Wise Women Wednesday: Camilia Zuleikha Majette

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Q. Who are you? What is your background? 
A. Growing up in a small town in northeast North Carolina I have always enjoyed the beauty of “Mother Nature”.  Our home was always filled with the unique smells of different herbs and spices that my mother grew in her garden.  She used many of her traditional spices to infuse her dishes which always drew me into the kitchen.  Little did I know that many of these herbs and spices she used in her kitchen had medicinal and healing properties. 

My name is Camilia Zuleikha Majette and I am the Founder and CEO of Nailah’s Shea, L.L.C.  I’m an entrepreneur, wife, and a mother of two.  I’m also a natural health and wellness enthusiast with a goal to introduce individuals to natural and holistic approaches to caring for their skin, the largest organ of our bodies.  I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration

Q. What is your work?
A. I am the Founder and CEO of Nailah's Shea, which is an all natural Shea butter-based beauty and body care product line.  Our products are hand-crafted and made with the finest all natural and certified organic ingredients. Our mission is to educate and advocate to the global community that beauty comes naturally by using the natural resources that surround us.  We choose to use fair-trade ingredients as often as possible as this is a part of our overall mission that defines our belief system of giving back to the women and men in third world countries that are providing us with the raw ingredients that make up our product line. Similarly, we choose certified organic ingredients as I take responsible stewardship of the environment and body seriously.

Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am currently working on supplying about five retail locations so this is an ongoing project for me as I work at maintaining a good relationship with these local businesses.  Some of the work I do to help maintain these relationships are: cross marketing on all of our social media handles, keeping our subscribers to our monthly newsletters up to date with these retail locations, offering employee training about our products, and working on giving back initiatives to local shelters.   

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Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Well, I guess recently can be a matter of your perspective.  About five years ago I made a decision to travel across the world to visit my family in eastern Africa by myself. My last memories of visiting my family were when I was around 6 years old.  My grandmother was getting older and I had three siblings that I only remembered from pictures and so many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  My heart was in Africa.

I had recently been laid off from a job at a private international language school and my current business was slowly growing.  I made my intentions and saved up enough money to buy a round trip ticket to Zanzibar, Tanzania.  Now, for those who do not know me I am a Muslim woman who wears hijab (Islamic dress – covering of the hair and modest clothing).  Generally, Muslim women are advised to travel with their husbands, or in a group, not by themselves but I knew that I had to take this step by myself and for inner self. So I did, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life.  It was a life changing experience for me.  Perhaps, I’ll write about my experiences in a blog or maybe we can chat about them over a cup of coffee or tea.  :)

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. I am currently working on the work that I most want to do.  Eventually, I would like to be able to work physically in developing countries helping individuals, specifically women, with starting their own businesses by using the skills they have and other tools to be self sufficient.

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Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I would tell myself not to give up, create a plan, stick with it, and do what you are passionate about doing.  Never let self-doubt or negativity deter you from being the queen that you are and the inspiration that you will be. 

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. Have faith, faith in yourself and faith in your higher power.   

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. When I look at my children and think about my family here and across the world this keeps me on my toes and motivated.  When I think of how my ancestors here in the US worked so hard to make a future for us even before the Jim Crow era, this keeps me motivated.  When I feel like I can’t go on I pause for a moment and think about all that is good that surrounds me and how thankful I am to be here and that there is no excuse.  I keep moving.

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Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. Make time for yourself and your loved ones.  Make sure that you set some self-care time. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others, because we are not promised tomorrow.  

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. As I dabble here and there with yoga one pose sticks out to me, the warrior one pose.  When I’m in that position my body feels good.  :)

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I live a life of abundance by simply being grateful for all that I have and that surrounds me.  Life is too short not to think about being thankful, mindful, and patient for every moment.


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