“I strongly believe that health is not just the absence of physical symptoms, but a state of complete Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual well-being. I believe that life is a glorious gift, and that we cannot enjoy our lives and live to our fullest potential if we do not ‘feel’ well.”
- Shailja tiku
Decoding Shailja Tiku - "Beauty with a Purpose"
In a phone interview with India’s Jammu Links News, Shailja Tiku talks about her platform for Mrs. International Competition, and what it means to be a woman of Indian ancestry, representing her culture and her country of origin, and to be a mentor for girls who need inspiration.
who is shailja tiku?
The word is out - Shailja is Wisconsin’s next big thing: she’s out to change the world, and she’s taking it to the international stage.
With a M.D., Master’s Degree in Public Health and soon to be PhD in Public Health, she’s set her sights on breaking the stigma around mental health and improving care for those living with mental illness.
“J&K’s Shailja Tiku vying for Mrs International 2019”
In her interview with “The Dispatch”, Shailja discusses how she intends to showcase and feature her heritage, and what drove her to competing on an international platform.
Read more about her interview with “The Dispatch” below.
Discover what drives shailja’s passion for people and health
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ending the stigma
Learn more about shailja’s work for mental health Awareness
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to educate and enlighten us still today - decades after his passing. As mentioned in previous videos and posts, I struggled with anxiety for many years while trying to be a full-time student and also manage a family. One semester in particular was incredibly challenging; I had almost given up when I came across a quote by MLK that really resonated with me. It read, “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Facing Your Fears
Often times, we avoid the things that might cause us discomfort or result in failure, which in turn holds us back from doing the things that we love or want to achieve. I have faced this exact challenge, especially since starting my advanced education while trying to balance my family and my life. But one day, a cord was struck, and I was able to break the habit of doing what was safe, and instead fight for the things I truly wanted.