Sarah Von Bargen: Collective Care Interview Series

December 15, 2016

Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.

I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa.

Today we get to meet Sarah von Bargen!

Sarah Von Bargen on getting clear on what makes us happy and telling people things in a way they can hear. Read the Collective Care interview! >>

Sarah is one of my biggest Internet friend-crushes, and writes one of the most useful and fun-to-read blogs ever. Her advice is always incredibly practical, yet also unique from what anyone else is offering, because she’s never anything less than completely herself.

Sarah, take it away…

How are you changing the world?

(What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)

I’m helping people change the way they think about how they spend their time, money, and energy. Most of us don’t need to earn more money to have the life we want. We just need to get really clear on what makes us happy, where our money is going, and why it’s going in that direction.

What challenges your heart in that journey?

I approach money and happiness in a way that runs counter to a lot of long-held, deeply internalized, socially-accepted beliefs. It can sometimes feel like I’m starting in the negative integers just to get people to consider that more money doesn’t necessarily equal more happiness.

What inspires you to keep going?

The amazing results I’ve seen in my own life and the lives of my students when they do, actually, make that leap. I know that – for the right people – this work can be transformative, once they’re willing to open their mind to a new way of thinking about money and happiness.

How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process?

What nourishes and replenishes you?

I work pretty strict hours. It’s rare that I’m working before 8 am or after 5 pm. I outsource things I don’t like or don’t understand. I know what makes me happy so I make sure to schedule lots of those things into my calendar.

How do you experience care within community?

How do others support you in your journey and practice?

I’m part of three different “High Powered Lady Groups” (my words, not theirs!) We get together once a month and talk about our struggles, triumphs, share resources, etc. They’re invaluable!

What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?

You need to tell people things in a way they can hear. If your people don’t read blogs, maybe you need a podcast. If your people don’t respond well to high brow, philosophical flights of fancy, maybe you need to give them super basic, step-by-step instructions. Meet your people where they are and speak to them in a language they appreciate and connect to.

Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.

Everyone treats one another with respect and compassion. Wouldn’t that change, well, pretty much everything?

About Sarah:

Sarah Von Bargen is a teacher and writer who explores money, happiness, and living your life on purpose. She blogs most days at and if she’s not on the internet she’s eating cheese or on a roadtrip or watching late-90s tv shows with her very patient husband.

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