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Turning the Page: A Goodbye

Dear Ones,

Today’s the last day I will be writing to you in this way– for an indefinite amount of time.

As most of you know, I’ve weathered an unbelievable amount of challenges over the past few years. Most of that time has been devoted to my own healing, and in recent months that process has begun to reflect itself externally through my move to Santa Barbara, California.

I deeply love and respect the woman I’m becoming as a result of these past years, and I’m grateful that I had the courage to create a new life for myself. As I write, hydrangea blooms in my garden and a hummingbird flew by my window as I did my morning yoga. Santa Barbara feels like a place where I can rest in my feminine, a place where I can enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Now that this new foundation is in place, it’s time for me to make one last, hard change to complete the transition into my new life. It’s time to close The Way of the Happy Woman and the expression of myself that I’ve been within it for the past ten years.

While I’m very proud of all I’ve generated here, for some time now, I’ve felt like this former creation of mine is like a shoe that no longer fits. The structure, content, and delivery of what I once shared doesn’t feel current with who I am now. I’ve tried to make it fit in various ways, but I don’t want to live an “almost life.” I’ve come to accept that it’s time to shed this final piece of my past so that I can live true to who I am now.

The worlds of online marketing and social media have never felt very aligned with my values, soul, or personality. I’ve reached a place in life where I’m no longer willing to compromise myself, and I feel called now to live a quieter, simpler life of service, enjoyment, and growth.

What this looks like on a practical level is that, aside from announcements about new events, I’ll no longer be posting on social media, running online courses, publishing talks on my podcast, hosting retreats or trainings, or sending out newsletters.

I’ll continue to write creatively and offer post-abortion support. I’ll also (joyfully!) continue to lead A Year of SHE and The SHE Leadership Circle through the end of the year, but after that, I will not be offering these programs anymore. I do plan on teaching some local classes here in Santa Barbara starting this summer and will notify you of these as they become available. I’d love to see you if you’re in this area!

I also feel called to work with more women in private mentoring (both personal and business). My relationship with myself has deepened so much over the past few years, and I’m finding that one-on-one connections are now my preferred way to cultivate greater intimacy and personalized healing.

I’m not going to send out a gazillion emails about this or offer flashy packages. This is a simple, close-to-the-earth process– especially helpful for women in transition, grief, heartbreak, in need of healing, or longing to live in greater alignment with her heart’s truth. If you want this kind of support, you can learn more and sign up for a session here.

At some point I may build a new, simpler structure to work within, but that that isn’t clear yet (and I’m in no hurry to get there!). Right now I’m focused on the greatest creative work of my life– the work of becoming who I truly am.

I’m so grateful for all we’ve shared together over the years, and now my heart is full with relief and happiness as I publicly shed a past version of myself that I personally said goodbye to long ago.

As always, I wish you the courage and faith to live in devotion to your heart’s quiet guidance.

With love and gratitude,

Sara

SARA AVANT STOVER

Hello, beautiful. I’m Sara: a teacher of feminine spiritual and empowerment, author, and founder of The Way of the Happy Woman. I’m also the leader of The SHE School and the SHE Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training. Here’s the truth: I don’t want to be your guru. But I am wholeheartedly devoted to guiding women back to their own, inner wisdom, through feminine spiritual practices, yoga, meditation, and a whole lotta love (and guts). This work is my truest calling and greatest joy. I’m so happy to have the chance to share it with you.

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