“I believe you should always do the things that make you happy, even if it means chasing the most impossible dreams or getting reconnected to the smaller, more meaningful aspects of life. Lots of things in life make me happy and I wanted to share 10 of these with you,” said Jasmin.
Music: I may be on television and want to pursue my passion for acting one day, but music will always be my first professional love. Whether it’s belting out a song to myself at home, performing live, or recording in the studio, I am most happy when I am singing and surrounded by great music. I have already started collaborating with creative individuals and am hoping to work with many more in the future. Shakespeare said music was the food of love and I have to agree.
Being inspired: Whether it’s successful people, those who do great work for charity, people who make a difference to your everyday life, or individuals who have battled adversity, I like interacting with and meeting inspirational people. They always make me aim that little bit higher or work harder, and I will always learn from them. I think the right inspiration can give you wings that take you closer to your dreams and help make a difference.
Family: You can have friends, a great career and all the attention in the world, but I believe this will always come second to family. Spending time with close family not only makes me happy, but it will also energise me and make me work that little bit harder. I really want to aim high and achieve big things so that I can make my family proud and give them happiness.
Fashion: Like other girls, fashion makes me really happy. I like to shop, but I also like trying different looks and experimenting with my choices of style. Whether it’s traditional saris, a daring dress or something casual, I am connected to fashion and have a bond with many of my favourite outfits and accessories. When all else fails, most girls can find solace in fashion whether it’s their favourite pair of shoes, a special handbag or that go-to little black dress.
Sunshine: Nice weather is enough to make everyone happy. I don’t mind the cold British climate too much, but like most I am happiest when the sun is shining, which in turn just makes the atmosphere brighter and allows you to wear your favourite summer outfits like swimsuits or flowy dresses. That is why I love doing photoshoots in exotic destinations. I want to own my own tropical island one day (I can dream!) and you are all invited.
Work: I am really happy when I am working because I am fortunate enough to do what I love. I love it so much that I want to work even harder. There are so many things that I want to do and will work tirelessly to hopefully get them all done. I must add that I will also always leave time to do other things that I love.
Doing good deeds: I am a firm believer in giving something back, and that is why I will help charities whenever I can. Helping others will give you inner happiness and that is why we should always look to do a good deed, however small. Seeing someone happy because of something you’ve done is priceless. I hope I can do even more in the future and set up my own charity one day that helps women around the world.
Partying: We live in a fast-paced world and should step back to celebrate it once in a while. All ages enjoy a good party! It can be a birthday celebration, a club, getting together with loved ones, a dinner or just meeting up with your best friend. We should all let our hair down and have a good time. Apart from things like good food, wonderful music and great company, you can meet new people and open yourself up to new experiences with a good old-fashioned party.
Working out: A healthy body makes for a healthy mind and that is why I love going to the gym. Although I’m not happy going through the pain of intensive exercise and sometimes having to get up super-early to go training, the results definitely make me happy. I feel more energised and can wear my favourite outfits; and which girl doesn’t like a nice compliment?
Cleaning: Last but definitely not least I love cleaning (don’t laugh). I am a clean freak and probably have OCD! I believe you need to show respect for where you live and for your belongings, so I am always cleaning. It’s also a great stress reliever.
Jasmin Walia is a singer, model and star of The Only Way Is Essex. You can follow her on www.twitter.com/jas minwalia and www.insta gram.com/jasminwalia