MEET JANET

Hi, beautiful soul. Welcome. I’m glad you found your way here.

I want to offer you a bit about how I got here, and a little bit about me and my community, The Sage Sisters, so you can decide if and how you’d like to be a part of it.

One of my favorite things to do is to read a self-development book. I read Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth when Oprah offered weekly televised discussions about it in 2008, and it changed my life. Since then I’ve read self-development books almost exclusively, and I read almost every day. (I’ve read A New Earth four times since, and have learned new things each time.)

Nothing excites me more than discovering new perspectives, ideas, tools, and techniques that enable me to help myself and others. Initially I was drawn to books about how to improve your workplace and productivity, and identifying and honing your own strengths and the strengths of your team. When I left the non-profit sector in 2013, after 20 years in marketing, communications, and event planning, I became a full-time distributor for a natural nutrition company. Suddenly in business for myself and by myself, my focus turned inward, to becoming confident and resilient, and finding my “why.” Since the beginning of 2018, I’ve been deeply influenced by spiritual books and intuitive guidance that have given me a sense of peace and clearer understanding of my place in the world – who I am and what I’m meant to do with my life.

I craved being able to discuss the books I was reading with others who were just as passionate about them as I was, so in May of 2018, I formed a self-development book club. We have been meeting monthly ever since.

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 purifying. (My real name is not Janet Sage…more on that below.) I created it for like-minded women who believe they are also on a never-ending journey to become the best versions of themselves – to create happiness for themselves and to make a difference in the world.

The Sage Sisters programming expanded in January of 2019 to include monthly interactive workshops, a mastermind group with a focus on personal development, and a membership community. In 2020 we added quarterly socials. And in March of 2020, with the onset of COVID-19, we transitioned all of our in-person events to online events, and as a result, expanded beyond Northern Virginia. When it is safe to gather again, we will resume in-person events while also maintaining our online events, to continue to nurture and grow our community.

My vision for the Sage Sisters is to provide a community within which each person can grow individually and together, create meaningful and lasting relationships, and impact our own lives and the lives of everyone we come into contact with in a positive way. Our mission is to become the best versions of ourselves in order to leave the world in a better place because we were here.

Several important things to know about me before attending a Sage Sisters event:

  • I am not an expert or a coach. I am a guide, facilitator, connector, and community builder. I offer Sage Sisters programming as a way for women* to discover, learn, and grow individually and as a group.
  • I am fiercely protective of positivity. We take time out of our busy lives to attend and to have thoughtful and uplifting conversations and experiences. Therefore, the intention and energy we each bring to each event is everything. We build up, support, and encourage. We bring curiosity and questions with the intention of understanding other perspectives. We bring realness and heart and our own experiences and wisdom to help one another.
  • I respect everyone’s beliefs and choices, and expect those who participate in The Sage Sisters programs to do the same.
  • Having an open mind is one of my core values. I have had profound personal experiences that have proven to me that “woo-woo” beliefs and practices can be just as real and meaningful to individuals as anything that is more widely accepted. (I love to talk about those experiences, so please ask.) We sometimes read and learn about things that aren’t considered mainstream.
  • My heart is open. I am a caring and nurturing soul.
  • I am human, just like everyone else. I am on my own journey, and sometimes need grace extended to me, too.

I am grateful to have attracted like-souls to The Sage Sisters. Some women come and check us out once, some pop in and out for books or events that resonate with them, and others choose to join our membership community and join us regularly.

I encourage you to participate in the programs that intrigue you, introduce you to another perspective or new tool, or offer you the personal connections that you crave.

Please, check us out. Review the books we have read and the workshops we have hosted and have planned for the rest of the year. Join our Facebook community (group), sign up for our events newsletter, and find our events listed on our Facbook page, Meetup, and Eventbrite. Attend a book club discussion, workshop, or social.

If you are drawn to The Sage Sisters, I’d love to welcome you.

You can also find me on Facebook at @YourSageJanet. Since forming The Sage Sisters, I don’t post on that page as often as I used to, but I do sometimes 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. 

I’d love to personally connect with you, so please reach out to me directly at any time at janet@janetsage.com.

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

I have not changed my name, nor do I crave an alter ego. (However, alter ego can be defined as “a better version of oneself,” which I work to become daily.) Sage is simply easier to pronounce, spell, and remember. It’s short and sweet and it connects me to The Sage Sisters community.

* We use an inclusive definition of “women” and welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.

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