You Were Born Empowered

Hanaa Fouad

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey there, to get things straight I find it very difficult to talk about myself. Not because I hate it, but because I never know where to start.

I guess, I could start with my name, which is Hanaa. It  means “Happiness” in Arabic. I’m a 29 ex-pharmacist turned wellness blogger! I love to help spread awareness about all things wellness and sustainability. Be that in blog post form or in video form. I’m also stepping into the ASMR realm which is all kinds of scary for a girl in Egypt since ASMR isn’t really a big thing here yet, so I’m not sure how a society that’s well known for making fun of anything will take it. But I know I want to do it. It’ll help a lot of people hopefully relax, sleep and maybe even ease their anxiety a bit, and I’m willing to take the risk to be a part of that.

Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Nope!

I always wanted to be a writer. But my parents were both doctors and somewhere along the line it was implanted in my head that I wanted to be a doctor as well.

I didn’t mind I guess because I knew deep down that my calling was to help people. And if that meant I would help them heal then I was good with that.

Fate (and my IGCSE grades) thankfully didn’t allow me to go to Med School so I ended up with a major I didn’t want anything to do with after graduation. It was then I started my first YouTube channel and two years later realized I wanted to be a blogger.

That was 2014.

Fast forward 5 years, I now have an actual blog that I use as my way to help people see the positivity in their life.

Were you scared to start the process?
So much so to the point that it took me about 5 years to start my actual blog!! In the end, I just realized that there was never going to be a point where this fear went away. So, don’t wait. You’ll never be the kind of ready you think you need to be to start. So, just start!

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I was bullied as child throughout most of my young years in school. I don’t talk about it much, which makes me wonder why. Thank you for this question cause I just realized I need to open up more about this so I can hopefully help someone who went through a similar experience.

Also, I haven’t had a cup of coffee since 2012! It triggers my migraines so now herbal teas are my jam!!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
No one actually told me this, I read it somewhere but it’s the best thing I’ve ever heard. “If someone does not want me it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but ending.” – Nayyirah Waheed

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Nothing.

Even though there’s a lot I sometimes wish she had known back then, I know that all the choices she made led to the path that I am on now. And I wouldn’t change that for anything. I’m so grateful to where I am now in life and I know part of it is because of all the mistakes my teenage self made.

So, yeah,16 year old Hanaa: Go about your way and thank you for everything. We’re going to be fine!

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Yeah, I had a close friend doubt my biggest dreams. At first I was mad as to how in the hell they didn’t believe I was as badass as I felt. But, then I realized, is that when anyone doubts you, they’re speaking from their own limitations. They don’t believe you can make it because they don’t believe they can.

It doesn’t matter if everyone doubts me as long as I don’t doubt myself. I never limit my own self. So, I stopped being mad and started making them believe in themselves instead. A little later, that same person started showing faith in me.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
There is no such thing as an “Empowered Woman.” That implies that some women lack power until something or someone empowers them! All women are powerful. We all have everything we need to feel our power. Maybe we sometimes need to be reminded of that power but all women are EMPOWERED 100% of the time. Never forget that. You were born empowered.

Have you always had confidence in yourself?
Hell to the NO!

It took me a whole year of affirmations, therapy, actively working on myself and unpacking the reasons why I couldn’t identify my self-worth to be where I am today. I am now at a point where I never doubt that there is no relationship more important than the one I have with myself.

What do you love most about yourself?
How resilient I am. I love that even though my journey towards self-love has been rocky at best, I never gave up on myself.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Is it bad if I answer this question with a No! hehe…

I honestly have had so much adversity in my life, which I am all grateful for, that I can’t pinpoint a specific event to encounter. Let’s just say I have battle scars and I’m proud to show them to the world.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
That if the relationship you have with yourself is unhealthy then no other relationship you’ll ever have will be any good.

What motivates you most?
Knowing that whatever project I’m about to embark on will help people. I think of how what I could do could leave the world a better happier place and that’s what I live for, every day.

How do you manage your work-life balance?
I have daily check-ins. I look back at my day and see how much of it I spent working and how much of it I connected to my loved ones and tended to my soul. If I find the scale had tipped to one side I make it a point to balance it the day after.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I read…a lot. I read articles about wellness, mental health and self-growth, you name it. I also journal almost every day, this habit practically transformed my healing.

Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
Yeah, she’s actually my current boss in my 9-5. She teaches me every day that I can do hard things. She lives life her way, manifesting her best life left and right, no matter the adversities in her path. She hasn’t lived the easiest life and yet she’s one of the most positive people I know. Whenever I feel like I can’t do something, I go to her, and she reminds me that I have no limitations and I can do anything I want in life.

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I taught myself how to play the piano, and the acoustic guitar. Also, I talk to the Moon almost every night!

If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Building homes in Habitats for Humanity. I’m still going to do that, just when I have enough money to spend months doing volunteer work without pay.

Who is your biggest role model? Why?
Fayrouz Nasser Eid. I never really had a role model because I needed my role model to be someone I personally know and see in real life. That’s why Fayrouz inspires me every day. She’s a human being who never stops dreaming and doesn’t quit till she’s made her dream come true. She sees her own power and sees that of every woman she meets. If she cares for you, she’ll push you to grow and she’ll never limit you in any way.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everyday life. If I go through a hard time, I find a way to get out of it and document it so I can then write about it in the hopes of helping someone with it.

What are your biggest passions?
Helping people. Saving the planet. Painting and living my life with a child-like view of the world. I make my life my passion, so I can live everyday like it was my last.

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Hanaa Fouad

Hanaa Fouad is an Egyptian Wellness Blogger and ASMR artist who believes her souls’ purpose on Earth is to help in any way she can. She just wants to help people live happier lives that allow space to easy breathing. She cares deeply about our planet and strives to live a Zero-Waste life. A movie buff, book worm, pianist, guitarist, and car enthusiast! She loves life and everything about it.

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