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This is You - The Podcast

Jan 2020

Season 2 Update - On Hiatus


Hi everyone,

"Life can happen - just because.  Accept what you have for the moment and learn to appreciate it." - Kate Maurice

The above quote is a good reminder to just lean in when things feel difficult and to be okay with having to rearrange things when life does not go as expected.

My beautiful baby boy is 5 months now and I had originally planned to launch season 2 of this podcast this month.  Unfortunately, having a 5 month old and the unpredictability that comes with it have made it really difficult.  So after much thought, I've decided to continue my hiatus until things have settled.

I've actually already begun recording for season 2 and am really excited about the guests I'll be bringing on so stay tuned.  When I have a firm launch date, I'll post about it so continue to check the website and social media.

In the meantime, you can always email me at

Until next time...take care.

PS: The audio file below is mostly for those who listen to the podcast on an app so they know about the hiatus as well.

Oct 2019

Update on This is You Blog

Hi everyone,

As many of you already know, my second son, Faizaan Jamil Ishaq was born on July 31st and it's been a whirlwind since.  While I had originally planned to have the This is You Blog active from October - December, I am sadly realizing that it won't be possible to do with a newborn. In fact, it's taken my several days to even write this post because I keep getting interrupted.  So I've decided instead of trying to force things, I'm going to take the next few months to enjoy my newborn and plan for season 2. I may revisit the blog idea after or during season 2 of the podcast.

I want to thank all of you who have been on this journey with me and look forward to bringing new episodes to all of you in January 2020.  In the meantime, if you've enjoyed the podcast, please tell others who you think would be interested to listen in!

Until next time...take care.

Jul 2019

Auroosa Kazmi-Ishaq, My Season 1 Journey

Episode 9: This is my final episode of the season😢! While I've tremendously enjoyed this process, as my due date looms closer, I need to take some time to get ready for baby #2! In this episode, I share what lessons I've learned throughout my podcasting experience about myself and life in general, what my original motivations were for starting this podcast and whether I feel like they have been achieved and talk about what's next for this is you.

While I will be on hiatus, you can still connect with me over Facebook, Instagram or over email, I will be checking intermittently and would love to hear from you. 

The This is You Blog will be active from October - December 2019 as well and applications are open now.  Please visit to apply to submit a blog post about one thing that's really affecting your life right now or has affected it in the past.  It could be a current life experience, one from the past or just a theme or concept that seems to play a role.  Applications will close July 30, 2019.

Season 2 starts January 2020. Interested in being a guest?  Apply now!

Jun 2019

Jawad Shuaib and Character

Episode 8: In today's episode, I talk to long-time friend Jawad Shuaib who is the founder of Budget Electronics - a company he runs alongside his wife.  Jawad is an avid reader, and is interested in learning everything; from science, mathematics, economics to anthropology, philosophy, and religion.⠀

We explore character, how it develops, from where it's shaped and tackle a whole bunch of interesting questions like:⠀

  • Is character defined primarily before the age of 5 based on your parents and your environment?⠀
  • Is character the deep rooted stuff and personality a reflection of your changing perspectives?⠀
  • How easy or difficult is it to tell someone's character? What gives us clues or insight into it? ⠀
  • Why is it easier to say the bad things about us and so difficult for us to say the positives about ourselves?⠀
  • Do friendships based on perspective alone eventually wither? What keeps friendships together?⠀
  • Why is it so difficult to accept compliments?⠀
  • Is being emotionally intelligent a curse?⠀
  • Has Jawad hurt me in a profound way?⠀
  • How did watching Jurassic Park in 1994 play a huge role in how Jawad ended up being the way he is?⠀
  • What plays a stronger role, nurture vs. nature?⠀
  • What does it mean to deliberately parent?⠀
  • What is the balance between encouraging your kids in their interests and forcing them?⠀

and much, much more.

We also invite you to listen to the episode and tell us what adjectives you would use to describe Jawad's character. It can be so hard to say positive things about ourselves, so what traits do you see in him?  Feel free to message me on Facebook, Instagram or email me your thoughts.  This conversation gets very philosophical.

Jawad also recommends a bunch of books throughout the conversation which are linked here for your convenience!

Recommended Books:

  1. Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus 
  2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Mentioned Movies:

  1. Jurassic Park
  2. October Sky
Jun 2019

Jenn Taylor Part 2, Taking Back Control

Episode 7, Part 2: In today's episode, I continue my conversation with Jenn Taylor, Mom of 18 but switch gears a bit to focus on taking back control of our lives.  We continue the conversation with Jenn responding to my comment that each generation tries to do better than the generation before when it comes to parenting and how we can overcompensate at times without even realizing it. 

Jenn talks about how she's very deliberate about how she chooses to parent, describes her eureka moment when she realized that the traditions she started with her family could be anything she wanted it to be and when she realized she does have control over her attitude and how much she let's the past influence her actions today.  We talk about the challenges of parenting in the current age of electronics and why it can be so hard to set rules and stick to them.  Jenn shares how she works backwards from what tools she wants her kids to have and then looks for ways to build them as well as how giving her daughter the choice to cut ties with her during a particularly challenging time actually led to her daughter opening up about how she was feeling and them coming closer together.

In my mind, two quotes kept coming up, one is the serenity prayer, which I almost always butcher in the moment but goes like this: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." by Reinhold Niebuhr and "“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” by Carl Jung.


You can connect with Jenn by:

To connect with me, feel free to message me on Instagram, Facebook or send me an email.  I'll actually be featured on Jenn's podcast in the upcoming weeks so check that out too!  

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