“Being Alone In A State Of Silence Saved Me From Having A Meltdown”

To celebrate two decades of empowerment and our 20th Anniversary, The Weekly in partnership with PANDORA, zooms in on 20 fierce, focused and forward-looking women who and inspiring and encouraging others to reach their full potential. Welcome to 2020 Vision!

"Being Alone In A State Of Silence Saved Me From Having A Meltdown"

The Life Coach: Anthea Ong, 49, Social Entrepreneur

A desire to help others has always been in Anthea’s blood. “Giving back to people gives me so much joy and it makes me come alive,” she exclaims. It’s no coincidence then that her Sanskrit name is Indira, which means “one who gives abundance to others”.

As a life coach, motivational speaker and social entrepreneur, that’s exactly what she has done through her many endeavours, one of which is Hush TeaBar, a cafe run by hearing-impaired staff.

“Hush came about as a result of thinking about this stressful pace of life that many of us are living in, coupled with this incessant use of technology that is pushing us further away from ourselves,” she explains. Having been through divorce, legal suits and financial woes herself, Anthea found that the act of being alone and silent saved her from having a meltdown. So, she sought to replicate this philosophy in Hush.

“I decided to focus on the corporate sector because I started my career as a banker so I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed and high-strung,” explains Anthea. “So the space I created is meant to be accessible to corporate executives who can take a pause, slow down and connect with themselves.”

The compassionate multi-tasker explains that she doesn’t do anything if it’s not meaningful and in order to make sure she was empowering the underprivileged, she brought on members from the deaf community and made them the core of the service experience.

It’s wonderful being a woman because… we can celebrate our vulnerabilities and tap into that to find our true power.

Anthea took part in a photoshoot with us to showcase some of PANDORA’s latest offerings. Scroll through the gallery below to see what she’s wearing:

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