Location: Los Angeles
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Book that changed your life: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Podcast you can’t stop listening to: More Than One Thing By EyeSwoon; Gloss Angeles; Goop; Deepak Daily Breath; Friend of a Friend, WorkParty; Pretty Big Deal; Second Life
Instagram account you love to follow: @nikita_gill and Wolf and Woman have beautiful poetry. Poetry is great for anxiety—it’s good for the soul—so I’m trying to read more and take time to do that. I also love @thatcoolmoodboard for inspo, @erenatepaa and @eyeswoon for interiors, and female artists like Jackie Leishman and Simone Bodmer Turner.
Beauty product (or treatment) that changed your skin: Monthly chemical peels. They’re a gamechanger. And getting microinfusions with Dr. Samolitis. My skin glows and I look so fresh, not tired!
It’s those with adventure deep within them that make the best storytellers, and Sacha Strebe is a prime example of this. As one of four siblings, her childhood was marked by independence and freedom. Strebe recounts fond memories of the white sand beaches of Cairns, Australia: “My sister and I enjoyed fresh watermelon slices on the shore as the juice rolled down our chins and onto our sun-kissed bellies.” While her family remains on the Gold Coast, Strebe continued “searching for more” which led her to countries afar, to the love of her life, and finally settling in L.A.
Strebe is approachable, lighthearted, and has the eyebrow game many spend lifetimes striving for. Just 30-seconds on her Instagram Stories and you feel at home in her bathroom watching her lather on the mask du jour. With an impressive resume of digital editorial gigs including her current position as Editorial Director at Create & Cultivate, we couldn’t wait to hear more about her hopes for the female collective and to extract some nuggets of wisdom about imposter syndrome, working from home, liquid facials, and more!
I had random babysitting jobs as a young kid. My first official job was working at a deli in the local grocery store. I remember having to empty the fat from the chicken rotisserie into buckets and wheel them into the fridge out the back. I really wanted to work at the checkouts, but this job came up first and I hoped it would be a foot in the door and eventually lead me to the checkout position. It didn’t happen, so I quit after six months and was hired in a checkout role at their competitors. After a few months, they promoted me to front end controller and I was so proud.
Don’t be in a rush. I was always in a hurry to be super successful in my career. I could never understand why everyone else was more successful than me, and I felt like that was a poor reflection on my work or how committed I was. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I have always worked so incredibly hard, sometimes to the detriment of my mental and physical health (it’s true, ask my husband!). Oprah is right: success and luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. Eventually, while I was busy preparing, opportunity came a-knocking.
I also realized that success for insatiable people like me never comes. We will always be chasing the next thing, learning a new trick, growing into a new skin, and challenging our abilities. I’m trying to embrace that restless, unforgiving, demanding part of myself and forgive myself on the days when I don’t. It’s not always easy. There are definitely days where I feel like I’m not enough, or I haven’t achieved what I was born to do, or worse, that I never will. That’s when I need to get still, exhale, and write a gratitude list. It’s also important to look back on our achievements and celebrate the small wins. We often have the blinkers on and don’t take time to appreciate the moment or how far we’ve come.
I still suffer from this, and not just in the workplace. Maybe it will always be there but I do try to focus on the work. I have worked long enough to know that when I put my mind to something, I can and will achieve it. You just need to keep learning and leveling up. That will give you the confidence you need to push any imposter syndrome negative self talk to the side. We are all a work in progress, we’re all feeling the same way, so just show up and be you because that’s more than enough.
I cold emailed editors, called about job openings, and submitted job applications for every opening (even the ones I wasn’t qualified for) and interned wherever possible. I wrote for every publication that would publish my work, and wrote for my own blog. If you are truly passionate and want it more than anything else, you’ll do the work to prove it. That hustle, passion, and spirit will get you over the line when the right job comes along. Now you can even follow your favorite editors on social media and DM them to ask for advice. That wasn’t around when I first started.