We had the good fortune of connecting with Sadaf Haq and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sadaf, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Women, in general, tend not to take risks. We prioritize and justify so much in order to avoid risk taking. Throughout my journey in life, I realized how much of a risk taker I really am. I always associated risk with Bungee jumping or sky diving- yet getting married, having children and choosing your career paths- are also risks. After coming to that realization, I now am not shy to take risks. How will I know what outcomes will be if I don’t embark upon certain opportunities? So many success in my life have been because I said “yes”. The same can be said about the failures in my life but again, those terms are relative. I’ve always come out stronger and better from the so-called societal “failures”. And the amouint of clarity and opportunities that came after- I’m so grateful for them. I’m a firm believer that in order to be successful, you must fail and that all requires taking risks.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When you sincerely want to be better and do better, those opportunities organically come across your path. While my work is public health and administration, my passion is community and serving. We are best when we all are better. My involvement in my city and various organizations is what I absolutely enjoy. Getting involved is always challenging at first- specifically trying to navigate where you belong and where you can serve best. But, your heart will lead you to where you need to be!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When we have friends visit from out of town, there are places that we make sure to visit with them. I consider them pieces of Frisco that they will remember. Depending on what they are craving, I always suggest one of my two favorite Thai restaurants- noodle wave or Simply Thai. I would definitely take them to the Star to sight see and hang out at one of the eateries or coffee shops- Ascension is great and the sushi at Sushi Marquee is outstanding. For a more southern meal they can remember- Tupelo Honey for sure. It’s fun to people watch and hang out at the Star. Another place thats fun to hang out at is Legacy West- shopping and restaurants. For an old city, authentic Frisco experience- I’d head to downtown- the rail district. First stop- Summer Moon- their wood-fired coffee with the moon milk is like no other- I’m a repeat offender! The shopping is nice there as well at a few of the boutiques and the vibe is so incredibly friendly. I wouldn’t have them leave without purchasing something frisco-centric at Tumbleweed textiles. And then perhaps lunch or dinner at Didi’s depending on the time of day. We’d head to Detour donuts at some point during their trip and I can’ guarantee they’ve never had donuts like their’s before! Stone briar Mall is always a favorite and then we’d top the trip off with dessert from Big Dash for some of the best Kanafeh you can find in DFW. Lastly, to burn all the calories potentially consumed- I’d suggest exploring the really neat trails we have in Frisco!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my Husband and my daughters. They are always so encouraging and supportive of anything I pursue. And of course, my parents, in-laws, siblings and my very close friends- without them to lean on- I’d be lost. I always appreciate them calling me out when i’m wrong and believing in me when I pursue an endeavor.
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