Women Who Create / Sasha Seaward
This fortnight we welcome Bristol based Sasha Seaward to the WWC Interview series fold. This lady shares gorgeous and super honest insights into her life as a mum of two small children, beauty blogger and holistic beauty therapist over at Balance Beauty Bristol Her IG @balancedbeautybristol is a breath of fresh air and filled with brave insights to mental health and modern parenting.
Tell us a little about your background...
I am a beauty and holistic therapist, and work from my treatment room in East Bristol. My hunt for the perfect natural and vegan products to use in my treatments slowly evolved into my Instagram, blog and YouTube channel. Now here I am prattling on about green beauty to my hearts content. Online and offline! I spend my days surrounded by beauty products, an ever growing collection of house plants, a couple of babies and a laptop.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
As a mother to two rather energetic little rascals, I find that when I do manage to get a bit of child free time, I tend to be quite productive! However, I am also very strict in making sure that I allow time for self care (here you’ll find me in the bath, or knotting away, creating a macrame wallhanging). In the past when I’ve become too focussed on work, I quickly burn out, rendering me completely useless (this is where you’d find me binge watching series on Netflix!)
What two things can't you live without?
I cannot live without good music or laughter.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
I find my friends immensely inspiring. I seem to be surrounded by incredible people that are bursting with creativity. As long as I don’t find myself falling into the trap of comparisons, I feel that for me creativity breeds creativity.
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
It’s pouring my heart out into a blog post, or tailoring the perfect treatment to suit a clients needs, spending an hour sorting out my garden, or designing a new macrame pattern. It’s anything that feeds my soul.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
I love collaborations! I feel like working with other people is so exciting, so energising! If time/space/money were no issue, I’d love to collaborate with fellow holistic therapist Ellie Gill (find her on Instagram @ellie_gill, you won’t be sorry) to create the most perfectly unique day spa you ever did see! (An actually cool day spa is severely lacking in the UK right now).
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
No equipment, but my treatment room is forever inspiring. It’s my own space, that I’ve slowly, slowly put together piece by piece. I love it, it’s mine, and it’s such a soothing, comforting space.
What is the best thing about working for yourself?
Working for myself means that I get to decide how best to spend my time. This means that I am a thousand times more productive. ("A thousand” may be a slight exaggeration!) I try not to pressure myself into sticking to schedules too strictly, as I know that occasionally taking a tea break, or even just letting myself stare into space for a while, can bring about a burst of creativity or energy later.
What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?
I have two! Seeing my words published in Lionheart magazine was a pretty darn thrilling moment! (Look out for me in the next issue too…) Also, it sounds a bit bizarre, but finishing off my first tax return is another highlight. The figures may not have added up to a six figure salary, but it was the first time I realised that here I was, working for myself, completely independently.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
So cheesy but follow your heart - not the money (IF you can!) Passion is everything in business, and although some people are pretty good at faking it, nothing beats the feel of the real thing!