October 1, 2023


Parenting News

Fatma Al Madani, former entrepreneur, undertaking supervisor and mum of three ladies

9 min read

Good day!

We’re again from India. It was so good to flee the Dubai warmth and spend time at my dad or mum’s house in Pune.

It’s the start of monsoon season in India, so Pune was cool, breezy and simply the correct amount of moist. The youngsters loved being spoilt by grandparents and uncle (my brother) and splashing within the rain.

I bought some work carried out too. What’s that you could be ask since I not have a job! 🙂

Nicely, I’ve been fortunate to attain a couple of freelance tasks already:

  • A positioning undertaking for an in depth pal, the place I’m doing the messaging for her new undertaking (extra on that later, as a result of its tremendous cool and near my coronary heart – each the undertaking and my pal!).

  • I’m additionally engaged on a couple of ‘options journalism’ items for Triple Pundit.

  • I’ve additionally signed a contract to perform a little research reporting with a B2B journey firm primarily based out of the US.

  • Anndddddd I’m engaged on another project that I’m tremendous enthusiastic about. In case you are in communications or a author and excited by how generative AI will change your job, sign up here to be the primary to know when it goes dwell.

  • Final however not the least, I’ve additionally been engaged on my plans for this excellent e-newsletter, and have scheduled some calls with a few of you about which I’m tremendous excited!

    In case any of you haven’t had the prospect to present me your suggestions on this text and / or wish to have a chat with yours really (me!), please fill out this form (60 seconds) and we are able to join!’

These of you that did reply to my survey stated that probably the greatest options of this text is my interviews with working mums. I used to be so blissful to listen to this, as that is additionally my favorite a part of this text!

On that word, I’m excited to deliver to you an interview with a pricey former colleague Fatma Al Madani. She is Emirati, former entrepreneur, aerial fanatic and teacher, and mum of three ladies.

Our paths overlap throughout worlds: we was once colleagues, we each like aerial artwork, and our children go to among the identical lessons (gymnastics and horse-riding).

Each time now we have spoken or spent any time collectively, it has been each a delight and an inspiration, whether or not it’s about train, elevating ladies, work, private or skilled progress, or life on the whole.

Fatma together with her three stunning ladies!

Q. Inform us somewhat bit about your self

I’m a mom of three loving ladies who maintain me motivated on daily basis.

I’m all the time navigating deeper right into a journey of self-discovery, whether or not it’s about how I can use my strengths to be a greater mom or what experiences I can discover to study one thing new about myself and the folks I like.

I’m the adventurous pal who would take you on an unplanned highway journey, a theme park or skydiving on a ladies time out as an alternative of a shopping center.

Round 6.5 years in the past I attempted an aerial silks class in a small dance studio in Dubai. This was a time once I was at my lowest on the subject of health. I had a full-time job through the day, I used to be attending college for a masters diploma within the evenings and I used to be commuting every day between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I all the time loved sport however throughout this time, health turned much less of a precedence and chiropractor visits began changing into frequent.

After 2 pregnancies and lots of modifications in my physique I made a decision to get again into being lively. Being me, I looked for a brand new expertise, one thing unusual that isn’t the checklist of lessons which might be supplied in nearly all the women’ gyms (like yoga, physique fight, and zumba). Dubai is all the time evolving and through one among my Google search nights I discovered aerial lessons.

The psychological and bodily energy I get from aerial observe retains me motivated to get higher, with each new ability I grasp I really feel amazed and pleased with what my physique can accomplish.

In the present day, I’m nonetheless passionately training aerial arts (suppose aerial silk, hoop, straps, pole) and experimenting with new forms of equipment and types. I’m additionally educated in educating aerial silk from a well known worldwide circus coaching academy.

I’m additionally very captivated with giving again to the group and doing what you possibly can to assist folks at any time when you possibly can. I’ve been volunteering since a younger age and I increase my youngsters to bear in mind and concerned in serving to folks round them and in numerous components of the world.

Q. As an Emirati mum of three, former entrepreneur, company mum, and aerial artist within the making, what’s your life mantra?

With out dealing with challenges you’ll not develop or study. Each problem will train you a useful lesson so I method troublesome conditions with a optimistic mindset. I do know that I’m robust sufficient to beat any problem and I belief in what God has deliberate for me.

Q. What’s your greatest battle as a working mum of three ladies?

Balancing time with my household. I all the time really feel the guilt of considering that I needs to be spending extra time with them and coming again house from a protracted day at work it may be difficult to construct up the power to spend high quality time with the women.

