We like to refer to our life stylist’s as Style Fanatix, a movement of motivational women completely customizing their life to cater to their individual passions, women who style their lives. Celebrating and honoring women who have taken the lead in their life by designing a lifestyle that both inspires and empowers our network of professional women, we are pleased to spotlight our second honoree in our #StyleYourLife campaign.
Quickly becoming a go-to site for uplifting news for women empowerment, Girl Talk HQ launched and women around the globe were resourced with an outlet that is powerful beyond measure. Today, we continue our Style Your Life series with a spotlight on the founder, Asha Dahya. More than worthy to be deemed a female muse in today’s society, Asha began Girl Talk HQ in November 2012 as an outlet purposed of ‘Empowering and Inspiring A Generation of Millennial Women With Positive, Informative Media Content’. Having majored in Film, Media and Journalism, Asha is Indian by ethnicity, born in England, raised in Australia and is now currently living and working in L.A. Her main motivation is to inspire and empower women through the media. With hopes of one day turning Girl Talk HQ into it’s own show, Asha takes five to chat with us about her motivational moves in the workplace.
Tell us a bit about your background, both work and education. How did you come to find your true passion?
AD: I was born in the UK, raised in Australia, live in Los Angeles but am East Indian by ethnicity. I studied a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Journalism & Screen Studies. I found my passion of inspiring millennial women through my newsmedia website GirlTalkHQ.com after realizing life is about more than just superficial things. This realization cam toward the end of my 20s, and I saw firsthand how valuable it was for women to encourage and empower one another, and for the media we consume to be filled with just as much positivity and inspiration as some of the trash that is out there.
After reading about what it means to us to #StyleYourLife, how do you style your life? How do you customize it and make your life for you?
AD: Style doesn’t just have to be limited to the clothes you wear. It can also include the places you like to travel, the music you listen to, the cafe you hang out at, and what inspires you daily. We are all such complex beings that for me I find I hit my stride in style when I am being authentic, and not apologizing for who I am; quirks and all!
“For me style is not defined by a number, a trend or an industry. It means individuality, and it comprises of everything you are as a person,” – Asha Dahya
Can you tell us a bit about what’s in store for your future at Girl Talk HQ?
AD: We are on a roll at GTHQ! We have just signed a couple of exciting partnerships with online companies to increase our reach and to engage in the readership we have a lot more. I am once again leading another workshop for teen girls at the 2nd annual Surefire Girls conference in Santa Monica, in October, and we are already looking ahead to 2015 for some bigger projects which I can’t wait to share as it all unfolds! Most of all we will be continuing to deliver inspiring, empowering news content for millennial women daily, as that is the core of what we are doing and firmly believe what we are offering is much needed.
Do you have any tips/tricks to share with aspiring women in business and fellow female leaders?
AD: Find your voice, and find your passion. While I am not the most experienced business woman in the world, I have learned so much from keeping my ears and eyes open, and staying open to criticism and advice from others. We don’t learn by being isolated. Find other business models or women who are successful in an area that you aspire to conquer and be the best student of their journey. Wherever possible, find a mentor who can guide you and give you one-on-one advice.
“Always, always stay hungry! When you get bored or lose your motivation, that means you are not truly operating in your passion. Work not for money, but because you love doing what you do!” -Asha Dahya
What does it mean to be happy, to you? Can you share 5 tips to happiness?
AD: Happiness, I believe, is finding joy despite the difficult times. Happiness is choosing to stay positive even when the going gets tough. Happiness is finding the strength to carry on when all hope is lost. True happiness is not dependent upon your circumstance, but on who you are as a person. And finally, happiness is now allowing external values to determine your worth.
How would you advise other women to take control of their careers and customize their lives in all aspects?
AD: Taking control is something we all want to do, but sometimes we find it hard. I have been in situations where I feel I am beholden unto an industry to give me a job, or call me up for an opportunity. The way I took control was figuring out my passion, and using my available resources to create an outlet for myself. Initially GTHQ started as a Tumblr page, and I thought it would be a great hobby for me to do on the side. But slowly I realized this passion was much greater than any job I have ever had, because I created it, and it is something that reflects every part of me. Knowing when to say no and to give up things that aren’t working is also another very important way to take control. Don’t compromise yourself for anyone or anything else. Live your life the way you are meant to be, not the way others tell you to be.
You’ve heard it from one of the best! You will also find Asha Dahya in the next issue of Pretty Living Magazine, coming this November. Now ladies, go out there and style your life.
Design the life you love.