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Venice Italy #SingleMomGlobeTrotter

I’ve had a life long dream to travel the globe. But more specifically… to go to Italy.

If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, or a personal friend of mine, then you already know this. It’s been my obsession since I was eighteen years old. That’s when I fell in love with it for the very first time, in the film Only You with Robert Downey Jr. I’d just graduated high school and when the footage of Venice came on the big screen I was transfixed. The footage of Tuscany left me with lifelong fantasies of getting lost in a tiny janky car roaming around the Tuscan villages, drinking wine from a bottle. And the scenes of the Amalfi Coast… we’ll… I have no words to do them the justice they deserve.

 

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41 Is NOT The New 21

5 reason’s why I’d rather be 41 than 21!

Today I turned 41. Kinda hard to believe actually. I’m not exactly sure where the time has gone. Sometimes I feel like I woke up one day and my twenties and thirties where over, without any warning. I remember being in my twenties thinking that women in their forties where soooooooo old. Like end of life old! I thought they looked ancient and acted even older.

Yet here I am.41 is NOT the new 21

On most days I don’t feel “old.” Or not as old as I thought those women seemed anyway. So it got me thinking; is our perception of age really changing? People say that your forties are the new twenties and I’d have to disagree. Maybe they are the new thirties, but my God! Am I happy I’m not still in my twenties!

 

So I thought I’d share five major lessons that my twenties, thirties and forties have taught me.

 

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Mentors Changed My Life

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My copy of #HustleBelieveReceive signed by people featured in it and my mentors.

My mentors have changed my life.

It’s because of their willingness to have truthful, tough love, heart to heart talks with me that I’ve been able to get past my hang-ups and elevate to the next level. Whenever I’ve felt stuck I’ve turned to them and they have never let me down.
Today I was lucky to have lunch with one of my mentors who four years ago told me to get off my ass and write my book already. He told me to get over my “I’m not a writer” hang-up and just WRITE IT! He actually told me then that he’d not talk to me until I came with a copy of my finished manuscript, and he gave me a deadline. I met that challenge and handed him a bound copy of my first book attempt four years ago.
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Postpartum of a Dream

Is it possible to have “postpartum” after the birth of your dream? It sounds crazy I know, but I wonder….

Sarah Centrella writer

I say this because for the past three months I have not felt like myself, and this got me thinking… Could I have postpartum depression?

But how could that be?

I’ve just realized one of the biggest dreams of my life, I’ve achieved something most people never get to accomplish, so why am I not euphoric every day? Dancing on a cloud? Why have I spent every weekend (that my kids are away) binge watching Downton Abby, or anything else I could find on Demand? Why have I refused to leave the house, unless I absolutely had to? Why won’t I work out when I know its what makes me feel better? Why can’t I find the energy to get out of my yoga pants? Why do I just want to sleep?

What the fuck is wrong with me? How can this be?

 

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Hustle.Believe.Receive. Motivation & Inspiration My Stories

In 22 Days My Life will Never Be the Same.

 

In 22 day’s my life will never be the same.

I’m laying in bed and it’s 1:30 AM, and this is the thought that flashes like a neon reader-board across my mind. Have you ever known that a specific day would change your life forever? I mean, besides your wedding day, or the scheduled birth of a child.  I knew those days would change me, and they absolutely did. But this is different.

This comes with equal parts excitement, pride, stress, anxiety and fear. Yes fear. For the last year I’ve spent every single day focused on one goal. Every, single, day, I’ve done something to get me closer to this goal.  Wether it was hours spent writing a nearly 400 page book, or just doing social media (which is basically a full-time job in its own right), I’ve worked toward this day… the one that comes on January 5th 2016, the day my book Hustle Believe Receive is released in stores nationwide. It’s the day my personal story; bare and naked, exposed and raw, is revealed to the world. There is no going back on January 6th if I suddenly decided to change my mind.  The Library of Congress will forever keep a copy of my book for christsake!

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Noni.

Charlotte Centrella

My blog was my first attempt at writing when I started it in 2009, and it’s been my closest and sometimes only friend from that point on. It was the one place where I could speak my truth, not knowing or even caring if anyone heard it. It was for me. My soft place to land.

Over the past year it’s been hard to keep up with posting, as life has taken on an increasingly crazy warp speed.  And for that I’ve felt guilty, because these quiet nights when I sit with a glass of wine and spill my guts, have been sorely missed.

This week has been some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my life, and I’ve not been able to take a moment to even try and process all I’ve been through this past week. So tonight I needed to go back to my roots, grab a glass of wine and let it out. read more »

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Meeting Kimora Lee Simmons…A Dream Come True!

Sarah Centrella with Victor Matthews painting at KLS OpeningLast night was one of those #HustleBelieveReceive moments that makes me pinch myself and say, “Wait! Did THAT just happen!?”

This is the breakdown of how the #HBRMethod works to manifest dreams bigger than you can truly imagine.

