Practically all of my life was a perfect training ground for me to learn about the power I have to design my life exactly as I wish. It began when both my parents got ill and I saw how each of them proceeded to “move on” down two very different paths based on their mindsets. My childhood wasn’t easy but I came out of it alive! To escape the insanity of it all I arrived in England on a holiday that ended with the return ticket being chucked in a bin of Hyde Park. It turned out that I had what it takes to not only survive alone in a foreign land, but also to integrate into its culture and language as I gained a degree in English & Media Studies like a native speaker.
In time many powerful concepts came into my life, all leaving profound impacts on my belief system. From Nichiren Buddhism to Dr Daisaku Ikeda, Abraham Hicks, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr John Demartini and Christopher Howard, to name a few. Without a doubt these philosophies laid the foundation for the mindset I now proudly carry with me every day and influenced how I perceived and reacted to tumultuous times in my life.
I firmly believe that life inherently has its ups and downs for a purpose. After all, if things were peachy creamy all the time we would lose the ability to appreciate the sublime moments that life has to offer. The challenges I experienced at university shook me to the root of my being. I felt as if I were living in a surreal wonderland where nothing seemed to be built on solid ground and I didn’t know who I was anymore. Here the filmmaking training opened the door to an exciting opportunity to creatively explore my experience as an outsider through the art of film. In the end I produced a short called “X Isles” and while my story on video became quite famous, it was screened at various colleges including Cambridge and Oxford, I published the article "Shooting From The Belly" in Spinning Lifelines, Women's Autobiographical Writing, edited by Lucy Lewis.
Then all hell broke loose. Without going into the nitty-gritty details, as I was beginning to enjoy an increasingly steady career as a filmmaker and teacher I became seriously ill and after endless tests I was diagnosed with a brain tumor which, although curable in itself, caused complete chaos in my hormonal system and I ended up bedridden and unable to walk, as I could hardly breathe. Yet because of my solid foundation of beliefs, instead of going into full melt down, I chose to take what appeared to be a world falling apart and turn it into a world of possibilities. Well... I did melt down a bit for a while, but I picked myself up again, only to reconnect with my mother and ending up caring for her again while I was still recovering from my own illness.
Chart a new course. After a few years on the healing & caring groove - and nearly losing myself again - I chose to follow the demanding voice inside that had been whispering in my ear for so long that it began to scream. While I was transforming my health and working out my emotional fitness in relation to my family I trained as a life coach and further my studies in personal development. I’ve set up workshop in The Kitchen to bring empowering seminars to people who are ready for change and need practical tools to turn their life around. And the world!
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying", she said: "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven’t had much practice." said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." (Lewis Carroll)