Mindfullycity is a collection of experiential and personal stories using mindfulness, self-compassion and gratitude to engage in life and its challenges.
I founded the site to create an outlet, in the way of writing, for what I was going through – grief, an illness, challenging relationships, career changes, as well as anxiety, depression, and fears…and how I used mindfulness to heal the wounds, develop resiliency, and move forward with my life.
I also wanted to share my story to help others in their healing. When I was going through these difficult events, all I wanted to hear from someone was “me too, I’ve been there”, so that I didn’t feel so alone in my painful journey. But I had trepidation in opening up and being vulnerable to judgment. These were part of the fears I needed to confront and let go.
A shared human experience bonds us and it makes what we’re going through a bit more bearable when we understand that we’re not alone. In fact, at the essence of it all, we are all connected aren’t we.
I envision Mindfullycity to include others’ stories, not just my own, in the hopes that we can build a community around our collective experience using mindfulness as one of the keystone practices to alleviate our suffering.
The other objective I have for this site is to make mindfulness approachable and easy, and remove any barriers that deter people from applying this practice in their day to day.
I had a career in corporate banking for many years with a focus on communications. I made a career change recently to work for myself, which has allowed me to travel the world and pursuit my passions.
My volunteer work involves coaching and facilitating workshops to help immigrant women gain employment and address their fears around finding a job, and acclimatizing to a new country. I also help out at a local drop in centre for marginalized people in the community. Further, I coach and mentor professional women looking to make career transitions, in which I often prescribe mindfulness to help ease the change.
Over 15 years ago I discovered yoga, mindfulness and meditation to deal with the death of my brother. These practices brought a sea change in the way I experienced life, but it was only in the last 3 years that I started to really deepen my practice and appreciate its efficacy.
I’m currently pursuing a Mindful Self-Compassion teaching certificate.