Carissa Johnsen | OC Member Spotlight


Carissa Johnsen

Dames Collective Chapter: Orange County

Owner of The Sassy Savage Inc

1. What is the name of your business and can you tell us a little bit more about it?

I am a Business Coach for online coaches, Psychology Expert and Speaker! My company is The Sassy Savage Inc. We provide business coaching, business development courses, in person events, a jewelry collection, a podcast launching soon called Unleash The Savage and have a free community!

2. What has been your biggest win as an entrepreneur thus far? 

I think relaunching my business has been my biggest win. I grew up with a lot of anxiety as a adolescent and got into drugs and alcohol at a very young age-- I was expelled from jr. high and arrested 3x by the 15. So being a first generation college student and starting a business was never something I would  have imagined. However, 5 years ago I started my baby coaching business and unfortunately due to mental health reasons, had to take a step back. I took a corporate job, but couldn't ignore how pulled I felt to go back to my own business. So, 10 months ago, I left my job without a plan OR replacing my income (EEEEE) and relaunched my business. Scariest few months of my life, but it forced me to go ALL in!

3. Where do you find daily motivation and inspiration? 

In the women I coach-- they inspire me. There isn't a day that goes back that one of them (or my audience) doesn't have a win, a break through or something to share that blows me away and reminds me of why this work is so important. I am motivated because I want women to experience mental and financial freedom and so watching them grow as business owners AND (more importantly) as women makes me incredibly motivated.

4. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who was it from? 

One of my mentors always tells me, never forget WHO you are and WHOSE you are-- meaning that you are a child of God and the universe. The same energy that was used to created galaxies and oceans is what created you! Never forget how powerful you are and how incredible it is to merely be alive-- You have a 1 in 400 trillion chance of being born as a human... never take that for granted.

5. What is your morning routine?

I'm such an early bird! I wake up at 5:30am and roll over, grab my headphones and start with a meditation. Some are focused on stress, others are focused on manifestation-- just depends on how I am feeling. I get up and eat breakfast (outside if I can) and write in my gratitude journal. I write down all that I am grateful for and I do an exercise called future pacing-- you write down what you desire and act as if and celebrate as if it already happened. Then I head to the gym and get in a good workout. I make sure to spend a few hours in the morning to myself in peace and gratitude and without looking at social media


6. What is your favorite podcast?

That is hard! It's a tie between Online Marketing Made Easy--Amy Porterfield and my coaches Chardonnay and Your Business-- Jamie King.

7. Something that most people wouldn’t know about you:

Even though I am incredibly extroverted, I love AND need my alone time to recharge. Sometimes I just love to sit in silence or go for walks outside by myself.

8. If you could go back to when you started your company what would you say to yourself?

None of this stuff you are stressing out about matters. Get your offers and services in front of people and help them--everything else is going to work out EXACTLY how and when it is supposed to. You have everything you need to gets started, you will learn everything you need to finish it as you go.

Stay in touch with NAME through:

Instagram: @the.sassy.savage

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