Growing up, I always followed the straight and narrow path. I was an honours student, I went to an ivy league school, I was polite, well-mannered, and always nice. To begin my career, I went into fashion; and while I enjoyed and excelled in my work, I always yearned for a greater sense of fulfillment. I always daydreamed of starting a business that I was truly passionate about, but never believed that I could really pursue it. On the surface, I was a fun-loving 20-something-year-old with everything going for her. Yet in my shadows, I was constantly stressed and anxious, I struggled with sleep and had chronic headaches, I was terrified of failure, I cared too much about what people thought, and I had a debilitating belief of not being good enough. I lived my whole life trying to fit myself into the boxes of other people’s expectations, and I had no idea that I was disconnected from who I was really was deep down inside. My life was exciting and fun and instagram-able, and it was also lacking deep meaning and purpose. While I had a very comfortable and loving upbringing, there was still a lot of unconscious conditioning imprinted upon me that I’ve had to unravel in order to connect with my true self.
A few years ago, things started to shift for me. I started connecting with my yoga practice at a deeper level. I started listening to my gut instincts and not just my mind. I started working at an amazing company where I learned about the importance of mindfulness, and values, and vision and goals. And once I started experiencing the power of personal growth, I was hooked. So when my life purpose statement came to me in a meditation, “I am here to be my brightest self and to help others stand in their light,” that’s when I started to see that my newfound passion could become my life’s work.
It took me two attempts to resign and a year in between to finally leave what was previously my dream job at my dream company. One day at work, I was writing an affirmation to myself at the top of my notebook: “I choose to be here,” and I realised that it was no longer true. I no longer chose to be there anymore. And so I finally quit for good that week. Many people praised me as being brave for leaving my comfortable job to take the leap into the unknown, and yet it never felt brave to me. It just felt right, and in flow, and aligned with my soul and my purpose. And it was that deep faith that gave me the wellspring of courage and the grounded confidence I needed to launch my own coaching business in 2020.
Looking back, I’ve always been divinely guided (as we all are!) but it just took me 30 years to realise it. Throughout my life there have been many moments where my soul would point me down a path; sometimes I would listen (like following my passion and going into fashion rather than consulting), and sometimes I would not (like not taking a gap year to volunteer at a turtle conservatory in Costa Rica). But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and if you continue listening to the little whispers of your soul, you’re always brought back to flow in the end. And this was one of those moments for me.
Over the past four years, I have healed and transformed through yoga, meditation, journaling, discovering and breaking through my limiting beliefs, acknowledging my fears, aligning with my values, setting a vision for my life and going for my goals, listening to my intuition, discovering my purpose, allowing myself to be vulnerable, living courageously, recognising my worth, cultivating self love, recognising the power of choice, surrendering to the natural ebbs and flows of life, building a spiritual practice, understanding my akashic records, receiving energy healing, and finally, simply trusting the universe. And its a never ending journey. I’m still learning and growing and healing every day, but now I just have a few more tools in my toolkit to help me and to help you along the way.
I hope that my humble story inspires you to follow your dreams. I hope that you too discover your gift to give to the world. And I hope you too will begin to find your light, be your light, and live your light to be your brightest self.
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