Find Happiness in Yourself

with Nadia Alama

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey everyone! My name is Nadia. I am 23 years old and a full time student working on my doctorate in pharmacy. My friends and family would tell you I am absolutely obsessed with traveling and find an excuse to travel as much as possible, while being in school and working. I have declared that 2019 is MY year and the year I make all about myself.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I have ever received is from my mother. She is consistently reminding me to not sell myself short. Growing up, I lacked self confidence and this is one of the traits I am working on this year. She always points out to me the only times we fail are the times we do not try and this is beyond true. When I am on my death bed, I am pretty sure the only things I will regret are the opportunities I did not pursue or the times I let my lack of confidence hold me back.

What would you say to 16 year old you?
You have such a bright future ahead of yourself. Lift your head up higher and do not make ANYONE think you are not perfect. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It is not the end of the world that you got a B+ in AP US History. You guys, 16-year-old me went to my guidance counselor crying about my first and only B. Also, high school is just the beginning..you will thrive so much and accomplish so many goals you have not even imagined would become realities.

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is definitely failure. I am so terrified of not becoming a pharmacist and disappointing my family. I will hopefully become the first doctor in the family and I feel as if the entire family is counting on me. My dad is from Morocco and all of my family overseas already call me Dr. Nadia and there are days where I am overwhelmed at the thought of failing everyone.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
This may sound so cliche, but I think every woman needs to know they are beautiful. Please do not ever let anyone every make you feel otherwise. I personally spent way too many years thinking many negative thoughts about myself and I know I am not the only one to feel this. Find something that makes you feel strong and powerful. I started becoming a gym rat and love the way weight lifting makes me feel and look.

What motivates you most?
My biggest motivation is definitely my family. I want to make my parents proud of my accomplishments. This may sound crazy, but when I struggle in school or work, I tell myself I am making these sacrifices for my future children as well. I want to one day be a wife and mother and set the best example to my children. I want them to know that you can be a hard working professional and that does not stop you from being a wife and mother as well (my mother is the perfect example!!).

The other thing that always motivates me is knowing that when you work hard you can play harder (one of my mottos). I am doing everything I can now to ensure I can travel the world as much as possible in the future.

How do you manage your work-life balance?
Many people constantly ask me how I balance school, work, the gym, and a social life and the answer is my life is honestly not always balanced. There are days, even weeks where school takes over my life. Pharmacy school is not easy and the rest of my life revolves around my school schedule. When there is a tough exam week, I take off of work and even when I do work it is only once a week. The gym is my stress-reliever so I fit it into my schedule 4-6 times a week either before classes or after. And as for a social life, honestly I see a friend or two maybe once a week. Although, I definitely enjoy my breaks to the max! I work as much as possible and then spend the rest of the break traveling and I would not have it any other way! 

What is your favorite meal?
This one is easy…sushi!!!

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I work out. I make a conscious effort to hit the gym at least 4 times a week, preferably 6. In the last 2 years, I have lost 30 pounds and this has changed my entire life. I am more confident, out spoken, and feel better about myself. I am no where near my goal, but each and every day I am one step closer. When I am at the gym, I put on my headphones, turn up the hype music, and forget the world. This has made all the difference in my life. Let me tell you all though, this has taken over 3 years. This is not something that will happen over night. 

Also, with 2019 being MY year, I have changed my outlook on life. I am trying to be thankful for each and everything in my life..the good and the bad. This has taught me a lot and has made me a happier person. When you take a negative aspect in your life and find a way to be thankful, your entire mood and personality shifts.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Do not depend on others to make yourself happy. People, no matter who they are, will always disappoint you even if it is not on purpose. If you find happiness in yourself, and can learn to be happy alone you will always thrive! Also, keep your inner circle selective. I have tons of acquaintances, and friends, but only a handful of friends I would go to if I was dying.

What is something on your bucket list?
I have an obsession with Santorini, Greece (even though I have never been)! One of the top things on my bucket list, is to spend a couple days in a suite that overlooks the water and mountains, with a private pool/hot tub. As a Muslim who covers, it is my dream to be able to sunbathe and take in the sun and views with my hair out and not have to worry about anyone else around.

What are your biggest passions?
Service, Travel, Gym.

Service: I went into the healthcare field so I can make a difference in the life of others. I hope in the future I can go on more service trips abroad and serve the underserved. I am so fortunate and I feel as if it is my duty to help those who are not as fortunate. It is definitely a goal of mine to take on community service projects more when I am out of school and have more time.

Travel: There is an entire world outside of the city you live in and it blows my mind that some people have never even left their state, let alone the country. A person who travels has a sense of appreciation and knowledge about the world that those who do not travel will never understand. When you travel, you realize how insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things and how much more you can do to help others. Anytime someone throws out a country that I have not been to and asks if I want to travel there my response is always, “If it is outside of the North Carolina, it is on my life!”. 

Gym: As I stated above, this is my stress reliever. There is nothing a good sweat sessions cannot fix!

More About Nadia

Nadia Alama is 23 years old and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a doctor of pharmacy candidate and cannot wait to graduate in 2 years!! Nadia is an avid traveler and finds absolutely any excuse to hop onto a plane to just about anywhere. She has recently started using her Instagram platform actively with the hopes of inspiring others to accomplish their goals and dreams! After graduation, Nadia prays she is able to start a side business where her main focus is helping others achieve their fitness and health goals!

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