My Journey Thus Far

Posted on: July 6, 2012 Category: Self Mastery

What you are about to read is based on my real-life events. I wanted to share this because many people have asked about my journey, and I feel that it is important to put this out here. This is my truth, my past, and the path that has led me to the person and place I am today. It was and is an emotional post for me to write, so you were warned. :)


In the end of 2011, I was sitting in a corner of my room, feeling anxious, upset and depressed. What was I doing with my life, and where was I heading? Questions and doubt was pouring through my head. Literally, I felt as if I was heading for the Niagara Falls.

What happened to the assurance that was hammered into my mind when I was a child? The belief that all you needed to do was to study hard, get straight As at school, and your future was set. Your future would be filled with happiness, success, and you would have everything you ever wanted. That was life in a nutshell, at least that was what I was taught growing up.

Life in a nutshell sounded very easy to me – until I studied hard, got straight As, ranked top 2% in my tertiary entrance exam, and was enrolled in a highly reputable and competitive course, studying to be a doctor at university.

It made sense to my parents, my friends, the society – to be a high achiever meant you would enrol in a course with a high requirement (in my case veterinary medicine and surgery), graduate in 6 years, be a doctor. But yet I felt trapped by dogma.

After 2 years, I realized I wasn’t following my bliss, my values and beliefs, my purpose, and my heart. I kept telling myself that I would ‘learn to live with it’, but as time dragged on, I only felt that I was going nowhere but spiralling downwards. At that time I realized my passion and joy was in nutrition, health, spirituality and wellbeing – and so I took a bold move to follow my intuition. I dropped out of my course and enrolled in nutrition the next semester.

I couldn’t be happier at this point in time. Don’t get me wrong – I will always be grateful for the dark and difficult times, because it has shaped and taught me so much. Today, I’ve found so many like-minded, amazing people in my life that I am eternally grateful for. Through BSchool (which I have to thank my intuition for guiding me to), I have found a source of inspiration from people who live their dreams, and work towards their dreams every single moment.

Life right now is one of ease and flow, where excitement and joy is something I experience every moment. Ultimately, I have come to learn that you have to listen to your heart, because somehow it already knows where you need to go. I have found my purpose and joy in inspiring others to live their authentic truth, to be a dreamer, to live happy, healthy, abundant lives.

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late, or in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

I hope you find strength in my story, and I hope you know that you deserve happiness, health, peace and wellbeing. It is your birthright. You deserve to live a life full of bliss and purpose. If you find that you’re heading towards a place you don’t want to end up at, I hope that you find the courage to re-route and start again. It’s never too late, all that matters is that you have taken a step towards the right direction, no matter how small the step may be. The beauty is that you don’t need anything to take that step – everything you need is already within you.

To your authentic truth,
Jia Ni x

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  1. Teowai says:

    Love your honesty! It’s hard to change your path when it’s supposed to be the one to “success”. I’ll get there one day.

  2. Jade says:

    Thanks for sharing that Jia Ni. Really touched me
    I felt the same pressure to achieve from my mother. I think we both know it comes from a good place – our parents want us to be upstanding citizens who have secure employment and a good income. But happiness is do essential. While I was studying at uni, I was feeling lost with no real sense of purpose or direction. I was working at my local Coles part time, and I loved it – I love working with people, and I felt like I was being paid to chat with friends all day. So I decided to take 6 months off uni and work full time. My mum went crazy (“you’re too smart to waste your life in a supermarket”). It was one of the most empowering things I’ve ever done because it taught me that your job has to make you want to get out of bed in the morning. It has to light a fire in you to keep you passionate. No one should study because they feel like they have to please someone else, or work in a job they hate because it pays well, life is too short!
    You are blessed to have recognized early what drives you and brings joy to your life. And I am blessed to know you and share in your journey

    • Jia Ni says:

      Thanks Jade!! :’) It makes me so happy that you resonated with it. And thank you for sharing your experience with me, so touching and inspiring! Yes, we need to follow our bliss and purpose and heart in life. Afterall, this it it – this is what we have and what we make of it right now is all there is to it. I am so blessed to know you too, we need to catch up soon love! x

  3. Sheridan says:

    Jia Ni – I love this post – so true that your heart already knows what you want. I’ve been an artist for a long time now – that in itself requires facing off a lot of stuff about security and money (artists are sposed to live in poverty). But i was always an artist on a mission (except I wasn’t too clear on what it was…) Then i did a phd cos I wanted to do something with my fiendish love of onformation – and that felt a lot like moulding myself to fit a system of thinking. I didn’t want to be an academic – so there i was post-phd floundering lost and wondering if i’d just wasted 5 years… Then my intuition also lead me to b-school and to discovering how to bring together all my research and my creativity in a way that really does make a difference in the world! When i look back i see that even when i didn’t know where i was going i just kept ‘following my nose’ and its amazing how everything connects… Good on you for having the courage to make that
    leap you knew you had to take!

    • Jia Ni says:

      Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this with me, Sheridan! All the best for your journey ahead, looking forward to see what amazing possibilities and changes you will bring to the world. xxx

  4. Emma says:

    Beautiful post Jia Ni! I find it terribly sad that many people don’t realise they can create the life that they dream of. It’s fantastic that you are following your bliss :) x

  5. June L says:

    Ni, am so proud of you being where you are today. I look up to you!

    I am very happy for you.

  6. Kar Mun says:

    lovely post :)