We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabrina Rollo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sabrina, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
As a parent, one of the most important things I’ve done that’s had a huge impact on my children is to take guilt-free time for myself, regularly. Most days its as simple as waking up before everyone to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and the silence of the morning. Other days its a late night creative session or a daytime workshop. Some days its just a shower. When I set aside time to tend to my own needs and wants, I’m a better person and we’re all a lot happier. I have found that when I fill up my tank consistently, instead of draining it, I’m more compassionate and understanding, I have more patience for the “little things” and I’m much less reactive and resentful. Its a win-win for everyone.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Long Beach is such an eclectic place to visit and is SO walkable! That’s my favorite part about the city. There is so much to do from relaxing or playing at the beach, to having a picnic in the park, there are farmers markets, dive bars, juices bars, skateparks.. Long Beach has so much to offer. There are a bunch of rad coffee shops (my favorite!), so many great places to eat, and fun small businesses to support. You could walk around all day eating and exploring. I wouldn’t want them to miss any of these incredible places — I would definitely start by taking them to Viento Y Agua for a Mexican Mocha or Yerba Mate latte — one of my absolute favorite coffee houses in Long Beach. I used to work here as a barista so I can say with pride, the community there is so special. From there, I’d go next door to a new little plant shop — Plantiitas. I can’t pass by a plant shop without stopping in! Across the street is Vero Pilates studio to see Sabine James. She is an amazing pilates instructor and teaches a super fun ball class that will leave you feeling so good. Further down 4th street is Retro Row — definitely stop at Salud for a fresh juice or smoothie bowl (its hard to choose between the 2) or maybe head into Wide Eyes Open Palms for a Market Grain Bowl, not to be missed! I would be sure to pop into Marida Jewelry for some eye candy (her little charm necklaces are beautiful, some of my most loved pieces). Next door is Gusto bread, I’m drooling just thinking of all of their fresh baked goodies. Just across the street is a new, delicious coffee shop – Coffee Drunk. Would definitely head in for an oat milk vanilla latte. Dinner in Long Beach doesn’t disappoint — there’s my favorite Thai restaurant, Manow Thai (for real, they know me by name here I love it so much!), Panxa Cocina (the pozole is SO good!), or the amazing BBQ food from Shady Grove Foods (they are serving out of Ashley’s!). Long Beach is a big city with a small town feel with so many amazing places I’m sure I’ve missed some. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A big shoutout to one of my closest friends, Meg Van der Kruik (@thismessisours) an Earth angel who always supports me and pushes me to be my best self.
Anna Kloots, Haley Hunt Davis