I’m Sage Grayson and I help ambitious career women edit their habits, routines, and mindsets to balance their happiness at work and home.
I’m a Life Editor…and so are you!
What’s Life Editing?
Life editing is a form of life coaching that follows a specific step-by-step process for cleaning up your life, much like how a book editor would edit a manuscript.
I gained more than 10 years’ experience as an editor in the publishing world before I became a life coach. It was then that I noticed I was using the same techniques to help my clients improve their lives as I did back when I was an editor.
Sometimes our lives can feel like a rough draft. Our days are jumbled, there doesn’t seem to be a flow, and we’re not living the story of our dreams that’s inside of us.
That’s where life editing comes in.
Create a Foundation.
Even if your life isn’t perfect, there are things that “hold you up” and keep you stable. The good things that are already working for you are called a foundation.
Delete Bad Influences.
You can’t add in the good things that are missing in your life until you create some room by deleting all the junk. These could be people, situations, or habits that are not adding value to your life.
Add Good Habits and Routines.
After you’ve deleted the bad influences in your life, you’ll notice you’ll have much more time, space, and energy for all the good things that have been missing. Now you can do the things you’ve always wanted to do but never made the time for, find your ideal career, take care of yourself, and have fun.
Rearrange Everything Into a Perfect Flow.
If your days aren’t going as smoothly as you’d like, you might need to do some adjusting. Just because you have all the components doesn’t mean your life is flowing. Rearranging a few things in your schedule can make all the difference.
Make White Space for Personal Self-Care.
Personal white space is needed for you to have a place to rest, recharge, and breathe. It’s self-care so you can be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to do what you need to do. It’s also a way for you to give yourself a break and do an imperfect job.
Life editing is an ongoing process that you can return to again and again. In fact, I use this framework for my quarterly personal check-ins at the start of every season.
A Sample of My Clients’ Results
Most of my clients have their own businesses or are building them from the ground up with my assistance. I’ve worked with painters, writers, photographers, coaches, healers, fashion consultants, interior designers, jewelry makers, and yes…editors.
Some are corporate professionals without their own businesses. Some decided to start businesses and then quit their day jobs. And others love their current jobs and started their own businesses for extra income or vacation money.
My clients love my ability to help them take their ginormous goals and break them down into doable daily mini tasks so they’re always making progress.
I currently have clients on all continents. Well, except for Antarctica. Penguins don’t seem to have a need for life coaching.
- Client J: Her manager was trying to get her fired, so we worked together to get her a new job at a different company with a $20,000 increase in salary in just under 5 weeks.
- Client L: She came to me with only an idea for starting her own wellness coaching business, but she didn’t have a website, followers, or programs to sell. Within 30 days, she got her first paying client, tripled her Facebook Likes, and created a professional online headquarters.
- Client D: After putting her health and fitness on the backburner for months, we created a revamped exercise schedule and uplifting affirmations to keep her motivated. She lost over 9 pounds in 6 weeks and is feeling more energized and excited about life than she has in years.
- Client G: With my help, she took her struggling interior design business to new heights of success by rebranding, marketing to her ideal customers, starting a video blog, and reached her 3-month income goals in less than 4 weeks.
- Client B: She wasn’t making any progress on her novel, so we set up routines, systems, and specific daily word count quotas. In the 4 weeks we worked together, she mapped out the entire book, finished more than half of the content, and decided to create her own company to help empower people living with a certain disease (the subject of her book).
- Client M: Her coworkers and manager dumped so many projects on her that she was doing the work of 3 people…and not getting nearly enough recognition. Finally fed up with the situation, she and I documented her career accomplishments, gathered praise from other employees, and role-played her asking for a raise. When she presented her case to her manager, she got the raise and is on the fast track to becoming department manager.
Ready to try life editing for yourself? Please contact me for your free Life Editing Strategy Call.
I live in the suburbs of San Francisco with my husband, Chris, and dog, Skyla. I’m obsessed with magazines, tea, and Walt Disney World. Keep reading to find out more about my unique and somewhat quirky take on life coaching.
- How Trying to Kill Myself Saved My Life
- What Bruce Lee Can Teach You About Life Editing
- 13 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How to Fix Them
- How to Get Started When You’re Completely Overwhelmed
- The Ultimate To-Do List (printable worksheet)
- The Real Trick to Achieving Work-Life Balance
- How to Make a Vision Board (video)
- Should You Start a Business? Take the Quiz and Find Out!
- 7 Secrets to Make Your Blog Stand Out
- How to Let Go of Perfection and Get Ahead in Your Career
- My Daily Stack: How to Build Your Own Morning Ritual
- How to Survive When You Hate Your Job
Mentors and Guides
- Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project
- April Bowles-Olin from Blacksburg Belle
- Molly Mahar from Stratejoy
- Christine Kane from Uplevel You
- Jess Lively from With Intention
- Natalie MacNeil from She Takes on the World
- Laura Simms from Create As Folk
- Mayi Carles from Heartmade
- Naomi Dunford from IttyBiz
- Rhonda Byrne from The Secret
- Dr. Wayne Dyer
- Martha Beck
26 Random Things About Me
- My birthday is February 16 (hint, hint). That makes me an Aquarius. This description of the Aquarius personality makes me seem like a super genius, so of course I love it.
- I’ve been a vegetarian since 1995 and a vegan since 2010. My favorite food is tofu, followed closely by broccoli. For reals.
- I’m 5’0’’. Yes, I’m short, but my legs are longer than my husband’s legs (he’s 5’8’’). I’m like a spider with a tiny torso and freakishly long limbs.
- I listen to a lot of uplifting “bubblegum” pop music. I believe that what you listen to has a profound effect on your mood and what you attract in your life.
- I have zero patience for whiners (see #4).
- Sage Grayson Coaching was originally a fashion blog called Sweet and Sage.
- I attempted suicide when I was 15.
- After years of abuse, I cut ties with my entire biological family when I was 23.
- I lived in Chicago for most of my life, and spent 4 years in Richmond, VA. I’ve lived in San Francisco since 2011.
- I love to dance. I take hip hop aerobics at my gym and sometimes Zumba (but Zumba music annoys the crap out of me).
- I’m bisexual, and I dated men and women before I married my husband.
- I spent nearly 10 years in the corporate world as an editor for various healthcare publishers. My grammar becomes more loosey-goosey every year I’m away from the publishing world.
- I’m a Buddhist Atheist.
- My biggest fear is being eaten by bears. Don’t laugh; it could happen.
- I was an obese child. As an adult, I lost 30 pounds with Weight Watchers and became one of their group leaders.
- My favorite color is emerald green.
- I was a nude model.
- My fingers are also exceptionally long for my size (see #3), and I’m able to bend and twist them into various shapes, most notably, a talking frog.
- I have 32 magazine subscriptions. Trees and postal workers hate me.
- My favorite movie is Metropolis, followed closely by Lilo and Stitch and Pride and Prejudice.
- I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Sadly, this doesn’t make it any easier for me to go to the gym.
- I’ve experienced vicious bullying (see #7, #11, #13, and #15).
- I love to travel, and I think there’s no such thing as too many vacations.
- I’ve been to Walt Disney World 21 times, and I’ve spent more than 6 months of my life in the Disney parks.
- My favorite book is Eat Pray Love, and I listen to the audiobook once a year. My favorite children’s book is The Phantom Tollbooth. I also read tons of self-help books.
- My lucky number is 26.