We had the good fortune of connecting with Norah Shazad and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Norah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My balance has changed over time because I have been put into a position where I had to learn better time management. While balancing school, both of my jobs, writing, and preparing/shipping orders out, sometimes it gets overwhelming and difficult, but nothing is impossible. I really like this balance, even though I am busy 90% of the time, but it makes me feel productive, and I get a lot of things done earlier than needed.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the author of two poetry books, Scarlet Rose & Growth and Caged Thorns. Both of these books are anthologies about growth of emotions and coping. Getting to where I am today was not easy at all, with years of keeping my poems and emotions to myself, it has been hard. There have been plenty of obstacles along the way, but I am determined to get through anything that tries to block my path. Something that has really helped was me having the right support system around me and I could not be more than grateful. I’ve learned that mistakes happen, but that is how you make true progress, by learning from them. I want the world to know that I am a warrior, and I am determined to achieve all of my set goals. I also want the world to know that I will become a bestselling author one day.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the denton square, which is pretty much all there is in Denton, Texas. There are many food spots around the square whether it is Mediterranean, Mexican, etc, the square is the best spot to find these.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, both of them have always supported me and my writing from the beginning and I would not be here without them today. I would also like to shoutout my brothers because they are the reasons I got into writing in the first place, and they support me with anything I might need to this day.

Website: norahshazad.com

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