Perseverant-The Real-Life Story of Dina Fathallah

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

I’m Dina Fathallah, born and bred in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I’ve had the opportunity to live in Egypt, KSA, the UAE and now the US. I love to laugh and write poems/thoughts. I’m all about creativity! I love creating art hence I’m jewelry maker. I’m the maker behind The Dina Faye, my journey with jewelry started in 2010. I started with wire jewelry, gem stones and gold/sterling silver findings. It was exciting and it was a huge success but after a while I neglected it due to my full-time job at the time. I went back to jewelry making during quarantine, I lost my job due to Covid-19 and so I had a lot of time to think, design and execute. This time I’m experimenting with polymer clay and resin and I’m having the best time ever. I launched my Etsy shop in August and it’s been doing quite well. It’s a learning curve but I’m surely getting better at it and learning amazing techniques. I’m very excited about this new venture and can’t wait for my small business to thrive.

Describe a typical day in your life.

I start my day between 6:30 – 7am. I have my breakfast and coffee, check my emails and socials, then workout for 45mins to an hour. I start working on my jewelry at 10am and depending on my schedule that day it could last to 5/8 hours. Lunch is usually around 2:30 and so take an hour to indulge. If I’m adding new items to the shop then it’s anywhere between 12/15hrs. I usually head to bed at 10:30pm I read for 30 mins (I’m currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun) it’s brilliant! I watch videos on my favorite channel ‘Living big in a tiny house’ for 30 mins on YouTube. 11:30pm is snooze time.

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

Not believing in myself.  For the longest time I believed that I am a failure and stupid. I let how others think of me dictate my life and it took me a long time to overcome these feelings and to truly believe in myself and my capabilities. To believe that I am not stupid, on the contrary, I’m intelligent.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

Me! Arrogant answer? Maybe. But let me explain. I went through numerous struggles and challenges throughout my life and I’m still here – still strong, still thriving, still fighting, still living and loving life and it’s all because of me and my willingness and my strength. I nearly died last year, but I didn’t. I’m grateful and thankful for being here. Nothing will hold me down, nothing. So I humbly say I am my own role model.

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

I’m very emotional. The simplest act of kindness/love will make me tear.

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?

Believe that you will overcome this no matter how long or how difficult the challenge/struggle is. Believe in yourself. You don’t need anyone’s validation but yours. Be kind to yourself and love yourself before loving anyone else.

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