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Meet Sasha Lewis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sasha Lewis.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sasha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up as a dancer and I spent the greater part of my life honing in on my technique and working at perfecting my craft. I was so focused on making it my career. I ended up suffering some pretty bad injuries and dance was something I could no longer pursue professionally. I started to experience depression and anxiety and it only got worse with time. I ended up attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and my depression only continued on. After about three years of rejecting help, I moved to San Diego for a job and could no longer hide from my mental health issues. I remember being 21-years-old Googling like a mad woman. I was constantly trying to find answers to my problems, find forums, blogs or articles that could make me feel less alone, less confused and scared. I ended up finding little to no help. It was after I finally got professional help and started working on myself and doing the inner work that I knew I needed to take my pain and suffering and create a place on the internet for someone who was like 21-year-old me. Looking for comfort, looking for a sense of community, and looking to be seen and heard. I created The ChaCha Blog and just dived right in. I started sharing all of my deepest, darkest moments and being as candid and open as possible. I shared my stories, my experiences, and all that came with being someone who is highly functional, yet suffers from depression, anxiety, and OCD. My blog took off and it became not only a form of therapy for me, but a sense of community for others. Being able to take my pain and know that sharing it has helped others, has been the greatest gift.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing in life is ever smooth. There are always ups and down, always struggles. In my personal experience, I never looked at my blog as a career option or as a profession. I won’t even call myself a blogger. It is a passion and hobby that has flourished into something I still am working on wrapping my head around. I never went in with the intention of it growing. I just wanted maybe a reader or two to find hope from my stories.

My struggles are probably different than others. My struggles have been personal. Divorce, being a single mom, postpartum depression and postpartum OCD. Those are the bumps in the road that I’ve experienced and have shared. All the other busy work and obstacles that come with creating something is to be expected in any realm of any business.

Please tell us about your work.
The ChaCha Blog is a mental health and women’s lifestyle blog. It is known for open and honest communication about depression, anxiety, and OCD. It is a safe space for advice, tips, and community. In addition to topics such as beauty, wellness, motherhood, home decor, relationships, and career advice. What sets it apart from others is the fact that I don’t hold back on sharing the details and struggles of my personal life. The darkest moments have been bared for all to see, which in turn gives readers a sense of hope and comfort. It is a place to find ways to take action for yourself and your health. In addition to, humor, sarcasm, and curse words are a major part in brand-identity, so being able to find light in the dark is where the focus is.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started sooner. I would have created this from the beginning stages of my suffering and made sure these uncomfortable and sometimes difficult conversations were being had sooner. Mental health still has such a negative stigma to it, and I hope that me being open and sharing my experiences can in some way help change that. With that being said, I wish I had started that work from the very beginning.

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Candace Crownover and Josh Lewis

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