We had the good fortune of connecting with Amina Mejdoubi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I would not be who and where I am if I was not a risk taker. I left everything and everyone I knew in Morocco for a chance of a new life in USA because I knew that staying in the same place doing the same things will hinder my growth. I did not know what I wanted to do exactly, but I knew for sure that I wanted to breathe in a new air in a new environment where I could learn and grow on my own. Looking back at my life right now, I am glad I took a leap of faith and believed in myself because there is always an exciting life waiting on the other side of fear. The fear of the unknown.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My name is Amina Mejdoubi and I am a poetess and a writer. I was born and raised in Morocco and migrated to USA in 2007. I write micro poetry and prose that explore love, loss, trauma, and healing. My writings offer insight into the intricacies of the human experience and vulnerability. I started my journey of writing after experiencing divorce and homelessness in 2011. My biggest challenge was that I was afraid of people`s reactions when I thought about sharing my writings in fear of being judged. Years later, I mustered the courage and started sharing my poems on my poetry Instagram account ”
Stylewriterepeat” and the response was very positive. People could relate to my poems on the personal level since they are straightforward and honest. Writing allows me to not only connect with people, but help them make amends with their pain and not feel alone in their journey of healing. Years later, my first micro poetry book ” Dry Tears Wet Ink” came out to the world. It was a proud moment for me and a way to get my feet into the poetry world. The biggest lesson for me has been that it is ok to be scared of something new; fear is a good indicator that you are on the right path of success. Use that fear to fuel your passion to get exactly where you need to be. Be afraid and do it anyway!
Today, my second book ” Summer Rain” is about to see the light in the next couple of months and I am so proud of it. The book is about about heartbreak, loss, healing and redefining the self again. While “Summer Rain” is inspired by my life events, reading other people`s work and indulging in their art has also been one of my biggest inspiration. I see everything as an opportunity for a poem because I don`t see the world, I feel it.
When I am not writing, I enjoy connecting with people and creating lifestyle and fashion content on my personal instagram @a.m.in.a.m.e.j.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am fairly new to Houston. I moved during the pandemic which doesn`t count as year 1, in my opinion. So, this year, I have had a chance to explore the city more.
Breakfast would be in Toute Suite which is amazing ethical bakery and restaurant in midtown, followed by a little bike ride around Bafflou Bayou. Lunch would be in Flower child for a light and nutritious meal. After that, we could check out a farmer`s market and support local vendors. I am a cat lover, so maybe we could go to the cat cafe for an afternoon pick me up. Then we can catch a movie at the Rooftop Cinema club and finish the day at lost and found for a dinner and vibes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I think of people who have had a big impact on me as a person, I think of all the women I have come across in my life. These women have paved the way for me to become the woman I am today. I owe it to them for inspiring me to dare to dream big and show up to the world unapologetically and authentically. My shoutout goes to all the women for defining strength and resilience in every language spoken. As a token of appreciation, I have dedicated a whole chapter of my upcoming poetry book ” Summer Rain” to women. This chapter recognizes and celebrates every nuance of what it is like to be a woman.
Other: Link to my podcast: Unpacking with Meena https://anchor.fm/amina-mejdoubi5 Link to my ” Writing ” Instagram: https://instagram.com/stylewriterepeat?utm_medium=copy_link