We had the good fortune of connecting with Zeinab Ghais and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zeinab, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think being a risk taker has made me the person I am today. Ever since I was a child, my mother said I had no fear. We moved from the US to Africa when I was seven, which wasn’t a choice but a huge change. After my parents divorced, my mother began to travel with her job and we would start over every year or twice a year at a new school. This limited my fear of change because it was constant in my life. My mother always instilled in us that taking a chance is an adventure. When you go into it with excitement then you lose the fear. During college I took some risks that may not have been the smartest choices, but I lived through it and learned from my mistakes. When internet dating became popular, I took a chance and met some good and not so good people, but it made me realize what I wanted in my life partner. In the last fifteen years, I have been in business with three different people and traveled across the US for work. I wouldn’t take back any of the experience, trials and tribulations because it made me a stronger person. What I have learned about risk is that you can stay on the sidelines and watch or get out there and make a difference.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I was a senior in high school, my art teacher insisted that I enter this state wide art competition. I was reluctant but did it anyways. At the time, I didn’t think I was an artist at all. I just knew I loved it. I ended up winning third place in the state. She convinced me to pursue a degree in art. After graduating from Savannah College of Art & Design, with a degree in Furniture Design, I wasn’t sure where I was gonna land. All I knew is that I loved to build and create things, Since it wasn’t easy finding a job in a man’s world, I had to improvise and began to shift my career into interior design and decorating. Even as an artist, I had to expand my skills in order to make a living. After decades of building my skills, I decided to brand myself as a Lifestyle Designer, since I don’t focus on just one side of design. I feel this sets me apart from others because I am not limited on how I can help my clients. I can design their home, yard and create custom artwork. This has allowed me to be a one stop shop.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would go to the beach and rent some bicycles. Ride up and down the coast, people watching and stopping for good food and drink. I love spending the day at the BROAD or even just walking downtown.
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?
My shout out goes to my mother! She has always been my rock, my shoulder to lean on and has given me unconditional love.
Photo of myself- Ray Garcia