A few months ago I began the stressful process of finding an ideal candidate to provide a quote for the cover of my book.   One of the first people that came to mind was Kimora Lee Simmons.  She’s not only a household name to millions; she’s also a savvy boss chick who’s built a fashion and media empire, all while raising four children.  She’s one of those people whose hustle I’ve always admired.   So I put my wish out into the Universe, with no idea how I’d make it a reality. People like Kimora (@OfficialKimora) are not exactly the easiest to reach!

Fast forward to yesterday. I’m in LA for my day job waiting on my client to join me for lunch in Beverly Hills when I scroll through Instagram. I see Kimora’s post (@OfficialKimora) that she recently opened a new boutique for her KLS fashion line just minutes away from where I’m having lunch. Instantly that “dream” pops into the back of my head, and I make a note to walk by her storefront after lunch. read more »

Hustle.Believe.Receive. Motivation & Inspiration My Stories

CBS The Talk… A Dream Come True!

Last week I lived one of the most full circle, #ManifestThat! #HBR moments of my life.  One year ago I was selected by producer Marc Anthony Nicolas  (@Marc_Nicolas) to have one of my fifteen-second videos air on CBS The Talk.

At the time I was excited obviously, but didn’t think too much of it.  Fast forward to two months ago when I “randomly” (#HBRMethod teaches us that nothing is ever random) get a call from Marc Anthony asking if I again wanted to submit a video.  I told him that I’d actually be flying during the time he needed me and wouldn’t be able to do it this time.  We chatted for a few minutes and then I got the balls to quickly tell him about my book, and to my surprise he not only let me give my quick “pitch,” he actually wanted to know the website!  And right there ,on the phone pulled it up!

I think right away he could see that Hustle Believe Receive was special, and so I asked the big question; Would he be willing to share his story as well? 

I’m so blessed to say that not only was he excited to do so, but when I did his interview his story BLEW ME AWAY!  I am in awe of what he’s accomplished and his #RelentlessPursuit it truly is inspiring.

So last week when I was in LA I had a few hours between meetings, I asked Marc Anthony if he’d like to grab lunch since I was in the area and we’d never met in person.  When I got to Studio City (I was about two hours early for our lunch), I told him I’d be working at Starbucks nearby and to just let me know when he was ready.  To my total surprise Marc Anthony instead invited me to come watch the live taping of The Talk, which was just about to air live!

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Security Station at the CBS gate

When I arrived at the CBS lot, the security guards had my VIP pass waiting.  I will never forget driving into the CBS backlot (where all the networks shows are filmed), parking and walking to Stage 16, where The Talk was already broadcasting live.  Marc Anthony met me at the door, and ushered me back stage where producers and the camera crew filmed the show in front of a live studio audience.

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It’s hard to do justice with words what it felt like to be standing there; shoulder to shoulder with a four time Emmy nominated producer, watching Sara Gilbert and Aisha Tyler chit-chat with guest Kellan Luntz.  It was one of those amazing pinch-me moments that you can’t quiet fully process.

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Killeen Luntz showing off his wig on The Talk while I watched behind the camera -Photo Cred: The Talk

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that submitting that fifteen-second video a year ago, would lead to Marc Anthony being featured in my book, and giving me a personal tour of the show.  It’s the ultimate proof to me that #HustleBelieveReceive is real and constantly working in our lives.

Even though I never imagined this chain of events, I have for years imagined having my own talk show, and being a guest on talk shows.  When I was a guest on the Steve Harvey Show it was a huge manifestation of that dream, but this was even more so.  This felt so right, it lit a fire under my dream in a way that imagining it alone never could.  #ManifestThat! brings pieces of our dream to us so that we can get excited about them, feel them, and live them.   That’s exactly what I did, I felt the joy of the moment and was beyond grateful for it.

I don’t care what your dream is, or how “unrealistic” it seems, if you believe in it and are willing to hustle toward it, then it will show up.  Probably when you least expect it, and in the most miraculous way.  When an idea comes to you, act on it.  When an opportunity presents itself, jump at it.  And ALWAYS do it from a place of childlike excitement and gratitude.

I wanna thank Marc Anthony for giving me an experience of a lifetime, and facilitating a moment I will never forget, truly a dream come true.  And I wanna thank the team and crew of The Talk for being so gracious, kind and welcoming while I was visiting. I’ll cherish that day forever.

 

My book #HustleBelieveReceive featuring Marc Anthony’s story is available now for pre-order, release date Jan 5, 2016.

 

UPDATE

So after I posted this yesterday I got a very happy surprise! Marc Anthony is a guest co-host of the Lillian McDermott Radio Show, and I got the sweetest email from Lillian. She said that her and Marc Anthony talked about me on Fridays show and asked if I’d like to be a guest on an upcoming show!!

I’m telling you…. you never know what doors will open when you push through your fear, follow your instincts and believe in your passion.

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