LOVE LIFE. LIVE BOLDLY.

As someone who has lived through some of life’s most difficult traumas–including sexual assault + relational and betrayal trauma–I believe that we all have the power within to become our best self and live life boldly. 

My life began in a small, one stoplight town in the Midwest surrounded by corn-fields and creeks. Today I live in California by the ocean and mountains where I feel the most at peace.

How did I get to this place in my life?

Well, it happened in 2013 when my best friend and husband of 17-years, the person I loved and adored, disclosed secrets that betrayed me, himself, our family and the community. When this man I trusted all these years revealed to me that he was gay and holding secrets of multiple addictions, the news slammed me to the floor and made me question everything. Could I survive the pain and find forgiveness? How would I like my future to look? And could I make a new life when I felt so broken? 

As if hearing and living this trauma weren’t enough, my husband’s disclosure triggered the resurgence of trauma I had also suffered from a sexual assault and subsequent birth of my first child at age 17. The pain was overwhelming, yet I lived daily by what my parents taught me when I was 17 years old: place one foot in front of the other, and keep walking from a place of integrity. You will get through this. 

I put on my running shoes and ran for my life.

I climbed mountains and paddled the ocean to release my fear and anger. Nearly two years later, the healing work I did created a shift; I felt a sense of being grounded. I felt safety, clarity, and forgiveness. It was time to help others do the same. 

At the core of who I am lies a teacher; I would rather share my knowledge of growth and healing for the betterment of others than anything else in the world. 

My intention is to connect with you, the client, and guide you on your healing journey. Are you ready for a shift? Do you desire empowerment and change? Are you longing to feel inspired, find your purpose, and grow in a supportive and nurturing environment? 

My intention is that through 1:1 coaching, my programs and retreats in the Grand Canyon, or by purchasing my book, WALK THROUGH THIS: Harness the Healing Power of Nature and Travel the Road to Forgiveness, you will become the person you aspire to be. 

Please reach out. I created all of this for you

Sara Schulting Kranz TED talk
family on the beach
Sara Schulting Kranz
Sara Schulting Kranz

RED HEELS

I was constantly being questioned how a mom of three boys could reinvent her life at 40 years of age, guiding and coaching others in the Grand Canyon/Wilderness. At the same time, my femininity was being questioned as I was exiting a marriage where my husband is gay.

Though seen as strong, I wasn’t always seen as feminine … which stung.

At my Core, I am Pure Woman. I am also an Adventurer at Heart.

I decided that I wanted a symbol, something for me, which would show the world that a woman does not have to be put in a box. I wanted to show that we can do our nails and summit a peak on the exact same day. We can hike trails, climb boulders and still come home to put on a dress and heels. We can embrace, love and honor all sides of ourselves.

It came to me one day while running. “I will buy a pair of red stilettos and wear them on the peak of Mt. Baldy…for me.” I posted my picture on social media and the response was surreal. Through that one picture, a message was also posted to the Universe… that women CAN be Strong and Feminine.

My heels have seen Peaks throughout Yosemite, Mt. Wilson, Cucamonga Peak, Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto, San Bernardino Peak, San Gorgonio, the High Sierra Trail, Mt. Whitney … and many, many others.

Red represents courage, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. I will never stop embracing me…

Hopefully these red heels give you the courage to do the same.

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5:30 am this morning, I dropped my board on the oc 5:30 am this morning, I dropped my board on the ocean for some nature therapy + zen time. Paddling out, I turned my head for a moment + witnessed the most amazing sight!

God’s hands and Mother Nature’s creative wonder painting an awe-filled sky for those of us on earth.
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All day, I’ve been sending this picture to people + asking, “What do you see?”

The responses are as beautiful as this picture:
“Follow the Light.”
“I see Heaven.”
“The sun shines despite the clouds.”
“Light + vision.”
“In darkness, the sun always rises.”
“There’s healing in trauma.”
“HOPE.”
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So now I ask, “What do YOU see?”

Please tag your friends + share your comments below. We need love + inspiration in this world now more than ever.

