Archive of ‘Getting Real’ category

An Awareness Post for Hydrops Fetalis

When I started the series of What Women Want, it was because I felt that there were many women out there with a story waiting to be told, but do not know how. Often I was told “oh guest blogging is a great way to drive traffic to your page” or “You must start charging for this” or my favorite “Oh fab, now your followers will increase”. I never responded as always – What they think is exactly that – What THEY thing. I mean since when does increased followers indicate good work which is what I essentially believe in doing. I never had a “vested interest” so to speak. Which could be the reason why a stranger approached me with her story and heavily relied on me to tell it. It is very very personal and aims to RAISE AWARENESS for Hydrops Fetalis, which research indicates is caused by the Thalassemia gene – So actually, I do have a vested interest here I suppose!

Minakshi has had a terrible 2017 so far, she lost her one week old baby and almost lost her own life – TWICE. The condition her baby suffered was known to her only after her Eighth month of pregnancy, which was obviously too late to try and do anything. Read on for her story – I urge you to share it not because it “increases traffic to my site” but because it is a plea. From a parent to another parent. Let us try and save a life.

The story is in Minakshi’s words. I have only edited the grammar and flow. I felt that no one would be able to do justice to her story even though she maintained that she is not a writer.

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Where Young Minds “Integreat”!

Breathing life into the “What Women Want” series, we have three young, bright women from diverse backgrounds, brought together over one dream. They wanted a meaningful contribution to society and Integreat Center in Dubai is the brainchild of that dream. The center is the first of its kinds special needs center in Dubai that caters to the needs of young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 years.

I caught up with one of the founders, Nikita Patel, and it was very impressive to see such a wise head on young shoulders. Read on to know more and maybe even get inspired!

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Once Upon a Time

I love reading fiction, that is no secret eh. Neither is the fact that strangely enough, I cannot write fiction (note to self: do something about that), even though I do believe that it is essentially the truth presented as a lie. I have the highest regard for anyone who can spin a tale, it takes a completely different mindset to tell a story, and Reshmi is one such gifted storyteller or story weaver as she calls herself. I met her online when she connected with me on Facebook, she told me she has written two books (short stories for children) and that she is working on her third right now. I was so impressed really, I read one of the articles she sent me and loved the way she used everyday situations with classic fairytales, the result was a fun yet insightful read! We kept in touch, often exchanging ideas and finally met at the launch of my book, “Dream it. Live it.“. Rest as they say is history 🙂 Presenting to you today, the story weaver Reshmi!

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The Artist

Nope not a new look or anything, and we are still three more to the season finale. So why the change? Well, before I went to see the super talented Jessica (who I met through to the lovely Chloe Lodge) I did a bit of research (I had to sound like I knew what I was doing you see). The Oxford Dictionary defines the term “Art” as – The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power and an “Artist” as – A person who creates paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby. Of course the terms have evolved and now an acceptable “informal” definition is – a person who habitually practises a specified reprehensible activity. I felt that between Jessica and Chloe both the “formal” and “informal” definitions were well taken care off. How could I then, possibly use my “design” for this feature?? Makes more sense now right? It should also give you a sneak peek of sorts on the magic the both of them created that morning. Go on now, feast your eyes!

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The “Biz”y Mom

So when I started this series on What Women Want, it was meant to be an “outlet” of sorts for the stories that normally get brushed under the carpet, giving meaning to the term “Girls compete, women empower”. This was the very idea behind the concept of http://www.bizmomfinder.com. Dania, the founder of Bizmomfinder wanted to give a roof of sorts to the women entrepreneurs in Dubai so we move forward and grow alongside each other  Only because anything and everything becomes easier when “I” becomes “We”. I am also very very proud to share that “WE”  will be doing this series for the members of http://www.bizmomfinder.com in the near future. More on that later. For now – Over to Dania!

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So now you do not work? You sit at home… Doing Nothing?

Oodi baba! I feel like I have to say this – this article isn’t about the woes of a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom), WM (Working Mom), or a WFM (Work From Home) neither is it a comparison. I have been all of those so even if that makes me a level “expert” of sorts, this isn’t about my experiences in the different roles. Each had/ have their moments, each come with their own set of ups and downs. I won’t compare. (more…)

The Pilates Girl

We have a Bride to be on What Women Want today!!! Her Big Day is just three weeks away! I have known Alison for about a year now. She had posted on The Marina Mums Group about the Pilates classes she offered. I was ailing an injury and was looking for alternatives and Pilates seemed like a brilliant one. As I started training with her, I got stronger and my injured knee better! The added benefit, if I may, was that I really got on with Alison, we really connected on many levels. I knew she was to get married in October and that she was busy with the wedding planning, what impressed me the most was how she glowed and smiled through it all. She would blush at the thought of her wedding instead of stressing. Alison and David I wish you guys nothing but the best! Can’t wait to see the pictures of your big day!

Ps – So when I asked her to do this (way back in June, her story intrigued me – From a Dental Nurse to a Pilates Instructor) she sent it across immediately. I read it and I was shocked at how similar we sound! Read on and you will know what I mean. Truly a girl after my own heart!

Pps – She is currently taking a break from Social Media (planning a wedding is stressful enough) I do have her permission to pass on her contact details should anyone need it! (more…)

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