MoneyTalk With Mother, Yogi and Writer Yasmine
Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Yasmine Khan I’m a mother, a writer and holistic yoga and massage therapist. I’ve always been inspired by the creative arts and movement and am also an avid reader so it seems like a very natural career path for me although the road has definitely been a winding and non-linear one. Empowering women to be the best they can be through holistic practices and a deep commitment to caring for ourselves is my passion and purpose behind all that I share both personally and professionally.
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher and a writer?
I’ve always loved writing and enjoyed movement especially yoga and over the years they have been the two constants in my life and resulted as an evolution of trying different ways of working whilst I was raising my son.
I’m the Creative Director of Alchemy Arts Collective a Community Interest Company where I bring the therapeutic benefits of writing to young people from communities that may not necessarily have access to the arts.
Alongside this I also run my Holistic Yoga and Therapy company ‘YogaPhysique’ where I offer bespoke Yoga, and an assortment of massage therapies, as well as quarterly creative writing/movement workshops for Women.
I’m currently completing my first novel ‘Clean Sheets’ which is a memoir of growing up as a carer to my mother who had mental health issues and my experiences as a British Asian girl in the care system in London.
What’s your relationship like with money and personal finance?
Considering I’ve had a very eclectic and quite unstable childhood and upbringing. So no real role models or template to follow when it comes to financial planning. I’ve always been surprisingly sensible with money and personal finance. I’d say that being a freelancer and a single parent are the two trickiest things to reconcile. So managing cash flow and maintaining a balanced budget are the two things that I try to prioritise in order to have equilibrium in all the other areas of my life. Having a holistic approach to this definitely helps!
What does financial independence mean to you?
Having the freedom to travel and share my passions whilst knowing I’m creating a firm financial legacy for myself and my son.
What’s the one thing you indulge in?
Travel, albeit mainly for work :) and a weekly blowdry!
What is the best financial decision you have ever made?
To start investing in stocks and shares alongside regular savings no matter how small and to join the Vestpod family!
Have you ever experienced a financial epiphany? A sort of wake-up call, where you suddenly think - “I must start doing things differently”?
Yes, definitely and more than once, particularly after having my son and also when I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. I realised how interwoven health and wealth are and made some big lifestyle changes am now much more confident in my ability to create balance in both areas of my life.
What is Vestpod for you?
A welcoming and warm community of women all striving to have a clearer and nurturing strategy for creating wealth and financial freedom.
Own up. Have you made any major financial faux-pas?
Oh my, yes, around understanding credit cards in my twenties... but Thankfully I learnt from them and now feel grateful that I experienced this then it’s made me wiser and more mature in my approach to earning the things or experiences I desire in my life.
Favourite book & podcast?
Again so many to choose from I think I have many favourite books as I read a book a week, but have just finished ‘The subtle art of not giving a f***’ which surprised me with it’s humour & insightfulness. I also am loving ‘The Creative Penn’ podcast.
Your story: A woman trying to navigate her identity and place of belonging in this world. With as much compassion and grace as I can, and a sense of connection to others. I adore hearing stories and sharing with others reminds me constantly how much we have in common and that we are all essentially striving for the same things.
Where can we find you?
Thanks a lot!