I would like to share my journey in the hope that it resonates with you. Despite the different experiences that we encounter, we can often relate to each others’ lives more than we realise.
Hopefully, my own journey will help you to become more in touch with your intuition and making future business decisions that are positive for you.
During childhood, I was brought up in an Asian culture where it was not the norm for women to work. Despite this, I had a motivational drive deep inside me from an early age. I wanted to do something that would change the world.
But I didn’t have the encouragement at home that many children have. This meant that I was the very shy child at the back of the classroom, not putting my hand up even when I knew the answer.
I had to act as my own guiding force.
Have you ever been in a difficult situation, but found yourself being urged forward in spite of yourself?
There was an inner voice urging me to pursue my own motivation. It was my awareness of this inner strength that made me take the first steps on a more connected journey.
The first steps
The first step in carving out my own destiny came when I saved money to buy driving lessons. For me, this was a symbolic move towards independence and self-reliance.
This inspired a domino effect among the women in my life. They asked me for help in applying for their own provisional licenses. They too wanted to tap into an inner strength that they now realised it was possible to follow.
Later, I also used my own money to buy my first car.
Each independent action was a stepping stone towards the greater journey I was about to embark on.
Learning to trust my intuition and make decisions
Although I went to college and University, I was still far from realizing my true vocation in life.
I got married. But I did this because I knew it would make other people happy, even when it came to the detriment of myself.
Despite the early, positive decisions I had made for myself, I now suppressed my inner voice to please my husband, my family and other people.
But my inner voice got louder.
I was unhappy with the status quo and strived for something more fulfilling in my life. When I began to listen to the important message that my inner voice was telling me, I knew what to do next.
I made the difficult decision to get divorced. I had supported my husband through his successes and had my son. But I had also ignored my own untapped abilities.
For a long time, I had allowed someone else to make decisions for myself. Now I am wholly responsible for my own life. All my decisions and choices are my responsibility – even if I take risks and things don’t always work out, great power comes from knowing that they are my decisions alone. Making our own decisions is what builds our confidence.
Even when I made the wrong choice in the short term, I took those lessons and used them to carve out a new and positive future. Now was the time to put my own talents and desire for growth to the forefront of my life.
Overcoming obstacles and honing my entrepreneurial spirit
Following my divorce, I worked multiple jobs in order to support myself and my son.
I was as an auxiliary nurse and a social worker. The common thread between these vocations was that I was helping people in each role. I used my intuition to tap into their needs. And the experiences helped to open me up, as I began to heal from difficult times.
I could feel the energy inside myself growing stronger every day. I was drawn to meditation groups. Through the connection with like-minded people, I opened up and began to discover who I was.
Have you ever gone through a difficult time? Although we can feel so low at the time, it is often these moments that pave the way for our rebirth.
For me, being more in tune with myself gave me the clarity and confidence to launch several companies over the coming years.
As I had always been around the family business and restaurant, I had been developing entrepreneurial skills for a long time.
I opened a catering business with my brother. So at this time I was working 9 – 5pm in social work and 6pm-1am in catering.
Although my brother initially had doubts, I felt strongly that this business venture would work out. Sure enough, we worked long hours and made it a great success.
My jewellery business
Following the success of the catering business, I had a newfound confidence in my ability to make profitable business decisions.
Next, I set up a small jewellery business. I was given the opportunity to network in Bangkok but before this journey, I had never travelled alone.
I felt a sense of fear. But even more powerful than this, was the inner drive to keep pushing forward to something that I knew would be rewarding.
So I booked my flights and accommodation and made my way to the event, where I bought beautiful pieces of jewellery from a variety of manufacturers.
The following year, I travelled to Hong Kong and repeated the process. I made beneficial contacts and the business continued to grow.
It was at this point that I really started to trust my instincts.
I had gone from being the girl who didn’t put her hand up, to a business person that was confident forging partnerships with others.
