Sarah Johnson

Sarah is the Community Organizer at Mesa County Public Health and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Sarah was formerly the director of Child and Family Programs at Strive, which supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. She curates an Instagram account called OlderWiserStronger about active, outdoor women over 40 and loves to ski, mountain bike, read, cook, get better at Spanish and hang out with her daughter, husband, and two dogs.

January 16, 2018

Strong Women, Strong Girls

by Sarah Johnson Few things please me more than strong women raising strong girls. As the parent of a teenage female, I witness every day how much the women around her have an influence on her understanding of herself. I want those women to be strong, confident and kind. Luckily, […]
December 19, 2017

A Different Kind of Resolution

by Sarah Johnson We’re at the height of the holiday season, which means it’s time to decide if 2018 will be a year with or without New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve heard a lot of people dismiss resolutions – they say it just sets them up for failure. I guess there’s […]
November 15, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger – running

by Sarah Johnson I really don’t love to run. When my runner friends talk about the freedom they feel and the mind-clearing joy of a run, my eyes squint, and my eyebrows scrunch together in bewilderment – I just don’t get it. Running rarely clears my mind. Instead, my head […]
October 24, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger – staying in the game

by Sarah Johnson This past summer I stumbled into the presence of greatness, and they were young. My teenage daughter and I were volunteering at the GoPro Mountain Games rock climbing competition in Vail, which also happened to be the only US stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing […]
September 19, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger

by Sarah Johnson This is me. And I’m not what I expected. This was taken on a spring afternoon when, after three days of skiing big mountains with high-speed lifts, my knees hurt and my muscles were sore. My legs were screaming their age, but I couldn’t have been happier. […]
September 6, 2017

Gearing up for mental health

by Sarah Johnson Not long ago I heard Stacy Bare talk about how rock climbing saved his life. Bare, a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has made a career of getting people outdoors through his expedition work with veterans, kids in poverty and others, was in Grand […]
April 14, 2017


  I recently started a new job, so change is on my mind. To varying degrees and for a variety of reasons, it seems to be right on the surface for many of my friends and family, too. As the old saying goes, “the only constant in life is change,” […]
April 11, 2016

What is your part in our community?

by Sarah Johnson At our house, everyone contributes. It’s not a big house, so even with just three of us we’re able to get a lot done if everyone does their part. Imagine what could be possible if we approached our community the same way. Like so many other things, […]
February 29, 2016

Happy families

by Sarah Johnson This morning I saw a post on Facebook about the four habits of happy couples: 1. They don’t leave without saying goodbye to each other, 2. They talk face to face every day, 3. They say “I love you,” 4. They surprise each other (in a good […]
March 23, 2015

Take 15 minutes today to play with your child

By Sarah Johnson When my daughter was about 2, I spent a lot of time being someone else. Like many toddlers, one of her favorite games was role playing. Most days, she would at some point say, “You be ____ and I be ____.” This was our cue to get […]
January 23, 2015

How to be a ‘good’ parent

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place No matter how many little siblings you grew up with, how many kids you babysat over the years, how many child development books you’ve read, you will never truly be prepared for parenthood when it happens. That’s because being a parent is likely to be […]
December 17, 2014

Tradition’s deeper value is sense of comfort, security

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place My husband and I thought about putting our Christmas tree in a different spot in our living room this year. But then the panic happened and we changed our minds. Our middle school daughter was definitely not OK with this potential change to the holiday […]
November 20, 2014

The science and joy of making a mess

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place Little kids and messes. Well, they’re kind of a package deal. As adults, we all have different levels of tolerance for messiness, but in general, we like it a lot less than kids. We dislike it so much that we sometimes go to great lengths […]
October 2, 2014

How the Wrong Playgroup Saved my Sanity

By Sarah Johnson   When I had a baby, I suddenly realized that my old friends weren’t going to cut it anymore. No disrespect, old friends, but it was a matter of schedules. None of my friends had young children, which meant there was no way for them to justify being […]
August 8, 2014

School lunches even a mom can love

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place If you live in Mesa County, chances are your kids are back at school. And “back-to-school” for many of us means “back-to-trying-to-come-up-with-healthy-lunches-that-my-kids-willl-actually-eat.” Lunches that get eaten and lunches that are healthy, however, are not mutually exclusive. Like so many other things, it often comes down […]