Recovery and Lifestyle Coach and Writer, Sasha strives to embrace and embody the balance of yin and yang. Dark/light, Sun/Moon, high/low, fall/rise.
The principal motivation for my creativity. Creativity for creativity's sake. I can't not create. I think we were all created to create in some form or another. I thrive off creating--just the act of it motivates me. Also music -- music saves me and revives me every time.
The principal motivation for my sobriety. Sobriety is the launchpad for everything else. Creativity is actually made possible by my sobriety.
My favorite qualities in a person. A humble heart, a kind heart, a wicked sense of humor.
What I appreciate most about my friends. That we can say anything to each other and hold space for each other. The "me toos" and the "omg, no ways."
My main fault. Perfectionism and it's sly twin, procrastination, and their cousin, people-pleasing.
My favorite occupation. My own "slash" career--entrepreneur of the coach/writer/speaker/yoga teacher variety. Although I almost pursued being a psychologist and I think it'd be rad to be a singer/musician/stage performer.
My dream of happiness. For everyone to have peace in their hearts.
My idea of misery. Hating myself and barely surviving in a cage of fear and addiction and self-loathing.
My greatest regret. None, really. But if I had to choose, I'd say not finding the right words in the moment to adequately express myself--like in small talk or in difficult conversations with the ones I love .
My proudest moment. Raising my hand to talk in a 12-step meeting of 30 people and sharing from my heart and even making the room laugh. After years of public panic attacks and unbearable social anxiety, this was a proud milestone.
Other than myself, who would I like to be? A butterfly.
Where I would like to live.
My favorite color. Jewel tones mostly. I love aqua. I like greens, hot pinks, and lavenders.
My favorite authors. Augusten Burroughs, Kay Redfield Jamison, SARK, Glennon Doyle Melton, Osho, Anaïs Nin, Rumi, Virginia Woolf, Ann Lamott, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marianne Williamson, David Whyte, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Sylvia Plath , Thoreau and Emerson.
My favorite creative people. (painters/designers/photographers/etc.) All the people. Seriously. Especially the creative depressives, like me.
My hero(es). My mother, my sponsor, Oprah, Ellen Degeneres
My favorite food and drink. Filtered iced H2O, organic coffee with coconut oil, almond butter, chocolate, smoothie bowls, fruit platters, gigantic salads, avocados with salt & pepper.
My drug of (lack of) choice when I was using. Vodka and cocaine
What I hate most of all. Close-mindedness, incessant talking with no pauses
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with. The ability to carry a tune.
How I want to die. Peacefully and after a life fully -lived.
My present state of mind. Focused, present, grateful, with a teensy bit of hyperactive mental energy.
Faults for which I have the most indulgence. Putting stuff off and being happy when plans are canceled
My favorite motto.