It’s officially the month of love and what better time than to introduce our beautiful Ms. February! I met Sara Khan a few months ago at a networking event, and right from the “hello” her vivacious personality captivated me. Sara is one of the smartest people I have met, but what is even more precious is her hunger for life which shows clearly through every interaction. Her energy radiates with the highest frequency of positivity and sunshine, and I can’t wait to share that energy with you all through this post! Enjoy meeting this incredible lady 🙂
- Name: Sara Hasrat Khan
- Profession: Geoscientist
- Favourite destination: Zanzibar
- Horoscope sign: Taurus
- Loves: Good vibes, food and inspirational people
- Hates: Negativity in all possible forms
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Roots are the most important part of any life form – who I am has deeply to do with where my roots originated. I was born in the eclectic city of Mumbai – it has taught me to be evergreen, cheerful and grateful no matter what the odds are. My motto in live is to thrive, not just survive. Even if it is thrown in dirt, a flower blossoms because that is its purpose.
2. How do you handle difficult times in your life?
Count your blessings- even in the most difficult of times, you are still blessed with so much. When I was a child, my mother made me celebrate all my birthdays in an orphanage – just so I would realize how much of a blessing it is to just have family. Don’t be depressed with what you can’t have, focus on what you do and make the most of it.
3. What is your secret to achieving the right balance between your career, family, friends and doing what you really love?
My inspiration has always been my mother – she was married and alone, pregnant with me, working and doing her PhD. If you have a genuine passion, it fuels you to spend every moment achieving more – like an unquenchable thirst. I love my work, I have an aim for myself for the future and I work hard everyday to achieve that. I love my family & friends insanely – I plan when and how I can be with them at their most special moments. I love exploring, discovering and promoting new places – which is why I started blogging.
I guess what I’m getting at is that we need to discover our purpose and work hard towards achieving them- and by hard I mean no options sparred. Not the complacent, let down by life hard work. Most of the times the problem is that people don’t know their purpose- so they are in survival mode.
4. What are your hobbies?
I absolutely love exploring, discovering and promoting establishments – which is why blogging is a key part of my life! I am a geoscientist – so by nature I set out exploring and appreciating the beauty in what I see.
I also love watching movies & listening to music in a foreign language. Somehow, even though I don’t understand what they are saying, the rawness of the emotions inspires me.
5. What are your tips for happiness?
IGNORE THE BS. I know this sounds stupid and easier said than done – but I can guarantee you – so much of the negativity in your life is what you allow in through your eyes and ears. The world is a beautiful place – don’t take a Panadol for someone else’s headache. Love people, be compassionate but don’t take everything personally. Learn to let go – for your own peace of mind. And accept that no matter how harsh and crude – every person is entitled to an opinion. You don’t have to agree with it – but you have to respect it.
6. Who is your role model or someone you look up to?
My true inspiration is my elder brother. Since we were born, he has always shown me how important it is to be true to yourself, no matter what the cost. People will never understand or appreciate you, but if you did right by yourself, you will always have respect for yourself which is all that matters.
7. What have been the most exciting milestones in your life?
I read somewhere that you never truly realize the importance of a moment unless you look back at it. I now realize one of the most important milestones of my life was when I shifted to Abu Dhabi. True – it was because I had to- but looking back at the doors it has opened in my life, it is definitely one of the top most important moments of my life.
And the other is when I graduated with my Masters degree – it is such an empowering feeling to be a working woman, a scientist, study part time and fund your own education. I never realized just how powerful I was till that moment when I crossed the stage to receive my certificate- that too on my 25th birthday! I am truly blessed!
8. If you could change one thing in the world right now, what would it be?
JUDGEMENT- that really needs to go. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean its wrong. We really need to change our mindsets as individuals, all progress and goodness will follow. Unfortunately, the education system is busy promoting the technical skills necessary to survive, when much of survival in todays world is emotional. I would implement a mandatory emotional awareness course in all educational institutions – no matter what the level.
9. There are still a lot of cultures and societies who frown upon successful women. Why do you think that is, and how can it change?
Intimidation is the name of the game- people feel powerful by thriving on the weak. Unfortunately, weakness is often portrayed as a gender – WOMEN. With every word and action, we collectively prove to the world that we are strong. It isn’t a battle of the sexes – it’s about freedom and balance. And it all starts in the mind. Opinions have to change- everything else will follow.
10. What advice can you offer for men and women, trying to balance a career, family and personal life?
This is a very difficult topic to respond to- I personally know a lot of women who work with me, some of them even single mothers. One thing I learned from a dear friend and a mother of 3 is this- when at work, make the most of the hours there. And after work- time is for family alone. You have to learn to say NO – your career cannot hurt your family and vice versa. This is what being an adult is about.
Disclaimer: Thank you Sara for collaborating on this post and for showering us with positivity, happiness, and inspiration!