For the month of December, we have chosen to highlight bohemian goddess, Sunshine Abou Bakar. She lives in the busy city of Brooklyn with her sweet husband and babe. She is a world traveler and is able to capture and write about her travels in the most magnificent ways. We are inspired by all that she is!
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
My name is Sunshine and my husband and I are raising the kindest little multicultural global citizen we can. I’m an Island girl and a 1st generation Brooklynite my husband is Nigerian by way of Benin. Noon is a child of the world uniquely flavored as both a First and Second generation American.
I’m an old soul with a bohemian spirit, I’ve been to 40 countries yet I can’t have a conversation with most humans due to my severe social anxiety.
I’m so anxious about social interactions that avoid seeing others in embarrassing scenarios I fast forward past awkward moments on television and in movies! If I can’t fast forward or I’m watching with someone else I curl into a ball and stick my fingers in my ears till I feel like the moment has passed.
How do you balance being a mother and professional? What have you sacrificed (both personally & professionally) for your career?
Most days it feels like my sanity is frayed, but on Thursday’s (random day of the week) I feel like I’ve got it all together. I create in my daughters downtime but I’m more inspired to create while she’s a part of it all.
While designing Mino the Label, Noon has been fit model and muse. She’s helped me pick out fabrics and field tested samples. Having her inspired me to take on my dreams in a big way, it’s only fitting that she be apart of every step of my process.
Now that she’s a bit older I have moments where we are a part.
If you could teach the entire world one concept, which one would you choose?
Saying negative things gives you a double dose of the worlds negativity. Standing in light, thinking/speaking positivity allows you to control your own surroundings and filter the negativity. I wish people spoke kinder when they think no one is listening, because I’m the end they’re listening.
How do you think your future self will remember your current self?
As a mama who tried her very best.
What is one life lesson you learned the hard way?
That loving someone fiercely doesn’t mean they love you at all.
What does it mean to be human?
To be human, means you have every second of your life to be someone absolutely new.
I’m the biggest Lauryn hill fan, a fan of the classics growing up she was my ideal vision of beauty. I saw her perform once in California and I wept the entire performance. I was so moved by her might. She first play any of her old songs like she used to, she plays what she wants how she wants. I remember thinking, how hard it is for me to be myself in a room full of strangers and here was this woman, my idol. Baring her soul in a room full of people who sweared they knew her intimately, boldly refusing herself on her own terms. Ever sound that came out of her beautiful mouth she took a stand for the version of herself she loved, the version of herself that filled her up. I’ve never witnessed something more powerful.Instagram: @africanboheme
Website: Sunshine Abou Bakar