In Spanish there is an expression to describe the need to keep moving: “te pican los pies” (your feet itch). Well mine have been itching all my life.
Born in Puerto Rico to a Mexican mother and English father, I have lived in Connecticut, England, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, India, NY, and LA. I currently reside in London.
Looking back, I lived my life in overdrive – adapting to my surroundings as I hid the uncertainty of who I was beneath malleable masks of conformity. I made friends easily everywhere, but never truly felt I fit in anywhere.
At the end of 2015 I left what many would consider to be a dream job. I had finally come to the realisation that I wasn’t being true to myself or what I wanted out of life. In one of my favourite Ted Talks, travel writer Pico Iyer said: “…making a living and making a life sometimes point in opposite directions.” This resonated so profoundly with me that I left a job and position I thought defined me as a person, to start all over again. It was the hardest and yet most rewarding decision I have made so far in my life.
As often happens following years of burning the candle at both ends, my body decided it was time to let me know what was going wrong with my health. The day I left my job I also quit taking – cold turkey – my attention deficit medication after 10 years of using it to “perform” better, and the effects of this were (and at times continue to feel) crippling. Following several blood exams and a very uncomfortable endoscopy, it turned out I had Hashimoto’s (a problem with my thyroid known as hypothyroidism), a 3cm hernia in my stomach and alkaline gastritis with excessive bile build up. At the time I was 31 years old.
My decision to take control of my life was one that countless of us struggle with every day. Yet in making that decision, my life changed as if by magic – and though it wasn’t magic… it was magical. I am now a certified yoga instructor and life coach with a passion for health and nutrition. I’ve been fortunate enough, since starting this journey, to follow a path that I hope will allow me to help others take control of their lives too.
Are you ready to change your life for the better?