Happy Mother’s Day from Hello Womeniya
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. In the United States, Mother’s Day 2023 falls on Sunday, May 14. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.
In Honour of Mother’s Day We, Hello Womeniya News Team took an Exclusive Interview of Kochin
Based Serial Entrepreneur Anooja Bashir she shared her Entrepreneurial journey and message on Mother’s Day with us.We hope her story’ will inspire one and all.
Hello Womeniya:Introduce yourself for our readers.
Anooja Bashir :Hello everyone, I am Anooja Bashir, a mom to two wonderful teenagers, a serial entrepreneur, acclaimed marketing & brand strategist, business leader & coach, a DEI Evangelist, startup mentor to more than 15+ incubators, Startup’s & SME’s. The Co-Founder & CMO of FlexiCloud, Founder and CEO of Ourea. A multiple times TedX Speaker, Josh Speaker and Speaker to various National and International forums.
Hello Womeniya: What has been your favorite memories with your Mother?
Anooja Bashir: Visiting my grandmother’s home holds a profound memory for me. During moments of despair, sadness, or when my spirits are low, my mother serves as a genuine source of motivation, instilling in me an unwavering belief that there are no limits to what I can achieve. Her unwavering support fuels my confidence and reinforces the notion that I am capable of overcoming any challenge that comes my way.
Hello Womeniya: Why Mother’s Day important for you?
Anooja Bashir: I have always felt that the love and sacrifices of mothers deserve to be celebrated every day, as they play an invaluable role in our lives. It is important to appreciate and acknowledge their efforts beyond just one designated day. But still, it feels wonderful to be cherished and pampered by my children on that one special day.
Hello Womeniya:What Good advice has your mother given you?
Anooja Bashir: same as question 2
Hello Womeniya:What’s your mother’s gift to you?
Anooja Bashir:My mother has bestowed upon me the gift of confidence, nurturing my belief in myself. Additionally, her creative DNA flows within me, serving as an invaluable inheritance that sparks my own imaginative pursuits.
6. How old were you when you first turned mother?
Answer – 24
Hello Womeniya:Did you always wished to be a Parent?
Anooja Bashir: yes I always had a motherly nature as I love children so much
Hello Womeniya:What best memories you share with your own mother or with someone you really admired on growing up?
Anooja Bashir: My grandmother held a special place in my heart, as she embodied strength and wisdom. She instilled in me the belief that women are symbols of love, empathy, tolerance, and hope. Her inspiring words echoed the idea that women are poised to lead the charge in making the world a better place.
Hello Womeniya: Are you raising your child(ren) how have you been raised? What’s the biggest change that you made in your parenting style?
Anooja Bashir:I firmly embrace the golden rule of friendship, even with my own children, recognizing that they hold a distinct identity that deserves utmost respect and understanding. As a parent, I value the significance of open communication, acknowledging that it plays a vital role in nurturing a strong and healthy relationship with my children.
Hello Womeniya: What best lesson have you learnt from motherhood?
Anooja Bashir : Motherhood encompasses an extraordinary and exquisite emotion that blesses a woman’s life. Through this transformative experience, I have learned invaluable lessons in patience and tolerance, shaping me into a stronger and more compassionate individual.
Hello Womeniya:How do you find the balance between motherhood and finding time for yourself?
Anooja Bashir: Finding balance between motherhood and personal time can be challenging but definitely achievable. We should try to prioritize and delegate certain responsibilities to your partner, family members or trusted caregivers to free up some time for yourself. Also always set aside specific time slots in your calendar dedicated to self-care. Treat this time as non-negotiable and use it to engage in activities that rejuvenate you. Efficient time management is another key factor. Do remember, finding balance is an ongoing process, and it’s okay to have occasional challenges. Be patient with yourself, celebrate small victories, and remember that taking care of yourself is crucial for your well-being and ability to be the best mother you can.
Hello Womeniya: Your best advice for new mothers?
Anooja Bashir: I would advise to make sure to get enough rest, eat nutritious meals and seek support when needed. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup. Always trust your instincts and remember that you know your baby best. Do try to seek support and build a support network with family and friends. It’s okay to ask for assistance, whether it’s with household chores, childcare, or emotional support. Accepting help doesn’t make you any less of a capable mother—it allows you to recharge and better care for your baby.
Do remember that motherhood is a journey, and it’s normal to have good and challenging days. Take it one step at a time, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Always enjoy precious moments of bonding with your baby through skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, talking, and playing. Additionally, find moments for self-discovery and reconnecting with activities you enjoy to maintain a sense of personal identity. Remember, you are doing an incredible job as a new mother. Trust yourself, be patient and savor the precious moments with your little one.
Hello Womeniya:Do you visualize your own mother in you especially when you are disciplining your child/children?
Anooja Bashir: No
Hello Womeniya:What is that something mother always say to you?
Anooja Bashir:Embrace courage and resilience, for life’s journey is filled with peaks and valleys. Never lose hope, for it is through challenges that we grow. Remember that fear can be transformed into strength by facing everything and rising, empowering you to forge ahead with determination and fortitude.
15. What’s her favorite thing to do?
Answer – She absolutely loves gardening and cooking.
Hello Womeniya:How do you know your mother loves you?
Anooja Bashir:A mother’s love often involves self-sacrifice and unconditional support and love. She engages in conversations with genuine interest and offers emotional support. She takes pride in our achievements and celebrates our milestones. Regardless of everything, she continues to love and accept us for who we are, offering forgiveness and understanding.
Hello Womeniya:What is your wish for your mother?
Anooja Bashir: I sincerely hope that all of my mother’s dreams blossom into reality, bringing her immense joy and fulfillment. May her aspirations be fulfilled, allowing her to experience the happiness and success she truly deserves.
Hello Womeniya: Finally your message on Mother’s Day?
Anooja Bashir:On this very special day, let us celebrate and honor all the incredible mothers who have touched our lives with their love, care and sacrifice. Their unwavering support and boundless affection shape us into the individuals we are today. Today, and every day, let’s express our heartfelt gratitude to these amazing women who selflessly dedicate themselves to their families. Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there!
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