Sarah grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA and always dreamed of one day having her own business. Her initial love for both Food and Hospitality Industries started at the age of 15 working at Carvel Ice Cream and continued to grow throughout college where she obtained a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. After several years of working as a Food and Beverage Manager for very large hotels, fate is ultimately what led to the real start of Sarah’s entrepreneurial journey.
After overcoming a huge loss when a previous business opportunity fell apart, she was left with an empty bank account, a ton of bills and a strong desire not to go back to corporate life. With literally nothing to lose, her business was born. The week Sarah got her business license, kitchen permits, and insurance, she had $6 left in her bank account! She drove for Uber to make ends meet until business picked up, and hated every second of it, so it was extremely motivating to not have to do that anymore.
Now after almost 4 years, Sarah loves sharing her story and the power of being broke. She hopes to inspire other entrepreneurs who have a dream, and maybe not the most ideal situation to make it come true. If you ask her about her thoughts looking back, she says, “I am actually glad I had nothing when I started. I value every single client as much as now as I did when they took a chance on me when I needed them the most.”
Sarah truly believes that sometimes the best things can come from the worst, and is passionate about celebrating both the losses and the victories. With overcoming financial and personal health struggles, she hopes to continue to share her story to prove that even when 5 things go wrong, 10 can go right.
Sarah recently brought back her non-profit organization she created several years ago that helps give back locally and internationally to children and young entrepreneurs. Read more about The Sarah Annelise Foundation
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at 18 years old, over 12 years ago. After overcoming everything that I shared above with how I started my first business, I could tell things were going backwards for my health as well. I had already been doing everything I thought was needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and although stress was a huge problem, I started to get all kinds of other gut issues on top of it. In the middle of everything else going on, my health quickly become the forefront of everything, and I could feel myself deteriorating. I hadn’t felt that way since before I was diagnosed several years prior, and it was challenging trying to figure out what was going on. It was the lowest point in my life, mentally, but also physically.
Flash forward almost 4 years, I love sharing my story and the power of not only being broke but also overcoming health struggles. (Which still are very much part of my daily life) I hope to inspire other entrepreneurs who have a dream, and maybe not the most ideal situation to make it come true. You might think you are too sick or too poor, and I’m here to tell you, challenges might make things slow down, but they won’t stop you. When I created Celebrate with Sarah, it was very important to not only develop delicious gluten free products that everyone could enjoy, but also share my journey. Yes, my dessert tables can accommodate all the lucky people with no dietary restrictions, but everything on the menu can be made gluten free, vegan, dairy free, and/or nut free as well! My favorite thing is creating special experiences for the person who hasn’t had a birthday cake in years because they have 10 food allergies and nobody else would take on the challenge of making something not only beautiful, but also delicious.
I eventually realized that all I had gone through was giving me the knowledge to help other people. Countless hours in doctors offices, scans, x-rays, injections, you name it. Sometimes the best things can come from the worst, and now I am so passionate about celebrating both the losses, the victories, and the struggles. With my fair share of experience on all three, I hope to continue to share my ever growing story to prove that even when 5 things go wrong, 10 can go right, and then some.
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