Sarah • Owner, Curious Sunshine

Sarah is a community organizer, creative, healer and nature enthusiast. She’s originally from California and moved to Denver three years ago to pursue her Masters at Noropa University.

Curious Sunshine, Sarah’s holistic wellness business, is focused on providing unique and empowering experiences for black women and children. She focuses on mindfulness and play while connecting with nature in ways that are inclusive and fun, while honoring who we are in our uniqueness, authenticity, and quirkiness.

Here’s what it means to be Sarah in Denver.

Who are you?

I am a cosmic being; playful, curious, and creative. I am sensitive, resilient, and am always on a quest to connect with those who match my quirky vibes. I feel like my soul is ancient, but my essence is very zesty!

What does it mean to be Sarah?

It means to be unabashed in how I express my joy and to not dilute my emotions to make others more comfortable. I make a conscious effort to reclaim the magical authenticity I had as a child. To be authentic is a mindful practice, and I check in with myself often to ensure my mind, body, and spirit are nourished.

What does it mean to you to be black in Denver?

To be me in Denver is to constantly be reminded of how different I am AND to celebrate that! In that realization, I have connected with amazing folks who revel in their uniqueness as well. I feel like Denver is interesting because it took me being in a space of total whiteness to find my voice and gain the courage to genuinely flaunt my unapologetic blackness.

What do you love most about living in Denver?

The food and of course all the sunshine!

How have your experiences in Denver shaped you?

My experiences here shaped me because I had a clean slate to rebuild this version of myself that I have always wanted to be! I came here to get my Master’s at Naropa, and since then I have opened my heart to all that serves my higher purpose. I have discovered what my values are and how to assert boundaries and let go of things that no longer serve me.

Tell me about authenticity.

I feel that authenticity is like the layers of an onion, and there are always new layers to discover. Authenticity is about seeking joy, vulnerability, and freedom. Authenticity is a daily practice. It isn’t easy, especially as you realize how many masks you’re wearing. I think it’s powerful when people of color find their authenticity because the world does not accept that. To me, authenticity is an act of rebellion; it fights the status quo; it is liberating.

Among many things, Sarah is a published author. Her first book, Black in Color: A Melanated Activity Guide to Liberation features coloring pages, quotes, puzzles, and more that promote mindfulness, creativity, and liberation for black women. Learn more about it here.