All we need to do is look around + within us.
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xo
Sara
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#truth #inspiration #hope #love #light #sunrise #sunshine #peace #freedom #rays #sunray #forgiveness #ocean #pacificocean #nature #natureheals #wanderlust
I have often thought about how our lives are the c I have often thought about how our lives are the culmination of not only “our” stories + experiences, but those of “our ancestors.”
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Recently, I was on the phone with my mom (yet again ... :)) talking about world history. She shared with me a story of our long lost relative, one I had never heard. I am respecting her wishes + not giving details, but I wanted to write about this because hearing the story made me understand a little more about myself.
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Here is what I learned (forewarning: it’s heartbreaking.)
During the takeover of Germany, we had a relative who was ordered to shoot + kill an innocent man, but refused. Instead he purposefully shot over the mans head. And because he refused to follow orders he didn’t agree with, he was shot + killed himself.
Sickening.
After hearing this story, I hung up the phone, took a shower + yes, I cried. It made me think about my own life. It makes sense why I am so head strong in my values ... what you see is what you get. It makes sense why I believe in using my voice. It makes sense why I am stubborn in my ways + am devoted for my sons to be leaders in this world. I even thought about forgiveness.
Thank you, my ancestors.
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Let’s go back to what I began this post with: how the stories + experiences of our family members are passed down to us + influence who we become. Via words + in print, their stories, actions, decisions + reactions live within our cells + in our mind, molding us to become who we are in THIS MOMENT. What we DO have is CHOICE to carry forward from our ancestors that which serves us, and to let go of what no longer does.
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This was a conversation with my mom that I won’t ever forget. And because of it, I encourage you to talk with your family members. Try to understand their experiences + stories. Honor your heritage. Learn from your elders. Press record, set down your phone, listen + ask questions. I promise you, it’s NOT time wasted.

It’s so worth it.
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Please share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to read them!
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And ... have a happy + safe July 4th weekend, friends!
xo
Sara
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#stories #history #love #peace #walkthroughthis #life #july4th #family #listen #learn #dobetter #forgiveness
“My worthiness + love aren’t tied to another h “My worthiness + love aren’t tied to another human being, nor should they be. However, I value the power of intimacy + conversations within a partner relationship, something my personal life has been void of for far too long. Many times people turn to their daughters, sons, friends, parents, or family members to fill missing parts of their lives. But in a relationship, no one should be responsible for playing a role that isn’t theirs. Your child should never replace your spouse, just as a parent should never replace your partner.”
— excerpt from my book, WALK THROUGH THIS, to be released November 10th.
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Self Love + Self Worth are so important to live a healthy lifestyle! And yet, difficult or toxic relationships can make you question your very existence. I promise you:

You are loved.
You ARE LOVE!
We all simply need to believe in the worthiness of our own beating heart.

Please tag a friend you care about + drop a heart in the comments. Let’s spread Worthiness + Love.
xo
Sara
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Learn more about my book in my handle :)
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I woke at midnight to an email from my literary ag I woke at midnight to an email from my literary agent. After sending her my recent edited manuscript, she wrote me, “I can't stop reading! Your Mom is awesome.”
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This book tenderly holds my last 29 years with truth, inspiration + hope. I was cracked wide open during the last few years, and these pages share my healing journey with love + without judgment.

I honor my mom for teaching me much of what I know today. After my sexual assault + pregnancy at 17, mom was the woman who walked me through my healing.
I honor her.
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So, upon receiving the email, I grabbed my hiking pack at 12:15 am this morning, jumped in my car to drive to a peak, and did what I’ve done for many years. I called + woke her up in Wisconsin to tell her ... someone else besides me thinks she’s pretty awesome. And she deserves to know that.
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We talked while I drove to the mountain. I told her “Mom, you’ve been the glue in this family. Thank you for all you’ve done for me + us.” She replied, “Well, you’re welcome. It was an enlightened moment I had while sitting outside on the deck that gave me courage to guide you.” My mom and me are a lot alike. I feel enlightened in the mountains, when alone. She feels it outside, listening to her cardinals.
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I was supposed to climb the mountain today with friends, but they went to the wrong trailhead. I believe life is happening for me, so when I realized that I’d be climbing alone, I asked for protection from my Grandpa + his Sister (they’re my Guardian Angels) + I set off on the trail. I held mom in my heart while I looked into the stars. I knew she’d be upset if she knew I was hiking alone, but she’d also understand.

Weirdly enough, the last text I sent her that said “I’ll call you when i get off the mountain. I love you!” went through sometime on the trail (long after I sent it). Her return message, “Ok, be safe!!!” I smiled when I read that.
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I summited and made coffee while watching the sunrise + thinking about mom.
Content and happy.
This cup is for you, mom.
I hold you in my heart, always.
You’ve taught me so many lessons that have guided me to be the woman I am today.
I love you.
Never, ever forget how special that you are.

xo
Your Daughter