By Jenny Pereira – Founder of Thrive Wellness Hub
How can I put everything that I have experienced, learned and grown in just one blog? How do I take the last 8 years and make sense of this incredible journey I have travelled in a thousand words? Well, I simply can’t – It’s just too much to share in just one blog. To be honest, I would need a lifetime to adequately describe exactly how my life has been turned upside down and inside out in order for me to truly understand what I’m actually all about and where I’m going.
For most of my life I’ve been about plans; plan A, plan B and way too often, even a plan C has been created just in case’. Today I smile as I think about how much time was wasted, trying to get it all perfect when really, all I should have been focusing on was getting it all right for ME, just for me…
I don’t know about you but for as long as I can remember, so many decisions have had so much more to do with everyone else rather than me. In fact, the first 35 years of my life were mostly about trying to live up to a persona I created based on what I believed the world around me wanted and expected. Result? I barely featured by the time I realized the mess I had created.
All of it… the lies, the pain, the betrayals, the infidelity, the loss, the despair, the suicide attempt – was all leading me to stop long enough to understand that none of it was about what I needed and that the one person I had been searching for most of my life was actually myself.
Choosing a life filled with more awareness is giving yourself the platform to discover so many more layers to you. I’m not the same, I’m no different, I’m just more whole. The process of becoming a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner allowed me to open myself up to a whole new side of me, one that would pivot a whole new life and way of being. I resisted though – for almost two years I fought my desire to facilitate change for others. You see, I had originally decided to certify so I could help my daughter who at the time, was suffering from Absent Seizures, but God had other plans for me and when I finally decided to trust in his plan, my world became an explosion of infinite possibilities.
Just to put things into perspective, just 8 years ago I had nothing but debt that should have taken a lifetime to settle. I was lost, scared and struggling with severe anxiety and deep depression. I had suffered betrayal, lies, infidelity & two miscarriages. I had lived through two failed marriages, endured verbal and emotional abuse for almost a decade and tried to end my life at least once. I was a mere shadow of the woman I was once before and now I had to fight my way back with a precious three year old daughter looking up at me and watching my every step.
Eight years later, I still have a way to go, but I am the owner and founder of a wellness hub, I love myself just as I am, my little angel is growing into a beautiful, caring and confident young lady and together we face every challenge with faith, love, courage and the knowing that we ARE ENOUGH!
Learning to embrace myself as I am has been the most challenging path of all but one I will cherish forever. Living with passion and honouring what I believe to be my purpose is exactly why I have created a space for others to do the same. Over the past three years I have searched for places that not only offer a suitable space to work from, but that offer the support one needs to grow a successful practice. But it wasn’t long before my battle became about creating awareness around what I offer along with all the other phenomenal modalities that helped me get to where I am today and so many others that I am yet to experience. I grew so tired of people not knowing about BodyTalk or Access Bars, “how could this even be possible?” I thought – both have been around for well over a decade in South Africa, yet, there were still so many who have never heard of either… I decided I had enough of being part of the problem and that I needed to become part of the solution and so I began to dream of a place that would eventually become the very hub I own today.
It was surreal to witness so many people that were placed in my life, come together to turn my dream into reality. Nothing and I mean NOTHING in life, in my humble opinion, happens by chance! It might not all have meaning right now, but from my experience, sooner or later it all does.
I decided to call my Wellness Hub THRIVE because that is exactly what I wanted everyone who walked in, to experience. From tenants to clients alike, my dream has been to offer a platform that everyone could use to live their best life. I’m not here to force anyone into doing anything they do not believe to be for their best and highest interest. I’m here to offer all the love and support I possibly can to everyone wanting to grow into better versions of themselves. I’m here to create awareness around all we have to offer in this country aligned with a natural, holistic lifestyle. My dream is to expose quality & effective products, services and modalities that will enrich lives with more joy, peace and overall wellness. It’s also not all about healing modalities per se, well, it is, but not all of it involves a session or ‘treatment’. Currently, we have a variety of fitness classes ranging from Aerial Yoga to Burlesque dance – that’s right because we need to love and embrace ALL of what makes us the unique and magical beings that we are! (smile) We even have cooking classes aimed at helping people to connect whilst learning how to easily make a delicious gourmet meal at home. From modelling classes for young girls to tailored workshops, we are here to help you wherever you may be in your journey!
Beautifully and tastefully designed, combining an upmarket look and feel with all the warmth & nurturing a space for healing and rejuvenation should have, Thrive offers a place where one can feel free to be just who they are.
A nurturing & supportive platform for qualified wellness professionals to share their gifts, passion and expertise whilst growing their practice at a level and pace that best suits them and their pocket. Just imagine…a Wellness Hub offering the widest variety of natural, holistic and therapeutic products, services and modalities all under one roof.
Who would have thought, 8 years ago, when I believed to be facing the beginning of my end, that the ending was just of a chapter and that in reality, my life was really only starting to take the shape it was destined to be all along!