A wish can touch on so many positive aspects of human psychology and play a role in inducing happiness, love, purpose and resilience. It tells us something about what it means to be human. They frame for us our vision of what is important and give us meaning and purpose, as well as the little pleasures and comforts that ease and aide us in our enjoyment of life.
We are not always good at guessing what we want or what will make our loved ones happy. Ultimately our wishes connect us to one another. No matter where we are from, or where do we live, a small gesture of love can go a long way.
Is the pandemic stopping you from making your loved one’s special day extra special?
Customized Wishes is doing a wonderful job of spreading love and enabling people to wish each other. Whether it is your friend’s birthday or your parent’s anniversary, whether you want to surprise your husband in a unique way or wishing your mom on Mother’s Day. They have got it all covered.
If you are looking for something different that leaves your loved ones stunned while maintaining social distance then search no more, Customized Wishes has got your back. They help you get handwritten notes and personalized videos for your loved ones from all around the world. No physical contact, no deliveries, no cash payments. Stay home, stay safe and let them help you express your love.
We had a conversation with Aleena who is the founder of this idea and this is what she shared with the readers.
Please tell us about your background, family, and education.
I am 28 years old with a master’s in food & Nutrition from the University of Peshawar. Happily married raising two little beautiful girls. Yesss, they keep me super busy.
Tell us about customized wishes and how did you come with this idea?
We provide handwritten wish notes and short video messages from across the globe, and each note is collected personally from different people at different places. Well, it was my husband’s 30th birthday when I set my heart to do something exceptional. I did some research and came across this idea of handwritten notes. I started to collect them and after months of effort, I managed to gather a bunch of them. It was a tough job, but in the end, the effort was worth it, they left him stunned. Friends and family also loved the idea and took my help in making their days special. Later that year I formally started it as a small business, and since then I am helping people make their moments special.
What are your short cuts to successfully handle frustration and success?
When frustrated, instead of beating myself up mentally over my frustration I do something enjoyable, read a book, watch my favorite show or grab coffee with friends. Also, hobbies that require close concentration are effective in dispelling frustration, sketching helps me with that.
Howard Schultz said, “Success is best when it’s shared” and I not only share it but relish it too with the people around me who have been there to support me during my peregrinations. Also, remembering my failures helps me a lot. They help me in both, being humble and excited.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers? What best motivates you?
I have started a Facebook page and the social media platforms helped me to grow. The influencers, bloggers and giveaways act as a catalyst and increase the reach. Also, the customer’s recommendations help others to develop trust.
Spreading happiness and helping others in making their moments special keeps me motivated. I feel proud of what I am doing.
How have your entrepreneurial motivations changed since you first started?
During the start, it was primarily self-actualization followed by earning something on my own. Since childhood, I wanted to earn, not loads of money, but just to earn rupees five and be proud of it. Now, I am in for the legacy and want to become the face of a brand that is there to make people cherish their moments and spread happiness. This is the need of the day, keeping in view the times we are going through.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
I would say perseverance is the prime ingredient to success. Put all your efforts and focus, on to what you are doing and when it comes to your entrepreneurial goals; be a sponge, absorb everything, listen to friends, family, and experts, encourage them to be honest with you, and ultimately their collective opinion could reflect your customers’ reactions.
To what do you attribute your success?
There are a couple of factors that stretch among every version of success, but being professional, determined, and honest are the ones that top the chart, but for me, the most important factor is my family and loved ones who believed in me and my dreams. Particularly my husband who has always been a great support.
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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability
An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.
The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.
According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease. If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.
The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.
Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day
This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.
Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.
These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.
After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.
Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!
5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq
Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.
Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:
- Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life
Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!
- Don’t wait, just take the first step
The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.
- Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely
The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”
- Respect the competition
Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.
- Change is important
Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.
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