“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment,” says American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. And whose life better reflects this than that of host-model-editor Sarah Meier’s.
Her foray into professional modeling began at the early age of 14; Sarah went on to become a VJ for MTV Asia and MTV Philippines. She, too, has hosted television shows Philippine Fashion Week TV and Super Model TV. At present, a mother of one, Sarah is also the editor-in-chief of Metro under ABS-CBN Publishing. With all the paths she has undertaken, in her career or otherwise, learn how she journeys back to the basics and to her true self.
Sarah, on the regular
On a daily basis, Sarah maintains a routine—one that seems so ideal but she shows us that it can be done. “I wake up at 4:30 a.m., read through my monthly goals and write in my journal, have a smoothie and get to the gym by 5:45 a.m. Training goes until 7:30 a.m., then I’m in the office by 8:30 a.m. Once in a while, there are events and hosting jobs, or our team will step out for a cover shoot, but other than that, the best place to be is at my desk keeping the Metro ship steering in the right direction… Also sorting through all the footage we shot at New York Fashion Week,” Sarah shares.
As a mother to her adorable 10-year-old daughter Kaya, Sarah admits to not having it all balanced together—at least not all the time. She says, “I try to do it as gracefully as possible, which on some days I accomplish, and on others fall flat on my face trying! It requires a unique mix of both flexibility and structure that I am trying to master. If you have any tips, I’d be glad to hear them!”
Sarah with international fashion designer, Michael Kors at New York Fashion Week.
Of learning, unlearning, and relearning
As with any journey, Sarah has her fair share of difficult times. “Getting a divorce, and the years leading up to it,” she reveals, “were probably some of the darkest moments in my life. Understanding the source of my unhappiness was crucial in figuring out how to then get back on the path towards happiness. To understand my unhappiness, I had to undo many carefully constructed walls and unlearn years of conditioning; look back on decisions I made and grapple with the psychology behind my whys. It’s a painful process but necessary if you want to power through the burden.”
Through it all, she has learned “to follow your truth” and that “the longest way around is the shortest way home.” She adds, “Basically, the more in tune you are with your authentic self, and the more committed you are to doing the hard and heart work to defining your purpose (no matter what the sacrifice) you’ll achieve a sense of accomplishment, peace of heart, and peace of mind in a fraction of the time.”
Loving life with her little one, Kaya.
Staying grounded and going back to the basics
Sarah shares five things you can do for when you want to get back to your authentic self:
Get a life coach. "This was life-changing for me in the sense that I was able to step outside of myself and observe deep-seeded behavioral habits, and improve on them to become the best version of myself possible."
Balance. "Picture all the facets of your life as piggy banks, and make sure you’re spreading the wealth between them. Health, relationships, family, personal development, spirituality, wealth creation, career development, socializing. It helps create a healthy perspective and in turn equips you for any obstacles in life, because you know a dent in one piggy bank doesn’t mean life is ruined."
Write it down, draw it out or record it. "The power of the written and spoken word, and of visuals and imagery, are SO underrated. If you have something you desperately want or need in life, learn how to verbalize it. Do so with faith and conviction. Then watch as the opportunity for you to climb and reach your dreams appears. It’s worked magically for me since I was a teenager."
Get back to the basics. "Love, nature, harmony. Nurture anything that makes you feel truly whole—and I mean your whole individual self. Not anything material, or another human being. Meditate, sing, swim in the ocean, paint, cook, run. Everyone’s how is different, but what we all need so much of in this crazy world is to remember the beautiful simplicity of just BEING."
Know when feelings are getting in the way of making good decisions. "Feelings are neither right nor wrong, but there is a right and wrong time to let them rule you. If you are bound to something out of obligation or guilt or ego, and it’s not actually helping you evolve, then do yourself a favor and get out. Go to where you’ll grow."
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Photographs courtesy of Sarah Meier