Today’s I am a Twin Cities Mom feature is all about Yasmin Hyder – we can’t wait for you to meet her!
What do you love about calling the Twin Cities home?
It took me a long time and a lot of self exploration to finally acknowledge that I am a Minnesotan. My parents moved to Minnesota when I was about 4 and I spent most of my teenage life plotting on how to escape. I ended up going to Syracuse University (quite probably the only snowier place than Minnesota) and realized I actually loved Minnesota. I would spend my time educating other New Yorkers that Minnesota was in fact a state and no, the airport isn’t a corn field. I met my future husband in college and we moved to our respective homes; Cleveland and Minneapolis. Between these two cities, I had a clear advantage and he also eventually became a Minnesotan. I love that the city is big enough to be exciting and yet accessible, so when the winter is too much, we can easily travel anywhere. It’s family friendly and all 4 seasons are beautiful, even winter.
If we peeked in your purse right now, what would we find?
How do you prioritize friendships and connections with other women?
Being a mom is no easy task. How do you relax and take care of you?
I think like most moms I needed to relearn what self-care was and remember just how important it is not only for me, but also for my family. I can’t take care of them if my cup is empty. I am a Zumba instructor, so for me that’s three birds with one stone. It’s good for my mind, body and soul. I also discovered my love for bubble baths, though I usually only get about 10 minutes before my daughter starts knocking on the door. I got to a point where like all things that are important, I needed to block it off and prioritize me time and learn to say no to things that started encroaching in this space.
What’s been your greatest joy in motherhood?
What have you found most challenging in your motherhood journey?
How do you hope your life influences and/or inspires other women?
I hope I can serve as an example that being a minority female mother is a strength and that it is possible to do anything you set your heart to. My parents came to this country and had no money and knew nothing of the culture. They overcame adversity to live the American Dream and they did it for me. I use that as my guiding principle and hope that I can be that for my girls as well as for other women.
Twin Cities Favorites
Local Coffee Shop: The Agra Culture Coffee Shop and Cafe in the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
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