Jesslyn Tan | Collective Change Institute

Jesslyn Tan | Collective Change Institute

- A health and wellness advocate - Values growth, gratitude, and mindfulness - Finds wonders in the journey of self-discovery - Inspired by the transformative power of love

Jesslyn Tan

– A health and wellness advocate
– Values growth, gratitude, and mindfulness
– Finds wonders in the journey of self-discovery
– Inspired by the transformative power of love

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Languages

English

Professional Background

With a Bachelor of Psychology degree, my professional journey began in the healthcare industry, working in two public tertiary hospitals, driven by the desire to provide high-quality and compassionate care to patients. From my vantage point, a hospital represents a place that encapsulates a time for hope, a place for healing, and a path to restoration of health. Being in the presence of patients on a daily basis ignited a profound revelation about the utmost importance of one’s health (physical, mental, social).

Inspired by the newfound awareness, and fuelled by my initial aspiration of becoming a school counsellor, I felt a strong calling to undergo the necessary training and transition into the role of a school counsellor. Since 2018, I started advocating for the well-being of young children, supporting them with their social and emotional needs and challenges. My efforts revolve around early intervention and preventive work, including the development and implementation of school-wide programmes to promote social-emotional learning and mental well-being. This equips and empowers children with social emotional skills they need to thrive, not only during their school years but throughout their lives. Above all, I play a pivotal role in providing trainings and consultation to both teachers and parents, creating a nurturing and holistic support system for the children.

Central to my professional philosophy is the belief that every child/human, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves to be seen, heard, understood, supported, and loved.

As I continue to seek new avenues for personal and professional growth, I recognise how my skills and experience could have a broader impact beyond the school setting. This realisation prompted me to explore the field of coaching, where I could complement the skills and insights I had developed to a broader audience. Coaching offers me a platform to journey along with individuals from all walks of life in navigating and reaching their personal and professional goals.

Coaching Specialty

– Personal growth (self-awareness/discovery, self-identity, mindset shifts, life choices/direction)
– Relationships (family, friends, colleagues, romantic partners; communication, conflict resolution)
– Parenting (parent-child relationship, parenting skills and strategies)
– Health and wellness (physical, mental, social well-being)
– Spiritual (beliefs and values, meaning and purpose, fulfilment)

Personal Background

My life is an ongoing journey of discovery and growth, where each chapter weaves a defining story. I began with carefree early childhood days where joy was a serious business. I played it safe by modelling and shaping my identity around those I admired and I looked up to. As I experienced the trials and tribulations of life, I began to question the meaning of it all at a young age. My quest of life led me on a journey of self-discovery and introspection, and motivated me to unearth purpose for my life. I often found myself pondering the very essence of our existence – ‘Is life all about suffering, or was there something more to be discovered?’. If life was indeed a series of inevitable sorrow, then our mission as humans, I reasoned, was to find solace in mutual compassion and love.

With my heart brimming with passion and a spirit eager to make a difference, I was naturally drawn to community service. Immersed in the lives of individuals from diverse backgrounds, each grappling with their own unique set of challenges, I witnessed firsthand the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of empathy and compassion. The encounters deepened my understanding of the interconnectedness of humanity and the profound impact genuine human connection can have on one’s life.

However, as my involvement grew, I found myself gradually running on empty. I realised that I needed to fill my own cup before I could fill others’. Lalah Delia’s quote, “Self-care is how you take your power back,” resonated deeply with me. Along the way, I also learned to embrace the imperfectly perfect version of myself. I let go of unrealistic expectations and perfectionism. This journey of self-acceptance and self-compassion is life-changing, shaping my perception of human beings and affirming my conviction that true transformation begins from within. It enables me to extend the same amount of understanding, kindness, and compassion to others, rather than being judgmental. Through compassion, I believe we can truly make a positive impact on the lives we touch. We all share a shared experience of vulnerability, challenges, and imperfections. This is the fundamental aspect of the human condition, a unifying thread that binds us together despite our differences.

Life has bestowed upon me its share of challenges, whereby I experienced multiple losses – loved ones, my sense of direction, and even my own abilities (due to my chronic medical condition). Yet amidst the darkest of moments, therein lies a beautiful opportunity to grow closer and become more aligned with my true self. As I cherish the people close to me, a significant lesson I learnt is that letting go when it is time is just as important as holding on. Here, I would like to echo the words of Queen Elizabeth II, ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’ It was during my lowest ebb, at the rock bottom of despair, that I rebuild my life and laid a solid foundation – rooted in stronger sense of self and a more authentic way of living.​

Spirituality has become an integral part of my life, and I’m often amazed by the interconnectedness of all things. When a heartfelt intention is set, the universe will somehow conspire to make it happen. I hold the belief that the love that radiates from our hearts is more powerful than any fear or force. Thus, choose love, always. “Less is more” is another principle dear to my heart. It helps me focus on the essentials in life, finding joy in simplicity and appreciating what I have rather than constantly yearning for more. This enables me to find contentment and express the gratitude I feel. The practice of mindfulness has been instrumental in unlocking the profound sense of inner peace, joy and love within me. This inner bliss and harmony empower me to navigate life’s challenges with grace and an unwavering positive stance.

In the present moment, there’s nothing that excites me more than engaging in deep and meaningful conversations. It is in these dialogues that I cultivate deeper connections with others and deepen our understanding of ourselves, life and the human experience.

I invite you to join me on a journey of self-discovery where personal growth meets purposeful living.

Let’s journey together!

Coaching Style

As a person-centered coach, I focus on understanding and supporting client as a whole person, considering their unique individuality, needs and goals. I provide my undivided attention and a safe and supportive space where you can be your true self.

My approach goes beyond surface-level, delving into the ‘reason for being,’ working with individuals through their personal journey in search of purpose and meaning.

Success, from this perspective, is not just about reaching predefined personal and professional goals but doing so in a way that resonates with one’s inner self. It is a journey that is unique to each individual, and there is no one right way to live it.

This deeper exploration therein unlocks the potential of moving towards a more authentic and fulfilling life path – a transformative experience.

Personal Philosophy

“The only journey is the one within.” by Rainer Maria Rilke. Self-discovery is a journey, not a destination. There is nothing more beautiful than your authentic self, more powerful than your self-expression, more important than your soul purpose.

Let’s journey together!

Courageously Begin, The Journey Within.