Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I’m a 25 year old young lady from Egypt who graduated Pharmacy and is currently getting her Masters degree in Business Administration while juggling two jobs; one as a Business teacher assistant and the other is working in Social media and working on three side projects alongside my blog. I’m a multipassionate human being who does things her way, sees life differently and definitely act upon it. If you know me, you will know I express myself best with GIFs and that I’m a huge animal lover. I also don’t fit in a box.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I am a huge believer in signs and especially when I ask for them. Answers to my prayers in disguise.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
I always dreamt of being a surgeon and a fashion designer (Don’t ask how both of them got mixed) but then life happened and I went on to study Pharmacy, then shifted to unconventional medicine then the world of teaching and marketing.
However what I knew for sure from the start is that I will have an unconventional career.
Were you scared to start the process?
I was very eager to start the process after I graduated, I could not wait till the minute I made it out of University and now to the big world. I started the process on my own terms so I took a gap year after graduating even though it was against everything my parents and my friends thought should happen but I did what was best for ME. From there the journey to self care and self love started where I started discovering myself, losing weight and making necessary changes to my life. I put myself first and the process just revealed itself.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You will always be judged so don’t settle and do things how you want it to be.
If you don’t fit in a box then you just don’t and that’s okay.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I can win the lottery by the number of times people doubted me! I was doubted by almost everyone in my life, from family to teachers to friends but then I knew that those who did not understand or those who are not me will not get it and that’s okay. What’s most important is that I believed in me, even when the rest of the world didn’t. It wasn’t the best feeling in the world, that’s for sure but I acknowledged that people don’t have that much faith in the world nor the ideas of others and only a very small amount that believe and those will not lock their dreams in the socks drawers but will conquer them.
Looking back, what would you say to 16 year old you?
I would tell her:
Speak up, the world is changing everyday and you are too and that’s okay. Don’t be afraid to live or to do what you want. At the end it’s how you spend the years that counts not what held you back. Enough with the expectations of others that you have to live up to. Choose you and be true to yourself. You are stronger than you think you are.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Each one of us has the right to pursue her dreams. Honor them. Make them true. Find what sets your soul on fire. Don’t hold yourself back for others or set yourself on fire to keep others warm. If you can’t find someone that believes in your message, believe in yourself and bring yourself to that finish line. You owe yourself the life you always dreamt of and because you dreamt of it then you are capable of achieving it.
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
I built it over the years, before I would always crawl back to a safe zone and just avoid dealing with things because I was not confident enough however it started with fake till you make it then I became a confident one who is not afraid to speak up and be a voice not an echo.
What do you love most about yourself?
In another world, this question would be an act of selfishness but here, it’s safe to say that I love how I perceive life, how I work towards my goals and how I’m checking off my list different things that aren’t connected yet my whole life will make sense in some point connecting them all together. I like my persistence and optimism, they keep me going. I love that I am no longer afraid to show the true me.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
The most difficult time in my life was University, that is when I battled my demons for FIVE years. I fell a million times but got up every time stronger than the one before. I faced things that challenged me physically, emotionally and physiologically. I chose to beat them and make it to the other side. That time tested my faith, my strength and questioned everything I ever knew about life. But I made it through and it shaped me to the woman I am today.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
That I don’t have to live up to the standards of society or others and that it’s okay not to fit in that box they tell us we fit in. No one will make me happy if I didn’t make myself happy first. It’s okay to choose me and NOT feel bad about it.
What motivates you most?
Motivation for me is waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night knowing that I did the best I can do and that I did something that day that moved the needle closer to my dreams. I am actually motivated by my future kids who will one day know about all the ups and downs that I went through to pursue life on my own terms and to inspire them to do the same as well. What also motivates me is that I know I am making a difference one small act after another.
What was your ‘AHA’ moment?
Studying for finals, December 2016, then suddenly it was like a bulb is lit in my mind. I wasn’t even thinking about it. Something in mind reminded me of a journal I had a couple of years back then another question popped up “What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” The answer was simple, after graduation I will work towards living life on my own terms and that will start by setting up my own blog and helping people by one piece of content at a time. Then everything just worked its way from there and my calling became clear.
If you had a mentee, what would you teach them?
I would teach them to honor themselves, love and care for their body, mind and soul. I would teach them to nourish themselves before others. To keep digging on their goals and make them happen. I would teach them how to find the good in everything in life and how to find a way to make their dreams happen.
Juggling multiple jobs can be hard, how do you manage your work-life balance?
It is extremely difficult at times but I am learning to balance life and to always have time for myself. I even designate a part of my day where I shut down all communications and just have some ME time. Car rides are my favorite where I try not to think about anything, sing or listen to a podcast. Those moments help me find a way to enjoy life and have meetups with precious people but many don’t understand the hustle so I choose my time wisely on how and who to spend it with. Currently I am at a crossroads in my life to set boundaries.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I ask myself; what do you need today and what will help you get closer to your dreams?
This helps me get clear about my goals and what would make me feel better. I always try to keep myself in check with what’s happening around me and how it’s affecting me to always be aware and make positive choices in life that will help me move forward as that’s the only way to go.
Lamees Shousha is a Pharmacist, blogger, teacher, event planner and a life coach to be, a food lover and a pepperazzi, fashion enthusiast and a budget traveller. One day she will conquer the world on her own terms. Always trying to be a better version of herself.
Basically she’s a multipotentialite.