What is your Hometown?
I live in the town of Oakville, a beautiful place on the shores of Lake Ontario – which is part of the Greater Toronto Area, in Ontario Canada. I am East Indian, and was born in Nairobi, Kenya. My family moved from Kenya in 1968 to Western Canada – Calgary, Alberta, where I grew up until the age of 18, after which we moved to Toronto.
When did you become involved with community service – Month/Year?
I became involved in serving my community of women, especially those in midlife, since the Spring of 2020.
Share a bit about the organization you are most passionate about and what your role entails with the organization?
I am the Founder of It’s My Time Now! , and I founded this company because I am passionate about guiding women through the many transitions they face in their lives – whether that is related to their careers or other aspects of their lives.
As a Certified Career & Life Transitions Coach, I guide women through the challenges and opportunities that their next chapter of life presents to them. We offer one-on-one coaching services, group coaching, and career & life coaching for individuals within organizations as well.
Everything we do is geared towards empowering women to live their next chapter of life according to their truth. I also am a course creator, and am passionate about writing and interviewing and learning from women who have reinvented themselves through our popular podcast, The Midlife Reinvention.
What is the most exciting part of your vocation/avocation (life’s work)?
The most exciting part of my life’s work is seeing real transformation in my clients. I help them rediscover who they are from within – what are their strengths, buried passions and values? What do they envision for themselves? What obstacles do they face, and how can they overcome these obstacles with confidence? By guiding my clients through concrete action steps, they experience positive momentum and transformation in their lives, when before, often they were confused, unsure of themselves, or didn’t even know where to begin.
I wish I had this same guidance when I experienced my career transition many years ago, but by creating a transformative process which I now take women through, I can actually witness how lives can be changed for the better. It’s about bringing what’s already inside of us to the world with confidence!
When you think of the organization, what one word comes to mind and why?
Many words: Passion, Purpose, Fulfillment, Happiness, Confidence, Power, Joy, Play. These are the words our platform was built upon, and these are the words I live by every day. If we don’t live a life with passion and purpose, and are fulfilled with what we do – what’s the point, really?
Do you find there is a correlation with your career and your volunteer work with the organization; explain?
I believe in the power and potential of women of any age, especially during midlife, and as such, I founded It’s My Time Now – because I believe it IS our time now to rediscover WHO we really are WHAT we really want, and HOW to get there. I have volunteered with organizations whose mission is to empower women also, such as Lean In – where I currently volunteer and run a Lean in Circle called, you guessed it – It’s My Time Now! I have spoken at several women’s conferences whose mission aligns with mine, and I will continue to volunteer my time and energy to promote women’s advancement and power.
Travel, travel, travel! I love to see the world because I believe we can only learn from the diverse and beautiful traditions, beliefs, and environments that surround us.
Who inspires you and why?
Women who have the courage to take time for themselves and to become who they’ve always wanted to be. And young people, like my 2 sons, who have little fear, and are ambitious, strong, smart, and believe in themselves, and the causes which are dear to their hearts.
Since we are passionate about healthy living and eating well, what is your favorite food?
Well, being Indian, I love all things Indian – especially my mom’s famous Chicken Curry. However, I would also say I must have been Italian in my last life because I never say no to a steaming bowl of Bolognese pasta and a glass of Chianti 🙂.
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Waking up early, doing yoga and meditating, taking my dog for a long walk, reading and writing, spending quality time with my family and friends. And topping it off by a night on the town with a lovely dinner and dancing!
How would your family/friends describe you?
Passionate about what I do, someone they can rely on for anything, who is bold and gracious, loves great style, good food, and fine wine, someone who is generous, loves to cook and entertain, loves to write, is funny, and sometimes a bit headstrong (I’m not gonna lie!) 🙂
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