Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Stories Parenting

Single Mom’s Can Do It All.

sarah centrella's family 2008
2008.. three months after he left

I can’t believe my babies start school tomorrow.  I also can’t believe it’s been four years that we have been on our own. Making our own way, redefining what it means to be a family. Four years.  In a way it feels like a lifetime. Like there was never a life outside of the one we now know. But in others it feels like just a minute ago the girls were eighteen months old and toddling into anything and everything.

  • Cutting the stems off wine glasses with a butter knife.
  • Painting each other with cubes of butter under the dining room table. Or with lipstick or mascara.
  • Or taking all the wrapping paper off the entire stash of Christmas paper and playing “swards” with the empty spools, sitting in piles and piles of Santa paper.

Time might have turned them from two to five, but they still climb walls (literally) without assistance. They still get into more curious trouble than any kids I know.  But now they also make me coffee, just how I like it brewed with cream and sugar, and bring it to me in bed. Now they ASK if they can clean the house for something “fun” to do. So maybe that is there way of apologizing for all the sticky messes they made as toddlers.

sarah centrella's family 2009
2009… trying to find my way

In all cases they still make me laugh hysterically every single day. They still teach me something new, and still amazing me. This starts a new phase of our journey and a new dynamic to our family life, new adjustments as it does with all families.  Though it makes me a little sad to think it came so quickly, it also makes me so proud that we made it here, by ourselves. On our own, we did it.  We have passed survival mode and are thriving in the life we’ve created and it feels really good.

I can’t wait to see what the next five years will bring to our little family. Can’t wait to know my daughters and my son as they grow into the people they will become.

And I’m soooooo amazed and delighted I made it to the five year mark,
because now there’s NO more daycare!!!!! whoooohoooo Single moms rule!

sarah centrella's family 2010
2010..start of living my dream


sarah centrella's familly 2011
2011… trying to bounce back after the house flooded and I was laid off…
sarah centrella's family 2012
2012.. two days ago on our first ever family vacation 🙂 Dreams do come true!
Baby girls first day of school…


Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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My Stories Parenting

This Feels Great, I Can’t Lie.

Nothing quite says summer like this…

In the past couple of days I’ve been on the biggest emotional roller-coaster. It’s been one of the hardest weekends of my life (family… boy they know how to break our hearts don’t they!).  So needless to say I have never both looked forward to and dreaded a vacation as much in my life. The first part of our trip was to reunite with family, renting a house in the mountains for my brothers wedding.  This was bitter-sweet in ways that I can’t really go into… but let’s just say it had great moments mixed in with the known heartbreaking ones.

The second part started yesterday.  It’s been a long time coming for this part. My whole life really when I think about it.  Growing up poor you don’t get opportunities to “vacation” like most people. You don’t go off and stay at a fun hotel, or resort and do fun family activities. I’ve had never really done that kind of thing until my honeymoon.  The past few years I’ve taken Kanen on a trip, but I’ve never been able to take all my kids because it’s too expensive and I’ve always been a struggling single mom.

So today wrapped up our first full day at Sun River Resort, in Bend Oregon. It might not be Maui or Disneyland but those will come.  But it is a beautiful sprawling resort with all those fun things I always wanted to be able to have my kids experience first hand, and today all three of my babies got that chance. We went for bike rides, played all day at the water park, eat dinner under a panoramic view of the mountains and ordered breakfast in bed. All firsts for all my babies… and I gotta tell you it felt pretty fucking great to be able to do this with them, and see how much they appreciated it, and how they just lite up. It was a dream (vision board) come true (can you say manifestation??).

So thank you universe for lookin out for me all these years and for teaching me to be grateful in all things, to believe in magic and to most of all live in gratitude in the moment.

I wish that I could have this moment for life.

Thought I’d share a little of our family photo album… here it is 🙂

When you focus on the EXPERIENCES you want out of life and not on getting a certain amount of money… those experiences find you and money is never an issue… crazy but true!


Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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My Stories

Review of: One Third Crazy

sarah centrella's memoir

*The following is a review/comments on my personal memoir One Third Crazy. It’s written by a fellow writer whom I went to high school with 18 years ago but have not kept in contact with since, until a few weeks ago. I feel it’s a good representation of the reaction I’ve gotten from the select group of people I’ve allowed to read it prior to it being sold and published.  
Note: everyone who’s read it has done so in 24 hours or less which just blows my mind!!! So honored and humbled by her words…. 

