Turning Wounds into Wisdom to Live Your Best Life

When we are handed challenges and traumas in life, we can do one of two things: We can either feel overwhelmed and stay stuck, or we can face them head-on and allow the growth and wisdom that are to be gained. In this episode, Rukshana Triem shares a bit about her extremely difficult childhood in refugee camps, as well as other life challenges that pushed her from self-destruction to self-love. She also offers some key points to get you started on your own path to a happier, healthier life.

Rukshana Triem, former refugee and immigrant from Mozambique came to the United States in the 1990s. Using the wisdom she has gained after surviving refugee camps in childhood and various other life challenges, she helps women on their healing journeys. Rukshana is also the founder of the Firmina Foundation, a 501(3)C non-profit that helps build schools in Mozambique and in the future, Malawi and Zambia, Africa.

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What You’ll Learn from This Episode:

  • Some of the challenges of living in Africa, and in particular in remote villages
  • What it was like as a child hiking for three days across mountains to escape war and find a refugee camp
  • The challenges of getting — and keeping — food in a refugee camp at 10 years old
  • The mantra that kept Rukshana going during all of this, even as a child
  • The difficult process of seeking asylum
  • How Rukshana’s old beliefs led to self-destructive behavior after divorce
  • The catalyst for her transformation to a life of self-love, joy, and success
  • Key tips to get you started on your own happier, healthier journey
  • How an innocent conversation under a mango tree will change countless African lives for decades to come
  • The importance of self-love in a healing journey, and what it looks like
  • Why self-care is essential to healing
  • Why learning to enjoy being alone is a valuable skill
  • How Rukshana’s “Change your Story, Change your Life” workshops can help
  • Why it is so important to spend time in nature
  • Information about the school-building project in Africa and how to join Rukshana’s groups to see it
  • Rukshana offers her gift: 30-minute discovery call

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