Today we’d like to introduce you to Sasha Ledawn.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sasha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story really begins when I lost the most important person in my entire life, my dad. It was sudden. I had no preparation or time to say goodbye. Some people aren’t that close to their father but imagine if you lost that person you loved in the world the most. The one that kept you grounded. The one that made you feel significant. The one that could give you hope or make you laugh with the simplest statements. That’s the person I lost in one day. I was never the same after that. For years, I became a shadow of my former self. I stopped buying clothes. I stopped visiting my family or anything that remotely reminded about him. I stopped caring about life, in general. I honestly wanted to stop living. My plan to cease my existence was already planned out. I don’t want to make this all dark but you have to understand that grief is life-shattering. Some people don’t ever recover. Some people may not show you or tell you, and their heart can still be beating, but they have really stopped living. They are merely existing. This is my story. This is the why behind what I do. I can boldly say that I made it back from the brink of suicide. I can say that I have joy. I can say that I have hope. This process took nearly five years. It was not short by any stretch of the imagination and I’m still in it, The grieving process never ends but I am happy to be on this side of the living which is something I couldn’t say before. Now, my business is to encourage others to hang in there. It’s my calling to breathe life into dead situations. I write hope for the hopeless. I speak peace to those in storms. Whether it is from my books, social media post, or speaking engagements, it is my passion to help people remember who they are and whose they are.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been smooth at all. Prior to experiencing a loss that turned my life upside down, I was headed to conquer the world. I had just gotten married. I was an honor student. I lost all that and I never dealt with it. I never dealt with the way I actually felt internally. It was never a priority. I was busy but I wasn’t healed. My advice to everyone is to deal with themselves. Stop avoiding the elephant in the room. You may not be dealing with grief but you are dealing with something. It could be a bad break-up that you never got over. It could be childhood trauma. It might even be your financial situation. The truth is you are avoiding something and you are paying for it. It manifests as stress, weight gain, depression, anger, rash decision making, grief, lack of motivation, among others. Sis, you are not hiding it. It shows. Stop covering it up and deal with it. Talk to someone. Go to therapy. Join a support group. Tell your truth. It’s time for you heal so that you can be the person you need to be.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am the encouragement queen. That’s my official job title, lol. Some people call me a life coach, author, and a prolific speaker, and those are things are accurate, but I deal in encouragement. Encouragement is the act of giving someone support, confidence, or hope and that’s what I do daily. What fuels me is seeing people thriving who almost gave up. To hear someone, who has lost it all, say they are going to get back up and try again is the most beautiful thing. That is what real strength looks like. Many writers, coaches, speakers haven’t gone through what I’ve gone through and I think that what makes me unique. I don’t do it because it is trending or lucrative. I do it because I know what it feels like to be in a dark place. It’s only people like that who know how to help you finally turn the light on!
What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Know your why and make sure it is not rooted in something shallow. Money, status, and follower count are all shallow reasons that won’t last long. You may obtain these things but you will still feel unfulfilled until you find out why you are here. This purpose will help you sustain a satisfying career.
- Website: Sashaledawn.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/sashaledawn
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/sashaledawn
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/sashaledawn
- Podcast: The EncourageHer Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/
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