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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Faulkner

In the Spotlight for this edition of our newsletter is Sarah Faulkner. Sarah acts as one of our Executive Assistants and her skills in finding a way to make things happen are crucial to keeping things running smoothly for all. Her eagerness to serve and her efficient management of details begs the question what did we ever do without her? Each day Sarah delivers a heaping helping of thoughtful and efficient detail management and she does it all with a smile and a laugh. 

So,  just some basic information about you. Let us know where you grew up.

And, as you went to college, how was it you came to pursue your current path?

After being fully certified I worked as a histotechnician for at least six years. I was really good at that and I did enjoy doing that work. When I had children, I was able to pivot to night shifts in order to be at home with my son. After my second child was born, my daughter, I did per diem work for a while and then I realized it was time to take a break in pursuing a traditional career to focus on home.

Since you are a native, are you feeling the itch to move somewhere else, or see new horizons? Or is living in Colorado exactly where you want to be?

So, please amplify the details about what you do at WD Wealth.

Sarah, please share with us what you think is unique about working at WD Wealth? 

If you had to name your favorite movie what would that be? 

  Tombstone! Every time I watch this movie, I can’t help but laugh at the witty lines. I laugh just as much now  as I did the first time I watched it. I love Val Kilmer’s depiction of Doc Holiday, especially at the end when he is asked why he joined Wyatt Earp’s cause and he says “Wyatt Earp is my friend.” The man asking replies, “Heck, I’ve got lots of friends.” Doc Holiday simply replies, “I don’t.” The unique friendship and understanding between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday is a testament to loyalty and leadership.

Do you have an interesting or favorite quote you’d like to share?

   My favorite authors are JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, who ironically, were very good friends. A couple of my favorite quotes come from JRR Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit: “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 

Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”  ~Gandalf

What about recommended  reading? Is there a favorite book you are reading now?

“I’m currently reading The Servant by James C. Hunter, which is a book on leadership. It explains that before you can truly lead, you must understand and take action to serve. It seems like a simple concept, but the concept of servant leadership is easily understood and less often put into practice. I love this because it applies to every person-who leads in some capacity whether they are conscious of it or not.

I’m also reading The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. This book goes into depth about trauma and how the body stores and processes it. The struggles and perseverance of his patients are awe-inspiring, he brings such a depth and big picture understanding to trauma beyond the scientific and obvious details through his documenting of real world cases.

Can you share a favorite podcast that you follow that relates to finance?

I enjoy Our Rich Journey, which focuses on FIRE and the steps it takes to get there. I like this one because it gives perspective and shows that early retirement is possible. I love the idea of having more freedom with how you invest your time in causes you care about. This is a personal goal of mine to have more freedom to invest in a life that honors my values. 


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