Transform 2016


On Halloween, we have no trouble stepping into a costume and acting “as-if”. There’s a fun to it. A playfulness that transports us to our childhood, into a character, another era, or perhaps another species…real or mystical.

Imagine if it was just as easy every other day of the year…and, in a real sense… to transform? What are the gifts of Halloween that we can carry with us in our personal real-life transformations? Brainstorming “aloud”…

  • Suit up.
  • Act accordingly.
  • Fake it ’til you make it.
  • Have fun with it.
  • Don’t take yourself (life) too seriously.
  • Take some time out to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Conjure memories of Halloweens (transformations) past.
  • Summon your inner witch, fairy, superhero, princess, or preferred form of alchemist…

Yes, alchemist. An alchemist – a.k.a. magician, wizard – is the archetype associated with transformation. In the Middle Ages, the alchemist turned ordinary metals into gold. In the modern age, think of “ordinary into gold” metaphorically to describe your gift as an alchemist. By taking something in ourselves (or in our world) that appears worthless or ordinary, and making it meaningful and powerful, we transform it…and we thereby transform ourselves.

This week, I highly recommend picking up the book, The Alchemist. Consider the following lessons and quoted gems from this masterpiece by Paulo Coelho:

1. Always lead with love.

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

2. Keep dreaming.

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

3. Lose fear.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

4. See the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary.

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

5. Lead from desire.

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit