Introduce yourself! Who are you? I’m an entrepreneur, content creator, educator, ex-googler, stereotype challenger and a girl with big dreams and ambitions. I have so many dimensions, it’s hard to summarise it in one word or profession.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Don’t try to be perfect, everyone makes mistakes at the beginning. Perfectionism slows down growth and progress, so accept your imperfections and be brave.
What message do you think every woman should hear? That they are in control of their lives, careers, attitudes and their every day. They are brave, they are strong and that they have the power to create their own happiness.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity? One of the most recent ones was a year ago when my US work visa renewal didn’t work out. I learned that I had to leave the country and the company I was working for within 60 days. Well, I went full-time with my business and became a digital nomad!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way? That everything in life is an opportunity to learn and grow.
What would you say to 16 year old you? Don’t try to decide what you’re going to become, stop trying to make plans. Just go with the flow, follow your passions and enjoy the moment.
Did you always know what you wanted to do in life? No, and to be honest I don’t know what I will be doing in 5 years’ time! It’s been a rollercoaster and I’m enjoying it.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel? People doubted my move when I left Google. A lot of them didn’t understand why I was doing it. Or why I was moving halfway across the world to start a job in a completely new field to me and move in with my boyfriend of 4 years. It made me feel confused and question my choices. But intuitively I knew that it was the right thing to do at the time and so I went for it and never looked back!
Those people (they included my mother) now see that it was the right choice and trust me no matter how crazy my decisions are.
Have you always had confidence in yourself? No, I was a very shy and self-conscious child. I still am sometimes! I’ve worked a lot on my relationship with myself and while there’s still room to grow, I’m very happy with where I am right now.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward? My morning routine has been life-changing. Every morning I meditate, journal, write 5 gratitude statements and some affirmations. After those exercises, I try to learn or read something new – for example, right now I’m working on my Spanish grammar.
I think traveling has also been great for my growth as well as being an entrepreneur. I’m a very curious person in general though and my list of things that I want to learn more about is endless.
Is there anyone that helps keep you motivated throughout your journey? I’m very lucky to have a wonderful support system – my boyfriend, family, and friends. They motivate me on a regular basis! But I guess the biggest motivating factor for me is my “Why” – and I love seeing the impact I’m creating in this world.
Are you still learning who you are? 100%, I’m still trying to understand my behavior and see patterns in it. I believe self-awareness is a never-ending journey!
Masha is the founder of Coding Blonde, a blog dedicated to empowering women in technology and breaking stereotypes. Masha’s mission is to introduce women to the different areas and dimensions of tech and help them find the right resources to learn more about it and to start their career in the industry.