Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the Sugar Land area?
I’m originally from Pakistan, and moved to the US at a young age. I attended a part of elementary school in Atlanta, GA then from Middle School all the way to High School lived in Houston close to the Energy Corridor area. After High School, my family moved to Sugar Land and now I reside in Richmond, with my parents and siblings all in close proximity.
Child(ren) & Age(s):
I have one amazing, sweet, and kind boy named Zayan (my Instagram handle namesake 😊) and he’s 7 and a half years old.
One thing about living in the Sugar Land area that has surprised you the most:
The immense feeling of a close-knit community with people from different cultures all coming together, it’s amazing. I love how much the Sugar Land area has developed in the last few years and how it continues to grow with more and more large businesses discovering the city and moving into it. I also love meeting the wonderful network of moms here, and that we have Christmas lights in such close proximity at the Skeeters stadium!
What is your favorite place to grab a bite in town?
I absolutely love Gyu Kaku, and for sushi Japaneiros is SO GOOD!!!
Favorite things to do/shops to visit in Sugar Land?
(Basically anything that you absolutely adore that is local!) Love the Sugar Land Town Center! When Zayan was a toddler we would go there almost every evening with his little trike and he would ride it around and walk by the fountain. Now we go there to get Steel City Pops, and just enjoy and relax as a family! Love the new boutique there: Altar’d State.
Favorite memory or story that involves being in Sugar Land?
Having my son at the Methodist in Sugar Land is by far my most favorite memory of being here. As soon as I was able to eat after delivering I wanted Olive Garden, and I made my husband go across the street and get it for me every night during my hospital stay LOL it was the best! My other favorite memory is all of my sibling’s and my wedding which took place while we lived in Sugar Land. So many fun moments!
Tell us about your career and how you got involved in it.
I started off in the procurement field thanks to a Director that reached out and saw potential in me. I had zero experience in the field; however she took a chance in me about 10 years ago, and I haven’t been able to leave this field since then because I enjoy it so much! I hope to continue growing within the field. My role has now become more of a Mentor to others on my team, and it’s the most fulfilling for me. I hope to continue to grow within my Strategic Sourcing/Supply Chain profession as a long-term career. I’m also a huge advocate for women in leadership roles, and hope to have the opportunity to become more involved in organizations that help support and encourage the development of women as emerging leaders. I get so excited and inspired when I hear about women juggling work and excelling in their home life, as a mom while also thriving in running a side business or being so active and involved in the community.
One piece of advice you would want to share with moms.
As a working mom, my biggest advice and something I constantly push myself is to always remember your number one priority: family and children. It’s easy to get caught up in the corporate grind, and before we know it the price of success is at the expense of missing out on our children’s milestones and activities. However, the bigger accomplishment is to be able to find that perfect equilibrium where neither of the two suffers. I believe this is a result of level-setting expectations early on of a work-life balance. For me, my biggest goal is to be available for my son, and seeing his face light up when he sees us at his school events brings me so much joy! I wish to always be able to maintain this balance and will do my very best to strive towards it, while at the same time fulfilling my career goals.
What’s the happiest moment of your life?
The moment I found out that my dreams of being a mom will be coming true. In that one moment our entire lives changed for the best, and when I first held my baby boy in my arms, that has been the happiest moment of my entire existence. Motherhood is such a sweet roller coaster ride from the moment you find out you’re expecting until forever, because you literally get to see a piece of your heart in front of you!
What worries you the most right now?
Children’s safety in schools. I constantly worry about our kids’ future. It’s sad that we live in a world where we have to fear for the safety of our children as we drop them off to school. As such a young age, they are having to go through emergency response drills for an active shooter situation in their safe and happy place, where there should be nothing but sweet memories made in the best years of their lives.
What’s the funniest thing about being a parent?
The funniest thing about being a parent is negotiating with a tiny human that you created! They are SO good at getting their terms approved, from bed time to TV time, to having that extra scoop of ice cream. For example, we tell Zayan: “ok Zayan, 5 more minutes at the pool” and the negotiations begin, before we know it we’ve agreed to 15 minutes and I’m amazed!! 😊
Who is the most influential person in your life?
I would have to say my husband. He is my ROCK! He holds me together, supports me and keeps me grounded. He is my greatest support system, and I couldn’t juggle everything without his involvement and help! When I showed an interest in blogging, he invested in a camera and even started learning photography to help improve my content. There’s literally nothing he can’t do and I’m SO proud of him beyond words!
What brings you the most joy right now?
Being able to travel with my husband and son, and experience different parts of the world. Travel changes your whole perspective and truly helps you grow so much as a person. In the words of Gustave Flaubert: “Travel makes ones modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
If you could change one thing about Sugar Land, what would it be?
Have a bigger Mall like Memorial City Mall, or The Galleria 😊 More boutique shops and restaurants like The Rice Village/Upper Kirby or Highland Village area will be awesome! More Sushi restaurants like Uchi!