Calm + Connected

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Last weekend Bo and I escaped our everyday life and headed north, picking up one of my favourite people in the world on the way through the city. Bo’s beautiful godmother is one of my dearest childhood friends, she lives all the way in Melbourne and we don’t get to see each other often… but for our birthday she flew over and we got to road trip with her for 30 short and wonderful hours.

We headed north to Lancelin with some friends and for a short but wonderful getaway in one of WA’s most beautiful secrets.

With so much crazy going on right now, it was really important for me to find some calm and to connect with some beautiful people on the white sand beach of the WA coastline… when we came back to the city we were thrown headfirst into rehearsals, media appearances and all the excitement that goes along with it.

I was on national TV this week talking about the Nothing New Project – The mainstream media does tend to miss the point a bit… but if you want to watch me try to set them straight, you can do so here.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be standing on the stage of the Perth Concert Hall in front of a sold out audience of 1,700 people, with another couple of thousand watching live from the big screen in the middle of the city. I’m prepared, I’m ready and all the anxiety has been washed away… I have no idea how tomorrow will turn out, but I’m really excited to get in there and get inspired by everyone else and their amazing ideas.

Before I go walking onto stage tomorrow I’ll be imagining myself back here, on the white sand beaches dotted with bright purple shells and laughing children… breathing in the salt of the air and feeling the calm… remembering how important it is to be connected.
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  • October 3, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    Joanne P - Sending you my very best wishes for a successful TedX talk Sash. You are being true to yourself and that’s all that really matters. Knock their (second hand!) socks off!!!
    Kindest regards,
    Joanne, from LondonReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Zanni Louise - It’s wonderful that people have caught on to this project, Sasha. So inspiring. It’s been years since I’ve watched Mornings, but I really enjoyed your interview. I liked that you kept putting the emphasis on COMMUNITY, and relationships. Yes! That is definitely the point, isn’t it? I don’t buy many new things. I never shop at the supermarket these days. All my clothes are second-hand or hand me downs from other people. If nothing else, I think it’s an important standard to set for our kids. I notice the effect it has on my older daughter, definitely. She talks about Princesses etc, but at this stage at least she’s not interested in the stuff that comes with it, and I like that. Good on you for staying connected, and keeping such a calm head on your shoulder in the midst of so much attention. xReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:10 pm

      Sash - Thank you lovely xx I really appreciate all the kind words of encouragement. xxReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    emma - hey sweet what a whirlwind for you lap it up and enjoy it all. i shall be thinking of you from the uk sending awesone good luck vibes. Adore those shell my fav colour such a beach xxxxReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:09 pm

      Sash - Thanks Emma! And those shells, aren’t they the prettiest? Such a stunning colour!ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Life With The Crew - Well done on the TV appearance. Public speaking is one of the things I am most afraid of. I put that class off in college until my last year, hoping I would somehow not have to take it! No such luck, so I sweated my way through with lots of red cheeks and eye rolling.ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:07 pm

      Sash - Haha thank you! I’m lucky I trained as an actor in another life so it doesn’t really phase me that much, I’m more scared I’ll say something a bit wrong under pressure… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • October 4, 2014 - 8:00 am

    sommer - be yourself, nerves and all.

    this might sound funny, but i hope you become famous. the world needs celebrities like you: ethical, honest, a voice for the voiceless.

    knock em dead!ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:08 pm

      Sash - You’re so lovely. If i could make a living wage from speaking about these ideas and raising awareness I’d be the happiess person out there! I’ll just keep on plugging away and we’ll see what happens. Thanks so much for your beautiful support. xReplyCancel

  • October 4, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Rachel - You come across great on camera! Looking forward to watching your TEDx talk – that’s one of my secret lifetime ambitions but I kind of loathe public speaking :p

    I can’t believe you’ve made it nearly a whole year with your project! Don’t think I would last a month :/

    I remember reading a new blog a year or two ago written by someone in the uk who was doing something similar. I thought it was a great concept at first but then it ended up being very disappointing – she was a journalist so had lots of media connections and ended up getting sent a load of stuff for free. Plus she seemed to live in an affluent area of London/had affluent friends so people were basically throwing expensive kids stuff at her etc. – I found it very hard to relate to. Yours is a million times more ‘real’!ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:06 pm

      Sash - Thank you Rachel, that’s so lovely for you to say! I’ve been very careful not to accept anything from media and nothing but your regular hand me downs from friends and family… TedXPerth was amazing. I wish I could do it every weekend! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • October 4, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Jemimah - YES YES and YES. Go TED for finding you and inviting you. You have ideas worth spreading. I really hope it goes (went?) well for you and that the message gets across. I’m looking forward to watching. It is weird hearing your actual voice, Australian accent and all, after having read your writing voice for so long! I’m pumped that this is happening.ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:05 pm

      Sash - It went really well. Totally nerve wracking but amazing! Haha. I know what you mean – sometimes you just dont expect the accents to come out of writers you are so used to reading. I’ll get the link for the final edit of my TEDxPerth Talk up on the blog as soon as I’ve got it!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 6:20 am

    Luana - Hi Sash! You were so adorable on TV screen!!! just like you said, I noticed that the big question for them was “the thousand dollars you saved”, but I think you let the things really clear, that’s not the soul of the project right??? you were very pretty!! Congrats!! A big kiss from your brazilian friend, LuanaReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:03 pm

      Sash - Thanks so much Luana! They totally missed the message, but exposure for the project starts conversations and that alone is a pretty awesome thing!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Helen - This is fantastic stuff! Great to see that your message is being spread to a wider audience. Keep doing what you have been doing. You have been an inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 9:04 pm

      Sash - Thanks so much Helen, that is so lovely for you to say! xReplyCancel

  • October 15, 2014 - 2:37 am

    Daniela Stewart - Hello- I just had a look around the ted page and cannot find the option to watch it online- is there one? CheersReplyCancel

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