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Renu Amitabh - How to find time and support for one's passion

We continue our discussion with Ms. Renu Amitabh, a senior government official, a trainer for banks and insurance companies, a motivational speaker, and so on and also a baker who has taught baking to 1000+ people.

Ms. Renu Amitabh talks about how she finds time, how from childhood, the discipline in her life helped her do many roles at the same time. If her discussion on time management and how she handles challenges is inspiring, you will be pleasantly surprised to listen to her plans for the future. Especially, how baking is an integral part of the plan, baking teaching and sharing the skill of baking.

In this episode, you get to hear the background work that goes behind every story like this, what it means to have the support of a family and how to make it happen. Listen on..

What the New Indian Woman podcast is about

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting. Second, We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the second category.

And in the process, my aim is to help you, The New Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

What's in this episode:

We ended the previous episode with the question on making time and balancing this passion with her career demands , considering the seniority of her role. And this is what we dive into, in this episode.

She starts sharing, how after her break, when she resumed her office, people continued to ask for baking classes and how she decided to make time for this. She recalls how this aspect has been there right from her childhood, balancing multiple things. She talks about the importance of planning and then, executing as per plan. She then got hooked on to baking and planned to bake almost every day. She tells how she started sharing the loaves she baked with friends and family and especially older people who may have reservations about bread.

She goes on to share about the bad days and how the family supports her. We then discuss about how this family support evolves over a period of time and what is crucial is that one starts, puts in the effort, for the family to start supporting. She then goes on to talk about a baking course she did in Germany and how baking becomes meditative when you use your hands with natural elements and see how the bare essentials gradually evolve into a finished product right in front of you. She shares how baking teaches you discipline!

She talks about her dreams - to increase awareness about the simplicity of baking bread, about creating short videos on healthy fast food targeting young students, about reaching out to deprived and marginalized women and children to create employment opportunities through baking. She even shares her personal goals, of leaving her job in a few years(and not waiting till retirement) and starting a baking school or academy with short term and long term courses for women and she is even visualizing a chain of cafes where you could place orders for custom breads and when you come to collect them, you could choose to spend some time with music or participate in book and poetry reading sessions!

It is truly wonderful and her energy is so infectious, you don’t want to miss listening to the entire episode!

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