. As an adult, that seems so scary! But, what's on the other side of that is absolutely amazing. I get excited just talking about it! If I can teach children this now, really targeting 10-13 year olds, then whenever they need to make a pivot in life or level up then they will have the courage to do so, and be excited about doing it! I have failed 1000's of times in sports and activities, and this has allowed me to be able to have confidence in myself to make life pivots, changes, growth, and to keep Dreaming of something greater.
Any advice you'd give another person in business?
Go for it! Absolutely! I believe in the Dream. But, I believe they need hold their Desire at the very front of their mind every single day. There will be those that question you, look at you like you're insane, and many will not understand. They themselves might be afraid of chasing their own dreams. But, this is your dream, not theirs, so you have to go for it!
Are there any lessons you've learned along the way?
You have to surround yourself with those that will lift you up, and help you navigate to reach your dream! Many will go, and that can be difficult, but you're moving on to this new journey, this new dream. Keep your Desire so close it makes you giddy. Dream. Desire. Develop.Discipline (™)
Was there anything you were nervous about prior to your photoshoot?
I have a yin yang balance to my life and that is softball (strong) and yoga (sensual). Softball, is so easy for me to explore, but I was doing the yoga piece in my session as well. And yoga is my sensual side, and I don't or haven't shown that side but to a handful of people in my lifetime. Outside world sees me strong and capable, and I actually see myself more as a sensual, funny, and sweet woman, lol. I was hoping I would be able to express that in photos.
What was it like for you to do a Personal Branding Session?
LOved every minute of it!! I can't wait for more sessions.
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