I have travelled the world searching for meaning.
But every road has led me back to myself.
Born in Vietnam, I was the black sheep in a very traditional Chinese family. The youngest of eight, I always felt different to my siblings, like I didn’t quite fit in.
When I was just 7 years old, my family fled Vietnam as political refugees. I survived 42 days at sea on a tiny fishing boat with 35 other people. The boat was rickety, the conditions were appalling and we had no supplies. But we made it.
Arriving safely we began our new life in Sydney, Australia. But the rough conditions I’d experienced at sea were smooth sailing in contrast to the emotional storm that was waiting ahead for me on dry land.
While my siblings were happy to continue living a very Chinese oriented way of life (and still do), I was different. My family didn’t understand me at all. They constantly challenged my personal belief system and prevented me from having any freedom outside of the home.
Those early days were extremely challenging. But, just before turning 18, I finally got my first real taste of freedom. I said goodbye to my old life, left my family’s home and set off, eager to explore the world. This was a rare and unusual event for a Chinese family, but I knew I had to leave and do life on my own terms, living fully, with passion and meaning.
In my 30s, I became the first person in my family ever to gain entry to university. After graduating with a degree in Humanities, I grew curious about the art and science of healing, and set about immersing myself in the study of both.
Over the years I gained qualifications in Facial Foot and Auricular Reflexology, Reiki, Meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, Tai Chi, Martial Arts and Yoga. I completed Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training and attended numerous silent retreats for weeks and months at a time to enhance my meditation practice and deepen my understanding of the mind. I also gained extensive knowledge and a passion for the use of food as medicine.