I was born partially deaf and from a young age I realised that this was uncommon for most young people. When I was 12 years old, my dad developed a serious illness. I started at a new school and from day one, I kept the struggles I was experiencing from the world so that I would appear 'normal'.
In reality, my family and I were doing it tough. My dad's health never fully recovered. I had my own serious health issues, yet I lacked the words and courage to open up and tell my friends and family that I was not okay. For the first 20 years of my life I felt I couldn't voice and speak my truth. I kept my expression and story bottled up inside.
Aged 20, I reached an emotional tipping point and finally sought help. Through mental health services, a whole new world became available - one where I could find the words to talk and share my thoughts, feelings and emotions with people. I grew comfortable accepting things in my life. I saw my differences as my 'uniqueness' rather than as differences. I realised everyone carried experiences of their own. This past year I've felt incredibly emotionally tested after nearly losing my dad to two strokes. Yet these formative experiences have given me a silver lining in the power of storytelling and connection with others.
Fast-forward to today, I am living a life in alignment with my values of love, connection, courage, passion and growth. I feel the wonders of life. I feel this most when I am with my friends, family and like-minded people sharing incredible conversation about stuff that really matters to me. I feel life fully when I am present in nature, eating nourishing food, dancing in my room, listening to music or accomplishing things I've never done before.
I'm lucky that after much searching, I've found a line of work that enables me to feel this way as well. I have a job where I regularly interact with young people about their personal growth and leadership. As a young person who struggled with feeling 'different', I want to facilitate experiences for others where they can become confident in who they are. I want to encourage female leadership and positive mental health. My vision is to create a movement that empowers young women to live a life of self-confidence by connecting with their vulnerability and authenticity.
I aspire to be a woman who uplifts other young women and supports them in becoming their best selves. I also see this as being a wonderful opening for conversation that can be a preventative mental health strategy. A mission that has the potential to change lives.
My vision for my life is to be a woman who owns multiple businesses, all of which are purpose-driven and having a positive impact upon the world. In doing this, I hope that I can visit and experience as many cultures and countries as possible. I've seen such a small part of the globe so far and there is so much more I would like to explore!
Ultimately, I want to be remembered for having an impact on all people who I connect with because I really cared about them. I want all my friends and family to have always felt loved in my presence, and for that to continue after I'm gone. In living my truth, I want to spend my life empowering and inspiring others to speak and embody their truth.
“My purpose is to elevate consciousness through love... love for self first and once my cup is full, sharing the love with all sentient beings in need.”
“I want to see a world where every person has their basic human rights met and is able to fully participate in society.”