We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaslean Ahuja and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jaslean, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One of my favorite quotes that I came across lately was ” be mindful of negative thought spirals. You dont have to drown in scenarios that don’t exist and haven’t happened”- unknown. This was a powerful quote I came across because I occasionally have a negative tendency of focusing on scenarios that haven’t happened or assuming the worst. However, this only limits my potential, my relationships, and myself as a whole. I think often times we assume the worst in hopes of avoiding disappointment ; and by this I mean we assume the worst because we are scared the best outcome may not happen. But what Ive truly learned in the past year is that when you create fear within, you are limiting your capability to shine. Your thoughts should not control you nor define you. Nobody or no thought should control your happiness- this is something that we have to create within ourselves. We must be mindful when we go down a negative rabbit hole of thoughts. How i focus on mindfulness is rather than focusing on the negative or believing a certain thing without knowing the true facts, I focus on what I do know. I focus on the fact that I have deep, meaningful, & supportive relationships around me. I focus on the fact that I have a job that is rewarding alongside a passion that I have finally pursued to help service the community . I focus on the fact that I am healthy, alive, and breathing at this moment- something we may take for granted everyday. I do my best everyday to focus on what I have, the beauty around me, and what truly matters; and what that is for me is becoming my best version of myself in order to serve and enhance others’ quality of life around me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My story starts from the University of Arizona, where I double majored in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences along with Psychology. All my life I thought I would become a psychologist, however I was exposed to the field of audiology by a friend and quickly became fascinated with our sense of hearing. Long story short, I found myself accepted into the University of the Pacific Doctorate of Audiology Program, where I moved to San Francisco to pursue being a clinical audiologist. For those of you who don’t know, an audiologist is somebody who specializes in hearing loss and balance disorders. I have to say it is an extremely rewarding career. Everyday I get to give the gift of hearing to somebody who has lost it for years. The smile and joyful tears I see when I activate a patients hearing aid is more fulfillment than I could have ever imagined a career could bring. However, it was not easy. My doctorate program was not only accelerated, but it was extremely difficult. It was the hardest I had ever worked in my life, and it was a competitive environment. I am most proud of myself for not giving up. I remember calling my parents crying, begging to let me drop out because I was depressed. My parents were so accepting that they told me they would support me no matter what I decided ( I think they used a reverse psychology approach…but hey it worked). I wanted to make my parents proud but more importantly, i wanted to prove to myself and my professors that I could do it. Behold, here I am practicing for 3 years serving hundreds of patients who are near and dear to my heart. I want the world to know that I experienced the lowest point of my life in grad school. I didn’t think I could do it, I lost all faith in myself, in my life, and I wanted to quit. But something in the back of mind told me I did not work this hard just to quit. Life will absolutely have its challenges, but I can say when you truly believe in yourself and you are persistent- you will be surprised with how much you can achieve.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My perfect itinerary would consist of doing a day trip to Sedona. In fact, when my best friend visited me I made sure this was on our weekend extravaganza. Sedona is truly one of the most magical places I have ever been to. I feel like Im on a colonized Mars when I go there. Sedona is known for its spiritual vortex’s, a concept that you cannot find in many places. I would also take my friend to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and the Grand Canyon. In fact, I just visited these amazing natural wonders and i was in complete shock by its beauty and preservation. I am the happiest when I am in nature, as it gives a sense of gratitude and calmness that i can’t get at a busy bar or restaurant.. However, after we have done all our big day trips I would take my best friend to the BEST Thai restaurant in Phoenix- Glai Baan. Glai Baan is one of my favorite restaurant in Arizona because it is the most authentic Thai food I have ever had. This may be controversial but I will say with 100% certainty that the beef pannang curry is better than what I had in Thailand ( I know bold statement). If my friend and I were looking for some fun relaxing pool vibes I would take her to Lylo Swim Club where we can rent a cabana, enjoy some delicious food and drinks, and soak up the sun. Lastly, I would absolutely make sure that i take my best friend to the Frank Lloyd Wright- Taliesin West Historical Landmark. The architecture from the famous Frank Lloyd Wright is impeccable and it is the perfect desert getaway. Not to mention the coffee stand outside is where I purchased one of the best rose matcha iced lattes in my LIFE. I would make sure our itinerary is filled with both natural and historical landmarks with a splash of fun outdoor activities and good food.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Although my full time job is audiology, my side passion of being a health and wellness advocate stems from childhood upbringing. My instagram page, curating cures, discusses natural remedies that can help heal everyday health issues alongside practicing wellness and mindfulness within you. These natural remedies have been passed down within my family, specifically by my mother and grandmother. However, the reason I finally decided to share this knowledge on social media was actually due to Jay Shettys Podcast ” On Purpose”. I had come across this podcast a year ago and my life completely changed. I listen to it every single day while commuting to work. There is a reason why it is the #1 health podcast in the world. Jay’s podcast reminded me that life is too short to not live your purpose. I have always believed that my purpose was to serve the community through positivity, wellness, mindfulness, and even through holistic healing. So my shoutout goes to both my family who taught me these wonderful natural remedies alongside Jay Shetty whose podcast inspired me to pursue what I love no matter what. The truth of the matter is, life is simply too short to not do what you love.

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