WHO I AM – my story in a nutshell.
Born and raised in Montreal, I was encouraged to honor my cultural heritage but often felt the desire to experience beyond a strictly Asian Canadian experience.
While I grew up exposed to the more conservative and traditional views, for the longest time I was afraid to be who I am, and felt I had to pursue the conventional route of what it meant to be successful and happy.
So WHO AM I? I once had no idea. I once lived a fast busy life, pursued a bachelor’s in Marketing at the John Molson School of Business, and just when I got accepted into an exchange program in SPAIN (my dream then) I was led to discover that I had a ‘hole’ in my heart, called an Atrial Septal Defect.
At 21, never did I imagine going through a heart surgery. Ironically, as my journey unfolded, the hole had been the void I yearned to fill. This life-changing experience propelled me to find myself, my passion, my purpose. To follow my heart this time around, no matter what I was taught to believe. To break free from old paradigms, society’s and my own limited beliefs, in order to truly become who i am.
It all started with a fundraising event I created called “Dance Your Heart Out” at first mainly to raise funds for the Montreal Heart Institute and increase awareness among the youth about heart disease, but later on discovered the message I most wanted to convey, was to live a life of passion, something I had never done prior to surgery. For the first time, at the event, I had the opportunity to perform a rap for the cause, to which made me discover my love for the art of self-expression. Through the exploration of various mediums from music to dance, acting and stunts, I began to heal. Through it, I was inspired to become who I am today. To be more vulnerable, after I had long been repressed, and embrace the darker parts of me. To face my fears, in order to feel alive.
While I pursued stunts and acting in the last few years, having studied marketing previously, I branded myself as to my essence via creating my own productions, website, etc. That’s when I realized that being authentic, is what makes us stand out. Thus, when I started to align myself more with who I am, I began to attract the right opportunities for me not only in my career, but in various aspects of my life.
However, most recently, I came to realize that who I am, is not entirely defined by what I do. I am nonetheless grateful to have had opportunities in acting and stunts, as well as creatively directing and authentically branding artists, entrepreneurs to be and show who they are in their work.
So, outside of my passions, and my career who AM I? A soul. who needs to create on a daily basis. who’s strongly attracted to growth, through experiences, and connecting with others. who loves discovering the mysteries of life, and what’s beneath the surface, whether it pertains to spirituality, or any intriguing subjects beyond meets the eye. I value authenticity. I’m not perfect. At times, I fail. I make mistakes. I go through moments of confusion and darkness. but find ways to pick myself back up. I sometimes relapse to old patterns of negativity and self sabotage but I feel I’ve made much progress. I’m open. I don’t fit inside a box. My views fall in the shades of grey. I’m attracted to souls, not faces. I have darker parts to me, and learning to love myself there. I am now someone who’s excited to live in the unknown, and determined to be self-made in the path I create. I’m someone who, wants to make a difference, through, being me, and doing what I love. Currently, I am working on developing my business, to do so and want to start sharing my story and realizations via blogging and vlogging to inspire others on the journey to self-discovery and self-love. I’m someone who loves every form of art. who seeks new adventures, and wants to discover endlessly. and travel all parts of the world, that can in turn help me grow as an individual and continue to expand my perspective.
Ultimately, I feel everyday is an opportunity to be reborn. and so far, I feel much more alive.
WHO AM I? I AM Much More ME.
“It is not the absence of fear. It is the will to feel alive.” – CT