THE TWENTY EIGTH INSTALMENT OF THE BELLEBOSS SERIES
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I hoped that with this series, I would find a way to appreciate the incredible South Asian women of our generation, who are breaking boundaries and paving new paths for themselves. Moreover, I would like you to take a little bit of your time to realize how incredible the women around you are.
Especially if you are a woman! I know that at least one woman’s story in my #BelleBoss series will inspire you to follow your dreams, your vision and most importantly your heart. Even if that means breaking a few rules and many societal prejudices along the way.
Could you give us a little introduction to yourself?
My name is Tamara Shanthikumar, I am 26 years old, I was born in Melbourne, Australia. As a young child, I lived and grew up in a few different places due to my dads work, including Melbourne, Sri Lanka and Broome Western Australia. My parents migrated to Melbourne and I went to kindergarten and school there. When my dad’s job took our family to Sri Lanka we lived there for two years. Following that, we moved back to Melbourne then to the northern part of Western Australia to a town in the Kimberley called Broome.
I spent a good part of my childhood there before moving down to Perth Western Australia for the end of my secondary education. As a young child, I was very very shy and not confident at all!
I remember getting bullied for the colour of my skin when I was much younger which made me hide more into my shell.
I had a great childhood, my parents worked very hard to give my brother and I a comfortable life, they came to the country with only $200 in hand and worked very hard to get to where they are now.
I was very blessed to receive a great education at many different private schools growing up. Currently, I work in a part-time position at my dad’s company In a Human Resources and events based role, and I also run my part-time online business which I aspire to make full time very soon!
Who or what inspires you as a person?
I can’t really name one person that inspires me in general, that would be too hard to choose! However, I really aspire individuals who live in a heart-centred space. I truly admire individuals that have the drive to make this world better, who recognise their purpose in life, who constantly move forward without letting their limiting beliefs bring them down,
I am so inspired by individuals that dream big and know that anything is possible! Who loves everyone despite how people treat them and lead their lives without ego and all heart
Could you tell us more about your business online: Girl Boss Project?
The girl boss project started off as just a hobby Instagram to share my love for personal development. I am so passionate about bettering myself every single day and empowering others to do the same! I really just wanted to use it as an avenue to empower other women and help them think differently past their limiting beliefs. anything in life is possible, we as humans are just confined by our beliefs!
when I started my online business i moulded the two together and came up with the brand ‘Limitless Girls’, a group of millennials working towards creating a future with no limits in every aspect of their life, who dream big, who know anything is possible and who lead with love and heart in their businesses!
We aligned with an amazing company that allowed us to inspire health and wellness around the world, as well as inspiring others to dream big, and truly work towards creating a life of their desires, all from our mobile phones! To truly make a positive impact on the health and wealth of others.
Could you tell us more about your hobbies?
My hobbies definitely include dancing!! I have been dancing since I was younger, however not very consistently. When I was studying for my masters I took a huge break from dancing, and I only got back into it around 2015.
It was very scary to get back into and I had so many reservations and limiting beliefs, but I pushed myself because I knew it was something that I loved! right now I dance a few times a week, mainly in the styles of dancehall and a bit of hip-hop here and there! I love creating and making choreography videos with other dancers! My other hobbies include travelling, I love to travel and experience new cultures, tastes, sights, sounds! I love seeing how other people live in different areas of the world, and it always makes me appreciate where I live and my life!
I travelled almost every month last year which was like a dream for me! I also love personal development, I invest a lot of time and money into bettering myself and learning and growing every single day! I love reading listening to podcasts and attending workshops and seminars that I know will help me become a better version of myself!
Where have you travelled to and which place do you love the most?
Ahhh I should really write a list of all the places I’ve travelled to! I’ve travelled to Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, America, the UK, Italy, the Greek Islands, Bali, France, Hawaii, Egypt, Fiji and a few more I can’t recall right now! haha! Which country I love the most? That’s such a tough one as every country is beautiful and unique in its own way! however, I love the Greek islands! and I always love going to Sri Lanka! Fiji also has a special place in my heart, the poorest of people there are filled with so much love and gratitude there which I think is so special
Interracial dating can sometimes be a taboo topic in our community. What would be your thoughts regarding interracial dating based on your personal experience?
I am Sri-Lankan and my partner is Vietnamese, I always get involved with their culture, I love to learn about it! I’ve been to Vietnam.