Strictly Business #35: Asmaa B.A. Sbou

Asmaa B.A. Sbou // A creator. Artist. Coach. Designer. Scholar. Spiritual Warrior.

I am Asmaa, whose focus in work is to create, think differently, dare to dream radically, and hope for a change in me and around me. „Fühl dich vom Leben eingeladen zu empfangen“ is my mantra, which led me to study Economics to understand the system from the inside out. After those years, I listened a lot to Lauryn Hill and her Unplugged Album.

Obviously, I didn’t want to work for the capitalist system. So, I started some businesses, and one I am still running is my fashion label Sboutiful. I have been freelancing straight after university; my first and last 9-5 job was in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010/2011. From there on, I trusted in life, trusted in Allah, and allowed myself to learn and try to accept without hesitating.

From a very early age, I questioned things or didn’t want to accept the norm. I started to be an outspoken child, a so-called rebel, with my teachers at school and a Schülersprecherin for the students. Being seen and talked about (discriminated against) was something I understood very early. I used it as a strength, which wasn’t easy but a working strategy for me. I had time to observe people around me, allowing me to see patterns and delve deeper into the human brain, as a hobby, of course.

Later in life, people kept telling me that I could be a good coach. My curiosity and my willingness for introspection led me to the path of my inner work. The step toward coaching others wasn’t big anymore.

So I try things out, I fail, I let go, I’m creating – with an amazing collective ORE Arts from Heidelberg and Mannheim. In between, I did all kinds of work, project management, curation for and in cultural and non-profit institutions. Now, I can share my thoughts, ideas, and creations, and we collectively discuss them in the collective. I learn more about community building and braver spaces. With Ore Arts, we perform, letting our bodies, minds, and spirits communicate non-verbally.

As a collective, we stand, and as an individual, I am grateful and humbled by experiencing life on a deeper level. Now, I am able to collect my experiences and see how all of it weaves in me.

I accept, I love, I listen, I create, I’m curious, and I want to learn. So please, teach and share with me the next time you see me. That’s me.

Do you want to know more about Asmaa’s (she/her) work? Go check out her account on Instagram and her fashion label, Sboutiful!


Strictly Business #17: Caris

Hey I’m Caris (she/they)! A queer fem non-binary person born and raised in London of Caribbean descent.
I have been working as a professional chef for 12 years, and can now proudly say that I have finally actualized my childhood dream of owning my own bakery, and I couldn’t be happier!

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