My name is Medina Hasseena Diallo, and Wife, Mother, and Wellness author.
After high school, I got my first job working as a retention specialist at an insurance agency. I was able to convince my employer to allow me to shadow them throughout the day. I learned so much through that mentorship, including how to run an office, leadership skills, and general business savvy.
I took the leap of faith to leave that job, with the knowledge I had gained, to start my own fitness studio and book camp. I even published my first book, “Struggles to Health”. I knew I was doing something good by helping others, but it wasn’t until my children were born that I realized how much more I was destined to pursue.
My first birth was a breeze and showed me the impact a beautiful community of midwives and caretakers can have on the birthing experience. My second child did not come into the world in such a supportive way. Both experiences showed me I was meant to work in women’s health, but in a holistic way.
Another way I work to help women in different communities is by selling jewelry. A portion of the proceeds goes to a new charity each month. The common thread is that they all serve women in need. Beaded By Dina is my passion project, and something I am immensely proud of. Not only have we helped numerous women through the charities we contribute to, we’ve also been featured in publications such as, Vogue, Tatler, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, and many more. We have also been selected for Miami Swim and New York Fashion Week.
I then graduated from HMTI and AACC where I used my knowledge to open my own private practice focused on helping with common issues faced during pregnancy and postpartum such as lower back pain and more. I then wanted a creative outlet where I can share my experience and my knowledge from over the years from working with more than 300 women during phases of their lives. I hope to continue to write novels that not only feed the soul but also that can inspire others.
Where are you from?
I am currently living in Baltimore, MD USA
Why do you write?
I write as a creative outlet to not only express myself but also share my knowledge to help inspire others who read my books.
What do you write about?
I mainly write about self-care and topics on motherhood, pregnancy and postpartum.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think I have a certain writing style but i try to write on a personal level where my readers can relate.
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
I feel sometimes “imposer syndrome” comes in the way of my publishing my writing. Sometimes as a write, you are afraid if your work is “good” enough.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
I realized that I wanted to a writer and author while being pregnant with my third child and my trans-formative journey I experienced during my pregnancy.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I am a mom of two, soon to be mom of three. So my schedule is basically around my children and household. I basically take an hour or so after the children are asleep to write but I am constantly reading through out the day where I find a few minutes to pause.
How long does it take to write a book?
For my book “Self-care sucks”, it took me a year and a half to write everything and put everything together. My next book, I plan to take a year to write a quality book.
What do you think makes a good story?
I feel what makes a good story is when it comes from the heart; and when the author is authentic.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are very inspired and support me through this phase of my life.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes of course! I plan to make this my long-term career as I see it fits what I see myself doing in the future as I grow and build my family and home life.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
I want to tell my readers that I can’t wait to continue to write content that can help inspire them. I also want to say that it’s ok to take time to figure out what you want out of life. You are unique and you were created for a reason!
I am Author of “Self-Care Sucks”- https://a.co/d/egfQOqI