That’s how my journey with White Ocean began. I was working a 9-5 job - truly bored and frustrated - but also stuck, not knowing how to break the cycles I found myself in.
I had been doing kundalini yoga for a while and the deeper I got into my yoga practice, the more I noticed the stillness of my mind and with that came a deeper connection to my heart and the intentions of my soul.
For the first few years, I simply enjoyed the sense of peace I got from my yoga practice. But soon, a stronger force entered my reality, and it was time to take action.
All my life, I had this dream that I would go back to Uganda, where I was born. I had left at a young age, and although I spent some years in a few other African countries, I never had returned to what Winston Churchill named ‘The Pearl of Africa’. I had a romantic fantasy that perhaps I would go back for my honeymoon. When I still wasn't married by my mid-30s, I gave up on the idea of the honeymoon, and decided to go back for myself.
For the first time in my life, I was about to take the bull by the horns and live my truth. I quite my job to go back to Uganda to help New Hope Orphanage. (read more about Uganda initiative here).
After my trip to Uganda, I also set up an art gallery (read more about art gallery here) which I owned and operated for a few years. But there was still something deeper I needed to tap into. There was more that I was put on this planet to do.
It took another few years of deep meditation and self-awareness to realize that if I wasn’t helping others, nothing would work for me. It sounds cheesy and it took a lot courage and commitment for me to stand up and take a stand for what I believe in, but it’s my truth. And living one’s truth is where life’s magic happens.
So I sold the gallery, re-structured White Ocean as a social enterprise, and created a way to help the children in Uganda. I was also deeply inspired by Indego, who educate and empower women in Rwanda who are recovering from war; I partnered with them as a donor.
Now I sell jewellery to raise the funds for the children and women, and I feel aligned with my truth.