Meet Jaco - Egyptian, Analyst, Foodie, Fitness Enthusiast, Soccer Player/Coach & Community builder
8 years ago, I moved to the US from Cairo, Egypt with my family. Moving to a new country as a 21 year old wasn't the easiest thing. I basically had to restart my life.
But two years in, after we settled, my family had to move back to Egypt and I made a very hard decision to stay back by myself and explore the opportunities I have here in the US. As painful as it was (and still is sometimes), I am STILL proud of that moment of standing up for myself and for my future. Living by myself and navigating adulthood has been quiet interesting :D but I always chose to show up and not to give up. I have built resilience because of that. and Every time I show up, the right doors open for me and the right people surround me.
"What is something you are actively going through?"
I constantly battle self-doubt and anxiety of whether I am good enough or if I am in the right place
"Who motivates you most?"
I am motivated by an internal feeling of wanting to be the best version of myself. We are a work in progress and I can only move forward :)
I am also motivated by my friends who are on the same journey of growing and that challenge me. I don't have one role model, but I am always inspired when I hear other people's success stories, so I tend to look up people and read what they have done. It usually pushes me to go keep up!
The fact that I am 29 year old single woman, who lives in NJ, pursuing my career and passions while all my family lives back in Egypt. I can't tell you how many times I was asked to move back and get married. LOL!!
"What's something you're currently proud of?"
After a hard year 2020, I decided I need a big shift in 2021. I decided to focus on my holistic health. In order to start this journey, I decided to do a challenge called 75hard, which is a mental toughness challenge.
For 75 days I have to drink 1 Gallon of water, read 10 pages of a non-fiction book, complete two 45-min workouts + no cheat meals or alcohol. EVERY SINGLE DAY. If you fail one rule for one day, you have to start over.
I am proud to say that I am on day 55!! I can see the finish line!
This has been HARD, but gosh I can already see the shift in my habits, lifestyle. Putting yourself first is a non-negotiable and helps you show up better for others as well. Unfortunately I had to learn it the hard way like that haha, but I am excited to share my journey with a lot of people when I complete it.