podcast : Sharifa Samuels - code & conceive
On this episode I’m joined by my long time friend, Sharifa Samuels.
Right off the cuff, I share our first encounter and how completely inappropriate I was. And, because of our close friendship, this is a great space for others to learn and grow from.
But, this isn’t about me. This is about Sharifa.
Sharifa is one of the only female coders of colour. And not only that, but she made the career leap into coding later on in life, whereas a lot of her peers grew up immersed in coding (not to be confused with codeine).
Sharifa shares the power of following her passion, pushing herself out of her comfort zone and becoming the role model she didn’t have. We discuss the power of spending time with children and allowing them see their own potential.
We switch gears and go from career to conceiving. Sharifa is candid and openhearted about her health struggles and journey with infertility. She gives me a snapshot of what it’s like living with endometriosis and the complications she’s had to overcome (like a pulmonary embolism at 33).
We see the value in candid dialogue on the struggles of conceiving, as this is becoming more and more common. In fact, in 1984, the estimated percentage of couples with fertility problems was 5.4%. In 1992, this number increased to 8.5%. And today, the estimated prevalence (total number of couples with infertility) is up to 15.7%. That’s almost one in six couples.
Sharifa shares what’s next for her & Andrew, the best advice she’s received and what she wished someone had told her when she started experiencing endometriosis.
Many moons ago, Sharifa made the move from Toronto to Vancouver for love and fell in love with the city and never left. She says she’s timid and unadventurous, but this gal decided to move to Korea without telling a soul.
Sharifa is an eternal optimist and chooses to see the good in people. She is grace and elegance and makes a conscious effort to lead with heart and inquisition.
She’s the friend you can count on to take the time to teach you something new, and she’s the best hype woman you could ever ask for. If you know Sharifa, you know that her laughter is more infectious than the flu and that when she hugs you, you never want to let go.
As Sharifa is redefining her relationship with social media, if you want to get in touch with her, feel free to shoot me an email, DM or text to get in touch with her.