As the threat of terrorism escalated in the early 90’s, my family and I left our comfortable life in Peru and migrated to Australia. From a young age, my dream was to be an aid worker because I loved the idea of helping people and this desire escalated into adulthood but I didn’t know how to channel it.
I was committed to helping people, so at 23, I went to work for ChildFund Australia in Laos. After that I volunteered at an orphanage in Cambodia and then worked for a non-government organisation in Peru that looked after women and children who were victims of domestic abuse. As money ran out, I had no choice than to go back to Australia where the lure of the corporate world proved too hard to ignore.
Climbing the corporate ladder felt amazing but with each new role I became more distant from my desire to help people. To be honest, I lost myself in the corporate world and the repercussions would eventually become self-evident.
In the space of two years, I hit my lowest health point: I weighed 40 kilos; experienced thyroid problems; insomnia; amenorrhea; hair loss; indigestion and cracking joints; I felt cold all the time; I had racing thoughts; and I was deficient in a host of vitamins and minerals. It’s no surprise that I ended up in hospital.
I then went from specialist to specialist trying to find answers to the long list of symptoms. Leaving each specialist appointment, I felt increasingly frustrated and misunderstood because no-one was able to get to the root cause and the only solution seemed to be prescription medication.
This health crisis made me really look at every aspect of my life because I felt like the world around me was crumbling down: my health was declining, I disliked my job, I was going through a break up, Sydney no longer felt like home and I was becoming increasingly unhappy.
One day I looked around the office and decided that my time in the corporate world was over. One week later I resigned and 6 weeks after that I was on my way to India to become a yoga teacher.
Four weeks into my trip I got really sick and through a series of fortunate events I ended up at an Ayurvedic clinic. This was the beginning of the end because in one hour the Ayurvedic doctor was able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and gave me a rundown of what awaited me if I kept going in the same direction: infertility, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. I was only 35.
This was the first time I realised that, if you don’t have your health, you have nothing and you are unable to pursue your goals. I realised I had to take responsibility for my own health and happiness and adopt radical changes. I also came to the realisation that I needed to stop looking outside myself for happiness and instead focus on developing a relationship with my inner self, my truth, my soul and my spirit – the bigger me.
Let me tell you … it wasn’t easy, but I was determined to heal myself naturally and get my health and life back in order.
Through Ayurveda, yoga, breathwork, connecting with Pachamama, ecstatic dance and self-love practices and rituals, I was able to find out who I really am and what I am capable of. My intention is to empower women to do the same, and to step up and help women fall in love with life again.
Now I realise that my health challenges were a gift because they were something that I had to overcome to get to where I am today; and so that I can share my message from a place of experience, love and understanding.
Fast forward five years and I’m now an Ayurvedic health coach and can easily say that I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been. I feel so blessed to attract women who are ready to take back control of their health, life and happiness. I love working with women and seeing the progress and transformation they achieve through their hard work and commitment to change.