06 Aug People we love: An Interview with Sasha Back
It’s really refreshing hearing Sasha’s take on life! For someone in high school, she seems to have it more together than a lot of us! Her blog and Instagram is a vibrant breathe of fresh air with her plant based creations.
WHAT EVENT OR EXPERIENCE KICKED STARTED YOUR JOURNEY TO HEALTH & WELLNESS?
I don’t think I can pin point a specific event/experience which kick started my wellness journey, however I think it was a total cumulation of experiences throughout my life which slowly led me into living a health life. For instance, as a child, my mum was very adamant in feeding us wholesome home cooked meals and rarely let us eat fast food. I was also very sporty, playing soccer, swimming, dancing etc, and I’m super grateful for that as I have cultivated a healthy habit for exercise. I think my journey into health and wellness really kicked in after I became vegan. Long story short, I decided to go vegan after I witnessed a gruesome scene at a butcher and further research led me into ditching all animal based products. Fortunately, my family were very supportive and my mum was very familiar in vegetarian cooking..
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST LIFE LESSON SO FAR?
Hmmmm. Give yourself breaks! Slow down, allow mistakes, you won’t be able to achieve everything.
I’m a very stressful and overachieving person so it’s quite a struggle for me to slow down and remind myself that it’s alright to have bad days and make mistakes. No one is perfect, it’s completely normal to have bad days!
IF YOU HAD 1 MANTRA TO LIVE BY, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
Following on from the last question, It’s more of a cute poem than a motto/mantra but I had this poem on a poster board in my bedroom as a child and it has really stuck with me since.
“Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow, without a little rain.”
WHAT DO THE FIRST 2 HOURS OF YOUR MORNING LOOK LIKE?
I’m a huge morning person! On school days, I like to wake up nice and early around 5:30 and get into some workout clothes. After some light stretching, I like to go on a morning run or a morning walk with my mum. I’ll have a shower and start making breakfast around 6:30am, enjoying that while I read my book. Because of my early start, I have plenty of time to get ready for school, pack my bags, and catch up on some other work before I head off to school around 8:15. This might seem overly crazy to a lot of people but cultivating this habit has always guaranteed a better day. I’m so much more awake (if I get my hours of sleep) , happier (those endorphins!!), and will have the time to fit in any school work or other work after school.
LIFE CAN GET PRETTY HECTIC. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU MAINTAIN BALANCE PHYSICALLY/EMOTIONALLY/MENTALLY/SPIRITUALLY?
I have to admit, finding balance in my life is still something I’m trying to sort out. Mentally, it’s super important that I get some time outdoors every day. Whether that just be a walk, a quick jog, reading outside, or even a nap under the sun. I find moving my body definitely helps me maintain balance in my life but resting and taking some lazy days are always vital. Creating habits and writing down what you need to get done in a diary or notebook is also a huge huge help.
WHAT FOOD CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO BRUNCH?
This is a hard one! There’s so many vegan cafes in Sydney so it’s too hard to choose! One of the standout cafes that I’ve eaten in Sydney would have to be the Buddha Bowl Café! Other than that, I like café hopping around Sydney and trying all the vegan cafes/restaurants.
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