The Conversation: Sabeen Ahmad

Tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, I am a born and raised Regina girl. Received my B.A in English and my Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Regina and…you know, this question is always tough for me to answer because I never know what someone really wants to know, haha! I’m just a girl in this world trying to make my dreams come true!

What or who inspired you to become a host/Anchor? 

You know, I can’t really pinpoint seeing someone and thinking, ’That’s what I want to do when I grow up!’ I’ve just always been a story teller. When I was really young I used to write poems – really bad ones! Haha… But then as I got older I continued to be into story telling, putting together ‘magazines’ complete with the ads or recording radio shows on the tape deck (yes..I am that old!) As I got older and now having been in my career for about 10 years now – I can certainly tell you who I admire and look up to: Oprah (that shouldn’t come as a surprise!) I love how she approaches guests and how she has real conversations with them in her interviews its one of my favourite things about her! But I also admire and look up to women like Christiane Amanpour, Barbara Walters, Lisa Ling, Diane Sawyer… Honestly, the list could go on and on! But if there is one person i WISH i could be like…it’s DEFINITELY Oprah…she uses her platform for so much good and helps share SO many stories you wouldn’t necessarily hear about.

We’ve all had moments of feeling “Not enough” how do you get through yours?

To be completely honest, I have that moment at least a few times a week! It could be related to work or just personal and it could be just a little tinge of that feeling or a full blown melt down of that feeling, but it certainly happens. I think there’s a number of ways to get through it but for me; i do a lot of self-reflecting and journaling. The reality is, I’m not perfect, nobody is. But when you’ve tried your hardest and a situation doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped you can’t help but feel like it’s because you weren’t enough. When really, that just wasn’t meant to be your path. It’s not always easy to see that when you first deal with that feeling, but through self-reflecting you recognize or come to understand that you DID try your best and it just wasn’t meant to be…and that could go for a project at work, a job, a date, anything! I’m a firm believer that there is a reason for everything, you may not see or understand that reason right away, but eventually it hits you..whether it’s in a day, week…or even years later, you’ll have that moment out of the blue like, ‘Ooohhhh… THAT’s why it didn’t work out!’

Beauty is defined in many ways. What’s your definition of beauty?

Love. Light. Laughter. When you can feel those vibes off someone…that’s beauty. Happy people are beautiful people. I’m not saying you gotta be the most chipper, perkiest human out there. But if you can leave at least one person with a smile or laugh a day…you’ve shared beauty. If you’ve eased someone’s fears or anxiety or stress in a day…you’ve shared your light. If you’ve cared for someone, been thoughtful for someone in a day…you’ve shared your love. It’s not a hard thing to do – and, I mean, let’s be real, you’re not going to rub everyone the right way or not everyone will appreciate how you share your love, light or laughs…but if you’ve shared it with at least one person a day…I think that’s beauty… For real, SMILES are EVERYTHING to me.

When do you feel the most beautiful? 

At the end of the day after work and after I’ve worked out and showered. Makeup free, freshly washed hair and just in my sweats. Hahaha does that sound weird?! I just feel like it’s easier to just sit back and relax without worrying about ruining your makeup or hair or whatever. 

Let’s talk feminism for a bit. What’s your hope for the future when it comes to this cultural phenomenon.

Oh wow – this is a tough question. While I whole heartedly love and respect this new movement and shift we’re seeing I think it’s just the first step and could be a long, slow journey to change. Yes, we’ve heard and seen many women speak out – but there are probably SO many more women who choose to still stay quiet or women who are still dealing with the inequality struggle right now. Not just in terms of sexual advances or pay inequality but male co-workers who undermine their female co-workers or female managers struggling to earn respect from male employees they oversee. I don’t know if that power struggle will every go away. Do I hope it does…hell yea I do! I honestly do. My hope for the future is that women won’t have to second guess if they can do a job in a field or industry that is male dominated because there won’t be such a thing as a gender dominated industry. My hope for the future is that women can earn just as much respect from their male co-workers and bosses and women don’t have to feel uncomfortable with how she’s dressed or hear a male co-worker comment on how she’s dressed. My hope is that one day, in the future, little girls won’t even know what gender inequality feels like.

Lastly, what advice would you have for women or young girls reading this? 

 

-Be you. Unapologetically, authentically you. The reality is you won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s fine. But at the same time, being authentically you, means recognizing you’re not perfect. Accept that you make mistakes have made mistakes and right yourself. Always strive to be a good person, again not always easy, but try your best. 

 

-Be honest with yourself – I mean this  personally and professionally, in your failures and accomplishments. Check yourself…regularly. Self-reflect daily, go through what went wrong, was it someone you said or did, how were your interactions with people, could they have been better…check-in with yourself to see where you can improve and how.

-Be a team player. Listen, everyone has their own visions, goals, dreams..etc. But if you can be a team player – work together to get a project done or whatever the case is, that will help you individually succeed as well. I’m not saying you have to be best friends with everyone – but if you put in the same quality of work and time as your peers, you’ll also succeed individually, because other people notice. You want to be a person who your co-workers will celebrate your successes and cheer for you when you move up or on towards your dream goals…not someone who your co-workers celebrate your departure because they no longer have to work with you…haha. 

-Be humble..don’t brag..it’s not cute..but recognize your successes and let that drive you further towards your goals.

-Lastly, live your life with integrity – basically just be a good person or try your damnedest to be…and if you make a mistake, own up to it, fix it (if you can), move on. 

Smile! Even if it’s for just a few minutes in the day…you owe it to yourself 

 

 

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