A note by the door bell reads: “Do not ring. Children sleeping.” Knocking, I am greeted by three year old Alice with a warm smile, she still in her pajamas. Her tasseled hair falls gently across her face, and behind her is Sarah, her mother. She hugs me, and I am reminded of her genuine and authentic self. I first met Sarah and her husband, Will, at Redstone Church. These two are the perfect duo with their apparent chemistry on stage along with their impeccable talent both in singing and instrumentally. Sarah and Will are owners of Mason Music with two locations in Cahaba Heights and Mountain Brook, AL.
Sarah looked effortlessly beautiful, and she always does. She’s able to create an outfit which looks comfortable, trendy and classic all at the same time. I am in awe of how she makes it look so easy and fun: mother, business owner, music teacher, and worship leader.
Her effortless style goes beyond her clothing but to her home as well. Splashes of color through art work, drapes and pillows make each room unique, classic and comfortable.
Sarah, and her husband, Will.
“The story of Mason Music began when Will and Sarah met in 2006. Home from touring nationally as the guitarist for Moses Mayfield, Will was introduced to Sarah while she was visiting Birmingham on her summer break from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Almost immediately, the young couple began writing and performing music together.” (Read the rest of their story here).
Sarah, a woman of style and substance, was my first pick for this column. As she welcomed us into her home, she gracefully answered our questions on balancing life and defining what beauty means to her.
What are your favorite places in Birmingham for a night out with WIll?
When it comes to date nights, I really enjoy either staying in Cahaba Heights and hitting up Mudtown or the Olive Branch, or going downtown. When we decide to venture out, we enjoy trying new places. We love going to concerts when we can and try to support local musicians.
How do you balance work and family?
Finding a balance between work and family is a challenge. Owning a business with my husband is rewarding, fun, exciting, and also causes a lot of bickering. I have chosen not to put my kids into full time daycare because I really want to invest in their lives while they are young. Since I am with them a big part of the week, my husband puts more time into the family business. When I start to feel like work is taking over my life, I try to remind myself that the time I have with my kids is limited, and they are more important than any business I will ever be a part of.
What advice can you give future entrepreneurs?
If you have a desire to start a business, do what comes naturally to you. For me it was music. I realized that I had a gift for teaching, and there was a need in the community for a teacher like me. Will started teaching guitar lessons while I taught piano and voice, and things just grew from there. In order to build a successful business you need to find a mentor who knows a lot. We had a great guy who helped motivate us and give us great inspiration. You need to be willing to take risks with your money and time. You need to be good at networking and building relationships. These are the main things that helped Will and I as we started our company.
What quality is most beautiful in women? How do you define beauty for yourself?
I think a confident woman is a beautiful woman. It doesn’t matter what she looks like on the outside or what she is wearing. Confidence is super attractive. Beauty is a person’s idea of what is pleasing to the eye… I think most “beautiful” women have attractive faces and bodies, but how can we tell they are beautiful just by looking? I think you have to know a person before you can qualify them as beautiful.
Sarah’s favorite room in her house, the guest bedroom, is adorned in all white with hints of blue on the handmade quilt.
With the pressures of the media bombarding women to look a certain way, how do you keep a healthy balance?
I try to remind myself that I am a unique individual. I don’t have to compare myself to the women I see in the media. If there is someone that I admire for their talents and abilities, I think it’s okay to notice what style choices they are making and wearing. It becomes too much when we start to idolize people that are famous, or the images of women we see.Like I said before, it all comes back to confidence. If you are confident in who you are, people will find you more attractive.
~ Brittany Windle
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