The quarter-life crisis is no joke.
I am 25 and two years ago, I had finished my honours degree in nutrition. Free from the education system, a long-term unhealthy relationship and nothing holding me back, I packed my stuff and went to explore Southeast Asia. Full of dreams and desires, optimism and excitement. I lived those two years to the fullest and my happiest.
Every moment, every memory and every adventure with the magical people I’ve met that have become my family.
I learnt how to ride a motorbike, dive, float in the sea without any worry, meditate, respect and tolerate. I learnt how to live and breathe and even started an online nutritional consulting business, so I should be happy – right? Wrong. I hit the quarter-life crisis and pure exhaustion.
I turned into a machine, a businesswoman that was doing everything by herself (but only up to 56%). Soon, I realised I can’t manage a business, be a nutritionist, blogger and have a social life..and everything else that life forces you be.
And so just as any adult would do, I curled up in a ball on my bed and cried.
I isolated myself and struggled to bring a smile. I felt like I had no purpose in life and that everything is just one big simulation where we pretend to be happy.
One morning I woke up super early, jumped on my bike and went to watch the sunrise at the beach. Honestly, I felt like slapping myself in that exact moment. No joke. With the deep realisation of how lucky and blessed I am to live and breathe in a paradise, in a country that maintains its peace, kindness and generosity.
I finished my last consultations with my clients and decided to stop and rethink what my values are. I went back to basics. And so, I started writing.
I found a passion for writing. I know, writing about gut health and bowel movements may not be the sexiest topic of 2019, but it’s MY topic. I have so much faith in the trillions of bacteria living in our gut and the beauty of its diversity and power they have in influencing our thoughts, feelings, pains and aches.
I lived in a pink bubble for many years, thinking I am a perfectionist (simply as it sounds better) just to realise I love cluttering my life. One of my friends had to go to the beach to actually de-clutter his mind after helping me out with something on my website. So yea, all I needed was to organise my life and declutter whatever was not essential to stop my crisis and silent panic attacks happening inside my chest.
Another friend of mine once said:
“ Just be
And enjoy being <3 <3 <3
Everything is already whole, complete and perfect as it is.
Give up waiting.
Stop resisting and just surrender to life.
Accept everything as it is.
Allow life to be.
And just be here, now.
Totally present, grateful, content. <3 “
And so I became just that. I decided it was about time for me to stop worrying about what other people think and take the plunge.
What the fuck is a health guide?
As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), health is a:
“State of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Health is a dynamic condition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis.
And a guide?
A guide is a person who advises or shows the way to others. Interestingly, it can even be a book that gives you information or instructions to help you do or understand something.
This constant requirement of maintaining a stable inner equilibrium and balance can get very challenging, with everyday life stressors and this is where my personal guidance and my writing comes together to help people just like you to reach that equilibrium back.
Why me? I just had a quarter-life crisis, right?
Because I know how it feels. Empathy is the most powerful commodity for a human being to have when trying to help and be the right guide.
Ok, now I’m curious, what’s the story behind Cella Health Guide?
After brainstorming things that make me unique the most glaring thing is the fact that I can touch with two of my elbows from the back. Yay! What a unique thing to know!
No, but in pure seriousness my biggest strength is EMPATHY, it’s what makes me unique. I worked as a support worker and I was a great one. I worked as an English teacher in Vietnam and I was a fantastic one, just because I had empathy for the people, for the students.
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and feeling what they’re going through makes a world of difference when trying to help someone. Trust me, I’m talking from experience.
However, my crisis came from the other unique feature I possess.
I am a forever learner. I love doing things myself and constantly starting something new, which often leads to having 10 different projects running simultaneously. Ya, it’s real chaos inside my head but just like the Vietnamese traffic here in Vietnam it somehow works as a beautifully organised chaos.
From trying to grow my own avocados, running a business all the way to making my own homemade sauerkraut (and yes also creating a master plan of selling sauerkraut in Vietnam which will happen one day!). It’s never ending and this is why I had to de-clutter and prioritise what’s really important and what has a purpose in my life.
Finding my purpose
You know when you’re in school and your teacher asks you what do you want to be. I knew dancing won’t be very sustainable and so I went into sciences which brought me to nutrition. Possibly the best route I could have taken as I completely found myself just wasn’t sure how to incorporate it into my life along with my wanderlust.
And so with my constant project creations, I kept trying to figure out what my one “purpose” was. It turns out, I’m happiest when I’m learning new things and sharing my heart with others. I finally came to the realization that instead of fighting my personality I’m just going to slowly continue to drive my family, especially my mum and dad insane by constantly learning new things and forcing them to support me with my next crazy idea.
Luckily I have the BEST parents I could imagine and have their full support in my free-spirited, nutty projects that I bring to life.
Interested in joining in on the ride full of organised chaos?
Hop on and hold tight because it’s time to get weird and wonderful! 😉
Why gut health?
There are around 100 trillion microbes living in your gut. Increasing the number of good bacteria in your gut can have a powerful effect on your digestion, mood, immune system, skin, weight and overall health.
Gut feelings are totally real. I promise you!
In addition to dopamine and serotonin – 90 per cent of which is produced in the gut – the gut releases other major neurotransmitters that are usually associated with the brain, these include glutamate, norepinephrine, nitric oxide and enkephalins.
Research also suggests that irritation in the gut can trigger mood changes and people with bowel disorders, such as Celiac disease and IBS are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety. Can’t get any more real, right?
So are you ready to transform and find purpose in life?
Do you want to feel comfortable in your own body?
Do you want to improve your health through good nutrition, with the most up to date evidence-based advice?
Do you want to get rid of your never-ending symptoms and develop healthy, nutritious eating habits?
Do you want to work with a qualified online nutritionist who nurtures a good relationship with food, body and mind?
If you answered ‘Hell YES’ then working with me is the best decision you’ll make!
(I only take two clients per month, to get on a waiting list book your free 30-minute session with online nutritionist)