As a young girl growing up in sunny Pasadena, California, RealSimple.com Lifestyle Editor Sarah Yang’s middle school aspirations included being a NYC journalist. (Love that focus and determination!) Regular meetings with Sarah is just one of the perks of being a home lifestyle publicist for me. She’s part of an impressive and inspiring field of young, professional women having a huge impact on shelter magazines especially their digital and social media operations. Here’s more on what inspires her in this fun Q&A.
What were your dreams and goals growing up?
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist, except when I was little, I thought that just meant being on TV! I also loved to write—English was my favorite subject in school. I loved poring over magazines when I was younger, and I would get all the teen ones: Seventeen, CosmoGirl, YM, Teen Vogue, etc. I would read the Editor’s Letter in those magazines over and over each month—it seemed like such a glamorous and fun job. So at 12 or 13, I pretty much decided that I wanted to move to New York City and work at a magazine.
Who are/were your female role models and inspiration?
Of course, I feel empowered and inspired by women leaders like Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama, and Gloria Steinem, just to name a few off the top of my head. There’s no shortage of strong, independent, and smart female role models out there! But I also find a lot of inspiration from my peers: my coworkers and friends. To see people who are around my age charging forward in their careers and succeeding—it motivates me so much and makes me proud.
What brought you to Real Simple and NYC?
Since New York City was on my “to-do list” since middle school, it was pretty much a no-brainer that I’d apply to New York University. Fortunately I got in! One of the best parts about NYU is that there’s no shortage of internships that you can take on during the school year. I was lucky enough to intern at places like the New York Daily News and iVillage. After graduating, one of my internship mentors helped me get a job at The Bump (sister site to The Knot and The Nest) and it all took off from there! After The Bump, I was a web editor at House Beautiful, ELLE Décor, and Veranda for about three years and then I got my current job at Real Simple.
What surprises you about your job?
I sort of landed in the digital side of the industry by chance. In college, I was a print journalism major and had a few internships at magazines and newspapers, but my last internship was at iVillage.com. That was the internship that really put me on the digital track. I think what’s really surprising for me is that in digital, no two days are the same—and that’s exciting for me. We’re always experimenting with new strategies and different approaches. One day, I could be writing a longer form piece for the website and other days, I could be hosting a Facebook Live or at an event producing an Instagram Story.
How do you see Real Simple impacting/inspiring women’s lives?
The magazine is all about making your life easier, so that you can enjoy time with friends, family, and yourself. We live in a world where everyone is overbooked, overworked, and overstressed—Real Simple helps women manage their lives in a very real, down-to-earth way. We know not everything can be perfect—and why should it be?
Best piece of advice for young women?
Work hard, don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help, and try to be courteous and respectful to everyone—it goes a long way.
How can people connect you with interesting stories?
You can email me at email@example.com
With over 3.5 million page likes, check out Sarah and Real Simple Facebook Live videos here. You should also connect with Sarah on Instagram where she does a great job representing her NYC adventures and dreamy Real Simple moments!