About Me

Selfie taken by yours truly when I was feelin 👏 my 👏 self 👏

Salaams, Namaste, Buenas, and Hiiiii! My name is Heena Ali and I’m a first generation desi girl who is all about mental health, dancing, and family. Pleasure to meet you! Growing up in the multicultural mecca of South Florida, I was exposed to all different cultures along with my own Pakistani heritage.

Little did I know this was preparing me for my life long passion of learning. I am constantly craving new things, whether from books, switching industries (multiple times 😂) or even teaching. And because of this, I learned…A LOT.

Though my background in school is religion and psych, I have experience in software, teaching, languages, and mental health (however I would like to point out that I am **not** a therapist and if you’re looking specifically for therapy I urge you to find a therapist’s office near you, if you need help please message. This blog reflects my personal experiences in therapy and growing).

I’ve lived everywhere from Chicago to San Francisco and even Italy, but upon moving back home it was still difficult for me to set boundaries with my family and reestablish relationships with them (no matter how much I loved them or they loved me 😔). Being a desi girl always halted me from using my own voice, despite my travels and breadth of knowledge. I came to the harsh realization that I never really stood up for myself to my family or the world. And that my friends, is an issue.

Then came the long and arduous work of setting boundaries and standing up for myself… “I gotta put me first!” (Cookie Lyon from Empire).

After carving my way through the cultural and social boundaries of my household and native tongues, I only thought it necessary to spread the knowledge with other first gens. I created this blog to help you stand up for yourselves and break generational curses, while still honoring your culture and heritage (if you so choose).

Brown Girl Gupshup (BGG) is meant to help you become the absolute best versions of yourselves and help you achieve your lifelong dreams and aspirations. My job is to support you in whatever way I can. I hope you join me along for the ride ❤️.

Welcome to the conversation dosts!