“I am a workaholic and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Essra Al-Bloushi, I am a marketing/PR Consultant.
Tell us about your education.
My first degree is in Chemical Engineering, my second degree is in Marketing/PR and my third is in Parenting and Health.
Tell us about your career journey.
I started work in labs at KISR (Kuwait institute of Scientific Research) as a water analyst in Doha Desalination Centre. Then after my second degree I headed towards marketing and PR work along with my side hobbies as a freelancer and fashion designer. Which led me to freelancing in different companies and I became a Marketing/PR Consultant along with my main job as Head of HR of the Passport Centres at MOI Kuwait. After having children, I started taking online/offline courses towards parenting and leading a healthier family lifestyle, which led to the birth of my side business @papayaspace which is very dear to my heart.
How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
My time is always packed. I head to my HR job and work during my breaks on my freelance. After work I usually pick my children up from school and spend time with them. Even when I have meetings after school hours, the kids are usually with me and witness a lot of the work that I do. 6:30-7pm they’re put to bed and I have enough time to attend to my unfinished work. My weekends are packed and balanced between friends, events and work. As you can see, I am a workaholic and I wouldn’t have it any other way. No risk, no Ferrari!
What is your biggest strength?
My children are my biggest strength, because when I feel I am doing too much or over working, I know I am doing it for them. As a single mom, I want to be able to provide what’s best for my children and want them to have the best life I can provide and afford for them.
Do you have any weaknesses?
My weakness might be the lack of time I have to finish certain work. I think we all wish we can buy time or have enough time on our hands during the day to finish things. My other weakness might be over socialising and the constant use of social media. It’s a good and bad thing because it takes a lot of time out of my busy schedule and at the same time, my own physical energy. I cherish my alone time a lot and would spend loads of money just to have enough time for myself.
Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
Of course, and they are many. We as humans will continue to make mistakes to learn what suits us best. Making mistakes is part of life. What’s wrong maybe is making those mistakes and not learning from them. As the saying goes: ‘Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.’ Right!
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced during your career?
People walking away from me and using my work. I never imagined I would be faced with people who don’t wish me success and people that slyly take my ideas and my work as their own. But hey, I learned from that too.
How do you stay motivated during challenging times?
I am an optimist. I listen to motivational speeches daily and learn from peoples’ struggles worldwide. We are all in this together and I believe in myself a lot even if no-one else does. I believe I can make a difference in this world and I will. I constantly read and educate myself, always looking for ways to better myself. I think this is what some people find weird about me, that I always see the good in things and always have a smile on my face. I love life and I am a firm believer that we should live it to our fullest potential.
What do you do to relax?
I enjoy some quiet time, dancing, exercising, yoga, getting a massage, lying on the beach, paragliding etc. Many things make me relax and I like to enjoy anything as much as I can depending on my mood.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
When I scratch off my to-do list and realise I am accomplishing my dreams one step at a time.
What is your biggest fear?
To miss an opportunity that I would regret later.
What is your favourite quote?
‘Angels danced the day they were born.’ – Anonymous
‘I never fall, and if I do, I end up flying’ – Essra Al-Bloushi
Name one item in life you can’t do without.
I am the kind of person that can live without items, but I can’t live without my children. It also depends on the scenario, but if am being generic I might say that I have two tiny lucky rings that I always wear and maybe they are the items that have been with me for the longest time (even longer than my mobile!)
Best advice you have ever taken?
‘Live and let live’ – from a friend in Mykonos.
Share three books on your nightstand.
1) Start with why – Simon Sinek
2) Rich dad, poor dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
3) Lean in – Sheryl Sandberg
In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
Patience, passion and giving.
What is next for you? What would you still like to achieve?
Work recognition more in Kuwait and worldwide.
What advice would you give to young women starting out in their career?
Believe in yourself and silence out the negative noise. Be yourself passionately without the need to copy anyone else and stay true to your goals, as long as you’re not stepping on anyone else’s shoes.
How does it feel to be a CP Woman of Substance?
It feels nice and appreciated when recommended for such an award by my friends and peers. Everything that is awarded to me for the simple work that I do, I hold it dear to my heart and never take it for granted.
Your message for the team at CP magazine:
It’s such an amazing feature to award people from all over Kuwait, starting with women, youth and men etc. Recognizing different talents regionally and combining them all in one place and in one issue yearly is such an honor from us all. Thank you.