The Young Woman Behind Pathways’ Website :)

An Interview With Redwood Code's Founder, Shaima

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?

Along my way in life, and regardless of where I’ve journeyed, life has pulled me in different directions, introduced me to new people, and amazing people.

As my vision for Pathways began to open the doors to other potential work/volunteer relationships, I forced myself to be extremely selective. It is disheartening in life when mid-project there is a clash, and everything falls apart at the seams.

I’m no longer 20-something and flexible, and admittedly not always easy to understand or work with.

I can very easily mid-to-end project, get inspired to a better way or idea and need people who are willing to undo everything and backstep to get the result I envisioned in my mind. No easy task, as I really NEEDED someone who is committed, creative, thinks out of the box, accepts the pitfalls and failures that come in life, talented, career-focused, gets the job done, takes advice and suggestions, listens to understand and learn, and I also expect people to evolve and strive for ‘perfection’ and assist me to do the same in my life.

“Settling for mediocre anything isn’t something I am willing to do.” Not in this life anyway, especially when it comes to myself and following my dreams and visions. Time is so important. I value quality over quantity. And there is no value that I can place on a person that has the same mindset. Due to her dedication, Pathways has become something more magnificent than I could have ever dreamed.

I needed someone to take my vision, create its online platform, be the foundation of it to keep it running if I am unable to, has excellent work ethics, and tolerate me at the same time. No easy task. So, when I tell you, I was blessed, with someone that is all that and more, and a friend… you are allowed to feel a bit jealous. [Mashallah Tabarakallah]

Shaima, you changed my life, and are behind the platform that aims to improve the lives of many for the better in the future, and rarely get any credit.

Now, readers, I am pleased to introduce you to the young woman behind the scenes at Pathway Jeddah. Her hard work, web & graphic design skills and all the maintenance that goes with it, makes us look good.

Last, but not least, I always say, “There are people who build bridges, and they are in the spotlight, and there are people that are the bridge.” She is the latter; our foundation.

So, without further delay, let’s know more about Shaima.

We asked her:

  • How is where you are in life today different than a year ago–and what positive changes are you thankful for?

I started offering freelance web/graphic design services at the beginning of 2017, and I’m much ahead of that right now. I have not only met new people, learned new professional skills along the way but also evolved as a person. I have learned to be patient and how to tackle different circumstances. And I’m really thankful for that.

  • What activities and hobbies would you miss if you were unable to do them?

I would have missed reading books the most. I love reading books. Books, in themselves, are a completely different universe. They help us in a lot of ways. And as we all know, Books are our best companions.

  • Your favorite quotes?

“Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen”

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one places”

  • List five small ways that you can share your gratitude today.

1- Be a support system When people are in need, step up to be the go-to person they can rely on for support.

2- Say you’re sorry No matter how mad you get or how right you are, be willing to say you are sorry to those you truly love and appreciate. Be willing to compromise in life. There’s a saying that goes, “You can either be right or you can be happy.”

3- Always say Thank You No matter how small or how big the favor was, always say thank you. Say it to family, friends, co-workers, and kids. A heartfelt thank you can go a long way.

4- Be patient Patience is not everyone’s virtue but give it your best effort to remain patient with those you love and remember that everyone has their own struggles.

5- Compliment Others Compliment someone on a talent, skill, or strength that you admire.

  • What skills or abilities are you thankful to have?

I am thankful for my ability to read, if you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for my courage and strength that showed me I could do more than I thought I could and that I was stronger than I thought I was. My time management skills which help me succeed and gives me more time to enjoy life and lastly I am thankful for all the opportunities in my life. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

  • What elements of nature are you grateful for and why?

The serenity of the sky and its beauty and rain clouds. Healing sounds of rain and sea. When I am tired, breathing deeply of fresh air refreshes me. Sunsets and sunrises relax me and it gives me enough inspiration, enough reason to be grateful to end a healthy day & look forward to another day.

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

I have a sense of belonging to this place (Jeddah) since I’m born here and also this place has my heart. I’m genuinely grateful for being born in such a calm and beautiful city. I’m really proud of the progress this city has made in past few years.

  • What materialistic items are you most grateful for?

The materialistic item that I’m most grateful for is my cell phone. For me, it is a mini laptop and a lifesaver. From alarms to all my official work, I’m dependent on my cell phone.

  • Write a letter to someone who has positively impacted your life, however big or small. What would you say?

I can’t write this to a specific person, this is to all those who changed my perspective on life:

The role that each one of you’ve had in my life — regardless of how long or how brief, how positive or negative, how ordinary or extraordinary, has shaped my world for the better.

I’m sure you were just being the person you are and you had no idea how it would change my life. I believe people are brought into our lives for a reason and sometimes that reason is to completely change our perspective on life.

Because of you all, I am more hopeful daily. I realize there are things in life that will break us, and usually, those things are preparing us for other trials that may come, whether it be in our own lives or in a loved one’s life. I now know how important it is to be kind and compassionate, to be understanding and patient. And because of you, all my whole perspective on life has changed.

Because you taught me to see the world differently, I learned to treat the world differently.

  • Best advice for overcoming failures?

Socrates once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

This holds true in both success and failure. Rarely are the failures in our lives entirely the responsibility of someone else. When a failure occurs, which it always will, the wisest of us journey inward to determine the cause and intentional steps we can take to learn from the experience.


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