Another month and another amazing Goddess. Sasha is an absolute rock star. She is a single mother who has beat the odds. Her story is inspiring and beautiful. I originally heard about MyWillows through my friend Sophie. She told me she has created these amazing sunglasses that have crystals instead of arms. I, of course, had to buy a pair immediately. I loved them so much and was intrigued by the women who designed them. I reached out to Sasha to see if she would be a Body Bliss Goddess of the Month and she said YES! So grateful you took the time to do this, Sasha! It was lovely to get to know you a little more.
What inspired you to create your own business?
I left an unhealthy marriage without any income and a 2 1/2 year old. I really took a leap of faith and trusted that the universe would take care of me. I quickly got a job but realized the hours were incredibly challenging and inflexible when it came to school hours, sick days, holidays. I knew I needed to create something of my own so that I could be home for my little boy and have a flexible schedule.
Why sunglasses and crystals?
The seed of this idea was planted many many years ago but at the time, I honestly had a lot of fear surrounding starting a business on my own. I love accessories, used to work as a sales rep for accessories brands and so, I had a very strong sense of what building a brand looked like. I think having a son and seeing how strong I was to leave my marriage, gave me the confidence boost I needed to start MyWillows!
Who is the most inspiring woman in your life?
My mom! She raised me alone as my father was out of the picture. She also took care of my sick grandmother so it was us three girls living in one small 1 bedroom apartment in NYC. She worked SO HARD and put her life aside to ensure that I had a great education and that my grandma was taken care of properly. She raised me to share, love, be honest and kind and loving. She is my number one supporter and honestly my hero.
If you were stranded on an island and could only take two things with you, which two would you choose and why?
Things or people? Number 1 would be Gavin (my son) but if we are only doing material things…probably a pocket knife and some sort of lighter or water purifier. I think for me, making a home/shelter would make me feel safe so anything that would assist me in doing that!
What is your Morning Ritual?
My morning ritual is usually - wake up, make a cup of coffee, spend 15 minutes trying to get a sleepy boy out of bed, dressed, fed and out the door to school. It’s always a bit jarring which is why I tend to come back from his school and do yoga if my schedule permits.
How do you honor your feminine body?
When you are a mom, your feminine body honestly takes the last seat…but I don’t think I could do anything without hot yoga. For my soul and body…I just need it! I eat a clean diet and most nights I pass out close to my sons bedtime so I get plenty of sleep which I also need! Occasionally I like to the Korean Spa and pamper myself.
Where do you find bliss in your life?
I find bliss when my son and I spend quality time together, when I travel, when I do yoga, when I have friends over for dinner and we laugh until we cry. I find bliss in my work, in the product i’ve created and when I receive validation for my creation.
If you could give one piece of advice to women, what would it be?
Love yourself. Hard. And know that it’s okay to be alone instead of in the wrong relationship. Whether that’s a friendship or a lover. It’s never to late to let go of things that aren’t serving you and you will see that amazing things will unfold if you do. Trust it. When I got divorced, everyone told me “we aren’t worried about you - you’ll be ok” but with no money, no job and a toddler I really was doubting it. But it was okay and it is okay. In fact, it’s better than ok! So, whatever that voice inside your head is telling you, listen and do it. I promise, it’s worth it. The answers are already inside you :)