I enjoy what I do on a day to day basis. I am very lucky to have found a job that I think is perfect fit for my skill set. While I feel passionately that SharePoint and CRM can help people run their business more effectively, it was not something that spawned out of a hobby.
A couple of my Facebook friends have managed to find that unique mix of being able to pursue their passion and make their living doing it.
Saleha Abbasi – Saleha Beauty – Saleha and I met when I was in college through a mutual friend. We spent a summer together when she worked at my parents’ travel business and would go work out afterwards. Even back then, you could tell she had a gift with makeup. She would thread our eyebrows and help us with our make up but it was just something she did for fun. Over the years, we lost touch however I have watched her on Facebook and I am amazed with what she has done with her talent. Saleha took her hobby of doing make up and has become a world known makeup artist with her own makeup line (those are her lipsticks pictured above). She is listed as a public figure on Facebook and has been featured in several magazines and articles. We exchange a few messages every now and then and even bumped into each other shopping and I am happy to say that she is still the same sweet girl I remember.
Stephan Jacob – Cotopaxi – Stephan and I were best friends during his year as an exchange student from Germany in high school. Even at 17, I knew Stephan was destined for great things. Stephan dipped his feet as an entrepreneur at Kembrel, a retail shop featuring upcoming designers. About 2 years ago, he co-founded Cotopaxi, a retailer that creates innovative outdoor products that fund sustainable poverty relief. Not only has he found a way to start a business around a lifestyle and products he is passionate about, but also giving back to the community at the same time. Cotopaxi also throws events including a 24 hour adventure scavenger hunt called a Questival. Sounds so amazingly fun and I couldn’t be more proud of him!
Snehal Vara – Reve.ology Events – I am proud to call Snehal family! Snehal is married to my husband’s cousin so we are sister-in-laws. Besides taste in men, Snehal and I have always had similar interests. We both have that creative bone and enjoy interior design and event planning. Snehal was able to take her business acumen and eye for design to create a highly esteemed event planning company. Indian Weddings are extremely elaborate events, and Reve.ology does not disappoint. The pictures of her events are to die for and I only wish she had been in the industry when I was planning mine.
Neha Chokshi – Jade Lilly – I met Neha through a playgroup that I started called Desi Babies. Our kids are the same age and we had a few playdates together. When I first met Neha she was still dipping her feet into a few different kinds of businesses. It was very clear to me then that she is very driven, had many creative talents, and a mom was her most important job. Over the last few years I have watched her start a new skincare line completely on her own. She does her own branding, websites, and makes each and every one of her products. I am looking forward to hosting one of her product parties soon!
Subeena Zubari – SubeenaZ – Another playgroup mom, Subeena and I connected by having our first born around the same time. Subeena has always been so kind to me and trusted me to be her real estate agent in the beginning of my career. Subeena was able to take her love of design into a being a celebrated fashion designer for Pakistani/Indian chic wear. SubeenaZ’s gowns have been seen on several celebs and I am sure has an even brighter future ahead of her.
These 5 are just the tip of the iceburg. I have so many successful friends and I love to see all their stories evolve on Facbook. Because of them, I am inspired to always dream bigger.