Dear Sarah,

I finished your book at 2 am this morning (had given it to her that afternoon! AND she read the whole book on her phone!). Once I started I couldn’t put it down. It grabbed me the minute I began reading it. You had my attention and my heart. You not
only have a story but you have a gift to captivate your audience. I had no idea in high school what you
had gone through up to that point in your life. Or what you went through after Heather’s death. Things no child should even have nightmares about much less live through. Heather’s funeral was my first one too and I had definitely never seen an open casket either. I am so sorry for all your pain. Your life experiences as a child are incomprehensible to me. You made it real and I lived it with you as your words flowed off the page into my heart. My heart was ripped out throughout your entire book as I empathized with your heart wrenching experiences.
I am like you, as you mentioned about 9/11. How you took on others heartache as your own. My mind truly can’t comprehend how you are a beautiful, loving, vibrant, compassionate young woman and devoted mom. Especially considering the role model you had in your life. Who you have become and
done through all the turmoil you have experienced is nothing short of a miracle. You have chosen to change your legacy and not be a product of your past but have chosen to mold your future. Wow!!
As I read your story I saw many commonalities we have. Your dedication to your children is beautiful and they are so blessed to have you as their mom.
 Your story is riveting and certainly not for the faint of heart. Your ambition,drive  and love in your heart will sustain you and take you far. I wish for you a perfect prince to genuinely sweep you and your kiddos off your feet and live truly happily ever after. And treat you how you deserve to be treated and taken care of.
Your ex husbands actions, behavior and motives are heart wrenching and tears flooded my cheeks as I
doubled over in pain for you and your little ones. What a fraud! The man for you is out there he has to be. One day…
Thank you for an amazing journey of your life. For sharing and putting yourself out there. Seriously I know you didn’t make this up but it is like a Hollywood script that should be on the big screen.
I look forward to talking with you tomorrow and I can’t thank you enough for letting me read your story and for putting yourself out there. Amazing!
If I saw you I would so give you a hug. So I send you a hug because I am a huger. Anyways. Thank you again for sharing I am honored and glad you let me have a preview.:)
Meriah Mathews is the author of the blog By God’s Grace Daily

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Dating My Stories

Dear Facebook

Dear Facebook,

Thanks for pointing out that the guy I’ve been dating the last six months is now suddenly “in a relationship” with his “ex”. Good lookin out. What would I do without you, to catch the cheaters for me??  Like for real. You’re great at it.

For example:
If you notice a post on your man’s wall in which some girl is calling him “booboo” and he hasn’t had a chance to jump on and delete it, or hide it from his timeline… that’s a good indicator that something might be up.

And when you ask said girl if she accidentally called your man her “booboo” and she replies, “nope think i got it right”…. That’s when you think to yourself; “Hmmmm I’m so glad I have Facebook, because I can’t believe shit anyone says anymore!”

For example:
Him: “Oh that girl? She’s just my “ex”.  She still thinks one day we’ll get back together, but you’re the only girl I’m talking to or want to be with. I promise.”

Next day:
Him, Her “In a relationship” on Facebook.

Again, thanks Facebook for clearin that up for me! Total life savor!




Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Hustle.Believe.Receive. Your Life Coach

The Secret: WOW I Manifested That!!

Bob Doyle and Lynn Rose

OK so this blew me away yesterday! A total pinch me momentManifestations are so awesome, because they come when you least expect them and from directions you would have never been able to guess or plan out.  This is EXACTLY why its so important not to ever get hung up on the “how” they will come true, instead just trust that they will when the time is right.

So as you probably know by now I watched the movie The Secret and Oprah’s shows on it when I was pregnant with my twins in 2007.  Bob Doyle is one of the featured experts from the movie The Secret which was so influential in getting the light to begin to go on in my head.  Well a few days ago I saw a contest he posted on his Facebook page asking for people to write in with their stories and the message they’d like to share if given the perfect audience.  It said he’d pick five winners for a one on one strategy session on how to get your message in front of the world, as well as exposure via his radio show. 

I was like holy crap! Pick me! Pick me! And yesterday I got a message from him saying he’d done just that 🙂 Thanks Hustle.Believe.Receive.!

So yesterday I spoke personally with Bob Doyle and his co-host media personality Lynn Rose live on the air as they asked about my story and how they can help me share it with the world.  Yep, the very same person I’d watched in 2007 before I even knew how to dream, or knew what the Law of Attraction was, was now asking me how he could help take my dream to the next level…. goose bumps anyone???? I sure have em!

Dreams come true.

Click here to listen to my live on-air impromptu interview with Bob and Lynn (I come on 36 minutes into archive).

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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