Hello, my name is Samiah Rahman and I am a part of the Atlanta Muslim team. A bit about myself: I am 18 and a freshman in college studying Marketing-Pre Law. I am the owner of Tara Co, a handmade jewelry and beauty business. 'Tara' means star in Bengali. I decided to name my business after this because of the light stars give off in the darkness. Everyone has such busy lives, but we don’t ever sit down and ask ourselves what we are doing to make ourselves happy.
I believe it is important to be mindful of ourselves, our intentions, and the environment we put ourselves in. By carrying this mindset during difficult times, I think we can be more clear of our goals. I have been trying to better myself with this mindset, and throughout that, I ended up starting up a business, with the intention to simply make people happy, to be a little light in people’s everyday lives through the little things.
Honestly, starting this business was very last minute, I didn’t think about it for longer than a day, but what took time was the trial and error that followed. Working with resin is a learning process...a very lengthy one! I made lots of mistakes and still do, but I know it's worth it when I see the finished pieces. I also incorporated a lot of the skills and resources I have learned from my business courses in college-pay attention in your classes kids! Thank you to the endless assignments, small business TikToks, and YouTube videos that I learned a lot from. Now, I am proud to say I make the cutest jewelry, accessories, and glosses-and can’t wait to grow my business with more things.
People ask how I manage my time, and although it's very hard, I try to set boundaries for myself. My university classes are very important to me, and I have to maintain my grades while taking care of orders. I think setting realistic tasks for the day is important. I make a weekly schedule every Sunday night and try to stick to it. The most important thing is to have a clear mind as I move about my day, sometimes doubt and anxiety can take over and I have to sit down and remind myself why I do what I do!
Having a routine is important to me, and it helps calm me down. I like to read the Quran and ‘The Things You See When You Slow Down’ by Haemin Sunim at the end of the day. The excerpts and poems help me maintain mindfulness. I also find lots of comfort in seeing other Hijabis and Muslimahs in our community working hard towards their own goals!
At the end of the day, I hope my message reaches people and that everyone follows their journey to being happy and leaving a good impact on our world! Thank you to my friends and family for supporting me and my dream!
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