Sacred Feminine Leadership
When GOSS stumbled across Sarah Jenks on Instagram, we knew instantly that she had to be in the magazine. As an Ordained Priestess, Sarah is helping women wake up to their true power and Soul’s path through sacred technologies and ceremony. Sarah has a way of making spiritual work incredibly approachable and reaches over 100,000 people all over the world. She
works with doctors, lawyers, CEOs, stay at home moms, teachers, life coaches and healers – all to create a more meaningful and fully expressed life. One thing I really wanted to talk to Sarah about was how she balances having a hugely successful company and being a present mother to her three young children. We have so few examples of women who are truly balancing both and I can’t wait to share her words with you.
Tell us about the path that brought you back home to yourself?
I met my husband Jonathan in college. I was the collar-popping party girl and he was the football jock. The traditional path to success was clear and laid out for us. After we were married, we left our friends and family and moved across the country to San Francisco for Jonathan’s medical residency. Just as my emotional eating coaching business started to really take off, I had my first child and things started to fall apart. I felt pressure to fit myself into the “good mom” box. I lost touch with who I was and what I wanted. Eventually I started going to therapy.
One day I walked into my therapist’s home office and she had a circle of pillows on the floor, the faint smell of incense was in the air and she had paintings of beautiful goddesses on the wall. My body erupted in goosebumps. I started to weep, even though my brain couldn’t identify why. The only way I can explain it is that it felt like “remembering.” I remembered being in sacred spaces. I remembered feeling a deep connection with other women and with the unseen world around us. I remembered feeling deeply held.
That moment was the beginning of this wild adventure of creating the life I’m meant to live. It turns out that my therapist was actually a Priestess. I started asking her questions about the sacred feminine and spirituality and going to her circles. I started listening to my soul telling me that I wasn’t actually who I thought I was. I was afraid to become my fully expressed, spiritual self. But my soul was SO LOUD that I knew that I had to start walking my true path. I was terrified that all my clients would leave and that my family and friends would reject who I was. So I did both for a while, I parallel-pathed. I continued to teach emotional eating courses and offered some spirituality classes on the side.
Fast forward to today. I’ve built a seven-figure business teaching about the Sacred Feminine and creating sacred ceremonies for women to remember who they really are. I’ve been working very closely with that same therapist, Elayne Kalila Doughty who now has a global Priestess school, for the last decade. And I was ordained in July as a Priestess in the 13 Moon Lineage.
I definitely took the path less traveled – one that was wildly different from what was laid out for me. It was really scary, and it has also been the most profound journey of my life.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I’d go chat with “new mom” Sarah. Sarah who birthed two babies in 17 months and was sure that life as she knew it was over. I’d visit the version of me that believed that I couldn’t have a life that I love and be a good mother at the same time. That I could either have a big, amazing life pursuing my dreams, and screw up my kids in the process, OR that I could sacrifice
everything I dreamt of for my own life to live in service to them. And I would tell her that the idea that we have to choose between the life we really want to live and being a good mom – is bullshit. I would tell her that belief is a core part of the patriarchal brainwashing that keeps women tired, unfulfilled and brittle. I would tell her that an alive, awake,
nourished woman is a force of nature, and that it’s no wonder that the world is afraid of that kind of magic.
How do you embody success in your daily life?
I have to prioritize living in my fullest expression. For me, that means taking incredible care of my body, adorning myself, surrounding myself with loving friends, going on adventures, and prioritizing a deep connection with my partner.
I used to believe that I couldn’t have an amazing life and be an amazing mother. Now I know that the two are deeply correlated. Living fully expressed is the only way for me to be an incredible mother. It’s how my kids get the best version of me – the version their little Soul’s chose to embody alongside.
Once I began embodying this massive shift, I really got to work on tapping into the truth of my soul. And I do that through ceremony work. I hear my Soul clearly when I am in a very specific type of Temple space. There, I can drop out of the conditioning, the personality, the ego – and hear my internal truth, my Soul. Embodying success for me means coming into this specific frequency, and truly living from that place. When I do that, I’m always guided into balance.
What routines or rituals do you implement regularly to stay in this ease and flow?
I do a morning practice, my Sacred Start, every day at 5:30 am, for an hour. I meditate, I dance, I pull cards. My husband brings me coffee in bed. I do a lot of visualization work, where I allow myself to see the best possible outcome and really live into that vibe. As a Priestess, I track the moon, I work with my menstrual cycle, and I study Shamanic Astrology. I bring my whole family into ritual and magic so that it’s woven into my daily life. I have also cultivated an incredible support system. I have an amazing team working with me on the business. I have an incredible nanny and house manager. My husband and I are true partners and co-parents.. I’m no longer trying to do it all by myself. Clear agreements and great support are how I do ease and flow.
When it comes to manifesting, what is your vision for the future?
I have a past life memory of living in the Temples where Priestesses came together. We were well nourished, adorned, and everything was wrapped in beauty. I want women to experience what it’s like to be in a space that is intentionally cultivated for our Sacred thriving. I just hosted a retreat for 75 women at my home in September and it was everything I remembered. I am
manifesting and building towards creating more live experiences like this in the future.
What kind of courses do you have for women who want to join your space?
If you’re new to this work, the best place to begin is through my free morning ritual guide, Sacred Start. It takes you through the process of creating your own Sacred Feminine morning ritual. It also walks women through how to make time for this practice because it is often the biggest initiation of them all.
If you’re ready to take the next step in remembering who you actually are and want to explore the Sacred Feminine, my Holy Woman membership is always welcoming new members. If you’re craving a deeper dive on applying a Sacred lens to motherhood, marriage, or your relationship with your body, I offer online courses all year round. If you are ready to really GO
FOR IT in your work, you might be a match for my high-level seasonal mastermind called The Council where we are creating a new paradigm for Sacred Leaders.
What would you like your clients to retain the most from the work that you do?
That your desires are breadcrumbs that lead you towards being in your fullest service. I really want women to know that they were put on this planet to be so happy, thrive, do incredible work, and feel useful and celebrated. I think that women are so accustomed to feeling a little bit like shit, all the time. I just really want women to know that they get to feel great. It gets to be this good.
What are your gifts to the world?
I’m here to activate you to live your Soul’s mission. My gift to the world is to show that you can truly be what your soul came here to be. I never would’ve thought I was going to be a Priestess, this was way too weird for me. I am here to hold that you don’t need to choose between your soul and success. I chose my soul, and now I make more money than my surgeon husband and I’m a Priestess.
I want to live in a world where the Sacred Woman is highly valued, highly respected, and highly paid. I want people to respect Priestesses the same way we respect doctors, lawyers and CEOs. I am here to communicate through my own life and through my work that we need spiritual leaders who are thriving. We are in the age of Aquarius— the age of awakening, of
remembering. I am part of the transition team, as are you. We’re here to help usher in a new paradigm by walking in our fullest expression as a Sacred Women, and encouraging other women to do the same.
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