We know that you're thinking - what is a "Nive Girl of the Month"? Each week, we will be interviewing a millennial woman that acts as a catalyst for deviating from the typical nine-to-five lifestyle. This week, our Nive Girl of the Month is Shazie Senen, Master in Public Health by day and blogger for The Shaz Diaries by night.
Shazie utilizes her background in Public Health in order to share some of her helpful insight on health and wellness with her readers! However, The Shaz Diaries doesn’t stop there - the blog also covers topics ranging from how you can manage financial stress to suggestions on travel destinations.
Whether you need a daily dose of health, wellness, or ~ realness ~ The Shaz Diaries is definitely worth a read!
Tell us a little about your background
“I'm originally from Singapore and was raised in LA, where I lived for about 15 years. I went to CSU Northridge for my B.S. in Public Health and then worked at the VA Hospital for a year in gastroenterology research. I wanted to do more with my degree and figured out that earning my Master's would open more doors for me and the work that I wanted to pursue. I later decided to move to the East Coast for my Master’s in Public Health! I've always known I'd end up on the East Coast and saw graduate school as the perfect opportunity. I just graduated this past May from Boston University and accepted a job offer in Boston at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, so I plan on staying there for now.
Aside from working, I enjoy working out and trying out new workout classes or studios. While I go to the gym and do some lifting, I enjoy the occasional group class (i.e. SoulCycle, Everybody Fights, etc.) for that push and motivation I crave every now and then. I also enjoy hiking, reading, doing yoga, and trying out new cafes for coffee and dessert!”
What is something that most people don't know about you?
“I like country music!”
As our Nive Girl of the Month, how do you think you would define your individual style?
“My individual style is in between girly and athletic. I'm always down for athleisure clothing or the basics with sneakers, but I'm also into fashion and like to rock cute girly tops, dresses, and accessories! Lately, I have really been into staples such as basic tees, ripped jeans/shorts, and bodysuits. I feel like you can't go wrong with those, and you can mix and match!”
Tell us about your morning routine!
“I usually wake up around 6am, stretch, brush my teeth, and immediately make some coffee (black with a splash of hazelnut creamer)! I then wipe my face with a cleansing toner, do a bit of ice rolling to prevent puffiness, and then get ready for work while listening to a podcast. My current fave podcasts are Starring Milana and Tea Talk!”
How have you chosen to deviate from the typical 40-hour workweek? What initially prompted you to start your own business?
“Working 40 hours has always been my standard as far as financial security. However, I knew I wanted to do more. After undergrad, I wanted to continue writing in a way that would help others. I then decided to start a blog in 2016 where I could share some tips and tricks on health, wellness, and realness. At first, I was doing it for fun, but once I got really into it, I saw it as an opportunity to continue creating content as a side hustle. While I do wish I could allocate more hours to it, I do enjoy the digital platform so I work on it as much as I can each week.”
Starting your own business can be a tough road. In the difficult moments, how do you stay focused on moving forward and making progress?
“Having to create content all of the time and learning how to work with brands definitely has its encumbrances. I just keep telling myself that this is something I love doing. Like any other job, it requires hard work, commitment, and sacrifice. As long as I continue putting content out there for everyone and I receive some feedback, the hard work pays off!”
Who are your biggest influences? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
“I am most inspired by Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Gisele Bundchen, Chrissy Teigen, and Michelle/Barack Obama. While my work is far off from what they do, they all inspire me to do and BE better, which is the essential core of my blog. My hope is to inspire others to be their best selves and as cliché as it sounds, I think it's important to show people that they don't have to strive to be as good as someone else. We are all unique in our ways with different goals. I also hope to inspire people to treat others well and with respect. In our current political climate, there has been so much hate and negativity. We should devote our energy to lifting others up.”
What is one piece of advice that you'd like to share with our readers?
“Put in the work, but also take time to listen to your mind and body. Taking a day off doesn't mean you're weak. It means you're intuitive and taking care of yourself! You also don't have to be positive all of the time. It's okay to feel every emotion, and it's okay to be real!”
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