A Woman of Substance!

August 17, 2017

A Woman of Substance!

I have tremendous admiration and respect for Shahieda not only because she has written a gorgeous book but because of her integrity. And she has such an inner beauty about her I mean she glows with kindness and strength.

Here are the questions and answers:

1) What was your very first paid job, and do you use any skills you acquired then in your present role?

My first job was as a massage therapist. At the time I was studying holistic therapy and massage. In my second year of studying, it was a requirement for us to accumulate a certain amount of hours. These hours were worked out in a beauty spa. I have left the industry a few years ago to pursue another dream of mine which was event management and marketing but had recently decided to returned to the industry due to my love for helping others through holistic healing and Reiki.

2) Which person had had the biggest influence in your life so far?

The person with the greatest influence in my life would have to be my dearest mother who passed away when I was only 6 months old. This would sound strange to some as one would say how can she be my biggest influence as I have never met her but by not having a mother made me always want to push myself to the limits each and every day, in everything that I do, as I am constantly aware of how short life is. She passed away at a tender age of 25 years old. She has been the driving force of my life in everything that I do. She’s the reason why I am here today.

3) What things do you not like to do?

I do not like getting up early – definitely not a morning person.

I dislike failing at anything that I do as I’m a person that constantly gives 110% at everything I set my mind to.

4) What motivates you to get out of bed every day?

Huh – I just mentioned I’m not a morning person…..BUT my driving force in life to push forward would definitely be my loving husband and our 3 beautiful kids.

My other motivation is knowing that I’m making a difference in the lives of others and would love to believe that I’m making my mom proud.

5) What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Never give up. Miracles do come true to those who have patience.

6) What is the best piece of advice you have ever given and to whom?

The best advice given I would say was the advice I have given myself – to have self-love, self-respect and to treat others the way I would want to be treated.

7) How do you relax?

I had the privilege of learning meditation techniques from my Reiki Master Rita Baptista many years ago when I passed out as a Holistic therapist. To date I still practice these teachings which helps me maintain a balanced and relaxed lifestyle.

8) Did you plan your career/life or have events just happened?

I always knew that I wanted to give back and to help others. At first I never knew how but then I fell in love with the holistic aspect of life. Ever since that day I knew healing people through holistic treatments was for me.  I have ventured down into other routes along the way which consisted of managing expos, writing a book and even creating a fund for raising funds at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust.

 9) What is your favourite saying, or piece of poetry, or book?

My favorite saying in life is:  “Live life like you never arrived at your destination” – This saying keeps me motivated to always want to better myself at everything I do.

I would have to be bias regarding my favourite book as I am author of a book called Miracle. For this reason I would say the book “Miracle”.

10) What has been your biggest achievement to date, the thing in your life that you are most proud of?

My marriage with my husband and our 3 beautiful kids.

Being the youngest Reiki Master at the age of 18.

Establishing a fund in my mother’s name at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust.

Being an author of a book called “Miracle”.

11) If you could change one thing in your life right now, what would it be?

I would change nothing. I believe everything in life happens for a reason and for this reason I am happy with how my life has planned out.

12) What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

I believe barriers is what we create ourselves. For those who believe barriers exist, I urge you to push beyond these barriers and let yourself know that all individuals are equal in life and that there is nothing that one cannot achieve if you place your faith in it.

13) What woman inspires you and why?

Hardworking woman inspires me.

14) What advice do you have for women of today or even your daughter?

Be proud of who your and where you come from. Live your life as if every day is your last. Live life to the fullest.

15) How would you describe yourself in one word?


16) What is your superpower?

Being able to multitask and also the ability to read others.

17) What would your ultimate vacation be?

Time away with my family and kids. An island with blue waters, sunshine and no cellphone reception, where the world feels like everything is standing still. Life moves by so fast and we often fail to appreciate the present moment.

Thank you Shahieda for taking the time to answer my questions! Watch out for my next post! Have the best day :)


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