Hello and welcome to my new series #WomenAreTheFuture! I want to tell the stories of the women who I’m inspired by. From hardships to beauty routines, and even life lessons, I’m so excited to share this new series with you and showcase some pretty frickin incredible women.
To start: meet Aalia! Scroll on to read all about Aalia and what she does at Hannam Fertility Centre (@hannamfertilitycentre).
Name: Aalia Jahurali
Nickname: Ali, AJ
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Social Media: @aaliajah @hannamfertilitycentre & www.hannamfertility.com
What’s your current position? How long have you been in this position? Can you give me a brief overview of what it is you do in your work?
I am Hannam Fertility’s “Fertility Check” nurse. I’ve been at the clinic for two and a half years but recently moved into this role for the past couple of months. Fertility Check is where individuals can come in to learn all about their eggs. We talk about their family building goals and help to educate on options.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?
The simple fact that knowledge is power! I value the ability to take charge of your health. I am happy to help educate women and individual’s on their fertility options because it is not something we ever had the opportunity to learn about in school (even in nursing school!)
What are you most excited or passionate about?
I should probably say nursing, but my number one passion is tied between skincare (I live to glow!) and helping people meet their goals. To break it down, I get excited over hyping people up, whether it be to take steps to learn about their own fertility or to just give in and buy the face mask.
What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your work? Not so much the goals that are in your job description, but the goals you hold personally?
My goal is one day to teach young women (possibly in a school setting, maybe high school and/or university) about fertility. Fertility is something I learned working where I do. It is definitely something women need to be cognizant about. Sadly, the biological clock is a thing. I want young women to not feel pressured later on in life and start out with the knowledge to make not only their professional but personal dreams come through.
Did you go to post-secondary? Where did you go and what was it like?
I went to University of Toronto for Psychology and Health Sciences, this degree didn’t quite pan out. I applied to Ryerson Nursing two years after graduating UofT. It was fun being downtown. It was how I learned to put eyebrows on. The program itself was VERY stressful. I have never cried so much in my life. But I had an awesome group of nursing besties and we all made it through together.
Do you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your life?
What is the best piece of advice that somebody has ever given you?
Fake it till you make it.
What would you tell your younger self?
Confidence will come with experience. Whatever you’re doing, whether it be starting school or a new job or just trying to do something new. Start off slow and don’t beat yourself up about every single thing.
What your version of self-care? How do you unwind and recharge?
I take lots of naps, my job can sometimes be emotionally draining. Sleep helps me to recharge.
Do you think being a woman is hard? Why or why not?
Yes and no, we often have to think of things that men don’t need to. LIKE OUR EGGS. I’m in my early 30s and it definitely weighs on my mind so I can emphasize with all the women to come in to see me.
Have you ever been in love? Share your relationship advice or what you’ve learned about love from your past/current romantic relationships.
NOPE, still waiting for ya Drake
What are your overall thoughts on social media?
Social media is fun to me. It’s a great way to keep in touch with people. Everyone is so so busy all the time, I completely understand how it’s hard to see those you love. Social media makes us feel like you are able to celebrate your loved ones major moments (i.e. fire selfies) as they happen.
What does #WomenAreTheFuture mean to you?
#WomenAreTheFuture means being aware there are so many great women around you who are rooting for you in a major way to succeed in ANY way that makes you happy and content