In her own words:
“I grew up in a family that revolved around healthcare. My father is a physician and it was only natural that I too wanted to follow in his footsteps. I dreamed about being a doctor but I was also very talented in art. Drawing and designing were ingrained in my DNA and that is what really brought me joy. As I became older, and it was time to make a career choice, I decided to continue the path of fulfilling my father’s dream of becoming a doctor. When I was not able to get into medical school I decided to explore Pharmacy. I was admitted to Pharmacy school and was excited to start my new career!
After a few years of working in pharmacy, I started to feel this feeling like something was missing in life. I needed to share my true gift with the world and that was through fashion and design. I started taking evening fashion design classes while working in Pharmacy full time. I enjoyed the creative aspect of fashion because it allowed me to express myself as an artist. Fashion is not defined, it’s always evolving. I used to think that you had to be on trend with fashion, but really it’s a creative platform of expression. As time went by, it slowly started becoming clear to me that fashion was my calling. I wanted to design for the women like me: someone who is beautiful inside and out, confident, and wants to make a statement with the clothes they wear. It was then that I started to put the pieces together for my business and three years later I launched the first collection of BhavyJ Designs.
Fast forward to today, and only in my second year of the business, I have learned so much about about myself. This has been a journey where I am constantly learning how I handle challenges in life, and am testing my personal limits. I understand now, that if you want something in life, you pour your heart and soul into it… literally. I am so fortunate to work in healthcare and make an impact in patient’s lives through my work, but on the flip side share my passion of fashion with the world. I embraced the fact that I took that I took the unconventional path in life in finding my own personal happiness and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Never ignore what you’re passionate about. You will always succeed at that!”
*** Please follow along on instagram as well and learn more about Bhavana. This year for my birthday, I am embarking on a weekly photo essay project highlighting 52 Phenomenal Women. This is week 32 of 52. Participants in this project will be supporting the efforts of Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. We are all stronger together and it is my sincere hope that we will be inspired by each other’s stories. Now is the time to celebrate as well as encourage one another. Tell your story!**