We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Sasser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what do you want your legacy to be?
This question haunts me, in the best of ways, though. It pains me to think of the mere possibility that my life won’t mean much or make even the tiniest impact on our world. I want my life to be full of purpose — and just like anyone, leave a positive legacy. Finding myself in the box of mundane, ordinary living would be a personal fail in my book. There is too much life, imagination, and opportunity to live like that. To remember that we are going to be gone one day is perhaps the biggest motivator to live our life to the full. I even think what the world needs most from us is to think about leaving it better than we found it by creating an impactful legacy and living outside of the box. This idea has existed in me as long as I can remember. I used to think leaving a legacy meant being a famous artist, performing on the biggest stages or writing a few life-changing books. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve learned that the legacy that I want to leave is more important than fame and influence. It starts in my home; with family and friends, and what I do with what I’ve been given. I can live out of the box right there. My legacy is grown there. I want it to be one of love and joy and hospitality and sacrifice and so much more. I hope my children and my surrounding friends and community see my life and are reminded that while this world has the potential to pull us into struggle, sorrow, and lackadaisical living, we can keep our eyes up, seeking the good and becoming the good in this world. I want my legacy to be one of love; a love that is shown by genuine action. Saying ‘I love you’ way too much, making sure there’s no room for my family and friends to doubt how much they mean to me. I want my legacy to be one of contagious joy. To take the everyday and see it as something extraordinary, in a culture that takes things for granted. I want my legacy to be one of gratitude; to be deeply grateful for what we have and where we are, instead of always wanting more and being discontent. I want my legacy to be one of beauty. I want my kids to know not only the beauty of growing up and chasing dreams, but the beauty of the simple joys; sharing with each other, reading a good book, singing, listening to the birds, running through grass, peeling an orange. I want my legacy to be one of humanity. To be real and honest, forgiving and having grace. For my kids to see everyone, no matter what they look like or where they come from, as equal. And knowing everyone is imperfect, but perfectly loved by God, just as they are. I want my legacy to be one of hospitality. I want the doors of my home to always be open and anytime someone steps foot inside, I hope they feel welcomed and loved and cared for deeply. I want my legacy to be one that is heavenly & sacrificial. To be a good steward of the better-than-life love that God gives us, letting it shine through me. I want to sacrifice my life’s agenda to be a part of His greater purpose. I hope to live as a testament to the undeniable hand of God on my life and proof that when we invite Him in, He shows up and shows us how good He is. Everyday I hope to be living up to the legacy I want to leave. My sweet five year old daughter is an enthusiast about pretty much everything, so when donuts or presents are involved, sometimes it’s easy to forget about the precious faces in the room. So as any kid needs to be reminded in some circumstances; PEOPLE are more important than things. I try to teach my kids this hierarchy of importance. People will always be more important than what you’re eating or what you’re doing or where you’re going. So whether it be on 285, the line at Antico, the busyness at a food truck Friday, or a birthday party, we value people more than things. That means being kind, making eye contact, and always saying thank you. That can feel unnatural in a self-seeking world, but it is fulfilling and infectious. Take every opportunity to lift others up, knowing that relationships are what life is all about. That’s living outside of the box. That’s the true core of the legacy I want to leave.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My husband and I make up The Sassers. You can find our single, Safe Place, anywhere that you stream music. We were blown away with the support from the community from our single and the powerful stories of people really connecting with the song. Jordan and I are so excited to keep working with friends to produce more original music soon! Stay tuned! We want to create worship music that is authentic and leads people to freedom. Music is a passion we share with each other and we love the opportunity to share it with the world! Although it can be difficult to create and produce music while raising two kids, we do our best to make it happen!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Our favorite spot in the city is our beloved little downtown Duluth where we live and explore on the reg! It has grown so much! There are lots of amazing restaurants to check out! Pure is always a winner, O4W pizza is out of this world, Good Word is super delicious, Noona is just excellent (same owner as the great Salaryman in Atlanta), Simply Done Donuts is the perfect little hang & snack, Crave Pie is the best pie shop, Chocolaterie is SO fun, Sweet Octopus and the Empanada House upstairs is the COOLest new place with tons of yummy things to try! And that’s not even all of it! We don’t love it just for the food, but there are lots of fun events throughout the year to go to. Duluth is famous for it’s Fall Festival with hundreds of vendors. There’s a beautiful green space, fountain and amphitheater to feature live music. We love the small playground for our kiddos and the food truck Fridays in the summer! Jordan and I love adventuring to Ponce City Market and Krog Street market! Both of which are always a guaranteed good food and good time! Our favorite place in Ponce is Five Daughters bakery! We are donut enthusiasts, haha, and Five Daughters is our favorite! But a very close second, and maybe even tie for first, is Revolution Donuts in Decatur!! If you’re north of Atlanta, Dutch Monkey Donuts in Cumming is the best! After all of those donuts, you’re going to need a good savory meal, and for us, the best meal in Atlanta is Antico Pizza! Margarita pizza add pepperoni, just saying. Superica and anything from the Castellucci Hospitality Group (Sugo, Double Zero, The Iberian Pig, etc) are also our favorites! We’re obviously foodies, but when we’re not eating we enjoy the Red Clay Theater, Eddie’s Attic, or a concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. We also love shopping second hand at Scott Antique Market or any Buffalo Exchange! For our kids we always enjoy the Aquarium when we get the chance to go! We also love exploring new parks. One of our recent finds is Decatur Toy Park! Our favorite playground to go to in the Atlanta area is Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out my HUSBAND!! Jordan Sasser. He’s just the greatest. He is the most adventurous, fun-loving & joyful person I know! He has dedicated his life to loving me and being my teammate. Not to mention, he is SUCH an incredible dad to our two little ones. He has led me in keeping the mindset of gratitude, joy and people-first!! If anyone lives outside of the box with the way they love people and make everyday extraordinary, it’s Jordan. He challenges me and encourages me. I’m so thankful that he chose me and chooses me everyday!
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