Women Inspiring Women: Sheba Zaidi

This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.

Profile: Sheba Zaidi

Tell us about yourself.

I am an ever-curious dreamer from Pakistan, Oman and Canada. My biggest passions are travel and all things mindfulness; which led me to launch Mahara Mindfulness in 2020. Mahara is a contemporary lifestyle brand with a mission to create products and experiences that offer people a stepping-stone into a world of mindful practices and personal transformation. Our first product, The Human Being Journal, was created as a direct response to the pandemic to help people manage mental health, gain perspective and live more fulfilled lives. The Human Being Journal just closed a retail partnership with Indigo and been featured by Oprah Magazine and Jessica Alba. I have also co-founded a wine tour company called The County Wine Tours, based out of Prince Edward County. In my former life I was a communications professional and also interned at the United Nations. Fun fact: I am followed by Barack Obama and Britney Spears on Twitter.

What do you consider as your biggest achievement?

Having my first product (a guided journal called The Human Being Journal) featured by Oprah Magazine and having it included on Oprah’s Healthy Living List. Plus being followed by Barack Obama and Britney Speaks on Twitter.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

This too shall pass.

How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?

I follow the J5M rule. When I start to hit any resistance or feel procrastination kicking in, I tell myself “just five more.” Answer 5 more emails and you’ll end up answering 10. Read 5 more pages, you’ll end up reading the whole chapter. Do 5 more reps, you will finish an entire work out. Action precedes belief and has its own momentum.

What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?

Do one thing at a time. If you can bring a level of presence to whatever you are doing at any given time it helps you stay calm because you are not focused on the past or future. You are fully in the now. Meditation, journaling, breath-work and other forms of mindfulness practices have helped me develop my “being present” muscle over the years.

What are your top health hacks?

When it comes to food, eat balanced – I love the 80:20 rule. With working out and sleep it is all about consistency. You don’t have to have moonshot goals but as long as you squeeze in 3-4 workouts a week and sleep at the same time every night, overtime you will see the compounding benefits of it.

How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?

Financial wellness is directly linked to creating value. Not having enough money (once your basic needs are met) is just a mental concept. The true source of money – our passion, creativity, connection, and contribution – is the real value we offer the world. People like Oprah (and others) are VALUABLE – which is much more than being rich. If they were to lose money they can recreate wealth again and again through being who they are and constantly creating value / being of service.

What’s your favorite fun activity?

Travel! My wanderlust has taken me around the world from horseback riding in Mongolia, hiking in Peru, wine tasting in Italy, shopping in Korea’s famous Myeongdong Market and wildlife safaris in South Africa – to name a few.

Who are your female role models and why?

I admire Oprah and Sara Blakely for their business acumen, and Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinman for their philanthropy and legacy.

This month, we’re sharing inspiring women’s stories. Who inspires you? Leave their name and social media link in the comments below!

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