This week, I chatted with Shanika Abeysinghe, one of the founders of Bessie Box. She shares how she decided to "lean in" on her path to purpose, who she most admires, and what's she's learned from past friendships. Continue reading to find out more about Shanika!
1. What makes you happy?
Many things! The relationships I have, eating great food, a sunny day, seeing puppies, my car...the list goes on. I feel a lot of gratitude for the big and little things in my life.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Be kind to yourself, slow down and focus on you.
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Ah, affordable housing. Working in the vulnerable serving sector changed my perspective on what it actually means to have a home. The access to affordable housing will continue to grow as an issue if there isn't intervention.
4. How did you find your purpose?
A lot of trial and error - and a little help. I felt kind of lost over the few years and going to a career/life coach. We worked together to uncover my purpose and since that, I've just leaned into it.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
Not knowing where to meet people! It's been challenging since I've left university to meet new people and build friendships.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
Friendships take work, honey, especially when you get older and life gets more complicated. Be there and be present.
7. Who are your SHEroes (AKA female heroes)?
I adore Oprah. Everything she does and says gives me guidance and helps me get closer to the woman I know I'm supposed to be. I also love female founders - Emily Weiss CEO of Glossier. I've watched her work from her days as an intern on the Hills, and she has just continued to work hard. Now, she runs a billion dollar cosmetics company. Lastly, my mom. She defines resiliency. She immigrated to Canada without my dad and built a life here. She was the first woman of colour at her old company. She is the glue that keeps our extended family connected. She is incredibly kind and generous.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
9. Where can we find you?
You can find my company at @getbessiebox on all platforms or at www.bessiebox.com. Also, if you want some behind the scenes or personal musings about being a female entrepreneur, you can find me @shanabeysinghe on Instagram and Twitter.