Letting go of people’s expectations of me. I know that’s a general thing to say. But I feel like this year, has been transformative for me. I’m Palestinian-American and a Muslim-American, but I don’t look like what people’s stereotype of those.
I had a great career. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 HER 2+ Breast Cancer at a very young age—27 years old. It came out of nowhere. Totally unexpected. That turn of events brought me to where I am now. The dream of designing and running my own fashion line. I wanted to dress myself after my surgery and still feel beautiful and that is how AnoOno was born.
Stop being so critical. You’re super hot and your body is rocking. Shut down the shame and get on with yourself.I just saw tons of pictures of my 18-year old self and was like, “Oh my God, I had a super hot body, why was I eating fat free Fig Newtons and being so self-critical all the time?”
What was once a full-time career is now a part-time career. I’m keeping my foot in the door because I’m not ready to exit my career. I’m just trying to keep afloat. I’m leaning in – or am I leaning back?
Tilting, maybe? You tilt, then you lean.
Tilting is a new 'it' word. I’m tilting
"A big reason I became a journalist is that I have so many interests and I didn’t want to choose between them. It seemed like a great way to explore all of them in one job."
"I would encourage myself to choose schools and jobs not to prepare for life or for the next step - but to make choices knowing that schools & jobs are life.
It’s not a means to an end."
"The greatest success in my relatively young career would be that I feel fulfilled on a daily basis by the work that I’m doing.
Oh, and that my mom and I are working together to manage the ranch and we still enjoy each other’s company."