Meet Sara Strachan
TICKING OFF MY LIST LEADS TO YOUR BUSINESS ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS
They say give a job you need doing to a busy person. And as someone who packs as much into as her day as possible, when you know Sara, you
know she is one of those people.
Aimee and Sara ran the retail channel
at EziBuy and when Aimee set up a business helping small to medium retailers, Sara knew it was just what she wanted to do, help people achieve their dreams and work from home with Mittens, purrfect!
Settle in and get to know Sara from Connec+
Role: Jack of ALL trades
Got a problem? Let’s fix it!
I'm definitely a solutions focused person, so when something isn't right or needs a bit of tweaking, I'm your girl.
I’ve got a bit of a knack for solving problems and love a good techy challenge. I have an eye for design and website functionality, but always with the user experience in mind.
What’s the best part about your job?
I love all the clients I get to work with, and feel like I am part of their team. It's awesome to share their successes, see their businesses grow and know that you have been part of the process.
What’s your typical day?
Step 1 - COFFEE. We always joke that you shouldn't talk to me before I've had at least one! I plan my day to always include some form of exercise - running /biking etc depending on what I'm training for at the time. After 5pm is chill time, hanging with friends or watching some Netflix.
What’s your career highlight?
I had the pleasure of working for EziBuy for 7 years, and loved my role as the National Operations Manager.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Honestly, I'm not sure right now. I believe in fate - living in the moment.
What advice would you give someone starting in the industry?
Always think about what your end customer wants and be willing to adapt regularly. You need to be ready to move with technology and be open to new ways of doing things constantly. The only thing constant is change.
Sustainability to you means?
Being conscious of how our actions affect our environment. Doing my bit to contribute to a better future.
Creativity means to you?
Thinking outside the box, coming up with unique ideas, seeing the beauty in all things
Social Media means to you?
A way to communicate, express your personality & to keep in touch
Three words that describe you?
Passionate, adaptable, creative
Best advice you have ever received?
For everything there is a solution, you just need to be willing to open your eyes and look for it.
Your hidden talent?
I may not look like one, but I’m a runner. Have done 5 half marathons & numerous 10ks – currently have an injury but working hard to get back out there. Am an ace horse rider - I have a coaching qualification & Sporthorse qual. Worked for Kallista Field (NZ Olympic dressage rider) – in my other life!
What you love most about Spring?
Hands down seeing blossom start to come out! Signals the warmer weather is coming and brighter days. I love heading out for a run/walk in the mornings in spring while it’s still cool and you can see the potential of a beautiful sunny day forming
What you love most about Summer?
Backyard BBQ’s, getting out in nature, being warm
What do you love most about Autumn?
I love the cooler weather! The changing of the trees from green to orange. It also signals the start of a lot of fun running events on the calendar. They are a bit lean this year, but hopefully things will get back to normal soon.
What do you love most about Winter?
Frosty mornings followed by sunshine, those are the best Winter days. I don't mind the cold, but prefer for it not to be damp and windy (pretty hard in Palmerston North!). This year I've been loving tramping, there's something awesome about being out in the elements and enjoying our country in all seasons.
What you’ll be wearing this season?
Jeans and warm sweaters! Love a good cosy slipper. But if I'm honest, I'll be mainly in my activewear ;)
What you love most about Christmas?
Everything! I like to start my Christmas in November. There's just something about having the tree up. I don't always get to head home to family, but it's nice enjoying the long Summer days and a bit of chill time.
What are you hoping will be under the tree this Christmas?
It's a wee way out, but anything that will contribute to adventures.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
Not specifically, but it's nice to reflect on all the things I'm grateful for in my life, and set some plans and goals.
What do you want to achieve in 2020?
Living life to the fullest! I've been saying yes to a lot more adventures lately and it's fun learning new skills and seeing what I am capable of.
Last book you read?
The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale - was a good psychological thriller type.
Next book you have to read?
I'll know when I find it
Into the Wild, Forrest Gump, 10 Things I Hate About You - I have quite diverse taste!
Favourite TV/Netflix show?
At the moment Marcella, Dynasty, The Killing. I enjoy a good crime drama.
You never leave home without?
My phone, but mainly for the camera to capture those life moments!
Artist that sparks your imagination?
Your biggest inspiration?
I'm inspired by people who are authentic, not afraid to take risks and are up for adventure.
Song you have on repeat?
A friend introduced me to Ziggy Alberts anything by him is on repeat at the moment.
Cats or Dogs?
Wish you could do?
Travel the world!
You’re passionate about?
Family & Friends, Running, Tramping, Coffee, Cats, Wine
Mantra you live by?
Do it with passion or not at all. Be your authentic self and live with no regrets.
What’s a moment that has stuck with you and changed your thinking?
I've been recently doing a lot of adventures (tramping running etc) which has changed the way I view life. I love the independence, and the challenge of problem solving and the sense of achievement that comes with doing things you didn’t think were possible.
Can’t live without?
My cat Mittens. Coffee. Wine. My phone (camera)
Minimalist or Maximalist?
I used to be a maximalist, but now only the essentials (except when it comes to my tramping kit ....)
Most Treasured item?
At the moment it's my tramping kit - I have just brought a new pair of boots and it's the most exciting thing because they signal adventure, connection to nature, feeling alive and pushing the limits of what I'm capable of.
My Office Town - Palmerston North
Your Favourite Place to Eat In Palmerston North
Babco! Hands down the best coffee and treats in town.
Your Favourite Place to Shop In Palmerston North
Any of the outdoor shops.... I may have a problem!
Your Favourite Place to Play in Palmerston North
Palmerston north parkrun on a Saturday morning. I volunteer and participate. It's great being part of the parkrun community.
I also belong to an awesome women's running group called 261 Fearless, we meet on Wednesday mornings and I always look forward to it.
The Best Kept Secret in Palmerston North
Shake Out! A cute little burger joint that is simple and delicious. Not many people know about it yet, but I guess the cat is out of the bag. Try it, you won't regret it.