Welcome back my Chroniclers…this #OneonOne was VERY much asked for and was an absoloute pleasure to conduct.
I’m sure at the end you will understand why I enjoyed this interview so much and hope you will as well.
- When people say the name Tamara Lowe they often say it with a sense of respect and admiration (I would know because I did a survey)…what are your initial thoughts when you hear statements like these?
I feel proud and extremely humbled. It allows me the opportunity to step back and look at the beautiful web that I am creating, still unfinished, but strong with creativity, passion, hard work and resilience.
It reminds me that hard work and persistence are the main ingredients to success of any kind and strengthens my commitment to continue towards my goals.
- What sort of stereotypes do you encounter being a woman with such a high profile and what is considered a prestigious leadership position (Island Manager of Tropical Shipping) within your company?
I encounter positive stereotypes as well as the negative. The positive stereotypes include people (particularly young people) who make assumption that I can guide them on how to be successful based on the fact that I am a young woman in business who has attained some measure of success.
I have noticed that they therefore they gravitate towards me for advice and mentoring. The negative stereotypes are short-lived however, when the source realizes that I am a ‘no nonsense’ individual, meticulous in my work, well-spoken, self-motivated, opinionated and focused. Age and sex still play a role in the corporate world, but women continue to break those glass ceilings.
Many have motivated me to overcome those stereotypes and I embrace the opportunity to be an example to my peers and those talented women and young people in general who are creating their own paths.
- I know that you are involved in so many things: You are the Island Manager of Tropical Shipping, a member of the Rotary Club of Dominica, a Motivational Speaker, a Performance Poet, you have been a part-time Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, you have participated in several Youth Mentorship Programs, and are called upon to speak on business and personal branding by several local Organizations … how do you find the time to balance everything?
If I told you that my life is always perfectly balanced I would be lying. (laughs) Living a balanced life is something that I aspire to everyday, though. Sometimes I fall off the horse: I stay up too late doing a report, or I miss the gym because I am exhausted. M Montgomery said: “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” So I wake up every morning, thank God for his many blessings and start working on what I failed at yesterday.
I actually feel excited and blessed to be given the opportunity, every single day! I am a meticulous planner; I always keep a diary in which I follow a list of things that must be done, in rank of priority. I also make good use of the calendar on my mobile so that when my mind fails me, I have backup.
- What can you say has been the most challenging event that you have experienced in your life so far and how did you overcome it?
The most challenging event that I have experienced in my life is losing my Dad to Cancer a year ago, and I do not think I will ever completely overcome it. Sometimes while driving home from work, I realize that I have to pull over because my vision is blurred from tears for my Father who will never again call me a hundred times a day for whatever reason.
Losing him was the most painful thing that I have ever had to go through but I know life is not promised and move on I must. He would have wanted and expected nothing less.
- Your spoken word poetry has been dubbed very personal…as a professional woman what is it like exposing that side of yourself to the world?
(Chuckles jokingly) I get that a lot, because of one particular poem that I wrote entitled ‘My Intricate Affair’ which is about my never ending relationship with Fear. In the poem, I have personified fear into a man with whom I am engaged in an abusive relationship. Words used in the poem portray that of an affair. The idea is that, as individuals, we all must face Fear; we must understand it in order to conquer it. In this poem, I have learnt to co-exist with Fear; to embrace being afraid, but pushing towards success regardless of that Fear!
I posted a video of this poem (see attached) and the next thing I know, friends are messaging me privately to find out if I am ok, not understanding the message in the poem. (Smiles) It was misinterpreted by a few. Generally, my poems are not very personal, though. Other poems that I have written, for example, speak of the pure relationship between a mother and her child (‘A mother and Her Son’) and about our ongoing battle with the ‘streets’ for our young men (‘To those who love him’)
- Something that I know you get asked quite a lot about is your sense of fashion where does your inspiration come from?
I have always been a creative individual. As a child, I designed and sewed my doll’s clothes and they were the ‘hottest thing since slice bread!!’ Lol. I have always been fascinated by different colors and textures and I am drawn towards anything unique.
I love sifting through fashion blogs till I find something that calls out my name. I could do that for hours! It gives me life!
- Let’s talk hair…You have been known to wear your natural hair in several different ways, from bald cut to short cuts to twist outs and French rolls …Where would you say your confidence come from?
Simply, it comes from knowing and loving who I am. When I was younger, I used to think I was weird (lol) but now I love ‘weird’ and I love the young woman that I have become. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” I embrace everything that is me and I celebrate it!
- Who would you say has been the most influential person in your life?
Without a doubt, my Mother! When you speak of a good mother, you are speaking of Mrs. Irma Lowe! Her dedication and commitment to her children and those she loves is nothing short of amazing and inspiring!
- If you could give some advice to a younger Tamara what would it be?
I would tell her to keep an eye out for the dots: the dots of kindness, of opportunity masked in disappointment and exhaustion, of love coated with an iron fist, dots of angels dressed in plain clothing. One day she will join these dots and it will all make sense.
- Give three facts about yourself that people would be surprised to know.
I am shy; an introvert who has mastered the art of being an extrovert
I used to be an athlete in my younger days; I ran the 400 meter race
I cry up a river when watching movies that move or inspire me.