We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Zink and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is part of my formula for ‘fearless living’. If you think about it, too often we live our lives based on what we are afraid of, not on what we long for, love or want to create.   What are you afraid of? For me, that’s an easy answer: Spiders. I can speak to you with little fear, I can sing in front of hundreds of people, I can volunteer to teach a classroom of 2nd second graders, but if you put a spider into that equation, I’m toast. But beyond that – what am I afraid of? Well, I’m afraid of not being loved, of not being respected. I’m afraid of not being good enough, smart enough, or professional enough.   Back to you…. when you thoughtfully consider it, what are you afraid of? Are you afraid of speaking in front of a group or simply putting forward your ideas? Are you afraid of interviewing for that new position in your company or of asking for a raise or are you afraid of not being valuable enough? Are you afraid of going back to school to get that degree you’ve always wanted or are you afraid that you just won’t be able to cut it? Many of us live in fear – mostly of those things that are intangible to us – things that touch our hearts, not our bodies.   Now, when I talk about fearless living, I’m not talking about reckless abandon – I’m talking about taking intelligent steps to make a change, to try something new, to reach outside your comfort zone and to live the life that you have imagined.   There’s an old saying – “The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.” Robert Schuller once said, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” And I say, “What’s stopping you?”   I believe that in order for us to live, to truly LIVE, we must become fearless. We must make a choice to live. We must walk to the edge of the water – the edge of the ledge – the edge of the fear that keeps us from truly living. We must realize that our fears create a powerful wall that keeps us from becoming all we are able to be.   Reasonable and strategic risk taking is about balancing our fears against the risk and the reward. Failure isn’t about LOSING; it’s about learning.   The more you work to overcome your fears, the more fearless you will be. I have a friend who told me that at 20, she worried what EVERYONE thought about her. At 30, she worried about what her FAMILY thought of her, and at 40 she worried about what her BOSS thought of her. Finally, at 50 years old, she realized that she had lived the past 30 years worrying about what others thought of her, rather than what she thought of herself. She finally came to the realization that she didn’t care what ANYONE thought about her, that being true to herself was the most important thing. I would encourage anyone reading this to stop being held captive by the fear of what others will think of you to make the choice to live fearlessly. Over the years, I have released my fear of failure and embraced my courage to try new things, travel, start new businesses and to “become the person I might have been.” Those risks have helped me live the life I could only have imaged when I was in my 30’s and 40’s, and now – at 60 – I wish I would have known then what I’m telling you now.   One final thought: Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. We must do that which we think we cannot.’

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Among other things, I am a professional quilter and have my own quilting company – Zinky’s Quilts. I work specifically in two areas: scrap quilting, which is making complex quilts from scraps, and performing antique/vintage quilt repair and restoration. I learned to quilt from my grandmother when I was 12 while living with her in the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina. It’s always been a fascinating craft to me, and I consider it more akin to ‘painting with fabric’. I particularly love working with scraps, because it feels as if I’m turning trash into treasure. It’s not always been easy to balance life and quilting; the challenges of finding time to quilt while building businesses, raising children and running a household haven’t always given me the time to pursue this pleasure. But now that I’m older, wiser and have slowed down a bit, I’m delighted to say that I now have more time to devote to this craft. You ask me what are some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Well, I’ve learned that perfection isn’t excellence, and that – just as in life – sometimes, all the edges don’t meet up perfectly; yet the overall product is beautiful. Just like life.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow. Hmmm… Ok, how about this…

Day 1, ART: Dallas Museum of Art, lunch at the Atrium Cafe then visit the Nasher Sculpture Center; evening at Gilley’s.

Day 2, SCIENCE: The Dallas Zoo and Dallas Aquarium, lunch at Seregeti Grill and then visit the Perot Museum of Science, and lightening up in the evening by visiting Ad-Libs Improvisational Comedy Theater.

Day 3, HISTORY: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, e Old City Park Museum and the Old Red Courthouse, with a late lunch (or early dinner) at Reunion tower, and wrapping up the evening at Deep Ellum Blues.

Day 4, SHOPPING: Neiman Marcus downtown with lunch at the Zodiac (in the store). Afternoon at NorthPark Center and winding up at The Barley House.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to all those power chicks who mentored, coached and connected me. There are too many to name, but they were/are the ones who spoke to me in love about areas of my life that needed to change, skills, characteristics and behaviors that needed to improve, and attitudes that I needed to build or lose.

Website: www.SarahZink.com
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