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Life and Work with Karishma Patel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karishma Patel.

Karishma, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started this blog three years ago not thinking much of it. I started posting my fitness journey because at that time, I was focused on losing weight and I thought if I started sharing my journey on social media, then that will help other individuals with their journey as well. I didn’t know if I would have any impact on anyone, but I still chose to keep on going and I had a lot of negative commentaries come my way. I was scared when I heard my first negative comment and then something my dad always told me came to my mind, “no matter how good or bad you do in life, people are always going to have something to say”. That’s when it hit me that I’m not going to stop just because of some random person. This is something that became a passion and it continues to grow because of the love and support I have gotten. I’m very proud of myself for not quitting on me and I think that’s the most important part of any journey, you can’t give up on yourself.

Love your dad’s advice and so glad it helped you when you needed it! We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, with every journey there are struggles, right? This one definitely had struggles and I still get opinions that do not matter to me anymore but if you really want to do something and have an impact then this is all a part of the journey. You have to brush every bad comment and all the negative energy to the side. You have to keep going on for yourself, this isn’t about anyone else’s journey, this is all about you. We’re all afraid to be selfish because society and family has made it seem like it’s so wrong to do something for yourself when the truth is you only have you at the end of the day. So, what can you do to keep yourself happy? That’s the question I always ask myself.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Health & Body Positivity – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I’m the proudest of how I’ve made a difference in some people’s lives. I never thought I would even make the tiniest difference, but one person changes everything! I am so proud to continue what I’m doing and honestly, it’s made me a more positive & healthy person to myself. I think what sets me apart from others is my attitude towards what I’m doing. I don’t just do it for me, I do it for the young women that are struggling to find their voice.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Don’t get distracted and consumed by social media. Everyone has their own journey, don’t compare yours to others. Just go for it if you really want it.

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Photos by Shay Patel

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