Taslim Jaffer is the voice behind the inspirational blog, Let ME Out!! Releasing Your Creative Self (www.letmeoutcreative.com) and author of the Let ME Out!! workbook series. She also shares her motivational stories in the Heartmind Wisdom Collection anthologies (www.heartmindwisdom.com/taslimjaffer). Recently, Taslim combined her two loves of art and social change in her new line of inspirational, pay-it-forward type cards called Make-A-Wave cards. She is happiest at home in her wool socks and sweats with her husband and two beautiful children where she writes and fundraises for the literary arts. You can also find her on stage sharing life-gained wisdom and joy. Connect with Taslim on facebook (www.facebook.com/letmeout.creativeself) and twitter @taslimjaffer.
The Vancouver housewife is totally together. She’s a perfectly manicured, fancy-coffee drinking, freshly showered and pressed, spin-class junkie.
Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?
Um, no. I don’t drink coffee and I get a manicure once a year at Christmas. I shower often, press never…and what really happens in a spin class? I’m convinced they spike the air with something addictive. I am avoiding those classes at all costs.
Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.
Yes – although I technically live in Surrey, I tell out-of-provincers that I am from Vancouver so that they know where I’m talking about. This means I get to hold my head a little higher as they ooooh and aaaahhh and envision what it must be like to be lucky me, surrounded by ocean and mountains. But seriously, I don’t have blood in my veins, I have rain. And I love it. In fact, some of my favourite poetry is inspired by it. Oh, that’s the other thing. I can openly love and support the literary arts, attend open mic nights, and read my own poetry at art galleries…because Vancouver is so OK with that.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?
I have never had cosmetic surgery. I don’t even dye my hair. Au naturel. That’s me.
Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?
I am most proud of how I am stepping into who I truly am after years of being unsure of what that meant. I left a steady, lucrative career and started all over again, following my dreams of becoming a published writer. And I published my first book within one year of making that decision.
Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?
My first career offered a steady income that contributed well to the family pot. But it didn’t make my soul sing. Writing and supporting non-profit organizations are two things that thrill me and they’re not exactly fields people enter to make money.
Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?
As much as I appreciate a well put-together outfit, I am not a fan of clothes shopping. What I find I can never have enough of, though, is stationery. Note pads, pretty pens, even those simple Hilroy notebooks…love them! Besides stationery, if I was told to go nuts in any store, I would head to my closest arts and crafts store and buy everything in every colour.
Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)
I have a housecleaner who comes twice a month and does a beautiful deep-clean that I am so appreciative of! My kids also enjoy the company of a friendly, sweet high school girl four hours a week so that I can do things like fill out questionnaires for blogs. I am super thankful for my amazing husband who knows his way around household chores and digs me out of the laundry pile when I get trapped in there and can’t find my way out.
Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?
I am a member of Pandora’s Collective, a non-profit organization in Vancouver that promotes the literary arts. (www.pandorascollective.com) As a co-author in the Heartmind Wisdom Collection anthologies, I am part of a forward-thinking crowd called Kindness is Key that supports the social-change maker and author in me. (www.kindnessiskey.com) I am also in fine company as a mom blogger in Vancouver, and get to be in daily contact with these wonderful women. I love being involved with my daughter’s school community and volunteer on the Community Outreach committee.
Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”
I am ME and I am the best ME there is. I don’t know where I first heard that or even whose quote that is, but it has stuck with me since high school. It is such a powerful message of self-acceptance. I think if every day we each strived to completely embrace this statement, we would see many social issues eradicated and so much more joy in this world
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