Who am I and what’s the value I bring?
What’s my niche?
Hold on, what’s a niche?
I’m someone who is a seeker. Someone who has always searched for the answers. Whether that was messages in books, tv, movies or songs.
Within some of the biggest challenges I have faced through my life, looking back I can see how they have helped me to become who I am today.
At 12, I had this mad angry rampage, grappling with not having the experience of knowing my paternal grandparents. It’s unfair, I remember saying. They had each passed years before and I really struggled with missing out on time with them.
Back then, I listened to many singers, song writers and musicians who shared how they used their talent and creativity to work cathartically through their emotions. I wasn’t a song writer but I did love to write.
I also read many books, one being Amy Tan’s the Joy Luck Club. I wondered “would it work for me?” So, I began to write about my grandparents but back then I was only young and didn’t know how to keep moving myself forward.
At 27, an overwhelming wave of emotion hit me after attending the first day of my self expression and leadership program (a self/personal development curriculum). I realised my purpose in life was to simply live my life through a new lens - living from deepest depths of gratitude; to live a life of honour and privilege for the sacrifices and struggles my grandparents faced. But also, who am I NOT to be great because of and for them.
At 39, I faced the reality of my own mortality. Weeks of enduring pain and suffering resulted in the discovery of a rare infection needing immediate operation. I faced myself in an unexplainable way, realising I’m the source of my own destiny.
If ever I needed to be reminded not to take my life for granted, these defining moments in my life did exactly that.
Writing after that became my way of unveiling who I really am for myself and the world.
With my reading and listening there was also a deeper level of magnification, seeing and hearing things I’ve not seen or heard before even if it was a book, a song, a movie I had read, heard or seen before.
Through my writing and a continued pursuit of my own personal transformation journey, Ive learnt how being connected with your inner philosophy, unleashes what you’re truly capable of.
When all that isn’t you, melts away. When you find the real you. When you discover what it is to be you, all of you. When you can be yourself wholeheartedly.
You are capable of more than you know.
Now when you ask me, what’s my niche, it’s taken me at least 15 months of solid soul searching to realise my own journey is all I’m qualified to speak about.
A niche is just the thing that differentiates you from the next, you are the only person qualified to share exactly the value you have brought in to navigate your own life.
How did you guide yourself to this place? How did you overcome each obstacle, challenge, issue, barrier? What are the secrets to your success? What are the micro moments where you truly showed up for yourself and shined? What are your milestones of learning?
“I help people to uncover the value they bring in the present moment and guide them to unleash who they are for themselves and the world through an online business.”
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Hi my name is Angela. I have loved writing since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand. I soon learnt I had a gift of connecting with my ancestors through writing before my 30th birthday.