The Inspiration, my journey...
A Mindful Existence
I am seeing and understanding things I just didn't get before. Over the years, most of us develop at least a few negative habit patterns, like putting things off, or defending an ego. The negative side of the ego always boxes us in or weighs us down, but we identify so much with it that we think it's part of who we are.
A few years back, I developed a profound interest in holistic wellness; learning and exploring the connections between our mind, body, and soul. Simultaneously, I discovered the applications of aroma-science through a managed use of natural essential oil. The discovery led me to experiment and formulate a variety of craft blends for my home and family in replace of the off-the-shelf commercial products. It wasn't long until I found myself mastering my own special blend of essential oil recipes to treat and elevate many areas of our life (mind, body, and soul), through their many uses from natural health care to natural beauty and spa, to home cleaning products. Thus came the birth of - "Māramatanga - It's all about you."
While I was working on developing my very own homemade products… somehow it didn't feel quite right, I felt something's missing… Perhaps, we often look outside of ourselves for answers. On one hand, this makes perfect sense. If we don't have the answer, someone else must! In truth, all the answers we seek lie within us… and everything we need lies within ourselves.
I started my career in an engineering field; from climbing up the ceiling and crawling down the underfloor ducts to getting toasted in a furnace. Managing a controlled built-environment, analyzing critical joint-integrity from troubleshooting heat exchangers that are ten times bigger than me to manning an industrial torque wrench that can literally out-weigh me. I travelled the world; worked on the FPSO Ruby, drove 13 hours straight on a deserted windy road, flew in a private jet and met with great people from all walks of life. It was at the peak of my career I chose to end the episode as a Reliability Management Consultant to the big players in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical industries.
Throughout my entire career being a woman in a man's field, I had achieved great things. The first youngest lady president of the ASHRAE, Malaysia Chapter, co-founder of a non-profit organization TEPF and many, many more. It was great at first, but then after 20 years of endeavouring in the highly successful profession, and being the rose among the thorns, it felt like something was still missing in me… as though impetuses pushed me to make changes. Life is not meant to be a struggle, but I felt I was battling with the only constant in life - change; the constant change. The greater my resistance, the greater was my pain. Perhaps the truth no longer serves me, and my values. It did not fit in my current reality. And with each changing truth, I discovered more awareness of myself, my passion and purpose in life…
Back then, I was not able to think outside the box. The chaos was rather overwhelming. So, in 2016 I decided to step out of my box and moved to New Zealand to start anew. I think I can easily say it's foremost the best decision I've ever made since it has allowed me to rediscover who I really am. Away from my routines, my comfort zone, my unconscious habits, external influences - away from it all to live my very own renaissance. I was then able to look inside the box and rediscover parts of myself I didn't know I had and I am able to do things I always dreamt of doing.
Māramatanga was conceptualized from the Maori word which represents enlightenment, clarity, understanding, insight, and significance. As I sat deeply contemplating in the interconnectedness of my burning passion to holistic wellness and how it relates to living in harmony with life (mind, body, and soul), I uncovered my heart's desire, the purpose which has led me to where I am today. I began to see clearly what lies in the missing link when I asked myself ‘what's important to me' and it suddenly dawned on me. The joy and fulfilment I had when I was working with people from all walks of life, the immensely valuable moments I've had serving the non-profit organizations and rendering my service and time to work with, help, and inspire; the truth that serves me, congruent to my values and who I truly am from within.
Today, more than ever before, we live in a world of choices. The older we get, the more it's going to make a difference, and the more we are going to have to account for our actions and the consequences. Maturing in life is about making our own decisions and taking responsibility throughout our life. This happens in stages, some stages of maturation are gradual, others are dramatic. Many things are hard to understand until you seek to, and time alone will lead us when we look back on our experience with a wiser eye, when we say we are ready for the change – change begins and ends with us!
My vision is living my true purpose; I am aspired to leave a legacy and to be remembered as an inspiring mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend; to motivate others to embrace life to their full potential by cultivating goodness, to be mindful, grateful, and authentic for who they are and what they do; and ultimately inspire others to grow together.
Setting up my life coaching practice is where I aim to contribute and create a positive difference in the lives of people I cross paths with. My mission is to help them discover what's their own personal ‘best' could potentially be; to identify what's important to them; to overcome their limiting beliefs; to find the core values in themselves and in what they do which enables them to make wiser choices and in the fullness of time create a more empowered, balanced and fulfilled life.
We are all interconnected, but unique in our own existence, and that we are all here for a reason. Everyone is different in how they choose to live their lives, others have no obligations outside themselves. Everyone's story is unique. As my passionate enthusiasm continues to evolve, this self-discovery coaching platform allows me to set forth my quest and share with you my journey to give this passion a purpose.
Join me as I embark in this wholesome and meaningful journey; a journey of mindful existence; for the greater love and for the greater good of my family, friends, community and the world at large. Do pop in from time to time as I will be sharing with you my recipes to spice up your life.
Remember, at the end of every road…. practice gratitude. Thank you for taking the time to know me.
In the end, it's all about you!