life stories series nourah alammary hissah abu dhabi

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

My name is Nourah Alammary, I am a Saudi a freelance brand and creative strategist most recently I’ve added vocalist and aspiring songwriter to my description. Yay! I am the youngest of 5, I grew up between Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the US mainly VA and MA. I am passionate about art, history, culture, human behavior and travel. I am on a mission to continuously improve myself through self-reflection and inspire others to do the same.

Describe a typical day in your life.

I wake up at around 930 or 10 am (I love sleeping). Have breakfast which is usually a cup of coffee and a manoosha. I start reading the news and check all my social media, mainly new interesting articles or videos. I then start working on whatever project I have in hand until 6 pm. At 7 I head out to the gym, where I either do a Body Pump or Body Combat class, sometimes I mix in Yoga once a week. Around 9, I usually make social plans with friends or family. I like to keep myself busy! Before bed I try to catch up on a few of the series that I watch.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

My biggest challenge was loving myself, accepting myself for what and who I am. I kept repeating affirmations related to self-worth and loving oneself but it was a continuous struggle to stop the internal self-hating rhetoric.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded with very inspiring role models, from my father, mother and Nanny to my siblings and friends. The ones that truly stand out are those who stick to their values and principles and live a consistent and authentic existence. I usually gravitate towards those who live their truth and speak their truth. People who live with integrity and compassion.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

I can be very shy! A lot of people have mistaken it as me being a snob, but it really just takes me time to warm up to people. I am working on improving this though.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

It is tough for me to narrow it down to one piece of advice. Can I share a few that have helped me?

Be honest with yourself first and foremost. Love yourself, when I say this I really mean look into a mirror and tell yourself how much you are loved! Be grateful for every little or big thing. Find your tribe, the people who are there for you and vice versa.

And finally, write everything down! I swear it is like magic, write down your everyday to do list and write your yearly to do list and watch how the magic unfolds.

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).