When I turned 40 I found myself in search of the answers to, “Who am I, why am I here, and what am I doing with my life?”

I felt like I should have accomplished more.

I was working in a job that I loved, doing marketing and event planning, but it wasn’t enough.

On top of feeling under-accomplished, I was constantly stressed, felt overworked and under-appreciated, and was surrounded by a lot of drama.

I felt too old for all of it, and I couldn’t imagine staying in that job for the next few years, much less the rest of my life.

Through my own frustrations, I realized I wanted to focus on helping people feel fulfilled, feel valued, and feel like they were living a meaningful life.

So what do you do when you’re 40 and feel like the path you’ve been on your whole career isn’t right for you anymore?

I had young kids and couldn’t even fathom going back to school, but I thought that was my only option, since I didn’t have any other experience or training.

So I started praying, a lot.

I believe those prayers lead me to this place, to you.

It’s been a very winding road, but every choice and every experience has been important, and I wouldn’t change the journey for anything.

First I joined a network marketing company.

Direct selling was something I said I’d never ever do, but I was offered the opportunity and saw value in investing in me and learning new skills. The free training was very attractive and I thought that I’d be able to use the skills to find a new job.

I loved the products and I soon had friends and family that fell in love with them, too.

But that meant that not only was I working tireless hours at work and then coming home and taking care of my family, but I was also working at night and on the weekends.

Hum…maybe I really didn’t need something else to add to my already over-committed, over-stressed plate…

The thing is, I did receive valuable training and learned new skills, and I was also pleasantly surprised to be a part of a community of incredibly supportive people who were willing to help me no matter if it benefited them or not. 

It was also serendipitous that it was a nutrition company, since the week after I joined I found myself in the biggest health scare of my life.

It felt like divine planning – I was in amazing hands and got through that scare with the help of a caring community, quality products, and access to experts and knowledge I didn’t have beforehand.

So a year after starting that nutrition business, I quit my job, so I could focus on it full time. I worked a lot and it paid off – I grew a team and loyal clients and earned three all-expenses-paid trips and a car bonus.

However, network marketing is a business that is easy to join – and is just as easy to leave.

I found that many of the people I had recruited onto my team decided not grow their businesses.

So in order to maintain and grow my own business, I knew I needed to start looking beyond the people I knew.

Again, I started to pray.

At the beginning of 2017, I found a training and mentorship program that teaches you how to grow your network marketing business online using attraction marketing. (If that is something you could benefit from, please reach out to me, as the program is phenomenal!)

I thought it was the answer to my prayers.

It was, but not in the way I thought… Oh, how the universe is funny like that!

At the end of that year, I attended a 3-day intense workshop as part of that program.

We were given an assignment to write down who we are, with no relation to our current circumstances, our past, and what we believed our future could or would look like.

We had to erase anything anyone had ever said to us about our capabilities and potential, and any limitations or self-doubt we had.

At first, I thought it would be a short exercise, because I honestly had no idea who I was. But I took it seriously because I had spent a lot of money to be there.

Once I started, I wrote for almost 2 hours. When I finally stopped writing I was shocked.

It was like it had all been bottled up. I realized that I had been shoving it down anytime I had an inkling of it…because who was I to think that I could be that person or do those things?

The problem was, I knew it felt more right than anything else ever had.

I discovered that while I love helping people with their health and start/grow their own businesses, what I wanted even more was to help people with their happiness in a more direct way.

I didn’t come home from the workshop and shout it from the rooftops. I mean, it’s not like all the self-doubt was erased with the discovery…

Instead, I quietly sought and received incredible guidance, and started listening to my own intuition about what it was that I wanted to do.

A few months later, I decided to create a community of women based in Northern Virginia who are on a continuous journey of self-discovery, learning, and growth.

I named the group The Sage Sisters because “sage” means inspiring and insightful, is a wise woman and guide, and is also a herb used for clearing/healing. (No, my real name is not Janet Sage…more on that below.)

In May of 2018, I launched a self-development book club to give women an opportunity to learn together through reading and discussing a self-development book.

I created the book club because my favorite thing to do was to read self-development books and my biggest craving was to find like-minded women who shared my passion for them and wanted to discuss them, too.

In January of 2019, I launched three additional ways to participate with The Sage Sisters…

  • A membership community for deeper relationship building;
  • Monthly interactive workshops to allow members and non-members the opportunity to learn different approaches and tools for self-discovery, healing, self-care, and growth, and get connected to local experts; and
  • A mastermind group that focuses on each member’s personal self-development and includes sharing, brainstorming, accountability, and support in a nurturing group setting.

If you are local to Northern Virginia, have a thoughtful and positive approach to life, look at it as a continuous journey of learning and growing, and want to become more of who you are and discover what you’re still meant to be and do in this life…I welcome you to join The Sage Sisters.

You can join our Facebook community (group) and find our events listed on our Facbook page, Meetup, and Eventbrite.

Regardless of where you live, you can find me on Facebook at @YourSageJanet.

On that Facebook page I share the “aha!” moments of my life, insightful books that have opened my mind and changed my perspective, inspirational quotes, resources that I’ve found valuable, and more.

My hope is that through my posts you will find new information, perspectives, tools, and resources that help you on your own happiness journey.

I’d love to personally connect with you, so please reach out to me directly at any time at

Side Note: I still have my nutrition direct sales business, as I still greatly benefit from the products and want to continue to offer them to others who can also benefit. I have very loyal clients and a few loyal teammates. I continue to appreciate all of them for everything they bring into my life, as I continue to offer them my expertise, knowledge, and care.


A few words about “Janet Sage,” especially if you know that Janet Tamassia is my real name…

I am not changing my name. Sage is simply easier to pronounce and spell, and therefore, remember and find, which is important in this digital age of connection. It’s also short and sweet and it connects me to the community I began building in 2018, The Sage Sisters. 

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