TO INSPIRE IS TO
BREATHE LIFE INTO.
THIS IS MY STORY.
I grew up as the eldest of three kids to an immigrant family in Sydney, Australia. I was shy and kept to myself, was raised to always work hard, study hard and did just that. I got the top female scores in my final year at high school, I finished my Bachelors degree with a distinction HD average and landed a corporate job in a lucrative industry. I sound great on paper, right? I sound like someone who had their “sh*t together”. But there was always something missing. I didn’t feel happy.
I was in a constant internal battle.
I disliked my line of work and slowly began to dislike my life because of it. Every day, I was either stressed or tired and felt “suffocated” in my own life. I knew a change needed to happen but I was so scared to let my parents and society down.
The pressure got so much that I couldn’t sleep and slowly started to withdraw from friends and family. It's like I had stopped being “me” and everyone around me started to notice. I finally quit my job.
I found peace in exercise.
I signed up to the gym and had a couple of sessions from the personal trainer. I started to train once a week, twice a week and then slowly increased to five to six times a week. I became addicted! I was shocked that something so simple could make me feel so much better. Amazingly, there was something very therapeutic about lifting heavy sh*t and putting it back down. Training helped me not just develop physical but also mental strength. It gave me more direction and clarity.
I slowly started to discover the real me.
I realised that I wasn't the person that the people around me wanted me to be. I began my personal evolution. At the same time I realised: If I could go from feeling like crap to feeling so good with something so simple, there had to be other people out there in the same boat!
Over the next year, I moulded my career around my love for fitness and became a fully qualified personal trainer. I was insecure about this initially. Was I wasting my education? What would other people think about my life choices? The initial doubts vanished eventually and I learned to focus on my own journey.
I finally broke free from my cage.