July 1, 2019
Born in Toronto, Canada, I have two siblings and am the middle child in my family. Why is being a middle child important? If you're a middle child, you may already know. In Episode 4, Diary of 2 Middle Children, my guest and I actually talk in great length about our experiences being middle children and how it affects how we view the world. You can find part 1 linked here
, and part 2 linked here
My parents are from Pakistan and while I was raised in Mississauga, Canada, I strongly identify with being Pakistani and typical brown girl problems. I'm also married with an almost 5 year old son and baby #2 on the way at the end of July 2019.
I've worked in higher education for the last 12 years working with students, staff and faculty from all walks of life. While my roles have focused on student success, I've often been the person that others have come to for advice, or when they were feeling lost or unsure of how to proceed in both my work and personal life.
What I've found fascinating is that many of those conversations are actually related to larger parts of our identity and the exploration of our fears, thoughts and guiding concepts can make us aware of how these aspects affect our decision making processes and how we view the world.
I’ve always wrestled with questions related to what makes us who we are:
- “If one action doesn’t define us, then what does?”
- “How is our identity constructed?”
- “What does it mean to be a good person?”
I believe this natural curiosity is what allows me to dig deeper in helping others unearth what is fundamentally important to them.
With this podcast, I aim to provide a safe space for guests to share how life experiences, concepts or themes affect their identity. I hope through sharing our stories, we can normalize vulnerability, learn from each other and realize we're not alone. I feel like my purpose is to help people navigate their own thoughts and perhaps connect some dots that they may not have seen as connected.