Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I am Theresa Ho, a free-spirited, spa-lovin’, travel junkie, founder of HappyFreeLifestyle, a place where you can find travel inspiration and wellness tips to travel and create a life that nourishes your soul.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Schedule a time every day (preferably) in the morning to tend to you and your need. Be it something for your physical or mental well-being or something that is on your ‘to do’ list that needs go get done.
Why? Because often times as soon as we wake up, we tend to other people’s needs. We lose track of time. Before you know it the day is gone, and you haven’t had the chance to get to what you needed to do. When you do this on a consistent basis you will start to feel resentful at the end of the day, when this builds up it can lead to depression.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Growing up I struggled to find where on earth acceptance was. I was Asian, trying to adhere to Asian values to please my parents while trying to blend in with the kids at school in Canada.
So I’d tell myself to not worry so much about what other’s think and have fun doing the things that you enjoy doing because you can’t please everyone. The friends that makes you feel the most you - hang with them. Your parents love you unconditionally, they just don’t know how to show it. And in all their attempts to make you your best, all they ever wanted is for you to be happy.
Trust that by being yourself you will find your tribe who will accept you for you, and that your parents will learn to love you for who you are.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Do you. Whether we ask for it or not, people are always giving us advice left and right. Depending on who is giving the advice, some have their own motives and expectations of what they want or feel like you should or should not do. To quote Bruce Lee, “Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. And add what is uniquely yours.” Listen with grace and choose for yourself what feels right for you.