Hi! I’m Sasha. I believe we shine most when we accept ourselves.
I have always been a writer. I started writing in college when my friend and I cowrote a zine called Cupsize and I interned at the Village Voice.
Throughout my career I have done many things. The thread that runs through them is that I almost always follow my intuitive passions and curiosities. I’m deeply interested in the little details and stories that make us unique and the healing power of being real.
I’m a fan of this quote from Dorothy Parker: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
My two books (so far) are Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics (Harper One) and To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Us (Simon & Schuster). My essays have appeared in the Village Voice, Utne, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 x 7, and numerous anthologies.
I’m currently at work on a memoir about the year in which I completely changed my life by leaving my life in Silicon Valley to travel alone in South America. Stay tuned, this will be a juicy book! Sign up for my mailing list to stay on top of publication developments.
I’m a connoisseur of the quirky in all of us. I’ve combined my lifelong research into quirkyness with my training as a life coach to create Get Quirky, an online course to help you celebrate the quirky in you. I believe when we get playfully quirky, we automatically become more self-accepting, creative, and connected with others.
When I was in my mid-twenties, I wrote a 700-word essay coining a new word called “quirkyalone.” That essay got such a strong reaction from people that I decided to write a book. And start a holiday. And a movement. A “quirkyalone” is a person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and prefers being single to dating for the sake of being in a relationship.
International Quirkyalone Day (Feb. 14) is a growing alternative to Valentine’s Day that celebrates all forms of love, that has grown into a celebration spanning more than 40 cities. On IQD, everyone-single or coupled–is invited to celebrate themselves and their relationships.
My work as a writer and community-builder has been featured by more than 100 national outlets, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, NPR, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today.Tango is a big passion for me. Tango teaches me how to be centered in myself and express that through my body, and to connect to another at the same time. I moved to Buenos Aires to live tango at the source.
In 2010, I discovered that I have celiac disease, which means I am strictly gluten-free for life. I hope to see a day when researchers come up for a cure for this autoimmune disease that affects 1 in 133 Americans. Until there’s a cure, I advocate for the to FDA pass and enforce adequate U.S. gluten labeling laws on our foods and work to spread awareness about celiac disease. .From 2007-2010, I worked in the social media industry. I cofounded the street fashion social network StyleMob and served as Chief Marketing Officer. Then I worked for the company who acquired us, Glam Media. I’m still connected to the startup world and consult to startups sometimes on marketing and product.
I love to see the world from different angles. I love absorbing languages and cultures. I speak French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
I was born and raised in the biggest little state in the union Rhode Island and have spent most of my adult life in the Bay Area. I currently split time between Buenos Aires and Oakland.
To get to know more about me me and my work, check out these links:
–A recent hourlong NPR interview about changing ideas of being single and romantic relationships, aka quirkyalone and quirkytogether
–My authors@google talk on what our to-do lists reveal about us
–Me chatting with Anderson Cooper
–My online course GetQuirky; with every session we create a community of people who have the intention of becoming more themselves, owning and celebrating the quirky in them
–My original quirkyalone essay
–The moment in time when I decided to give a tango show in Cali, Colombia when I really did not know tango yet (I had only been dancing tango six weeks!)
–The blog post “The big life churn” which I wrote before following a random instinct to travel for an extended period of time in Brazil. I’m currently writing a book about everything I learned and experienced in my solo travels in South America and then how I continued traveling through my own life back in the Bay Area when I returned.
If you would like to up the level of quirkyness in your life, here are five ways you can do that with me:
Go Forth and GetQuirky, online course and community
Lady Q Coaching
Quirkysensual travel adventures
Sign up for my mailing list for weekly inspiration
Read my books Quirkyalone and To-Do List!
I will happily receive your email at sasha at sashacagen.com.
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My literary agent is Jill Grinberg.
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