Blog theme 1: Your Journey
Who are you?
I love this question as I interpret this as, how do I define myself, here it goes.
My name is Aysha Haq. In Arabic my first name 'Aysha' means 'She who lives' or 'happily living' and my second name 'Haq' stands for 'truth/human rights'. In my name alone I believe that I embody the essence of this movement, being a happily living woman speaking the truth and fighting for human rights.
A 21st Century Muslim woman i.e someone who strives to uphold all the five pillars of Islam whilst still enjoying shopping at Dolce & Gabanna and listening to Drake.
After completing my Bachelors Degree in Software Engineering I enrolled on a PGCE course to qualify as an IT teacher and currently working towards my Masters. With 7 years experience in teaching.
Where are you now?
I see this question as where I am now professionally and spiritually.
Professionally I have the pleasure of working as the Director of Marketing and Education for @UKEdChat.
Spiritually I am a very positive person and I am trying to embody that in all facets of my life.
Where did you come from?
Personally, I come from a middle class Muslim family, immigrant parents. My father with his unwavering belief in eduction and it's power; always shared stories of how his family growing up didn't have electricity and after working all day, he only had the opportunity to study at night - the only place he thought was peaceful with incredibly lighting was the graveyard.
My mother, the woman I look up to beacon of guidance is the most determined, hardworking and open minded individual I have come across my entire life. With four children, she still made time to gain qualifications when she moved here to the UK.
These are the inspirational people I have in my life to shape the foundations of my being.
How did you overcome any obstacles/barriers?
Each and everyone of us has gone though our own struggles and personal barriers. The biggest one for me was the lack of opportunities to progress and showcase my talents. Under appreciated and unrecognised.
You have to stop blaming the people, the surroundings, the culture and accept this 'You are in charge of your own destiny'. I firmly believe in that. Don't regurgitated your problems, what is the solution?
In my case, the solution was to make a change. Be the change I expected to see.
What advice/messages do you have for others in the same position?
Get out of your head, Be strong, Be brave, Challenge yourself and Change.
As Muhammad Ali said ' It isn't the mountain ahead to climb that wears you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.'