We are continuing the “Celebrating Phenomenal Women” series with Sarah Ordo!
I actually have been a fan of Sarah, so I wasn’t surprised when I saw she was nominated. I started following her on Instagram because of how she was building her brand (plus she always slays with perfect make-up). But why don’t I let Sarah tell you everything herself…
Can you tell readers about yourself?
I’m your not so typical overachieving millennial girl working to leave her mark on the world! I am the self-published author of two books and two workbooks on Amazon & Kindle, a YouTuber, host of Her Best F***ing Life Podcast, a makeup artist, an entrepreneur, and dog mom. I will be celebrating 3 years of sobriety on May 25th, which was the turning point in my life that led to where I am today… happy, healthy, and sharing my story with the world!
Let’s start with your job as a makeup artist, how long have you been doing that? What drew you in?
I have been doing makeup since 2008, when I went to school and earned my cosmetology license. I started my company 24Luxe Hair & Makeup in 2013, which is an on-location hair and makeup company for weddings and events locally in the Detroit area and also for destination locations. I have always had a love for all things beauty and glamour, so working in the beauty industry was something I was always drawn to. I absolutely love being a part of special occasions like wedding days and making women feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.
How about your writing career? What inspired that?
I never in a million years thought I’d have a writing career. To be honest, I’m still getting used to people referring to me to as an “author!” I never had this plan for myself. My almost losing my life and becoming sober was what inspired my first book, Sober as F***. I had a dream that I found a book on the floor and when I opened it it was my story and pictures of me on the pages. Writing became very therapeutic for me during some of the roughest times of my early sobriety. It became a way to express my emotions and let out all of the anxiety and negativity I felt. It helped me through episodes of depression. I fell in love with writing during the four months I wrote crazily to finish that first book. Now within one year I have self-published two books and two workbooks. I love being able to share my story to connect with other women and give them someone to relate to. I love that I can give other women that are struggling hope that they can rebuild their lives again like I did.
Can you share more details about your alcoholism and how you got to sobriety?
Sure! Sober as F*** is all about what led to my rock bottom, the night I ended up in the ER, and how I rebuilt my life for the two years afterwards. So that book definitely covers all of it! I was your typical party girl from my early teens throughout the majority of my twenties. I never just had a drink, I drank to the point that I was blacked out every time I drank. As you can imagine, this got me into dangerous situations and led me to making some not so great choices. I would often wake up not knowing where I was or who I was with. I wouldn’t even remember the majority of the previous night. On May 24th 2015, I drank and pilled myself into the Emergency Room in Detroit by ambulance from a music festival. My blood alcohol level was so dangerously high in combination with the multiple drugs I had taken that my body was shutting down completely. I walked out of that hospital alive when doctors told me I shouldn’t have… From that day forward I promised to never take that second chance for granted for one day of my life. May 25th 2015 was my first day sober, and I haven’t had a drop of alcohol since.
I don’t know about you, but I feel that alcoholism in women is such a taboo. Hardly anyone really talks about or thinks about a woman when they think of an alcoholic. How do you think we can break this stigma & help provoke conversation and healing?
I really think we can break the stigma of females struggling with alcoholism by showing REAL women that are strong, successful, and beautiful that have been able to live in sobriety and still have an amazing life. A lot of the time when you hear the word “alcoholic” people picture the stereotype of a homeless looking man on the side of the road. But alcoholism can affect all different types of people. I hope that by showing people how I have been able to recreate my life into one that is my best life, they can see that women can be strong and take control of her life. I hope to show that women of all shapes, sizes, and colors can be affected by alcoholism. I hope to show that alcoholism is a challenge, but that it doesn’t have to be the end of the road.
If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would it say?
If I could write a letter to my younger self, I’d tell her that her future is going to be more than she could have ever imagined it would be. I’d tell her that her world is going to get turned upside down, but for a bigger and better purpose. I would also tell her that one day she will receive the love that she so desperately will search for for a very long time.
Your plate seems so full already, but I know many of the phenomenal women I’ve interviewed are as equally busy. Do you think this is a must-have quality in successful women?
We have SO much passion and drive for what we do as successful women. We tend to be workaholics and busy all the time. But I think the reason we keep ourselves so busy is because we have so many ideas, so many dreams, and so much that we want to do. I think that our passion and drive is what keeps us so busy, and that in turn is what makes us successful.
What are some goals you’re working towards right now?
I’m currently focusing on growing my podcast to reach more women and create a community that is empowered and inspired! I’d love the grow the Her Best F***ing Life Facebook Group to create a huge community of amazing women online, similar to other groups I’m a member of. I’ve got a few goals and projects in mind for the rest of the year (and they are going to be amazing), but I’m not letting the world in on them just yet!
I have to ask, what are your go-to makeup products? Ever encounter one you downright hated?
I HATE MAGNETIC EYELASHES! Haha. Seriously, not a fan. I’m a big fan of all things highlight and contour. I love a good healthy, dewy foundation. I love Ardell lashes for a reasonably priced eyelash (Wispies & 113s are my fave)! But seriously I could paint my body in highlighter, I’m obsessed with it. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits & the new Amrezy Highlight are my favorites!
One of the motivations for this series is to prove that we women can raise each other up without having to tear someone down in the process. What advice do you have for the woman who feels torn down right now?
For the women out there that feels torn down, my advice is if there’s something in your life you don’t like… CHANGE IT. We are absolutely in the driver’s seat when it comes to our own lives. We can change it, rewrite it, and rebuild it as many times as we need to to be truly and authentically happy.
Thank you, Sarah Ordo, for everything that you’ve contributed to our little universe! You are such an inspiration.
If you’re interested in learning more about her, want to buy her book or are considering hiring her as your stylist, check out her website & don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Don’t miss the next phenomenal women we are celebrating! Be sure to subscribe or follow me on Instagram to stay updated on the next spotlights.