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Hello Mubarek!

Introducing Mubarek, 27, who graduated from Western University, Ontario and is now working as an investment advisor at TD Private Investment Advice!

1. How would you describe the city you live in?

I live in Vancouver so hmm… where do I start haha. I was living in a smaller city in Ontario before moving here in March this year and I have been really loving the city (minus the rain, of course). Especially living and working downtown, there is just so much to do and to see here. Just walking around downtown and seeing all the architecture and all the people makes me so happy. Also, if you are an outdoor person, you will LOVE Vancouver. All the mountain biking, hiking, skiing and whatever else you’d ever want to do. A bustling metropolitan surrounded by lush forests and pristine beaches, what more can anyone ask for?!

2. What inspires you the most?

My mom inspires me the most. This might be such a generic answer to some, but my mom is one of the most important motivators in my life. From a very young age, my mom has always taught me and my sister the importance of independence and a sense of self as a woman. She’s a doctor back home and even though it is a really demanding job, she has done such a good job of juggling both work life and her personal/family life. Regardless of what is going on in her life, she works really hard, and she just always has a positive attitude towards life. She truly taught through example, and not only instruction. I am forever grateful for her, not only for being such a devoted mother, but also for inspiring me to become a stronger woman.

3. What is the most important lesson you have learnt recently?

I have learnt that I should stop caring about what other people say/think or might say/think and just go with what I think is the right thing to do and what brings joy to me. I think we all know the importance of being oneself and kind of say it as a slogan, but I just started to internalize it and started to turn that into action recently. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I used to care a lot about what other people might think/say about me and that thought would stop me from doing so many things that I truly like and would stop me from being my authentic self. After moving to Vancouver this year, I have been working a lot on myself and I have found my mentality shifting in a positive way, which is very freeing and motivating.

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