I am Shafaq, a firm believer of self-love, self-responsibility and self-expression. Quick in liking and disliking people during the first meeting is a strong characteristic of mine. I don’t do it intentionally; my mind decides the limits of my relationships for me. So far, it has been a good arrangement.
I am so pumped with the idea that my brain cannot think straight! I am starting a blog… woohoo! I have been asked what would be the topic/theme for it. To be honest, I don’t think any one topic can cover what goes in my head. So I’ll be dealing with various themes and ideas, as I am a multi-passion person. You would find stuff ranging from motherhood and marriage to work-related issues and friendship, with love, self-esteem, food and travel as accompanying motifs.
But what got me thinking about starting this blog? Some recent issues at office and then a blog by a colleague-cum-friend on elephantjournal.com made me realize that venting is important. If you keep stuff inside you and do not talk them out with the right people or person, it starts harming you physically; even give you, in my case, eczema.
I have many achievements to my name, if you count a set of proud parents, loving and supporting husband-slash-best friend and a cute baby girl. Being an introvert, I was unable to trust a lot of people all through my life which resulted in few but very close and great friends.
It struck me recently again that I have very few friends when I was looking for a name for my blog. I was amazed to see the responses I received when I asked my friends to choose one name from a list. The names were thrown in for voting without any explanation or the thought process behind it. I was pleasantly surprised to see the responses. I felt proud and blessed to have such great friends who are on the same frequency as me.
Food and traveling are also my passions. I wish I could walk every street of the world and taste every dish around the globe. The feeling one gets before leaving any place and taking a flight that you are forgetting something – I literally do forget things – is sometimes so overwhelming that it even stops you from enjoying the moment; but that’s not the case for me. For me, it means that I am leaving a part of myself at that place forever and taking a piece of it with me.
I belong to a Punjabi family where the most respect and love you could show towards someone is through food. I love to cook as well and have a dream of owning a high-end restaurant someday.
I belong to the school of thought who believes that you should live your life the way you want to, not based on what society endorses because, in the end, you don’t regret the things you did but rather the things you didn’t do.
So live it up to the fullest; you aren’t getting out alive anyway…
I AM, BY PROFESSION, A COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST AND AT PRESENT, I AM WORKING IN DEVELOPMENT SECTOR. I HAVE WORKED IN COMMUNICATION FROM VARIOUS ASPECTS INCLUDING ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, TV PRODUCTION, EVENT MANAGEMENT, MEDIA AND CORPORATE AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION. I CONSIDER MYSELF A GOOD COOK WHO ASPIRES TO OWN A RESTAURANT IN NEAR FUTURE.