About the Site: This is a personal blog that predominantly looks at the substance behind the hype and combines modern Western approaches to health, with ancient Eastern philosophies about wellness and mindfulness. As a mixed race author, this blog is a manifestation of my cultural heritage and its superficially contradictory interests: the latest in scientific knowledge combined with a fascination in the ancient, intuitive wisdom of a long forgotten past. It provides nutritious bites of information that may help readers make more informed decisions about their lifestyles, or simply serve as an otherwise entertaining, light read.
‘People have given their health to their doctor, their money to their banker, their soul to the preacher, their children to the education system and in doing so, have lost control over their own lives.’
I say that I write for myself first and foremost because writing is a means of organising thought processes as well as fostering investigation, evolution and discourse. My main motivations for researching and sharing have always been to further educate myself about the food I eat, the products I use, the places I visit and the activities I love.
One of my favourite mottos is ‘yesterday I was clever and I wanted to change the world, today I am wise and I want to change myself’. In an age of contradictions: such as the mass hysteria and outrage that’s supposedly under an agenda of political correctness and tolerance, or the instant access to knowledge with real depth often limited by information overload and scarcity of time; critically appraising our every move, thought and motive has never been more eye opening. What applies to the macro, starts with the micro and although I may occasionally allow myself to seek solace in that which feels good, I try never to blindly subscribe to a bias that encourages one not to question or experience the grey area of the ‘truth’ for themselves.
‘Do not shun any healing possibility simply out of an ignorant following of current popular opinion. Nor is it wise to follow any ‘magic cure’ out of faith, wishful thinking or new age glamour. Educate yourself. Learn how your body works’. – Josephine McCarthy
As someone who grew up being fed the fast-paced London lifestyle, I enjoy investigating methods of becoming more mindful and balanced in an increasingly manic world. The writing (typing) skills are a continuous work in progress and only reflect my ever-evolving views at the time of writing. In the era of click-bait and junk, I hope that you may find some of the articles on here applicable and useful, or at least thought provoking for you too.
About me: My name is Nia and I’m a born and bred Londoner but ethnically half Welsh and South Korean. I studied Medical Science with Gastroenterology and Hepatology (gut and liver health) at Imperial College London and also retain an interest in areas such as mental health and PCOS. We live in a society that has always placed an emphasis on the physical and physiological, whilst becoming increasingly distant from the traditional and psycho-spiritual. The consequences of which have become increasingly evident in our technological environments of chronic stress. I therefore developed a concurrent interest in many more holistic forms of health and healing and enjoy a variety of ventures, including my personal-care and wellness brand – Yūgenial (due to launch summer 2019).
‘A new scientific truth is not usually presented in a way to convince its opponents. Rather, they die off, and a new generation is familiarised with the ‘truth’ from the start’. – Max Planck, Originator of Quantum Theory
I love learning and being creative – pursuing writing, reading, photography, pilates, yoga, talks, workshops and dancing (badly). Having written for Timeout London as a Tastemaker and worked briefly with Dojo App as a contributor, I am always looking for new things to experience and share.
I currently work part time for Night Key App, a private members app introducing a creative, millennial crowd to hundreds of London’s best facilities and experiences. I have also worked as a Junior Editor for Doctify App and have written for Beauty By The Geeks, an evidence-based blog that reviews the top beauty products on the market and gives you factual advice when it comes to getting bang for your buck.
More information can be found via the social icons on the left and on my Portfolio Website or LinkedIn. A past portfolio ranging from Buckingham Palace to Playboy Club London demonstrates my enthusiasm for novelty and disparate experiences or projects. I love trying new things and hearing from new people, so feel free to connect or subscribe using the links, comments and contact forms – thank you for visiting.
As an Ambassador for Caravan Wellness, I would highly recommend that you check out their platform. I often share my favourite rituals, practices, workouts and challenges from the platform on Instagram. It encourages me to use it for my own benefit, whilst also being able to share some of what I’ve found most useful with others.
‘I write — or attempt to write — about a saner, healthier, more centred way of moving through the world. Though I want to be clear about something: I don’t write about being sane, centred, and healthy because I am those things. I write about them because they — more often than not — elude me.
I write about patience because I am impatient.
I write about compassion because I am filled with judgment.
I write about meditation because my mind is incredibly active and loud.
I write about forgiveness because I am prone to resentment and grievance.
I write about risk-taking and busting up routine because I am a slave to habit.
I write about creative output and battling resistance because I am a highly distractible, world class procrastinator.
I write about giving myself permission to feel grief because I tend to run from negative feelings.
I write as an antidote to the madness within, as a reminder to myself of what is possible, like a message-in-a-bottle from a wiser me to a less evolved me. Often I don’t even know how I feel about a thing until I write about it. Sometimes my typing fingers are smarter than the thoughts in my head. So I pay attention to what I write. There’s something in there for me.’
A list of people I admire, who’s imaginations fill me with inspiration and incentive to learn more every day: Graham Hancock, Joe Rogan, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Rupert Sheldrake, Rupi Kaur, Derren Brown, Tim Ferris, Tim Urban, Niklas Göke, Joe Dispenza, Jordan B Peterson, Tim Spector, Alan Watts, Terrence Mckenna, Scott Adams, Theresa Bullard