It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
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Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. Hi! My name is Hilda Tajalli and I am a Tar Heel born and bred. I was born in Greensboro, NC to Iranian immigrants. I’m a proud alumna of Greensboro Montessori, Kernodle Middle, Northwest Guilford High, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During my time at UNC, I had the opportunity to live and study in Wollongong, Australia for 5 months, which inspired me to move outside of NC post-graduation. After graduating with a double major in Psychology and Management and Society, I moved to DC to pursue a career in leadership development and corporate giving at a Fortune 500 company. My time in DC was precious, but my heart kept calling me home to Carolina.
Q. What is your work?
A. I’m a young professional finding my happy with the goal of helping others find their own. Growing up I was always heavily involved with student-lead organizations that focused on community development through leadership, diversity, and inclusion. My high school to present involvement with the National Conference for Community and Justice has greatly influenced the type of work I want to do – create opportunities for people to unite together through respecting differences and understanding common interests. I consider myself a community organizer and am currently supporting a variety of different organizations.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. Moving back to Greensboro, I was eager to jump back into the community that helped me become who I am today. I met Ryan Saunders and learned about Create Your City. Create Your City is about engaging people in a way that inspires the mindset and lifestyle necessary to spur innovation and creativity. It is about creating the city you want to live in. The project we are currently working on is Hopfest, we like to say we focus on beer, music, and art, but Hopfest is the real-life example of the city we want to live in. It is an opportunity to bring together our local community to invest, connect and grow Greensboro. More information to come in March!
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. I quit my corporate job at a Fortune 500 company in Washington, DC to pursue my passion for building an inclusive community that allows young professionals to thrive. I would describe this experience like bungee jumping, although I will admit that my experience bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand was a bit more spontaneous. It took an immense amount of courage to quit my job and move back to Greensboro with no set plans - I took the leap and jumped because I had faith that my support system would secure the bungee and let me fall (but in a good way!) because like Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. I’ve been amazed by the amount of motivated and inspiring people that are willing to invite me into their passion projects – shout-out to Alisha!
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not, why not? What's stopping you?
A. To be real with you all, I’m in the process of answering this question in my life right now. I want to be doing everything and anything to create opportunities for my local community to grow, unite and thrive. I find myself in flow when I’m working with people or in teams – I love creating opportunities for collaboration and making people feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Do more of what makes you happy and follow it!
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. People! I find motivation from hearing people’s stories – their why. Others that are actively seeking the life they want to live, exploring new places and things that give them a new perspective on life inspire me. I get energy from traveling, conversations with my family and friends (near or far), and most recent meeting with strangers that become new friends and colleagues.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. Take time for self-care because your health is your greatest wealth. And, don’t forget to smile! :)
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Headstand! I love inversions because they get you out of your comfort zone and challenge you to trust your body. Sometimes you just have to go for it, even if that means you fall on your back. I love the feeling of doing whatever it takes to get in the pose. Once you’re up in the headstand, you just have to focus and remember to breathe!
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I live my life through an abundance of gratitude and love. Every day, I wake up and think about how fortunate I am to have a precious human life and appreciate my family, friends, and necessities like food, shelter and clean water. I find that when you appreciate people, things, and places, you spread more positive energy. And, I blossom when I give and receive love and gratitude; it’s a great feeling! While I was recently in Thailand, I crossed paths with a monk who defined happiness as your cup of life overflowing with water, and that you can only love and help others once you love and appreciate yourself. Now, go spread love and gratitude!