Sarah Berkman

Sarah doesn't let Jeff's flip outs get to her. Cleaning kitty litter is another story.

on Aug 17, 20100

It’s been another great day at Jeff Lewis’ office – PSYCH!!!!!!

Training Day. I never imagined going through “Training Day” every day. I bill myself as a diligent, efficient, easy to train employee. As you can see, more is expected of me as Jeff’s assistant at JLD than ever before. I obviously learned the hard way. If you do not write things down, you will suffer the wrath of Jeff Lewis. I messed up, and it seems from Jeff’s perspective yelling, insulting, and making his employees wear a smock is the preferred punishment. I have thick skin and you need that working for Jeff. As an employee of Jeff, you need to anticipate what he needs and basically read his mind. That said, I try and do what it I can to be an exceptional assistant. When God created Jenni,he broke the mold, so I can never be her. But I will do my best to be a good design associate/assistant.

Casa Vega always hits the spot. Christy is so generous to offer us lunches several times a week. Of course Jeff never conveniently plans our meetings between 11am-12pm on these days. Christy always makes it hard to say no to a delicious meal at Casa Vega. We had to bite the piggy bullet and decline.

Heights and heels don’t mix. Enough said.

I truly love cats as much as the next cat lover. I don’t mind when Sweetsies Monkey jumps on the dining room table at lunch. But really people, an untidy kitty litter makes me barf in my mouth. Take care of your cats and they will take care of you!

Although Jeff may have his issues with me at times, I am sure he appreciates what I bring to JLD. Well, hopefully.

15 comments
Peach Cougar
Peach Cougar

Ditto PLEASE LOSE THE GUM it actually makes me wanna change the channel. I'm surprised Jeff doesnt mind it!

Color me tickled
Color me tickled

Love how you roll with the punches! Especially when you turned Jeff's punishment suit into something fashionable. Guess there is proof in the saying, "it is not the clothes that make the woman, but the woman that makes the clothes" because you looked great!

Hope Jeff realizes how fortunate he is to have found you, Jenny, Zoila and Trace to put up with his shenanighans....in the real world, he would not be so lucky!

chattykathy
chattykathy

Sarah, I am so happy that you have joined JLD. You have a great attitude about not letting Jeff getting you down after he scolds you. Some people just have great office skills and some don't. I think that you are really into the decorating part of the assistant job, and not so much of the office type skills. But you can still learn them. You might even want to take a basic business class. Writing down phone numbers is very basic. They make some really cute little notebooks to write numbers down in. And write notes the whole time you are talking to someone on the phone. Then put the notes in their folders. It will help so much. Please take these things seriously. You and Jeff need to go ahead and eat at Casa Vega's. They are proud to feed you!

212Viewer
212Viewer

Sarah...all top execs, especially owners, respond to assistants in much the same way as Jeff (not the punishments of smock wearing so to speak), but to be 2-3 steps ahead of them in thier requests; always anticipating the next moves. Jeff has requested that you write things down constantly (I don't know whether it's the editing or not), but it seems you are not paying attention to him nor his direction. You also have the added advantage of having Jenni there to shadow or observe how she deals with Jeff.

Girl you ned to man up if you don't want to keep wearing that ugly smock. It's always a great day at JLD, when you get him down pat....just sayin

Cory H.
Cory H.

Sarah,

I am a big fan and can relate to some of your downfalls in your work with Jeff. Of course this is a television show and I am sure much is left out, but you appear disorganized and forgetful some of the time. Maybe that is just what the show is highlighting, or maybe that is just who you are.

I have adult ADHD and know that MANY MANY out there also have it. Signs that one may have adult ADHD include poor time management, not finishing things, forgetfulness, disorganized, and on and on. Anyways, they have medications out there that help to clear all that up. I am taking Concerta. Its once a day. I started to get straight A's in school and work went way more efficiently and organized than before. I can just keep things more organized in my head and focus better. You should see a doctor. If this all applies to you, maybe it would be easier to live up to Jeff's high expectations.

Anyways, I just thought maybe this would benefit you. Good Luck sweetie!!

Cory

Tawney1031
Tawney1031

Hi Sarah, You have a "heart of gold". I don't know how you put up with that man, but I guess with the economy these days, you have to take work where you can get it. I just hope Jeff pays you what you are worth. Don't get me wrong, I think Jeff is a creative genius; but he is out of control sometimes! You are an amazing person for doing everything you are told. I don't think anyone on this planet would be able to catch on right away. Remember, Jenni has been Jeff's right hand lady for 10 years? Those are big shoes to fill; and with time, I think you can do it girl!!! All my best; Tawney. PS. I have 2 cats and I am obsessive about cleaning their litter boxes. I am so impressed you guys tackled that nasty box!! Can't believe people would leave their animals alone for so long..... tsk, tsk......Call the ASPCA, ha-ha!!

Kathy B
Kathy B

Sarah - Loose the chewing gum. It is very unprofessional in the office or at work related meetings.

Gloria Reyes-Moore
Gloria Reyes-Moore

YOU GO GIRL! keep up the good work sarah, you are doing just fine! Jeff knows it too, just doesn't wwant you to know he knows, got it? sometimes while Jeff is 'beating' you up he is actually prasing yo u too, thats just Jeff! NOBODY can replace Jenni we alal know that, I think she will be around for awhile but I agree with Jeff on not waiting for her to actually leave the scene but getting someone good & t rained for when sh e does. hang in there Sarah, it will be worth it well worth it in the long run! stay strong and stay YOU! there is only one Sarah too and he needs YOU!

Christine K
Christine K

I think you are such a pretty girl.... Get rid of the gum. Not attractive when you chew with your mouth open. Love the show. The whole cast is wonderful.

tee.C
tee.C

you looked great in the smock....I don't blame you all. who would turn down good food, especially if it's on the house. Truely, you are super HOTT!!!

tee.C
tee.C

Just wanted to say, Love the show, and you are HOTT!!! You are why I watch the show, and I love to watch Jeff "Flipout" on you all. lol!

james brown
james brown

Stay positive going through Jeff's bootcamp. By the way you are sooooooooooo sexy.

Carolyn L
Carolyn L

Hi Sarah, Some bosses have these high expectations and expect you to learn everything overnight, which I think it's ridiculous, just watching you I can feel your pain at times you look like you were going to break down and cry. but you kept it together. and you kept it moving. I can't deal with someone yelling at me I would definitely say something about it there are ways to talking to your employees without making them feel bad. Believe without you guys Jeff will be in bad shape.

karentc
karentc

Don't tell Jeff this, but I thought you looked fashion forward in the smock!! Add a belt, fold your sleeves up and there you go. Ready for a night out on the town.

Ken Zumbrun
Ken Zumbrun

I didn't think it was possible, but you are even more beautiful this season. Stay positive! KZ