Happy October! This month officially marks the change of season in the UAE when things really start cooling down and our lives extend to the great outdoors! I am delighted to highlight our Ms. October, a very special lady, who came into my life only 1 year ago, yet it seems we have known each other for ages.
Monica and I met during a networking event which I hosted and her first comment to me was “I am Italian, the pizza here is amazing”. It not only made me laugh but I knew, this was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. She is the mastermind behind her own company, Modesign FZE, specializing in graphic & website design, and we formed a deeper bond when I commissioned her for some projects. Through out the year, we shared our hard times and joys. Monica was my confidante and gave me the boost and energy which I needed – but also gave me a sense of belonging so that I didn’t feel homesick. This amazing lady, took a brave step in 2013 when she moved her mother and 100 year old grandmother to live in Abu Dhabi permanently – yes, you read it correctly, her incredible Nonna is 100 years old (check this post out when I learned how to make gelato with them).
These strong women are the backbone of Monica’s family, and I am truly honoured that she opened up her home and life to me. Listening to their life stories and seeing where they are now, always gives me the empowerment and courage, to brave my issues with strength and grace. I hope that Monica’s words shine a light on your dark days and gives you the courage to keep moving forward.
- Name: Monica Nucera
- Profession: CEO Modesign FZE (and full time graphic designer aficionado!)
- Favourite destination: Maldives
- Horoscope sign: Libra
- Loves: Books, eating, art, Outlander series
- Hates: Cucumbers, melon, mice
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Italy, from Liguria the region of pesto sauce and focaccia 🙂 I worked all my life in a construction/real estate company, but my passion has always been graphic design. I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2013 with all my family and I decided to pursue my dream. I started Modesign FZE a couple of years ago and I am focusing on graphic and website design. I reach this stage in my life where I finally can do what I really like, plus I moved here with my mom and my grandmother and, as my family always comes first, I needed to find a job that allows me to manage my time in order to be able to take care of them.
2. How did you handle difficult times in your life?
I have passed many difficult moments in my life and I have learned that event the worst ones will just pass, so you just have to keep calm, be positive, and look forward.
3. How do you balance your life between being a career woman and finding time to do what you love?
I have found the perfect balance at this stage in my life, because I can manage my work schedule in order to be able to take care of my family – which is very important for me.
4. What are your hobbies?
Baking, watching TV series, spending time with my friends, and travelling.
5. How do you de-stress?
I love baking Italian cakes and desserts. I don’t actually eat them… I only bake! (She makes the most delicious Crostata cake and gelato FYI!)
6. What are your tips for happiness?
Always do the things you love.
7. Do you have a motto or favourite quote?
“Tomorrow is another day” from the movie Gone with the Wind
8. Who is your role model or someone you look up to?
My grandmother, as she is always very active, even at almost 101 years old!
9. What have been the most exciting milestones in your life?
Starting my company, Modesign FZE, as finally I can do exactly what I love to do!
10. What advice do you have for women today, trying to balance a career, family and personal life?
The secret is that you always have to compromise a little bit!
11. What makes you feel feminine?
If I could, I would have a massage every day!
PS: It’s also Monica’s birthday month! 🙂
Disclaimer: Thank you to Monica for collaborating on this post and sharing an insight into how fabulous she is!