‘You cannot keep a good woman down’

and there is no keeping this mother of three down.

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Do you ever wonder about other women’s lives? Like actual real day-to-day, hard working women? So often I meet one and think wow, she looks so great, works so hard and seems to get so much done! I wonder what she is doing to keep it all together like that. Or hear about someone and think wow, I wonder what she is doing so well, and how can she do all she does… without collapsing. We admire them and often have them as mentors.

With that in mind, Pathways will be interviewing women and posting their interviews here in our community journal. These are women I know personally or have been recommended to me as being women who inspire others to do more and be better. Women who motivate others and are truly beautiful inside and out. Let’s peek into their lives just a bit, shall we?

Pathways is happy to introduce you to Azzah. As the saying goes, ‘You cannot keep a good woman down’, and there is no keeping this mother of three down. Although, her busy life keeps her up and on the go, she still finds time for other people and helps them any way she can.

Having been born and educated in Jeddah, she has a natural flair and passion for the Arabic language. Her column is aimed at helping people learn Arabic.  She is a university English teacher by profession, and has a knack for languages. As stated in her profile, she feels that learning a language helps to break cultural differences and also helps others be able to communicate, and live a life of feeling understood and understanding others.

Without further delay we asked her:

  • Words that touch your soul

Love You Mama 😍(said by my children)

  • Greatest Comfort

My children and husband

  • Things you should be proud of

Myself as an educator, as I am able to use my knowledge and teach others to gain knowledge.

  • Goals and dreams present and future

My goal is trying to restart my home based baking business and My dream is to own a small bakery.

  • What you are grateful for

My children, husband, family, and a home to live in.

  • Things that make you happy, body and soul

Cooking, baking and taking the kids out to the mall

  •  Places you want to go

Australia, Mauritius, Seychelles

  • Favorite essentials

Makeup and phone

  • Favorite things to make or do

I love baking brownies and chocolate cake as it relaxes me and also going shopping, be it online or in malls.

  • Favorite quotes

Be who you are and say what you feel, Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

  • Best advice for overcoming failures

When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say “Why me” say “Try me” 

  • What skills or abilities are you thankful to have?

I am thankful for being a good cook and an awesome baker. I am also thankful for being a good mother and wife.

  • List five body parts that you’re grateful for and why. 

I’m grateful for having my arms and hands, they let me help my children with different things and of course handling my little baby girl and moving her around. I’m also grateful for having legs that help me walk and commute around my house and assist my children with other things. I’m thankful to have a beautiful face that is expressive around people that need some smiles and those giggles that makes them happy and make my children happy as well.

  • What about the city you live in are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for being born and raised in this beautiful city called Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. This city has such beautiful childhood memories and memories with my family and children. These memories keep me moving forward in my life whenever I feel down or stressed.

  • Who has done something this week to help you or make your life easier and how can you thank them?

I wouldn’t say this week but a week ago, my group of best friends who are also mentors to me, helped me and guided me how to think wisely and how to make decisions wisely. They have also helped me choose the best of all the things in my life recently.

  • What aspects of your work environment are you thankful for? 

I have started to work from home – teaching foreign children English online – I have flexible hours, it has made my life much easier in many ways, I don’t have to think about a daycare for my 5 month old baby girl, I don’t have stress about cooking lunch or dinner early morning or late at night, I don’t have to worry about dressing up and putting make up on as I can even teach wearing my pajamas, which is kind of funny. I also have a peaceful and a relaxing environment.

Thank you Azzah for giving us a look into your life and what keeps you motivated.

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