◢ We are multiple beings in search of singular identities ◤
Who Am I? I Am Human. I Write.
A couple of years ago, I started buying and selling stuff online, which lead to me quitting my corporate job to launch my own fashion brand online. What a rollercoaster journey that was… and boy did I learn a lot!
I could have never imagined the experiences that followed. It wasn’t part of my plan to run a crowdfunding campaign or pitch to investors on television. Nor was it part of the plan to move abroad for a year to oversee manufacturing.
Then one day, everything came crashing down. A few months after returning home, with my bountiful stock, my warehouse burned down in a fire caused by an electrical fault.
I was faced with an abrupt realisation that, after weighing it up, it was time for me to move on, and close down the business.
You get to try a lot of things when you run your own business. For me, a by-product of startup life is learning to be, ‘the jack of all trades, master of none’.
I didn’t know what do next. But rather than return to the safety of my very scientific (and reductive) corporate job and a guaranteed paycheck, I decided to follow in the path of a lady that I had read about, who tried one new job every month for a year. If not now, then when?
So I helped build new businesses and worked in several other tech|startups. Saw these soar and sour. I explored that inner chef dream and threw myself in to hell’s kitchen. I mastered mixology, barista-ology, and bubble-ology. I even operated a pedal-powered coffee cart.
I learnt what I was good and bad at. I learnt what I liked and hated. I learnt what I cared about. Innovation, sustainability, mental health…
Above all, I learnt that I absolutely love being a creative person. Throughout all my experiences, the one thing that never fails get me animated, and has also kept me going, is storytelling.
When I worked in science, I had a growing sense of (personal) delusion towards the field I specialised in; there was something about the machination of human beings via psychometric testing that made me feel inherently uncomfortable.
Now that I have leaned in to myself, I’ve realised this was because I was in a field that went against my natural grain, the essence of my character. In a nutshell, I was working in quantitative psychology, but in both my Bachelors and Masters degrees, I devised extensive qualitative experiments – an ode to my preference for the holistic inquiry of human beings.
It is no wonder that psychometric tests cannot be designed to effectively assess and measure roles in the creative industries.
I remember the moment it hit me, that I wanted to be a creative storyteller. A friend had invited me talk about my business at her Mastermind group, and this was several years after I walked away from it. It was the first time I was asked to share my story to an audience of strangers, and in that moment I realised, that storytelling in itself is an art.
I love to write. Writing is so beautiful, and it is both inspiring and therapeutic.
I also love to interview. To interview well, requires a certain kind of artistic command. It is playfully explorative, and is the embodiment of human connection.
“Stories are persuasive when facts are weak, but strong facts are better without a story. I trained and worked in science & technology, but I live to tell stories.“
Experience is often messy, but the write up is beautiful. I found meaning from uncertainty, and this is how this website and these words came about. If you can relate, and feel that you have a story you can’t quite figure out how to tell, I would love to talk with you.
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