What is YOUR story? Who are YOU? What is YOUR life journey all about?
I grew up with a family of three sisters in Vancouver, B.C. My mother is Chinese and my father is Italian and Scottish. I have three daughters ages 12, 8, and 3 and an incredible, supportive husband. I love spending time with my family and friends, writing, hiking, running, and reading. I especially love socializing and connecting with like-minded women. My background is in Early Childhood Education, and I currently blog, write for online publications and volunteer. My life journey is about creating a life that feels good on the inside. I’m an advocate for mental well-being and I truly believe that doing the inner work to feel good within, is the key to finding happiness. I’m also very passionate about creating a confident, kind, next generation.
What has been YOUR biggest challenge or life obstacle that YOU feel has dimmed YOUR GLOW?
One of my biggest life obstacles was struggling with my self-confidence as a child. I carried a lot of anger, self-hate, self-doubt and fear within me. This resulted in mild anxiety and led to depression as a teenager. It was hard for me to articulate the emotions and pain I was going through and sadly, some days I would take it out on others. My lack of self-love and negative self-concept, led me to make some decisions that afterwards made me feel guilty and ashamed. As my self-esteem continued on a downward spiral, it was challenging to feel happiness within. I played sports, and read self-help books in my mid teens, got a part-time job and slowly the depression went away and I began to love myself. I had my first daughter a few months shy of turning twenty years old, most would think it was a huge challenge, being such a young age, and some days it was. However, having her has taught me so many valuable life lessons that I would have never learned on my own. Some would think being a young parent, dims your glow. In my case, becoming a young mother, helped me shine!
How have YOU grown as a woman in the last year? What lessons, insights or ah-ha moments have you had?
This past year, I have grown exponentially! My growth was largely due to my courage. When I let go of some of my self-limiting beliefs and fears, I made room for new experiences. Last year, I started my online blog, www.stylingtheinside.com where I began to go back to my inner girl, who loved to write. I began to authentically, share my life stories and experiences and writing them was very therapeutic. I found my passion, by going back in time, and following the dreams I once had as a young girl-to write and to somehow inspire. When people say I inspire them , I think to myself, all I’m doing is being myself, and writing from the heart. And this is where the ah-ha moment comes into place. “Being yourself!” -Ah-ha!! That is what is inspiring.
What else do YOU want to share with the YOU GLOW GIRL!® Community?
You truly hold the power within you to GLOW! You unlock this super power, when you have the courage to be who you were truly meant to be. So, get out there, and be who you really are!!
Want more inspiration from the beautiful Jamie Khau? You are in luck! She is one of the 15 AMAZING women speaking at SheTalksYVR on March 7th at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.
See Jamie’s Speakers Feature in The Province here!