Q. How do you handle your time?

By scheduling my weekends and ensuring I give myself time to relaxation, train and do adventurous actions with my ladies.

Q. Why did you determine to fold your entrepreneurship enterprise and transfer again to the company world?

Each sort of profession has its personal professionals and cons. I personally see myself extra within the company world and I thought of my time as an entrepreneur because the short-term transition I wanted at time. I get motivated by engaged on giant scale tasks which have a direct impression on the expansion of my group and nation.

I imagine that in life it’s good to be versatile and open to modifications in your profession that might swimsuit completely different phases of your life. When my youngsters have been youthful I felt that it was time to depart my 9 to five job and take a path that might give me extra flexibility in managing my very own time. Though as an entrepreneur it’s important to work tougher than ever, the benefits of with the ability to work when and the place I can was what I wanted.

3 years in the past I felt it was time to adapt again into the company world which I missed. The workplace hours are nonetheless a problem however there are the professionals that include a company job that swimsuit my wants higher at this stage of my life.

It was a troublesome choice letting go of a enterprise* I put a lot time and love in, however the greatest lesson I discovered being an entrepreneur is to all the time all the time belief my intestine intuition and have faith in my choices.

Who is aware of, perhaps I’ll enterprise again into entrepreneurship sooner or later.

(*Fatma used to run a youngsters’s play space that additionally did occasions)

Q. What’s your recommendation to mums trying to begin their very own enterprise?

Don’t be afraid of failure. Success is a course of. If one thing isn’t working you possibly can all the time adapt your technique and evolve your small business.  An important factor is to be passionate and really imagine in what you might be providing.

Q. What’s your final objective as a working mum?

As a mom you might be mechanically a task mannequin. I would like my youngsters to study the values of laborious work, dedication and the significance of giving consideration to their very own happiness and private progress.

Q. The place do you get your inspiration?

Kids encourage me. They’re extraordinarily inventive I like to watch them play of their fantasy worlds and resolve their issues with options I’d’ve by no means considered. They encourage me to get up each morning excited to study and discover.

That is one thing we should always by no means cease doing. Sturdy girls round me encourage me, I like to see girls dedicated to getting mentally and bodily stronger, it’s empowering.

Q. What’s your finest productiveness hack?

Prioritization for certain.  As moms we continually have a protracted to do checklist on our minds that seems like it’s rising every day. I don’t go wherever with out my written to do checklist, each morning I replace it and put a star * subsequent to the three most essential issues that I have to get carried out on that day. This helps with decreasing stress and clearing your thoughts to get the remainder of the checklist carried out extra productively.

Q. What’s your finest parenting hack?

You most likely hear this on a regular basis, however care for your self. Having higher psychological and bodily well being is a life changer.

One other one for teenagers who love tantrums, what works finest is distraction, change the topic into one thing they love to speak about or give them an thrilling activity. An instance of one thing you’d hear me say is, “Oh my God I dropped one thing essential and it went below the cupboard, how can I get it out? I would like your assist!”

Q. What do you do in your ‘me-time’ and the way does it assist you?

Undoubtedly work out and observe my aerial abilities. It makes me blissful, empowers me and de-stresses me. I additionally love going to the ocean; its colors, smells, power and the sound of the waves is my supreme method to chill out and have the very best day.

Q. What do you’re feeling most responsible about?

The thought of whether or not I’m doing sufficient as a dad or mum  all the time involves my thoughts and brings across the feeling of guilt. Am I spending sufficient time with them? Am I being the proper instance? Am I educating them the values they want? and many others…

I’ve to maintain reminding myself that as dad and mom we strive our greatest and our children will admire it. We can’t do all of it.

Q. Favorite instrument that makes your life / enterprise simpler?

Not a tech instrument, however for moms, having a assist system, household and mates who encourage your profession and assist you with the youngsters when it’s good to work at odd hours, or if you want a break is an important factor.

Q. Favorite quote?

A quote type the Quran: “ويرزقه من حيث لا يحتسب”

It implies that God provides you with even when you haven’t deliberate or don’t count on. It’s a humble reminder that we should always belief our journey and imagine that optimistic issues will come.

An identical quote is “Life is what occurs when you’re busy making different plans” – John Lennon.

Q. Smartest thing you’ve gotten learn or watched currently

The very first thing that involves my thoughts is a quote I learn lately “Each job is a self-portrait of the one who did it. Autograph your work with excellence,” Ted Key.

In case you have any ideas or questions for Fatma, be at liberty to depart a remark right here for right here, or reply to this electronic mail with it and I’ll be certain she will get it.

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That’s all for now.

Have a lovely week!



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