A mother, wife, philanthropist and a doctor by profession, Sheena Geness is the definition of Super Woman and our next Luxe Lady. Beauty, brains and ever so stylish, Sheena is the epitome of a successful women . Her zest for life and love for philanthropy work , Sheena is a woman we can all learn from to live your life to the fullest.
I recently chatted to Sheena about life, her interests and much more to see what makes her tick on a day-to-day basis. Continue reading to learn more about her!
Describe yourself in five words
Ambitious, Energetic, Powerful, Thoughtful and Unconventional.
How do you Define success?
To me, success is defined by your innate happiness with your current job, relationship and social standing. When you are able to give back to society, then you know that you have already done a good job taking care of yourself!
What has been your challenges so far?
Leaving home to study and gaining weight in my twenties with resultant lifestyle diseases.
How do you think a woman can successfully balance her career and personal life?
Women are remarkable in that they change their roles with ease from one environment to the next. Keeping a routine schedule with consistence has certainly helped me. Over the years I’ve learned to delegate duties, ask for help and employ other women who have contributed to my successful balance.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?
Gosh, I wish I could tell a twenty something Sheena that life is not a rat race and I don’t need to abide to pressures of societal norms regarding being at a specific point in my life at a certain age.
How can someone achieve long term success in his or her career?
Long term success certainly comes with hard work, dedication and a loyal attitude. Being ambitious certainly doesn’t mean destroying everyone in your path to get there. Education is the key to many diverse doors.
To what do you attribute your success?
My success comes from humility and an innovative nature. I’m consistent with my attitude to people from all walks of life. I’ve learnt that people will appreciate you more as a friend, sister, mother, wife, doctor and a businesswoman if you project what you expect to receive.
What advice would you give young women embarking on their careers?
Young women need to be bold and fearless in their quests. Forget about living behind your mistakes in shame and trust yourself to make the right decision for your life.
If you could change anything about your career or life,what would it be?
My career path changed when I had my first child. My intentions for a specialist career was overshadowed by my desire to be the best mum that I knew how. I thought that this change in momentum of my academic career was a failure, but if not for this defining moment, I would not have started my foundation. My only regret is not taking care of my health and body in my early twenties.
How would you describe your own style?
Feminine, chic and timeless.
Do you feel you have a signature style?
Yes, I have a way of changing jeans and T-shirt into something elegant. On most days you would find me in heels!
What inspires your outfit choices the most?
My mood certainly inspires my outfit choices, example: I’m in a no-nonsense mood when I’m wearing black and my hair is pinned back!
Do you follow trends? If so, which trends excite you at the moment?
I’m in love with Balmain, and I love following the texture of textiles and the colours of the season.
What are your go to beauty products and why?
I swear by Clarins double serum, and find it a must to exfoliate my entire body twice a week with Mineraline. My favourite makeup set is the M.A.C concealer when I’m not in the mood for my freckles.
What are your favourite travel destinations and why?
Favourite cities: I love the cobblestone roads and history of Rome. Saint Louis for their baseball games (I’m a fan of the Cardinals) and Franschhoek for incredible Cape Malay chicken curry.
What are your plans for the future and what do you still hope to achieve in life?
I hope to study more, become more astute in business and have my foundation transcend the boundaries of South Africa. I wish for like-minded individuals to join me in my quest to “changing African lives positively”.
Keep up to date with Sheena on her Instagram.