Sarah Pettijohn

Age: 26
City: Washington, D.C.
Career: Industrial Engineer at and aerospace and defense company
Dream Career: Honestly, it changes every day! What I do know is that I want to be able to lead a group of people to bring about meaningful change.
Instagram: @smpettijohn


What advice do you have for dealing with stress?
I am a person of faith, so when I truly face challenges, I put my trust in something bigger than myself and try my best to take things as they come. The older I get, the more I realize that the only thing I can determine is how I choose to react to the realities of life, so worrying about things outside my control – ‘will that promotion come through?’, ‘will I ever truly find the one?’, ‘I really want that purse, but I can’t afford it!’, ‘is this city really where I want to live?’- is basically a waste of time. Does that work all the time? I wish! When in doubt, take a deep breath – are you still there? Good. You probably will be after whatever is stressing you out is over with as well. 😉

Three ways you get inspired
Taking a walk around the city never ceases to pump me up. Seeing the massive buildings in DC, often times inscribed with inspiring quotes, consistently help me remember the truly awe-inspiring impact of a person with a vision
Talking with someone I respect often to helps me think beyond myself and broaden my perspective
Reading the Bible or meditation

Find yourself in a slump, how do you motivate yourself?
I have been through more slumps in my life than I care to admit, but the one thing I can say about a slump is that it has always pushed me to a level where I become more motivated and fulfilled than I was previously. No magical potion or fairy god mother coming to tell me my purpose in life – I honestly just get fed up enough with my grumpy self and decide to find something that makes me feel challenged and excited. When I push myself, I generally find that I can rise to the occasion, which makes me want to do the same in more areas of my life. This can be anything from volunteering for a project at work that I don’t feel qualified for, doing a challenging work out, or even making a fancy meal/hosting a party. Find what works for you, and do it!


You’re in a room of teenage girls, what is the best advice you can give them?
Do your best to enjoy where you are in your life RIGHT NOW. There are a lot of things we want and try to make happen, but if you want it, you’ll make it happen. Don’t worry about getting it all done today. When you are in a room, really be present and experience what is happening. Tomorrow will taking care of itself.

What is the best way to bounce back from a failure/mistake?
Get some perspective. Are you going to remember the details of this mistake 5 years down the road? If not, it’s probably okay to give yourself a break and drop it. We are all human, despite our best ability to be achieve robotic perfection all the time.

The best thing a woman can be is
HERSELF!  Nobody can do you like YOU can.

For Fun

List three things you love right now
Rocking the red lip, belting out show tunes in my car by myself, and Sunday brunches.

Tips for saving money in your 20s?
It’s never too early to budget, and no amount is too little to save. I tend to find it easiest to save for something if I have a goal in mind. Want to go to Italy for a month? Figure out how much it costs, when you want to go, do the quick math, and plan accordingly. It’s easier to say no to a pricey night out if you have a reason!

Also, don’t spend beyond your means. I know it is incredibly easy in this day and age to swipe that credit card any time we want something, but honestly…if you don’t have the money, and it’s not something that is vital to your daily survival…you’ll be okay without it.

Best style/fashion advice in one sentence?
If you are confident enough, you can pull anything off.

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