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Life & Work with Sarah Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Smith.

Hi Sarah, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Today we are the co-hosts & co-founders of Say it Southern. We both lived in Nashville but did not know each other until we moved to Jackson, TN.

Courtney moved for her husband’s job and Sarah moved back home to care for her father who was ill. Although, Courtney did “know” Sarah from watching her on ABC”s The Bachelor (she received the final rose from Vandy ER Doctor, Travis Stork). Sarah was approaching 40 and was wanting to do something creative, something that would connect women like her to the South. She began to search for podcasts about entrepreneurship in the South, best places to travel in South, best restaurants in South but couldn’t find anything that really had it all…SO, she decided to start her own podcast and knew that Courtney would make the perfect co-host and partner in the journey.

Together we attended, what we refer to as YouTube University, and began our podcast. We taught ourselves everything and still do everything ourselves from social media to editing the podcast. We have been interviewing women and men from all over for three years now. The podcast, Say It Southern, has grown into so much more than just interviews. We have small events called Say It Southern Socials and just had our second annual Getaway on the beaches of 30a. This ticked event brought 40 women from all over the country together for a weekend of connecting and just having fun! We also competed a YouTube series, the Say It Southern Series. In six episodes we visited and interviewed six women in business in Atlanta and Birmingham. We are planning now for the next cities on our list to visit and film. More to come from Say It Southern….

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been fairly smooth. Courtney and I are different in so many ways yet we are both hard workers and will get the job done. We understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We are also friends so we know when life is getting to be too much and we help pick up where the other might be slacking.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Sarah- I work a full time job in marketing, PR, and Recruitment for a logistics company. I am also a full time mom to three girls so needless to say, I’m crazy busy! When I’m not at work or in the car running girls around to practices after school and on the weekends, I work on Say It Southern. The podcast is more like a passion of mine so it’s fun to work on and also very rewarding.

Courtney is the mom of two boys and stays active in the community. She helps with events and knows how to pull an event together.

I think Say It Southern is different because people really connect to one or both of us. We are easy to relate to and honest about the struggles of working, home, and getting dinner ready on a random Tuesday! But we also want what so many busy moms today want. We want to connect. Connect in a way that is real and authentic and I think people feel that with us.

How do you define success?
Success to me is doing something everyday that I’m passionate about, Something I’m proud of and excited to talk about.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @thesayitsouthern
  • Facebook: The Say It Southern

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Brenna Kneiss

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