Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Nalie Agustin, who’s made it her life mission to spread inspiration and breast cancer awareness after being diagnosed with breast cancer at just 24 years old. We caught up with her to find out how she’s empowering other women and what advice she would share with other young professionals…
1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I am a lifestyle blogger, inspirational speaker, and spiritual entrepreneur. I am dedicated to spreading inspiration, aspiration and breast cancer awareness in the most creative ways to empower all women to take control of their lives.
2. What was the inspiration for your career route?
In 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. I started my blog to document my journey. Sharing my experience was my therapy, but how my stories inspired others to live their life to the fullest was a dream come true.
3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
One of the most fulfilling moments of my life was doing a TED Talk only three days after my breast reconstructive surgery. I was still bandaged up and high on painkillers, but I got on stage and gave it my all. After the conference, a young woman came up to me in tears to tell me how much I’ve changed her life. Right there and then, I knew exactly what I was meant to do in life.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
If I am not touring the world doing conferences and book tours, I’ll be sitting on my balcony blogging or writing my newest book while I watch my children play.
5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
No matter what people may think, you’re never too young to inspire. Never let your age, sex, ethnicity or illness define your abilities and talent. Don’t be scared to claim your title and be proud of who you are and what you are capable of. A baby shark is still a damn shark.
6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
Yes! As a matter of fact, I am the national ambassador for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure. Since 2013, TEAM NALIE has raised over $80,000 for the foundation.
I am also currently the Project Manager in Philanthropic Development for Leucan, the association for children with cancer.
7. What does the word notable mean to you?
It means you’re not afraid to shine!
1. Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
My favourite place to wine and dine is at my boyfriend’s apartment, with take-out sushi and the best bottle of white wine. There’s no better combination than good food, good company, and a big comfy couch.
2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser?
My blog and my Facebook page. It’s where I can truly connect with my readers, and where I spend three-quarters of my time on the internet as I make sure I reply to every single message received.
3. Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
At the top of my head: Shay Mitchell, my ultimate girl crush! Her social media accounts are one big positive ball of energy. From her Instagram profile to Youtube channel, she shares pictures and videos about travelling, fashion, and acting along with inspirational quotes. I have a thing for people who know how to make a living out of LIFE!
4. What’s your favourite cocktail?
A lychee martini with a lychee inside. Dangerously delicious!
5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?
Missing out on a really good concert, because no technology in the world can ever replace the experience of attending a live show.
6. What would be your last meal? And don’t hold back…
Sushi! Several slices of salmon sashimi with extra wasabi in soy sauce. YUM!
7. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
My guiltiest pleasure is doing nothing. It rarely happens because I am constantly working on something new. But I consider kicking back and watching a marathon of movies a guilty pleasure because when it happens, it feels so good… but I always feel guilty thinking of everything I could wisely be working on instead.