As the world celebrates the International Women’s day, we (Neha from sharingourexperiences.com, Deepali from myteenytot.com and I, Anubhuti) host this blog train bringing together a bunch of bloggers to rejoice this spirit of womanhood.
What can be a better way to adore womanhood than knowing a woman whose words can inspire you to have a positive outlook towards life. One such soul is Mrs Nonah Khanna.
I am what I choose to become.
~ Carl Jung
And that’s what Nonah believes in. If you really believe in what you are doing and if its coming straight from the heart, ignore the people who try to push you behind by saying that it cannot be done. Anything is possible if we just believe in oneself.
After doing graduation in Science and mastering in Commercial Arts, Nonah started her career as a Primary teacher in a reputed school and left as the Vice-Principal of that very school. She worked as the branch head for Mother’s Pride and as a Primary Section head at another prestigious school in Noida. Little did she know that she was destined for something else, something special and unique.
She has also embarked her name in the field of literature with two of her books. One named as ‘Not knowing whither’ (which is based on Life Story of Daniel Abraham) and another one named ‘On Fire (which is the Life Story of Brij Bedi, Kiran Bedi’s husband). Nonah is also a gifted as an artist and has many solo & group painting exhibitions in India and abroad to her credit.
In spite of being an academician, she left her successful career and followed her passion for bringing smiles to people and healing them through different forms of energies.
She mastered in various techniques of Occult Sciences like-Colour Therapy, Angel Healing, Pranic Healing, Tarot Reading, Chakra and Aura Cleansing, Soul Healing and Karmic Healing.
Her other laurels are Visharath in Astrology, certified courses in Acupressure and Magnet Therapy. And what more…she is a Reiki Grandmaster too. Her work has not only made her successful but also gives her a sense of contentment as she spreads smiles to many.
Two decades of knowledge, interim practice and seventeen years of experience as a Holistic Healer has made her what she is today. Having started her practice from her home, she now has offices in Noida, Delhi, Gurgaon and Vancouver, Canada. Her next plan is to open another office in California.
So here we are with her for a small chit chat but an inspiring session …
How would you like to define yourself?
I would define myself as a traveller in my soul path. I believe I am here to take a pause and then move on to my next soul home until my journey on my earth home reaches its completion. I am a free soul and I am grateful enough to God that I have realized the mission of my life. I believe that self-realization is very important in the journey of life because we really need to know that who we really are. I am a free soul. I sing my heart out by myself no matter where I go, no matter what I do!! I celebrate my life every single moment. I do not wait for someone to give me flowers, I plant my own garden. I believe in forgiving and forgetting. I let go whatever is not worth my time.
I live in the present. I save my money yet I enjoy every single day of my being alive. It is not that I do not worry. I do worry sometimes. But I do not worry about money, jewellery, clothes or life. I worry about what I believe in and to follow and practice my beliefs. I believe in earning smiles and blessings. I live to make this earth a better place by whatever small contribution I can make to it. I not only smell all the flowers on my way but also stay beware of thorns.
What inspired you to be what you are today?
I read somewhere that if you want to fly; you have to give up the stuff that brings you or pulls you down. From the beginning, I believed in being fearless in the pursuit of whatever set my soul on fire. My family has been my biggest support and inspiration. My husband’s belief in my dreams and my sons support never let me fail. I took an inspiration from every single incident that happened around me.
What has made you so successful as an entrepreneur?
I think to be a successful entrepreneur the first and foremost thing you need is a dream and a vision. I always believed in my dreams because till the time you do not have conviction in your dreams how you can convince your family to be a part of your journey. I was fearless and was never afraid of failures. I learnt from my failures. I never hesitated to take calculative risks in my life. Often we are more affected by the failure and let it affect our confidence. Failure is an inevitable part of success.
As said by George Burns, “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”
What are the challenges you faced being a working mom?
For a working woman, it’s very important to know how to do time management and maintain a balance between home and work. You have to remember that if you have chosen your career over your family, people will expect you to be a superwoman. Being a working mom can be extremely challenging. Whether it was my home, a family function or my sons PTM, I had to manage and balance time. It was not a necessity. It was something I wanted to do. I had little fights with my sleep and would get up early to finish my chores before leaving for my job. My day would start at 4.30 am sometimes. I faced it several times but thankfully I have a husband who is always helping and supporting and things were not that bad for me.
What do you think about the importance of entrepreneurship and working women for India as a whole?
Indian women have proved their mettle to the world. We have been recognized as an indivisible part of the global struggle for a stable economy. Women have become a symbol of change not just at the national level but also internationally. They have taken risks in business and excelled in their fields and that too with countless hurdles coming on their way. Every time Indian women have competed with men and proven to be equal in every race. It is true that education and socio-cultural values have a very important role to play in this but we cannot overlook the determination, talent and hard work of Indian women. They are a strong contributor to the Indian economy. India’s road to success will become accessible only when Indians accept the importance of women entrepreneurship.
What advice would you give to a woman who wants to start a business?
For any woman who wants to start a business, I would suggest her to keep certain questions in mind.
What work are you best at?
What do you want or need to get out of your business?
How much time can you afford to spend on your business?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Based on the answers to these questions, you can create a business plan as this involves some soul searching as well.
The most important guideline I would want to share is that you should always believe in your dreams, realize your worth and never give up. Love yourself and remember that it is very important to have a point of contentment and self-worth somewhere and that contentment has to come from within us. There comes a time in every woman’s life when she starts feeling vacant or empty inside. We keep on finding something to fill that vacuum in external forces. But believe me, no human, no situation, no circumstance can fulfil that empty space. Our self-worth is our own responsibility.
Believe in the beauty of your dreams. If you believe in the beauty of your dreams and are ready to put in the passion, sweat, determination and hard work into it, no one can stop you from turning your dreams into a beautiful reality. The road to anyone’s dream is never an easy one. There are obstacles, wrong turns, mountains to climb, emotional setbacks and at times loneliness too. You will cry and laugh, you will rise and fall and then rise.
Sometimes you will get to chase butterflies on your way and at times you will have to pluck out thorns from your feet. There will be sadness and disappointments, sleepless nights and suddenly you will feel like giving it all up. But believe me, this journey will be the most memorable journey of your life and the view from the top will be the most heavenly view you would have ever witnessed.
Wow!!! Doesn’t that bring in a lot of positivity? Much thanks to Mrs Nonah Khanna for sharing her views and marking this special month of March with a great beginning.
Wishing you a lot more success, Ma’am.
I would like to thank Deepali for introducing me. Hop on to Alpana’s blog as we move ahead with this lovely blog train.