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Hi, I’m Dr. Sarah Sarkis

I’m a psychologist by training, and a certified executive and performance coach by practice. I also moonlight as a writer and speaker. My integrated approach is big on science, low on bullshit.

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📷 : @kim_m_fitzpatrick 

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis #shiftyourfocus #selfdevelopment
After nearly twenty years in the intimate trenches of the human condition, this rings painfully true. ✨

📷 : @christopherferry 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #trauma #traumahealing #bostontherapist
If you're currently in the hard part, remember this. ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #leadershipdevelopment #executivecoach #executivecoaching
Avoidance sucks up a lot of energy, whereas acceptance can be empowering. ✨

#selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist  #emotionalwellbeing #awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis
As I’ve matured in my craft, I’ve begun to deeply respect the work that is done during rest, times of restraint & recovery. I believe, in the end, it’s not how much we do that impacts the outcome, but how well we recover from the doing. Take all the minutes you need. ✨

#taketimetorest #restandrecovery #recoveryquotes #donothing #selfcare #optimalperformance #wellnessweekend #healthandwellness #wellnessquotes #takecare #mytherapistsays #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #trainyourbrain #recovery #sundayquotes #selfcaresunday
When in doubt, observe. ✨

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes
Boom 💥

This is how you turn the trauma into a superpower. 👊🏼

📷 : @myhealingdiscovery 

#happier #happyliving #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery #healingjourney #traumahealing #mindsetshift
Deeds not words. . 💥👊🏼

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #ownit #insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #personalgrowth  #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth  #positivepsychology #selflove
One of the first things to atrophy when we are sleep deprived is self-regulation. 

If you are chronically exhausted, you don’t have a fighting chance against the tides of unconscious habit. ✨

More on this --> "Psychological Flexibility Is The New Black: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How To Train For It" (Link in Bio) 💡

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #importanceofsleep #psychologicalflexibility #selfdevelopment #executivecoach #executivecoaching
It sure is. ✨

📷 : @rawbabysugar 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
These are some of the sneaky ways people-pleasing infiltrates our lives. 💡

Do any of these look familiar? ✨

📷 : @shivamnow 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #yougotthis #youdoyou #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #peoplepleaser #peoplepleasing #settingboundaries #personalgrowth
Can we all just move on from the "love is all you need" phase? 💡

📷 : @tinybuddhaofficial 

#insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology #loveisnotallyouneed
Yes, is nice. It moves things along. It collaborates. It pleases. Yes is a smile and a wink.

But No is bold. It’s decisive. No takes on the status quo. The buck stops here. 💥

And No carries burdens and pressures that Yes couldn’t possibly comprehend because it’s just so damn likable. No is hard to say, it’s hard to hear, and for some of us, it’s hard to honor. 💡

ON the BLOG 👉🏼 "The Buck Stops Here: The Power of No" (link in bio) ✨

📷 : @marybethlarue 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #justsayno #powerofno #peoplepleaser #peoplepleasing #psychologistsofinstagram #executivecoaching #executivecoach
Every word of this rings true. 💡

📷 : @adamgrant 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #angermanagement #angerquotes #executivecoach #executivecoaching
Time. 

This summer, my kid turned 13. He celebrated at “soccer sleepaway” camp for a week with some buddies. When I dropped him off, he was a proper kid. He was in that vast bordertown called Pre-Adolescence, or latency age, for us shrink types. His body and spirit reflected those two different worlds; one foot in childhood, the other one, just a step away, but miles apart, in adolescence. When I squint, I swear I can see the silhouette of the man he will become. 

But when I picked him up, the line had been crossed. He was a teenager suddenly and slowly, all at once and in increments so tiny time passed like a ghost. He came home drunk on freedom and Snapchat. He had a girl in his sights, too. Everything changed as the ordinariness of our lives unfolded. 

All the ordinary milestones make me think about my mom. 

Anniversaries, holidays, & birthdays come and go without much longing, but in the ordinary moments, I miss her to my marrow. It’s so deep, it’s on the surface. So intense, it’s just shy of numb. 

Some part of me has resigned myself to this fact as my “new normal"; like wrinkles and readers, it’s just part of aging. I believe now, there will simply always be a longing. 

When she died, my son was three. His memories of her have faded. In their place are the screen memories that stitch together our early childhood experiences. 

There’s a letting go process in life that is beautiful and brash. It punches me in the face and pats me on the back. It chews me up, spits me out, and rolls out a red carpet to say, “Come, we saved you a seat.” There’s an enthusiasm to its hunger; it consumes everything in its path. I know I am in its path too. I’m keenly aware of how fragile the thread is that ties us to the here and now. Every day frays another edge, and we live in this tension as time marches on. Today, I held my son tight, like a python, and I breathed in his spirit. 

Here’s to lucky 13, my boy. ✨ #nationalsonday #onlife #timemarcheson
Here’s to the work we can see and the achievements that can’t be taken away. 👊🏼

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #executivecoach #executivecoaching
This is why it’s so important to increase your tolerance for discomfort. 

Because right on the other side is freedom. ✨

📷 : @the.holistic.psychologist 

#ownit #insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology
Loss, failure, and grief have taught me lessons success, winning, and connection could never teach me. ✨

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #failure #failurequotes #executivecoach #executivecoaching
This is important to remember when you’re reworking old boundaries. 👊🏼

📷 : @fuckologyofficial 

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery #settingboundaries #boundaries #mentalhealthmatters #psychologistsofinstagram

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