I’d been doing the same job, in broadcast news, for the last 14 years. I loved it. High energy fast paced and extremely rewarding. I imagined that I’d be doing it for a very long time.

Welcome to the world Walter Masaya Hall

Fast forward to July 2016, my beautiful baby boy was born. After a pretty exhausting pregnancy and labour I couldn’t believe my sweet pea was finally here. I’m not going to lie. It was harder than I thought. It still is harder than I thought. I’d got myself into a false sense of security thinking that, because I worked night shifts, being up in the small hours would be easy. I couldn’t have been more wrong. And I know my friends with kids will be reading this saying, “what did we tell you?”

But I’ve always been a positive person, so I didn’t want to believe that I would find it tough. Truthfully, my son is 2 now and I am just starting to feel like me again. That’s not the case for everyone so please don’t think this is the norm. One of my friends was in a routine and bossing it after a few weeks. We all deal with things in our own way. Don’t even get me started about parent worries and the stress of wondering if your kid is doing everything they should be at 6 months, 1 year, 2 years etc…

Working as a TV Director & Vision Mixer

Anyway, why am I telling you all of this? Well, the job I loved so much just wasn’t possible with the new addition. Long shifts and crazy hours prevented me from being able to come up with a plan that allowed me to see my son whilst being a working Mum. I know I sound quite matter of fact when I say all this. Believe me, I cried for days and hated not being able to go back. But that’s in the past now, so I’ll skip over that and tell you all about what happened next.

Maybe I could be a driving instructor

It was daunting starting again. I genuinely didn’t know where to start. What job could I do now? I sought help from career professionals and they kept mentioning stuff like transferable skills. I didn’t know if I had any. Surely I had something to give. I’d become so familiar with what I did as a job that I’d forgotten what I did to make it work each day!

I worked as a TV Director and Vision Mixer, it was a high-pressured environment where I had to keep everything together, bring a sense of calmness and be willing to adapt to change as and when necessary. I needed to bring professionalism and friendliness to all the crew both technically and editorially. I was required to make the presenters feel relaxed and confident before, after and whilst they were on air all. Multitasking was key, and I had to change my approach in personality depending on the situation, offering guidance, support and every now and then a firm but fair word or two. As I thought about all these things I started to feel proud with a sense of achievement. So, what could I do with this array of skills?

As the weeks went by I began suggesting job ideas to my husband. Some serious and others just as a bit of fun. “A driving instructor” I said excitedly. To which my husband replied “Sarah, you get car sick, how is this going to be a comfortable job for you?”. He made a fair point. This discussion went on for a while and suddenly that was it… “I could be a Celebrant!”. “What’s that?” Chris said. I began to explain and I knew by the way Chris was looking at me that it was the perfect suggestion. It was something that I’d wanted to do in the past but because I was caught up in the normality of day in day out stuff I’d never dared to dream outside of my box.

Hi! I’m Celebrant SJ

After much discussion and research, I booked my training with The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. I knew I wanted to do it but there was still doubt in my mind. I was lacking confidence after having a baby and nervous about starting this brand-new chapter. Slowly I began to realise that I could learn again. The support of the FPC was incredible and I now have a fantastic network of people that I can reach out to at any time for guidance. I’ve been honoured to be part of some truly inspiring ceremonies thus far and I couldn’t be prouder to be a Celebrant.

This job was made for me, or maybe I was made for this job!

Celebrant SJ


Special thanks to Gemma Yeomans Photography for our featured image of the stunning wedding of Bethan & Ashley at Thornsett Fields Farm