Go Mighty’s 31 Days of Inspiring Women, #5: Sarah Han
Meet Sarah. She calls North Oakland home, with her boyfriend Tim, her cats P. Kitty and Biggie Smalls, and her new pup Benny. She’s a Producer at The Bold Italic, but when she’s not typing away behind a computer, she’d rather be hiking on a trail or floating in a tube on a river somewhere in the Bay Area.
Check out Sarah’s Life List and story below.
So, Sarah, what’s your story?
Although I was born and raised in the ‘burbs of Los Angeles, I consider myself a Bay Area person through and through. I’ve lived in Berkeley, San Francisco, and now Oakland for 17 years and I don’t see myself leaving any time soon.
Career wise, I’m a Producer at The Bold Italic, which is definitely my favorite job as of yet.
You seem to have your hand in all kinds of amazing projects, and your job really is a dream job. How’d you get to where you are today?
Moving to Berkeley for college was the beginning of becoming the person I am. The Bay Area has always felt like home, comfortable, beautiful, and welcoming, and I knew that I wanted to build and nurture a permanent home here.
As for my job, I’ve always worked in media. I started as most of us do, as a bright-eyed, naive, and unsure intern. Somehow, I worked my way up through the ranks, and here I am now, at my dream job, working with a small team of fun, creative people and giving light to what makes the Bay Area so dynamic and amazing.
Outside of work, what recent accomplishments have you been particularly excited about?
Last year, I accomplished two of my biggest life goals – I FINALLY got my drivers license (woohoo!) and even huger, my boyfriend and I bought a house together in North Oakland. This year, I crossed another big goal off my list when we adopted our dog Benny (my cats, sadly, weren’t so impressed with this accomplishment). I’m excited about continuing to work on and improve our home and become a closer knit family, but I’m also very interested in making sure we’re a part of the bigger community around us.
Tell us a bit more about these ten goals from your life list. What’s the inspiration behind the goals you chose?
If you had asked me about my goals ten years ago, when I was in my early 20s, my 10 goals would’ve been completely different than they are now. Back then, I was more focused on being social, going out, and finding out who I wanted to be. I was making and doing a lot, but most of it didn’t really stick. Still, I accomplished a lot of cool things that I look back on and think “Wow, I did that.” I played in a band, put out a couple of records, made crafts that sold in stores, had a published comic strip, became an editor at a major newspaper, volunteered with animal shelters, founded and ran a pet blog… These days, I’m more focused inwards – tweaking the things I already know I am, already have, and care deeply about. Family, community, and home are my main goals.
Any advice for others on how to stay motivated/focused on achieving their goals?
The best advice I have is to keep an open mind. Things don’t usually go as you plan, but you have to keep moving forward. As David Lee Roth says, “You gotta roll with the punches to get to what’s real.”
Follow Sarah’s journey through completing her Life List here.
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(Photo courtesy of Sarah Han)