Mother. Yogi. Teacher. Eternal Student. Guide. Retreat Owner. Coach.
10 years ago it looked like I had it all. I had an enviable job working on Super Yachts around the world, I hung out in places like Monaco, St Tropez, the Carribbean, and got paid well for it. I rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, was taken to fancy restaurants and barely spent a penny.
I was often told how lucky I was, what an amazing opportunity I had and how most people could only dream of living the life I was living.
There was one problem. I was deeply unhappy.
Rather than listening to my heart and gut, I continued doing what I felt I ‘should’ be doing, conforming to what I thought everyone ‘expected’ me to do. I also had no idea what else I could do!
I ignored the small signs, and as the signals got bigger and louder I continued to ignore them. My physical and mental health began to suffer as a result. I blew several discs in my spine, my periods became increasingly erratic, I broke my foot, and suffered from anxiety (I would wake up in the middle of the night in tears for ‘no apparent reason’). I lost my job, my long-term relationship broke down and as a result I felt pushed into leaving the country I was calling home.
Little did I know at the time, this was my ‘Perfect Storm’.
To be what you must, you must give up what you are - Yusuf Islam
I knew something had to change. When the pain of staying put, exceeded my fear of the unknown, I course corrected. My health issues led me down a path towards wellness and healing as I embarked on my first (of many) yoga teacher trainings. I quit the super yacht industry for good and set off on journey which led me around the world, finally settling in Bali, Indonesia where I have been living for the last 6 years.
Having worked in luxury hospitality for years, I realised I wanted to be autonomous and offer my own brand of luxury, authentic and attainable wellness. And so my retreat haven The Pineapple House, Bali was born in Canggu, Bali in 2015, as I wanted to bring hospitality and surf, yoga and wellness offerings together. Fast forward 4 years and The Pineapple House, Bali is a thriving 6 figure business
As a single mother and entrepreneur, life can be full, challenging and ever changing, but over the years of teaching yoga and working with some of the best wellness professionals around the world, I’ve tried, tested and learned techniques to maintain calmness and clarity. I live by these principles, and I can truly say that I am content, calm and grounded, regardless of what life brings.
How my external landscape has changed is a direct reflection of the inner work I continue to practice. I truly believe that I am the only person responsible for my own health and happiness, and this shift alone has changed my life beyond recognition.
I believe that we are all capable of feeling this way. When we live in alignment with who we are and really respect and honour the body we were born with, we open our eyes to the magic of everyday life.. When we can cut through the sense of separation between who we are and who we want to be, life unfolds effortlessly before us and we can reestablish deep trust in ourselves.
This is the journey I went on, and I would love to share with you the tools I use, which not only got me to this place of deep calm and groundedness but keeps me there when life brings its inevitable ups and downs.