In 2015, I realized I was alive but not truly living.
Spending the year in and out of clinics, I knew something was wrong. I was suffering from coughs to aches to migraines. I couldn't sleep at night. I would get heart palpitations, followed by chest and abdominal pains. I could feel myself wasting away. I was at the end of my rope working 100 hours a week.
Being type A, I fell back into unhealthy patterns. Rather than slowing down and looking at the mirror, I used my business and my friends to escape. It wasn't until I went to a two-week retreat where I spent the majority of the time alone, that I felt the sharp and gaping disconnect in my life. Misalignment. It was only fitting that life felt the need to reinforce this lesson when I came back a day later, to witness the almost-death of a dear friend.
In the most poetic demonstration of synchronicity, it was death that allowed me to wake up.
Suffering became the catalyst for my journey. I started to peel back the layers I had created to protect myself over the years. I began to listen to my heart and for the first time, I could feel everything from sadness to joy. I learned to love myself as whole and complete, so that I could love others the same way. I discovered the power of intuition and the beauty of flow, opening my eyes to a world that had been there all along. By embracing my humanity, I released the stories that held me back. I became the creator of my own future, in a world of infinite possibility.
I was called to start this platform because stories are what connect and light us up as humans. If there is one thing I have realized, it is that my story is universal because all human experiences, from love to suffering, are universal as well. It is not enough to know things; transformation comes from Being and Doing, which starts from the stories that speak right to our hearts. It is the most authentic and courageous of stories that change lives.
Once upon a time, a stranger-turned-best-friend trusted me with his most vulnerable story, which allowed me to take my first steps to awakening. Every day, I am thankful for this moment and I hope through this medium, I can give back to the world. I look forward to sharing the laughter and tears with you, as we return to our power.
Let us be the love in this world.