Where I had once felt conflicted and unsure of myself, I was now creating multiple business visions with clear goals and outcomes far into the future.
The birth of Healing Academy
Sensing a deep shift and time for change some years later, I turned my focus towards skincare. I wanted to make people not only look good, but I wanted to make them feel fantastic too!
Feeling revitalized and full of energy, I wanted to open a new business focused on health and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, Scottish Enterprise didn’t see the value in investing in health and wellness, preferring to place the focus solely on industries like manufacturing and IT.
Now? We are surrounded by wellness companies and products! This was another step that gave me confidence in my vision of the future. I unwaveringly believed that this was the way forward.
I started small. I helped people one-to-one through energy healing. The more I practiced healing, the more I honed my gift.
Yes, I offer techniques and tips that help people to become more in tune with themselves. But I believe it is the gift of connection and my own experience that sets my services apart.
Today, I trust my instincts 100%. My guidance comes from a much deeper place and I am confident in my abilities.
We all have the ability to connect deeply with others. If you feel you are not connecting as deeply with your employees as you might like to, this realization is the catalyst!
This is where all powerful transformations begin – the catalyst is part of that inner voice that pushes us on to something greater.
When you truly empathise with your employees, you are more equipped than ever to share a collective vision. It is this vision that will carry your business forward to the next stage of the opportunity.
Energy cannot be bought. The healing services I offer are the collective sum of everything I have experienced in life. It is a positive force that I channel in person and online. It comes from my heart and from my soul.
Charity work and the importance of reciprocity
I am a member of a Charity called Charity Educational International (CEI). CEI is a registered charity in Scotland. We fund a college in Bangladesh for over 1200 students. We have a health centre and we employ doctors and a nurse. We are currently raising money to buy an ambulance for the Health Centre.
I have recently raised some money to build three classrooms for a primary school in a deprived area of Bangladesh. Part of the money was raised through writing my book, Wind Beneath You Wings.
Before this I didn’t know how to create and publish a book. It was unchartered territory…
But again, a higher force was guiding me and I met the right people to assist me in getting my book published. I aligned my guidance system through working on myself. This meant I was able to listen clearly and follow the decision through without a doubt.
I have also supported local charities such as children in need, Marie Curie and others.
I believe that when we have made our successes, often through the support others have offered us, it is important to practice giving gratitude back to our communities and the world.
Seeking a new business partner
Some years ago I had a business partner who let me down and took me back to square one. This was not the best time of my life, but again, my inner guidance motivated me to get back on track.
The positive aspect of this partnership was that it was a development lesson in my life. Sometimes, the best lessons are learned while we are on a rough road. Take your lessons with you and leave the rest behind. Lessons make you stronger, wiser and a good businessperson!
Since then I have met people who have sought a partnership with me. But my intuition, which I have learned to trust deeply, has warned me not to enter into these particular partnerships.
Somehow, I knew that these would not be beneficial for me in the long run. Regardless of how great these proposals sounded – what I felt told me the truth. The inner voice spoke loudly and resolutely.
Currently, I am seeking a new business partner that shares my philosophies. A positive person who wants to uplift and share his or her energy with others. This person will bring their unique skills, experiences, and funding to the table.
My hope is that our respective skill sets and uplifting energy will compliment each other to carry us to forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.
Final nugget of the day…
Whether in their personal life or in business, people often fear failure. But I have a different definition of the word. True failure is not trying.
Always follow your instincts in life. Even if you cannot see why this will lead you to the right path at the present moment, having faith in yourself will ensure that everything will come right in the end.
As business people, we are often faced with the question: should I do this? Will this decision produce long-term gains?
We all have to takes risks in life. The best we can do is to develop our emotional intelligence and trust that our intuition will steer us towards success.
Finally, no man or woman is an island. We must learn how to be confident in ourselves, but also how to appreciate the support that others will offer us. I am grateful for my family and friends who I have met on my journey. To them I want to say: Thank You.
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