Hi, I’m Sara Westbrook, professional speaker, author and singer.
I have had the pleasure of presenting my energetic, interactive and meaningful presentations/workshops to over 500,000 students, educators and parents.
Using personal stories and songs I share user-friendly strategies that participants can incorporate into their life to help them build the confidence to bounce back from challenging times and tough emotions.
The first one happened at age 3 when I declared, "I’m going to be a singer."
The second one was when my mum enrolled me at age 11 into motivational courses. She wanted me to understand the power of choices & possibility. I ended up using the skills I learned to deal with some of the more difficult challenges in my life - my parents’ divorce, low self-esteem, my dream of being a singer challenged and the death of my dad.
All that changed, when at age 18, a school principal asked me to perform for her students. I agreed. The show ended up being more than just music. The students started asking me questions about my life. Then their questions became about the challenges they were experiencing. I answered them by sharing my personal stories and the life tools I used (and still use today) to help me move through challenging circumstances and the tough emotions those challenges triggered… that day was the third defining moment.
I started to realize that young people wanted ways to help them move through their life challenges. Knowing that music is a powerful way to communicate, I started including my life experiences and lessons learned in every song I wrote.
Young people seem to relate best to my combination of speaking and singing. I soon realized that I loved that combination as well 🙂
Little did I know the day the principal asked me to speak and sing at her school would be the day that I would find my true passion – professional speaker/singer/author.
I want people, especially young people, to realize that they are not alone and that it is possible to move through challenging times, as long as they have a set of life skills in their back pocket.
From that piece of wisdom, my UPower presentations and workshops were created.